Wearing registration number G888 NWB, the Golf was entered in the British Open Rally Championship by a Volkswagen dealer in Sheffield, England, called Gilders. The rally program was backed by Volkswagen’s UK arm, and the bulk of the parts used to turn the hot hatch into a true Group A rally car came straight from Volkswagen Motorsports in Hanover, Germany.
The Golf was never particularly successful and Volkswagen’s UK arm stopped supporting the rally effort halfway through 1991. Gilders could not continue to race the Golf by itself for financial reasons so it displayed the car in its showroom for a number of years. It was stored indoors until the dealership sold it to the second owner in 2002; the current and third owner purchased it in 2011.
The Golf hasn’t been raced since the early 1990s but Bonhams reports it was given a thorough tune-up last year. The car is still equipped with all of its factory-built racing parts including a six-speed manual transmission with a short-throw shifter, upgraded differentials, a side-exit exhaust and an adjustable pedal box.
Bonhams estimates the Golf will sell for anywhere between £25,000 – £35,000 (€31,000 – €44,000 / $42,000 – $59,000).
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