So what to do if you like both the idea of a restored mint condition mk1 GTI but also want to do a bit of modification work? Easy, just have 2 cars! I recently saw Darren's cars at Stanford Hall but didn't at the time realise they were both his. I'll leave him to do the talking now:
The car has been owned by me for about 3 years now and is kept in original condition as far as possible. I have replaced the sunroof panel and had the roof resprayed, wheels refurbished and a new genuine VW windscreen fitted. The car is still driven to all shows and not trailered! The car has been kept in such good condition mainly due to low mileage use and always being garaged over the last 16 years (that I know of). Not much more to say really - It's a classic car but with today's performance. EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE ONE!!!!
As you can see from the list above many hours of work have gone into this car and there are still many jobs to do (including a new engine, G60? 16V? not sure yet!) This car has a full history file with receipts for everything ever spent including original bill of sale and even the first tank of petrol purchased! The work has been completed to a very high standard and I hope this show's from some of the pictures. This car, although having covered 190,000 miles still drives like a modern car and keeps up with most of them! It's a piece of German brilliance but with some English additions and deletions.