My wife’s first car was a new 1980 Black GTI with a sunroof. Marketed as the Rabbit GTI in Canada. I have very fond memories of that car. The tartan seats were very distinctive and were part of a German tradition of plaid seats dating back to the 300SL Mercedes and the Pepita seats in Porches.
Not surprised to learn that a women was behind this distinctive design feature, along with the golf ball styled shifter knob which was especially nice because it was connected to a 5 speed transmission.
The Golf GTI Mark 1 achieved iconic stature and defined a new segment of the market known as “Hot Hatches”.
Congrats to Gunhild and to Hagerty for telling her story, in an otherwise male dominated field.
Sadly, these cars became very degraded quality-wise when VW made the unwise decision to manufacture in the US to US standards of the day, rather than German standards. That’s what makes the Mark 1’s so special since they were German built.