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Median Price: £13,018  •  Highest Price: £45,996  •  Lowest Price: £283  •  Sell-Through Rate: 88%

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Volkswagen Golf Mk 1 GTI

Source: Classic Car Auctions

How much is a Golf Mk 1 GTI worth?

In our experience, we've seen plenty of Golf Mk 1 GTI's go under the hammer and based on analysing every sale you can expect to pay £13,018 for one in average condition - that places it amongst the cheapest 30 - 40% of collector cars across our database.

As Volkswagen's go, a Golf Mk 1 GTI is on the lower end relative to other Volkswagen models. In fact this model is £1,294 below the median Volkswagen price of £14,312.

What is the maximum to pay for a Golf Mk 1 GTI?

Across the 112 Golf Mk 1 GTI's we've seen sell, the highest price ever recorded for this model is £45,996. It was sold by Bring A Trailer in the US on 16 Nov 2021.

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What is the lowest to pay for a Golf Mk 1 GTI?

Well, that depends on where you draw the threshold.

The lowest sale of all time for this vehicle is £283. RM Sotheby's sold the car at auction in the US on 22 Sep 2012.

When looking at more recent sales the lowest recorded price is, as you would expect, higher. Analysing every sale since 2020 shows that the lowest price between 2020 and today is £4,441, Barrett Jackson sold this car in the US on 06 Jul 2020.

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What is the background of the make / model?

Volkswagen produced this model between 1977 and 1992.

Volkswagen was founded in 1937 by the German Labour Front. It became known for producing the Beetle, one of the most iconic cars in history. Today, VW is one of the largest automakers in the world, producing popular models such as the Golf, Jetta, and Passat.

How common is a Golf Mk 1 GTI?

According to data from the DVLA, the UK licensing authority, in 2022 there were 625 licensed vehicles alive and kicking on UK roads. There were also 3,206 vehicles that are SORNd - in other words not currently registered for the road. Note: that data is for this model and all of its sub-models.

Building on that, we've also seen plenty of these go under the hammer at auctions around the world, 127 to be precise. It's among the 8% most common collector cars to sell at auction.

Of those 127 times the model has gone to auction 112 have sold. In other words, this model sells on 88% of times it goes to auction - that's above the average sell-through rate we traditionally see.

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We know from reviews of this model by our 42,000+ strong community how this car performs across multiple variables. Those variables stack up to give a TCVScore which is a relative score of how good a car is across the 5 variables in comparison to all other cars.

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Why this article was created

Well, we've got one of the largest databases of sold classic car prices in the world so we thought we ought to help and put that data to good use. To be clear though, this article is not intended to be a full tour of every nook and sill of the Golf Mk 1 GTI, rather it's meant to act as an introductory guide and overview of the market for this model.

It is here to provide you guidance on how much you should and shouldn't be paying for one based on the 127 we've seen previously.

If you're after more detail, we've got you covered. Click the button below to be taken to a the price guide for this model so you can see every single sale, price trend over time and lots more.

How this article was created

This article was created by looking back at sales of Golf Mk 1 GTI since the beginning of our database in 1992. We've scanned over 30 auction houses and results from over £15 billion of sold cars around the world to understand the where the market is at for this car.

The Classic Valuer takes that data and analytics which enables it to generate these articles at scale, for further information regarding the Golf Mk 1 GTI please visit the price guide linked below.

About The Author

Giles Gunning | The Classic Valuer

Giles Gunning

Giles is CEO of The Classic Valuer - one of the world's largest databases of sold classic cars in the world going back over 30 years covering over 11,000 models. Giles and The Classic Valuer are regularly referenced in key classic car publications including Classic & Sports Car.

Giles grew up around the iconic historic motorsport venue at Goodwood and enjoys his 1972 Alfa Romeo 1600 GT Junior around the Sussex roads. His primary car goal is to purchase back a selection of his grandfather's car's including his 1931 Riley Brooklands.




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