Car Feature>> Ultra Clean Vw Golf Mki Gti

I recently asked some of my friends what they thought was the most iconic car in history, and perhaps unsurprisingly, many of them answered with the Volkswagen Golf MKI GTI. Maybe I asked the wrong people, because all of them are VW minded and drive similar cars like this one! But the Golf MKI GTI is certainly an iconic car in its own right. This car was one of the first hot hatches and is continuing to gain popularity as a project car. However, despite its large production numbers, finding an unmolested example is no easy feat. 

That didn't stop the owner of this car, Tim Verbeek, from searching tirelessly for a GTI he could work his magic on. He wanted a car that was as close to stock as possible which he would then restore with all original parts and moldings. 

Tim did add some parts that weren't original just to spice things up a little. Like the xenon bulbs inside the headlights.

These taillights are also aftermarket items -just to give the rear a more modern touch. 

The car has been lowered using FK coilovers. It isn't set up to be ultra-slammed because the village Tim lives in has a lot of speed bumps.

What would a Golf GTI be without a nice set of BBS rims? It is almost mandatory, so Tim did the right thing and ordered a set of BBS RM in 15×8-inch.

Power comes from the original 1.6 liter 8V. It generates a very nice burble through a stainless steel exhaust.

The interior is completely stock except for the VDO gauges on the middle console. 

Here's a detail that is sometimes overlooked. A brand new modern radio would look totally out of place. so it was cool to see this old one – which still functions – left in its place. 

I got the chance to drive this car back to Tim's garage and I must say, it really brought a smile to my face. I just love these older generation cars as they have so much more character that newer cars seem to lack.

Now that I've shown you Tim's street car, we'll shortly reveal another of his cars that fits our Sleepers theme.

-Jeroen Willemsen

Car Service Verbeek

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1

Great car, great rims, great everything... but those taillights just look tacky as hell.

2

porn on wheels

3

Loose the taillights and Xenon rubbish, then it's awesome.

4

Far out this car is clean, the original radio is a nice touch

5

i like this car, i really do. simple is better

6

The vdo gauges in the center console are stock in gti's and cabriolets.

7

"What would a Golf GTI be without a nice set of BBS rims?"



Original, interesting, and not hopelessly overdone come to mind. C'mon.

8

Yes, that special character that older cars posses is gone from today's cars.

It makes me glad to see that there are people who have a thing for these older cars, even though im not that big of a fan of Vw's but i can appreciate this gti.



This is a great read.

9

U will get shot for tail lights like those down in Cape Town hehehe.

Great looking car though.

10

really like the car but those aftermarket head/taillights are ugly and cheap looking

11

X2 on the taillights. :(

12

I was hoping for another mad sleeper. I guess it's an ok car though.

13

This thing is perfect! great location as well!

14

I agree about the character of old cars....new cars just seem to be missing something essential

15

i dont get it. why is this car beeing reviewed?

16

yay another VW on BBS wheels!!!

17

>A brand new modern radio would look totally out of place



And so does the rear tail lights :-(



18

in Argentina these engines go up to 800 hp or more

Nice car!

19

this aint a sleeper!

20

Nice car is this shoot at VMC?

21

the perfect mk1 GTi

22

All that time, money, and effort to build this, and then he couldn't buy good tires for it? This car deserves better than Nankangs.

23

@Chrisbmx68 I was going to say the same thing. It should read "The interior is completely stock, including the VDO gauges on the middle console."

24

Awesome! Too bad we never got the round headlight gti in the US, oh well i still love my 84 gti :)

25

Perfect and nice car. I agree this MkI was and still will be iconic car. What I don't get is why many people put so much effort into making beatiful car and than put chinese tires on it.

26

agree, headlights and taillights are rubbish, stock all the way.



the VDO's would have been stock as well,

27

Hey SPEEDHUNTERS



BIG THANKS for this POST it´s PERFECT

28

one for the purists (like myself) i like what i see, glad to know that its actually driven and not just parked up under dust sheets.. put the original rear lenses back on and you've got a winner in my opinion! as well as the radio not quite OEM but it does look the part - very well presented car! Thanks

29

Tastefully done!!!

30

Put the original lights on it and it´s perfekt!

31

The original GTI is definitely an icon and it really deserves much more recognition than it currently gets. It came out at a time when compact cars were really just aimed at frugal buyers and economy. The fact that an enthusiastic group of engineers "tuned" it for performance and gave it just enough subtle style to tell it apart from the regular golf made it that much more special. In my opinion its the first of the tuner/sport compact/import performance cars. Thanks to the GTI we have cars like the Civic SI, and even the Lancer Evo and Subaru WRX....

32

Shame about the tail lights and wheels..

33

can the BBS RM/RS still can be 'ordered' brand new?

34

What's better than having one Golf MKI GTI? Two of course. Tim Verbeek, who owns the white Golf we

35

After my visit to the 10th edition of the Midwinter meeting organized by Team VW Speed I noticed that

37

Nice picture, but the model  seems to be remake of Maruti Suzuki 800.

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