Volkswagen Golf MKI
The Volkswagen Golf’s story starts with the Volkswagen Beetle, one of the most successful and iconic cars ever built. During its heyday, the 1940s to 1960s, the company unsurprisingly produced several variants. However, VW was facing a major dilemma: where to turn next?
By the early 70s it had tried several replacements, including the Type 4, and the Porsche-designed mid-engined hatchback, the EA266, of which 50 prototypes were built. However, just prior to production, this was canned by Volkswagen’s new boss, Rudolph Leiding.
Under new management, VW invested in a totally new line of models, led by the Passat, and shortly afterwards, the Golf MKI, which featured a new front-wheel drive platform and straight four engine. Volkswagen had struck lucky; it was an immediate hit.
Words: Paul Horrell and Peter Rawlins