Video Trial : Volkswagen Golf 1 Convertible GLI

Published on Monday, February 4, 2019.
Updated on Friday, April 5, 2019.

In 1974, Volkswagen set the cat among the pigeons with its little Golf, a modern and desirable style signed Giugiaro and managed to release everything from its erudition with the rear: small traction, Golf adorned a modern look and saved the German brand at the same time.

In 1976, Wolfsburg’s firm boosted the market of little sports cars, thanks to the GTI which made the competition cheesy: easy to drive, adept and strong, she quickly made way in the hearts of young dynamic executives of those days, setting the competition in motion and mainly Peugeot with its 205 GTI, tried to hamstring the latter.


In 1979, Volkswagen offered a new range to its little compact: a convertible version, manufactured by Karmann. Once again, the brand almost created a new market with USA in the line of vision. Here again, the competition followed the example of Volkswagen  (Peugeot 205 CJ or CTI, Ford Escort convertible).

Volkswagen relaunched the little cabriolet market

In its GLI version, the Cabriolet Golf even received 4 cylinders 1.8 liters, 110 to 112 horsepower compared to the Golf GTI. Less sought after than the little sports cars, the GLI was rather attractive: a responsive and alert engine, a nice body, an almost preserved rigidity through its arch, a solution that all her competitors (Talbot Samba Cabriolet, Peugeot 205, Ford Escort) resumed for themselves. The Golf Cabriolet GLI (thus series 1) followed the Golf 2 and was produced until 1993 and the launching of the new cabriolet, based on the Golf 3.

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Caractéristiques techniques


Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet GLI

1979 - 1993


Engine 4 cylindres en ligne
Cubic capacity 1 781 cc
Alimentation Injection Bosch K-Jetronic
Engine power 112 ch à 5 500 trs/min
Engine torque 157 Nm à 3 100 trs/min


Length 3 820 mm
Width 1 630 mm
Height 1 400 mm
Weight 945 kg


Drive wheels Avant
Gearbox BMV à 5 rapports


Maximum speed 173 km/h
0-100 km/h
Total production 388 522 ex (tous cabriolets confondus)


Average price (LVA) 8 500 euros

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