Hammond's icons: Mk I Golf GTI
Richard drives VW's legendary hot hatch, likes it very much
Posted: 22 May 2013
But it went on to have a following of a breadth and level of intensity that eclipses pop stars. Proof that they had no idea about the future comes when you learn that they planned to make 5,000 cars, and it wasn't going to be available in right-hand drive. Just a bit of fun then, a little special. Several million later, and it's a legend.
Quite a burden resting on the slim, sharp-suited shoulders of this Mk1 before me. And it delivers. The checker interior is made out of cloth capable of outlasting granite, the golfball gearknob, the no-nonsense dashboard; everything about it screams legend. It's kinda tricky, really, because there's not a surprise or disappointment in it. Imagine everything you would expect a Mk1 Golf GTI to be: nimble, well-built, responsive, great-sounding, good-looking without being flashy - it's all of those things.