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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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1990: Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

It's unlikely that when Karmann was preparing its Cabriolet Golf in the late 1970s that it expected to building the thing into the 1990s. But that's exactly what happened, following Volkswagen's decision to amortise the development and production costs of the original by not introducing an open-topped version of the Mk2 in the mid-1980s.

Not that it really mattered, as the original Mk1 based Cabriolet proved to be a hot seller throughout the Yuppie era. No city centre bistro was complete without an all-white Golf Cabrio parked outside...


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