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Gallery: 20 landmark Golfs in 30 million sales

News that the 30 millionth Volkswagen Golf rolled off the line at Wolfsburg had the HJClassics team thinking about the production milestone that marks this car out as such an enduring success since the launch of the Mk1 in 1974.

It wasn't a technical or engineering pioneer, though - there were plenty of other mid-sized hatchbacks before the Golf - but it was a perfect case of a right-first-time product that kick-stated its maker's future fortunes - so much so that it underpinned the Volkswagen Group's relentless growth into arguably the world's largest car company today. The Golf did popularise the hot hatch and four-door cabriolet in the '80s, and V6 and super-green diesel hold-alls during the 1990s.

Enjoy then, our gallery of some of the classic Golf's finest moments...

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1993: Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

The first all-new Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet since 1979 was - like its iconic predecessor - built in collaboration with Karmann in Osnabrück. As before, it was based on the three-door model with a substantial roll-over hoop and bulky (when folded) fabric hood. The car was now competing in a crowded market, but still maintained the Golf's lead in this highly profitable market sector.

Of course, by the early 1990s, the sports car had made a resurgence - so thanks to the likes of the Mazda MX-5 and MGF, the Golf Mk3 Cabriolet was fighting for the lead in a declining market sector.


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