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This 1991 Volkswagen Golf GTI Rivage is a well-sorted example of the stylish Cabriolet, presented in good order. Believed to be one of around 30 such special edition cars remaining on the road, this GTI comes equipped with a 1.8-litre fuel-injected engine, coupled with a five-speed manual transmission. The odometer currently indicates 102,560 miles from new.

First registered in October 1991, this collectible Rivage model has been cherished by its current owner for the last ten years. In 2001, the car suffered a low-speed front end collision in central London, which was repairable but the insurer decided it was not cost-effective, so wrote the car off under a Category C designation. It was subsequently repaired to a good standard, and the MOT history shows it has been in relatively regular use over the last 15 years, covering some 18,000 miles in that time.

The car now presents with flush shut lines, smooth panels and with no obvious evidence of the prior accident. Other than the section that evidently needed to be repaired or replaced 20 years ago, the blue paintwork is believed to be original, and is described as being in fair condition. Some minor stone chips can be seen around the front end, and small imperfections elsewhere. The soft top roof presents well, appearing with no rips or other damage, and the car rides on a set of 15-inch forged 'Le Castellet' wheels, which remain in good order.

Moving inside, the Ivory leather upholstery is in impressive condition, presenting with just some age-related creasing and a light patina. The leather continues through the door cards and gear knob gaiter, and there is black carpeting and dashboard trim. An aftermarket Kenwood stereo has been installed, and along with the rest of the cabin's electrics it is in good working order.

The vendor indicates the oil and filter was changed at the last service, while the cambelt was reportedly last replaced in 2013 when the odometer showed approximately 101,000 miles.

The most recent MOT test was on 26 August 2020 at 102,426 miles, which resulted in a pass with an advisory to monitor slight perishing of the rear tyres. The wheels come wrapped with Falken front tyres with around 4mm of tread, and brand-new Maxxis tyres at the rear, which therefore have around 8mm of tread.

Accompanying the vehicle is a range of old paperwork, including some previous servicing and maintenance invoices, as well as old MOT certificates.

This Volkswagen Golf GTI Rivage Cabriolet is a well-presented modern classic, which remains in good condition throughout. An effortlessly stylish drop-top, this late model Mk1 GTI would make a smart addition to any collection, and will no doubt delight its next owner on warm weekends or road trips to warmer climes in the future.

The description of this auction lot is, to the best of the seller's knowledge, accurate and not misleading. Collecting Cars requests a range of detail about the lot from the seller, and performs a level of due diligence. However, bidders must satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of the description, and conduct any research they feel is necessary before committing to a bid. Please see our Terms and Conditions for full details.

All UK-registered cars and motorbikes on Collecting Cars are run through an online HPI check. This vehicle shows no insurance database markers for theft, and has no finance owing. It was recorded as a Category C insurance write-off in July 2001, following a front-end collision as described above, but was subsequently repaired.

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