Classic VW Golf GTI Mk1 now available to hire

The VW Golf GTI has come of age and been recognised as a true classic by the UK’s largest specialist classic car hire company. Great Escape Classic Car Hire has added a 1982 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1 1.6 in iconic Mars Red to its fleet. The car is available for self drive hire by the day, weekend or week.

The VW Golf GTI invented the idea of a fast, highly entertaining family hatchback. Interest in these cars has never faltered but has been increasing over the last few years, fuelled by nostalgia for the 1980s and the car’s suitability for tuning and styling tweaks.

The Great Escape VW Golf GTI is the first Mark 1 GTI available for self drive classic car rental in the UK and possibly the world. It is a totally standard 1982 car fitted with the free-revving 1600cc fuel injected engine developing 110bhp. The car is fitted with a sunroof, rear seatbelts and a five speed manual gearbox. Great Escape has been developing its fleet of 1980s classics with the addition of a Porsche 928 and Ford Capri during 2009.

Great Escape, which operates from three bases in Worcestershire, Dorset and Suffolk, has classic cars from the 1950s to 1990s. The VW Golf GTI is based in Worcestershire. It is an icon of the 80s and appeals as much to those who grew up with it as it does to younger people who love its old school styling. It’s the perfect car for scooting around the Cotswolds and Welsh Border roads on Great Escape's doorstep.

Great Escape has a fleet of self drive and chauffeur hire classic cars including coupes, convertibles and saloons from Bentley, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, Jensen, Rolls Royce and Morris as well as Porsche. For more details visit, call 01527 893733 or email


Mandi Rippetoe said…
People who have driven that car already must've felt so lucky! It's really one of the classic cars that one would aspire to drive. Some people may wonder if classic cars could also be painted like the modern cars of today. Hmm. I think it would add a classy and luxurious feeling to them! What do you think?