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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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1997: Volkswagen Golf 'Mk3.5' Cabriolet

Just as there was never a Mk2 Golf Cabriolet, Volkswagen never built an open topped version of its highly successful (and vastly improved) Mk4. Instead, it had Karmann facelift the Mk3 by giving it a Mk4 style nose and steering wheel - and it continued to sell as before. In the end, the 'Mk3.5' was built until 2001 - and a total of just over 80,000 rolled off the line in Osnabrück.


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