Volkswagen Golf G60 Limited Edition
All the lowdown on Number 41
VW GOLF G60 "Limited Edition" (Not GTi VR6 8V)
A very rare opportunity to own a piece of Volkswagen history.
I am a VW enthusiast and have mostly owned VW 16v GTi's. I had already spent ages looking for the best MKII GTi available, when I re-discovered this gem of a car. I'd dreamt of owning one of these in my teens, but never thought I'd see one in the UK.
A brief history : The "Limited Edition", a 210bhp, 142mph four wheel drive Super Golf was launched by Volkswagen Motorsport in 1989. Until very recently this is the fastest ever Volkswagen offered for sale by VW and is a masterpiece of technical ingenuity.
Only 71 of these individually numbered, ultra fast and civilised sports hatches were ever built. Every single one was hand-built and sold prior to coming off the production line. Two three-door models were made, one has since been crashed and the other is on display at the Wolfsburg Museum, Germany.
The Limited is a subtle mixture of five door Golf, Syncro and Rallye, hand-built by Volkswagen Motorsport at the rate of two cars per week, which explained the price tag of nearly £25,000.
I bought Number 41 of 71 early in 2004, and cherished it until I sold it in 2006.
For the enthusiasts amongst you, I have tried to provide a comprehensive description of Number 41 below, yet those of you that are genuinely interested will undoubtedly want to know more.
FEATURES & CONDITION
Very Good Standard Appearance - It looks just as it did the day it left VW MOTORSPORT in Hanover (not Wolfsburg!) except for the professional right hand drive conversion, a quality lifetime-guaranteed hand-built stainless steel exhaust system, and a "Fort Knox" style alarm/immobiliser system. It even has the proper Blaupunkt Montreal stereo with security card, and the Warning Triangle & VW First Aid Kit in the boot. There are also some subtle enhancements under the bonnet. Original VW items such as G60 Master Key, Service and information pack, and VW Press Office tax disc holder are also present.
Historical Value - this car is already a piece of motoring history, being just about the fastest production VW Golf ever, with clear classic credentials. Also, it was the only Limited to ever be officially imported to the UK by Volkswagen. I doubt an opportunity will arise again to own a car like this - no exaggeration.
Security System - COBRA 832SU - Central window and door locking - with two immobilisers and certificate for insurance purposes.
UnbelievableSpecification - full range of extras including Power Assisted Steering, 15" BBS Split Rim Alloys, Hella Half Darkened Rear Lamp Lenses, Sunroof, and Central-Locking. Plus the really special stuff like full black leather interior, comprising of heated front seats, door cards, steering wheel, hand brake and gear lever gaiters. Anti-lock large diameter disc brakes all around. Traction Control. Four electrically operated windows. Electrically operated and heated wing mirrors. Electrically operated headlamp range control. Very special blue tinted glass all round.
Driving - The heart of the car is a supercharged and intercooled version of the standard 1.8L 16v twin cam engine, developing 210bhp at 6500rpm and 186lbs of torque at 5000rpm. Therefore, the drive is superb, with spot on handling provided by the four-wheel-drive system, and the car feels genuinely tight and fresh - a telltale sign that it has been well looked after and a testament to the very low mileage. This car really does drive like new. It'll bring a massive smile to any driving enthusiasts face.
Service History - Bear in mind that having not covered 49k miles by 2006, not a great deal of servicing has been required. Just the annual checks and fluid changes etc. As Number 41 was originally owned by VAG for the first two years of its life, all servicing was undertaken by them. Since 1992, I have some good service records from the various specialists that have worked on the car. The last service was done on 18 May 2006, and I spent over £1000 a year on servicing and maintenance. Lots of old receipts exist to verify the works, and all of the old MOTs to verify the mileage. Even the old tax discs are present!
Low Number of Owners - First registered on 6 April 1990, I have the original V5 document showing the previous owner to be VAG UK Ltd (Milton Keynes), and the original number plates from VAG UK. Since then there have been three enthusiast owners, who have really just used the car for shows etc.
Bodywork - CONCOURS - IT REALLY IS AS GOOD AS IT LOOKS. The exceptional paintwork is in excellent condition with a Permagard coating applied a year ago. All the original stickers are present - in the boot, door shut, filler flap etc., hence no accident damage. I have had the car fully checked out by VW and Classic Car enthusiasts, and there is no evidence of any accident damage or indeed any major work at all. I have never seen a MkII Golf in better condition.
Alloy Wheels- 6.5J x 15" BBS split rimalloys in excellent condition and tyres have plenty of tread.
Interior- This interior is also the best I have seen in a Mk2, with absolutely no sagging, tears or holes and a firm drivers side bolster. MFA also works perfectly. There are a few minor marks upon the trim within the boot area only.
Performance- The Limited has the same power to weight ratio as that of a modern Lotus Elise, but with handling assisted by 4WD, ABS and EDL (Electronic Differential Lock - Traction Control). It's quicker over the quarter mile sprint than the legendary Lancia Delta HF Integrale, and more powerful than the contemporary BMW M3. This gives a measure of comparison for this very special car. And it's all wrapped-up in a totally understated, practical yet luxurious, five door shell. The ultimate Q car.
A Very Exclusive Club - With only 71 ever built, and the whereabouts of a lot of those is suspect these days (see - the official G60 Limited Edition website - http://www.vw-racing.org/ - needs updating!), this has to be one of the rarest hand-built production cars in the world. It attracts international attention; very recently I had a "research" enquiry from France, and I even had historical correspondence from Saudi Arabia in which the author requested the opportunity to buy the car!
Extras - All of the original parts removed during the RHD conversion. Such as; Power Steering Rack, LHD Dashboard, Cooling/Heating system and vents, Pedal box etc. were retained. There are at least 30 significant parts available, so that Number 41 can be readily be returned to LHD if required. All of these parts were transferred to the lucky buyer, as they belong to the car, and his plan was to reinstate the LHD.
The "Dress-Down Kit". See the photo taken of the car adjacent to water. This kit comprises a set of BBS RA 15" alloys with four matching BF Goodrich tyres with plenty of tread and special "VW Motorsport" centre caps, a standard single headlight grill, a 10-disc Sony dual remote control CD changer, which runs through the original 1990 head unit via an FM modulator, stealth rear sound shelf with good Alpine speakers, rubber VW car mats to protect the carpets, custom made drivers seat cover, a bonnet bra and Armoured Door Plates for all doors.
- V5 Registration Document
- Current MOT Certificate + past MOTs
- Original VW Service and Information pack
- Alarm certificate
- Complete Blue Printed parts list for Number 41, direct from the Motorsport factory in Hanover.
- 16 Magazines with a total of 63 pages of articles on the G60 Limited Edition, a majority of which actually feature Number 41, including an excellent cover shot. I have scans of these articles available digitally for genuine bidders, but they are very big files.
Status - The car was sold in 2006, for the bargain price of £7500, and the spares were all disposed of separately. A very sad day for me, but a happy one for Mark.