THE STORY OF THE VEHICLE

Here is a rare VW 4x4 based on the Mk2 Golf Syncro.  An official VW model for a couple of years, it signalled the birth of the ‘soft roader’ ahead of rivals.

 

Here is a rare 4x4 Volkswagen based on the Mk2 Golf.  This example is a standard model. The VW Bright Blue Metallic paintwork is in excellent condition, and is broken up by the green ‘Country’ motif decal. A unique opportunity to own a Country that has excellent paintwork, and is as near as you can get to a factory specification Country , with some second year production options. An official model for only a couple of years, it signalled the birth of the ‘soft roader’ ahead of its rivals. Did you think the VW 'Toerag' (sic) was the first family friendly 4x4 Volkswagen?  So, here is the 4X4 you never heard of and also for Germanic LHD markets only; The VW Golf Country Syncro. The standard model initially came in red, blue, a choice of 2 greens and black. There was also a tarted up black version called the 'Chrome'...use your imagination as to what that looked like, and the rarest model was actually meant for the farmers, was called the 'Allround' and came in a plain forest green but still cost more than the highest specification Golf GTI!There were 3 models all fitted with the same de-tuned 8 valve Golf GTI sourced engine. The standard model in red blue, a choice of 2 greens and black. There was also a tarted up version called the 'Chrome'...use your imagination as to what that looked like, and the rarest model was actually meant for the farmers, was called the 'Allround' and came in a plain forest green but still cost more than the highest specification Golf GTI!

These left hand drive only VW’s were built in 1989 and 1990. Originally, a displayed as a late 1980s VW styling exercise cum concept car at the Geneva Motor Show, it was first called the ‘Montana’ and was based on a VW Golf Mk2 Syncro CL, fitted VW’s ’Syncro’ viscous coupling 4 wheel drive Haldex system, before being converted to the more flashy 'Country' model at the Steyr-Puch factory in Graz, Austria. This car has the later option of a lockable spare wheel carrier.  You would also have the benefit of the rare factory option of an removable tow bar, which also secures inside a tray in the spare wheel well. A VW Golf GTI style bee sting serial has been fitted to the rear of the roof. Rear lights are the correct lightly darkened GTI style. 

This example is a standard model.  They utilised exterior trim from the Golf GTI and the Golf G60 along with small bumpers from the earlier Golfs.  Front fog and driving lights were Bosch Pilot with small grilles.  The front bull bar had openings to clean the lights.  The car is currently fitted with VW Passat ‘later production’ winter steel wheels.  Note the factory added rear reflectors underneath the rear bumper, due to the higher location of the rear lights. This Country has been fitted with a sunroof and has a stylish Thule cargo basket roof rack that certainly fits the style. Seats were grey cloth with a red, green and blue motif. As with many Mk2 Golfs of this era, they tend to rust on the corner joints of the front and rear valance, but this one looks in great shape in those areas. 

There were 3 models all fitted with the same de-tuned 8 valve Golf GTI sourced engine. The engine bay is immaculate and has been maintained as original with nothing to suggest anything is out of place from the factory specification. Underneath, the extra Country chassis can get grubby and rusty, but this looks to be in excellent shape. 

The only real difference is the taller view from the cabin and the drop down or step up into the cockpit.   There is a rear swing out spare wheel carrier, part function, part design.  There’s no space in the boot and it looks great hanging off the back and adds to the off-road image. 

The interior looks even more special with the ‘Syncro’ badge on the glovebox and ‘Syncro’ stitched into the head restraints. The interior looks pretty much like any other Golf of 1990/91. 

Here is a rare 4x4 Volkswagen based on the Mk2 Golf.  An official model for a couple of years, it signalled the birth of the ‘soft roader’ ahead of rivals. These left hand drive only VW’s were built in 1989 and 1990. Originally, a displayed as a late 1980s VW styling exercise cum concept car at the Geneva Motor Show, it was first called the ‘Montana’ and was based on a VW Golf Mk2 Syncro CL, fitted VW’s ’Syncro’ viscous coupling 4 wheel drive Haldex system, before being converted to the more flashy 'Country' model at the Steyr-Puch factory in Graz, Austria.

This VW Bright Blue Metallic Country has been retro fitted with an electric Webasto sunroof which lets in more light than the original steel version, and has a stylish Thule cargo basket roof rack that certainly fits the style. Seats are Golf Country only grey cloth with a red, green and blue motif. 

The boot carried a little less luggage, due to the need for more space for the rear elements of Volkswagen’s Syncro system, but there is still plenty of space.  This Golf Country still carries its VAG first aid kit.

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  • 2019-04-01
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