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Mk1 Golf GTI 1.6 sells for £27,225 at Race Retro auction

Published 26 February 2019

A Mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTi sold for £27,225 at the Race Retro sale. The 1979 example was a one-owner car with 53k on the clock.

Fresh from 20 years of hibernation, the Mars Red example is an early example with the 1.6-litre engine. It was also fitted with a factory option black roof and still wears its original dealer-supplied numberplates.

It eventually sold for more than £10,000 above its lower guide price, after a long bidding war at the Silverstone Auctions sale.

But the big sale star was a restored 1958 Porsche 356 A Speedster, which sold for £292,500 to a telephone bidder. Originally supplied to New York, it was later acquired by a noted collector and converted to right-hand drive in the UK.

1964 Elva -BMW Mk 7S (FIA)

Following close behind was a right-hand drive 52k 1972 Ferrari Dino 246GT Coupe finished in rare Azzurro Dino. Supplied with its Classiche 'Certificato di Autenticita', it sold to a bidder in the room for £270,000.

Competition cars also performed well at the sale, with a 1964 Elva-BMW Mk 7S (FIA), with extensive race history and multiple class wins, going to a new owner for £76,500, more than £20,000 above its lower estimate.

A left-hand drive 1964 Porsche 356C Road Rally with 25 years of competition history also sold significantly over estimate, with the hammer finally falling at £69,750 including premium.

From the same era, a left-hand drive 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint FIA touring car prepared by Martin Stretton Racing reached a sale price of £61,875, selling to a buyer in the Netherlands. And a 1966 Ginetta G4 in ready to race condition crept past its guide price when purchased by a telephone bidder for £31,275.

In total, 69% of lots were sold with total sales of £2.8 million, including premium.

Race Retro


mmmmm    on 1 March 2019

There was no 'factory option black roof', but there was the option of the steel sliding sunroof. This seems to be an aftermarket 'cassette' type sunroof, with the vinyl roof been applied to cover up the 'works'.

   on 27 June 2023

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