Ending 12th Jun, 2024 19:50

H&H Online Auction

  Lot 50

1996 Volkswagen Golf Avantgarde Cabriolet

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Registration No: N838 XBR
Chassis No: WVWZZZ1EZTK010744
Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Motor Car Location: Suffolk

  • Only 66,500 miles, and low ownership from new
  • Avantgarde specification with leather interior and rare automatic transmission
  • Offered with a history file including the original stamped service book and previous invoices

As the successor to the long-running Volkswagen Golf Mk1 Karmann Cabriolet (Wolfsburg having decided against a Mk2 soft-top), the Mk3 version was burdened with expectation. Although not as crisply styled as the earlier Giorgio Giugiaro-penned creation, the newcomer did have the advantage of being based on the 1992 European Car of the Year. A thoroughly modern design, its high-strength two-door monocoque bodyshell featured an integral roll-over hoop and driver's / passenger's airbags. Protected from the elements by a 6-layer quick-release hood, the four-seater cabin was suitably cosseting. While drivers had the advantage of both power-assisted steering (complete with an adjustable column) and ABS brakes. Available in S, SE, Avantgarde, and Colour Concept trim levels and with a choice of 1.6 (100bhp), 1.8 (75 / 90bhp), or 2.0 litre (115bhp) engines, the model enjoyed a seven-year production run between 1994 and 2001 (though, later incarnations wore a Mark 4 visage). A decently quick car in 2.0 litre form - contemporary road tests spoke of 0-60mph in 10.4 seconds and 119mph - few would bet against the Mark 3 Cabriolet going the way of its Mark 1 predecessor and becoming a classic.

Supplied new to the United Kingdom, this Avantgarde Golf Cabriolet was registered new on the 10th of January 1996 and was supplied new via Portsmouth Volkswagen. Fitted with the 1984cc straight-four engine with the rare four-speed automatic transmission, the Golf is finished in Silver with Black leather interior upholstery and a Black hood. Purchased new from the Macclesfield Volkswagen main agent by the current registered family ownership, ‘N838 XBR’ has been retained by the husband and wife previously, covering just 66,500 miles from new. Specified from new with leather seats, electric-roof, alloy wheels, Blaupunkt CD/Radio, electric powered windows and mirrors, and central door locking. The Avantgarde is offered with a history file which includes the original stamped service book a collection of invoices, several previous MOT certificates, a current V5C.


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