The Restoration of a Golf GTI Mk1 Has Cost Its Owner $140,000

It is the 1983 Volkswagen Golf GTI that has cost its owner Derek Spratt a tidy sum and 12,000 hours of his free time.

Back in 1982, Canadian Derek Spratt bought a Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1. At the time, this made him almost the first owner of the new hatchback in the country. Five years later, the man sold the car, after which he dreamed of buying something similar for more than 20 years.

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In 2013, he decided to take a serious step — to buy the same car of the same color and manufacture year. However, time does not spare anyone and, unfortunately, there are almost no working Golf GTIs of the first generation left. Derek did not lose heart and decided to buy an old dead car for restoration. This attitude to the model is caused by the fact that Spratt at the age of 22 traveled to San Francisco with his wife, where he fell in love with his Golf.

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Having purchased the necessary vehicle, Derek set to work. The man restored every detail in the car with his own hands, spending more than 7 years on the entire process. In the course of restoration, he supplemented the car with various useful functions, such as heated seats, power windows and a digital cockpit. However, the most interesting thing happened when he got to the engine. Considering 90 hp too weak for a modern car, Derek installed a 2.1-liter naturally aspirated engine that produces 220 hp. Given the fact that the upgraded GTI turned out to be much lighter than the original car, it takes about 5 seconds to accelerate to 100 km/h.

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After repairing the car, he drove it in the company of his eldest son and immediately decided to sell the car. This decision was made not because of the money, but in order to quickly take up the implementation of a new project. Derek wants to electrify the 1961 VW Beetle.

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