Dressed to kill

In the 1980s, colour coding and body kits were very much in fashion. Owners of the Golf GTI Mk1 were offered a bewildering assortment of accessories to make their car become more individualistic. These 'enhancements' were extremely expensive (due to individual painting) and ranged from complete interior makeovers with full leather electric seats and a re-trimmed dashboard to redesigned headlights, grille and aerodynamic spoilers.

The car pictured above is a typical example of a Mk1 Golf GTI in the 1980s.

Door mirrors are colour coded to vehicle colour - as are windscreen wiper arms, door handles and front number plate holder.
Bumpers have been repainted in vehicle colour.
New grille with headlights.
Additional driving lamps.
Removal of GTI side stripes.

The rear of the vehicle features:
Colour coded rear wiper arm.
Roof spoiler (on this model not colour matched to vehicle.)
'Golf' tailblazer (note correct description) with illuminated number plate relocation kit.
Aftermarket Rabbit badge and removal of black window surround.

It is worth noting that in the 1980s, some vehicle paint shops had not mastered the technique of painting plastic correctly - it was not uncommon to see some of these modified cars with paint pealing off their plastic accessories.


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Petrol cap colour coded.


Modified Golfs usually had high-end ICE.
This head unit was around 500 in the 1980s.


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