Blown In With the Wind

A (belated) photo for Friday, which comes with a question.

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This is, for those who cannot quite place it, a first-series Volkswagen Golf. It dates from the final year of Wolfsburg production – 1983 – and is, I can attest, in remarkably well-preserved and unmolested condition.

However, there’s one puzzling aspect to this particular blow-in to my episodic hinterland, which was affixed to the tailgate. Two letters: GX. A Golf GX – really?

A late-era run-out model perhaps – those BBS alloys look relatively period, although hardly standard fare. It’s clearly no bog-standard model, but if VW offered the Mark One Golf in this trim level, they certainly didn’t do so in Ireland. Perhaps the good readership can shed some further light?

[Our apologies for the earlier difficulties.]

Author: Eóin Doyle

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17 thoughts on “Blown In With the Wind”

  1. A late run out model Golf. Based on the 1.5 GL. It came in 3 metallic colours and was fitted with a few items from the options list including the sport seats from the GTI in a more subdued fabric. A nice looking car. Those wheels are non standard. It should be fitted with the standard 5×13 steels with stainless steel hub caps from the GL model.

  2. The Golf in the linked article is not a GX – it has none of the special GX trim items and it has the wrong wheels.

    Pirelli GTI, LX and GX were special editions of the Golf MkI towards the end of production.
    The GX had (amongst others) twin circular headlamps, a large GTI-sourced front spoiler, GL dashboard with rev counter, four spoke steering wheel and checkerboard seat cloth. It had standard steel wheels with polished hubcaps and polished outer decorative elements.

    1. Are you sure it’s not a GX? It’s the right colour. It seems to have the correct front spoiler. It has the same trim as a GL. The wheels are the only deviation from standard spec that I can see. I can’t see what the interior is like as I’m viewing this on a phone. Wasn’t the fabric the same as what was used on the Scirocco at that time?

    2. The silver Golf might be a GX but it has none of the tell tale details.
      No twin headlamps, small spoiler instead of the big GTI item, wrong wheels.

      Here’s what a GX should look like:

    3. I mean the green Golf the Eoin posted btw. The silver one in the link that Laurent posted has been stripped of it’s GX features.

    4. For the avoidance of doubt, I have added a frontal aspect. On the basis of what has been stated, I think we can safely say that we’re looking at a genuine GX model.

    5. Given that it has got a current Republic of Ireland format number plate, it must have been imported into the country in or after 1987, when the current format was launched.

  3. I do recall the GX. I think it was a late, high spec model – I’d have thought these would be highly sought after in the market these days. I really liked the late Mk1 Golfs – VW successfully kept the car looking modern and relevant with evolution of lamps, bumpers and the dashboard. I suspect they might feel quite old in the way they drive these days – older than they look, which is a credit to the original design and its designer.

    1. Yes, the Mk1 still looks fresh and sharp today, rather moreso than the slightly frumpy Mk2 and blobby Mk3. However, it’s amazing to find an unrestored Mk1 looking so good. VW didn’t really get to grips with proper rustproofing until the Mk2 . Nice period colour too.

      The Mk1 lived on for 35 years until 2009 in South Africa as the City Golf. The last models had a slightly sloping front end (like theMk2) and a indent in the C-pillar, but were otherwise identical to the 1974 original:

    2. Sorry Dave, my mistake. I see you are referring to the linked article and not Eoin’s picture. It’s been a long day…

  4. Pedants Corner – Citi Golf 🙂 I wonder why they went to the trouble of making new pressings for the C-Pillar?

    1. You’re right, Huw. I actually typed Citi but stupid autocorrect intervened and I didn’t notice. Actually, I’m surprised VW South Africa got away with using that name. I used to work for Citibank and the company was pretty aggressive in pursuing anybody who tried to use the “Citi” prefix elsewhere. Perhaps VW was too valuable a client to antagonise?

      Regarding the pressing in the C-pillar, yes, that is an odd change. Perhaps the original body presses were worn out and needed to be replaced, so the change effectively cost little or nothing?

      There’s a (possibly apocryphal) story about the R17 facelift of the Rover 800 Series, when they added the traditional grille. Apparently, the accountants insisted that the original doors, with their heavily lined skins, should be carried over unchanged, which limited the scope of the facelift. However, the original body presses were worn out and had to be replaced anyway, so the door skins could have been smoothed out at no extra cost.

    2. I guess that, like the sloping front, the new C-pillar is meant to look like a Golf II.

    3. Ah, you might be right, Simon. I’d forgotten about that detail on the Golf Mk2, a horizontal crease that ran forward from the top of the tail light, but just faded out at of the rear door:

      I always thought it was rather superfluous, and it didn’t relate to anything else on the side profile (except possibly the top edge of the front wing). The Citi Golf detail was a rather more pronounced tick:

  5. The GX model not sold in Ireland originally as far as I know. By that point VW Ireland only seemed to sell absolute base models in really drab colours and GTI’s.

  6. Some excellent detective work here, as usual. Fascinating to see such developments.
    But just what we’re the Technical difficulties earlier? Was the transmitter relay on low power? Did the cross-handed through struttark lack impedance? Did you have to reach for Yeoman of the Guard played loudly? I need to know to put these bad dreams to bed. Please?

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