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:: Mk1 GTi Campaign::

Taz came into ownership if this rather cool Mk1 in early January 2002. The car already had an awful lot going for it before it left the factory as it is a special edition Campaign model [known as a Pirelli edition in Europe on account of the wheel design]. It was produced in the 83 run out year as VW tried to shift the last remaining MK1 GTis before the introduction of the Mk2, such cars were only produced in limited numbers and registered on an A plate. They came as standard with extras such as green tinted glass, 14 inch Pirelli P-slot alloys [also found on early Mk2s], and a leather rimmed steering wheel [to name but a few of the subtle differences]. It is worth noting that genuine Campaign P-slots have a Volkswagen logo cast into the centre caps rather than having the plain plastic centre caps of the Mk2 P-slot alloys.

Even before Taz had brought the car it had obviously been looked after and owned by an enthusiast as it had been treated to a full re-spray about three years ago in its original and rare 'Helios blue' colour. It is nice to note that the standard [and now completely obsolete] lower grey trim stripes found their way back onto the car after the paint job in order to retain the car's originality. In addition to this the car has had a full engine rebuild to keep it in tiptop condition.

The car came with the original P-slots and original stereo and had been lowered about 30mm using some Autocavan springs. The car now runs on a set of 15 inch ATS cup wheels which are a particular favourite of ours and these in turn are shod in a combination of Firestone and Goodyear Eagle NCT 195/50/15 rubber. A subtle but nonetheless impressive feature of this car is its rather excellent leather re-trim which looks to have been carried out to a very high standard. I am told that the car now sports some clear indicators which are not shown in the pics and I imagine tidy up an already very cool car.

Taz has found himself a very cool and collectable Mk1 and made it better with a few minor and tasteful mods. Each of which is fully reversible in order preserve the originality of what is becoming an ever hard to find example to the original and best hot hatch. The mods themselves enhance and work with the original, clean and angular lines of the Mk1 to create, in our opinion, an up to date classic.

Taz tells us that the car is actually up for sale so if you fancy owning a true classic then drop him a line at VEEDUBSRUS@aol.com. The car comes with a full service history and has covered 122K. The asking price is 3,000 ono but Taz is hankering after a Corrado G60 so if you have one of these for sale then a p/x could be on the cards.

As a footnote I am told that if he doesn't sell the car Taz has a few further mods up his sleeve including a higher capacity power plant, full in and out re-spray as the original one was outside only [there is just no pleasing some people!!], coil over suspension, Audi tilt and slide sunroof, some new rims [BBS Splits or 13 inch deep dish], and a few bits of aluminium interior trim. Based on the e-mail conversation I have been having with Taz recently I wouldn't rule out a 2 litre 16v lump being dropped under the bonnet if no one jumps to buy the car, so watch this space.

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