Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
This MkI ticks a lot of boxes. The engine bay has been shaved and smoothed to the nth degree; the twin-carbed motor is fastidiously chromed and colour-coded, the wiring tucked out of sight, with every seam, hole and ridge smoothed, filled, and polished like crazy. The effort under the bonnet alone is astounding, and this level of detail carries on throughout the car - the colour-coded BBS splits, the spot-on stance, the tweed-trimmed low-back seats, the neatly integrated gauges, it's all very thoughtfully done. Not shouty or ostentatious, but more detail emerges every time you look.
The retro VW scene is increasingly competitive and flooded with quality builds, it's hard to create a unique car that stands out amongst the masses. This Golf demonstrates that you don't need to do something shocking to be noticed - you just need to do things right.
Spotted at the 2015 Retro Show - more photos here.