• Graham Eason

Bringing a Big Bumper Golf Back From The Brink

The Mk1 GTI might be the Golf that invented the Hot Hatch phenomenon, but it was the Mk2 of the mid to late 1980s that cemented the car's reputation. For afficionados, the Mk2 Golf, particularly the Big Bumper version with, well, the bigger bumpers, is best ever Golf GTI.

Where the original GTI was a heated up version of a car that was really only designed as a family shopping trolley, the Mk2 GTI started with much more promising beginnings. Because when Volkswagen developed the new car they new that a hot GTI version would be part of the range from day one. That wasn't the case with the earlier car. And that's important, because it meant they dialled in some sporting DNA right from the start.

Instead of warming up a pretty lacklustre car, the new Mk2 warmed up a car that had a decent chassis and excellent road manners.

As a result the Mk2 GTI sold by the bucketload. Everyone wanted one, particularly now that it was available with family-friendly five doors. The late 80s facelift, which gifted the car bigger wrap-around bumpers, made the car even more desirable.

Pragmatic Approach

When this 1990 Mk2 GTI arrived at our workshop it was in a sorry state. A one-owner from new car, it had languished outside for several years after its last MOT ran out. The car came to us because of our pragmatic approach - rather than offering all-embracing concours-type restorations, we often recommend customers approach renovations step by step. This particularly suits cars like the Golf GTI which are not yet worth a great deal, but which are still worth saving.


With every job we tackle we begin with a thorough assessment of the car on the ramp. Customers often want us to quote from photos, but we always recommend bringing the car to us - the small extra effort or cost is easily offset by a much more accurate quote for the work. With the Golf we provide a list of work required to get the car MOT'd and a fixed price for doing it.

Rot, Rot Everywhere

Volkswagens have a well-earned reputation for durability. But like most cars they're made of metal and metal rots. While the bodywork of the car was fairly solid, the sills and floors and jacking points were shot. There was also work required to get the engine to run efficiently after so long off the road.

The Full Story

You can follow the full story of how we put this Golf GTI back on the road in our restoration film. We undertake all kinds of classic car restoration work from servicing to full restorations. All work, except trimming, is done in-house. Email us at info@fixclassiccars.co.uk or call 01527 893733.

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