This is the coolest Mk 1 Volkswagen Golf we’ve ever seen. It’s a Group 2, stripped-down, 175 hp beast that is also said to be the world’s very first racing Golf. The first one!
It was built by Ralph Nothelle, who ran a racing shop in Duisburg building cars from NSU, Porsche, Audi, and VW. He wanted to see what this newest compact hatch from VW could do, and as it turned out it could do a lot.
The car will be going up for sale at RM Sotheby’s Essen auction at the end of June, and it comes with a complete racing history from new as well as a load of spare parts and it’s been fully restored.
The car was originally put on track with a 1.6L OHC four making 162 hp at 8,000 rpm, later replaced by a 175 hp 1.6. It has upgraded brakes, a Uniball suspension, and a host of other modifications to make it ready for Group 2. The car was first raced at Zolder and took its first win at the Hockenheimring with Bernd Lilier behind the wheel.
It was rebuilt by Marcus Nothelle back in 2011 on behalf of Volkswagen and the car was then shown off at the Techo Classica show in Essen the next year. The auction listing says that this classic is ready to race and is in excellent condition.
With a history like this one, we expect this car to go for big money. But having the very first racing Golf in the world would be a heck of a thing. And it’d look right at home at the Goodwood Revival next year!
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