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Lot No. 201 - 1991 Golf GTi Rivage Cabriolet

Sold for: £10,125

Charity lot offered at No Reserve - all proceeds to go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association
Details Specification
  • One of only 470 UK-supplied, limited editions of the Golf GTi convertible known as the 'Rivage'
  • Available only in metallic blue or green, fitted with a 5-speed gearbox and 'Le Castellet' forged alloys
  • Finished in Inca Blue with a blue cloth interior, fitted with Recaro seats and a powered Mohair hood
  • 77,134 miles supported by the MOT history, the service records and a number of invoices
  • The very desirable Cherished Number (J4 LOL) is generously included with the car
  • NB. The entire proceeds from this sale, including any Silverstone Auctions fees, are going to the South Yorkshire branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The VW Golf is surely one of the most iconic ‘hot-hatches' ever conceived. Its popularity has never diminished and a plethora of variants and styles have always been hungrily anticipated and universally enjoyed by the car's cult following all of whom treasure the next instalment from Volkswagen, the hot-hatch giant.

Whilst many motorists today appreciate the exhilaration of roof-down ‘wind-in-your-hair' motoring, few are willing to forego the comfort of a saloon car in order to enjoy it, however,  the Golf GTi Convertible, introduced in 1980, made any such sacrifice unnecessary being designed and built by one of the world's most experienced builders of open-touring cars - Karmann of Osnabrück. With the hood up these little cars were remarkably draught free, lower the hood and you were ready to take advantage of every moment of sunshine which a British summer could muster.

The Golf GTi Rivage was a run-out model of the legendary Mk1 GTi Convertible, enhancing the appeal of the car with metallic blue or green paint, heated Recaro cloth seats, Le Castellet forged alloy wheels, powered mohair hood and a five-speed gearbox. With its sub-10 second 0-60mph time and a top speed of 108mph, the Rivage was clearly no ordinary Golf convertible. 

Finished in Inca Blue and benefiting from all the usual Rivage features, this lovely example dates from 1991 and was purchased from its first owner by the wife of our vendor in 1996 and subsequently registered to her husband, our vendor.  The car was placed on a SORN in 2018 and is currently in very nice condition with a warranted 77,134 miles indicated. It is supplied with all its previous MOT test certificates, the service and owners' handbooks and is fitted with a Blaupunkt radio/cassette player and the usual security systems. The very desirable cherished number (J4 LOL) is generously included with the car.

Please note that the whole of the sale proceeds, including any Silverstone Auctions fees, from this car are going to the South Yorkshire branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.


Motor Neurone Disease affects around 5,000 people a year in the UK.  With MND, messages from the motor neurones gradually stop reaching the muscles. MND is life-shortening and there is no cure. The MNDA strives to support all those living with this devastating disease.

The South Yorkshire Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association is run entirely by volunteers and aims to provide the best possible support to local people with MND, their families, and carers. It has been fundraising and raising awareness of MND in and around Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster for over 20 years. The proceeds of its fundraising effort is directed towards a wide range of support activities and equipment purchase and also includes the provision of qualified care visitors, financial support for carers and family, benefits advice, living adaptations and most importantly towards the area of research in an effort to find the cause of MND and ultimately a cure. The Associations motto is “A World Without  MND”

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GTi Rivage Cabriolet
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