Menu

This website uses affiliate links. That means that if you order something through these links, we may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more

< Overview >

VW Golf and Rabbit: books - history and technology

A book on the Volkswagen Golf or Rabbit? Here are books on the history, models and technology of Volkswagen passenger cars.

VW Golf Story - Alle Generationen seit 1974

Lange war er seinerzeit erwartet worden, der dringend benötigte, technisch modernisierte VW Käfer-Nachfolger mit Namen "Golf", der für den Volkswagen-Konzern zum neuen Hoffnungsträger werden sollte.

Was dann folgte, war eine der erstaunlichsten Erfolgsgeschichten der Automobilbranche: Der neue VW Golf mit wassergekühltem Frontmotor und neuem Schrägheck-Styling entwickelte sich zum durchschlagenden Erfolg, begründete die nach ihm benannte "Golf-Klasse" und ist bis heute eines der meistverkauftesten Autos weltweit, in Deutschland sowieso.

Russell Hayes stell hier alle Golf-Generationen und ihre Ableger vor.

Pages of the book VW Golf Story - Alle Generationen seit 1974 (1)

Author:Russell Hayes
Specs:320 pages, 26.5 x 23 cm / 10.4 x 9.1 in, hardback
Illustrations:70 b&w and 362 colour photographs
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2015)
Book: VW Golf Story - Alle Generationen seit 1974

VW Golf Story - Alle Generationen seit 1974

Language: German

Buy from Amazon UK
Buy from Amazon CA
Buy from Amazon.com

Volkswagen Golf - Les modèles depuis 1974

Depuis sa création en 1974, la Golf commandée par Volkswagen au designer italien Giorgetto Giugiaro, ne cesse d'enthousiasmer les amateurs de mécanique de qualité, les fans de sportives récréatives et tous ceux qui veulent choisir sans se tromper.

À travers sept générations de Golf, cet ouvrage revisite l'histoire de l'une des voitures les plus vendues au monde : 35 millions à ce jour. Cette icône automobile a brillé par ses qualités routières, mais aussi séduit par sa polyvalence. En effet, la Golf est la seule voiture de série à avoir été à la fois un diesel économique, une super-sportive de 360 chevaux, un cabriolet, une berline, un break, un 4x4... sans jamais perdre ni son âme ni son style depuis près d'un demi-siècle.

Author:Benjamin Cuq
Specs:160 pages, 20.5 x 29.5 cm / 8.1 x 11.6 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Editions E/P/A (F, 2019)
Book: Volkswagen Golf - Les modèles depuis 1974

Volkswagen Golf - Les modèles depuis 1974

Language: French

Buy from Amazon UK
Buy from Amazon CA

VW Golf Mk I - IV

NEW

In 1974, the Volkswagen Golf replaced the iconic Beetle, redefining the family hatchback. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, it featured a transverse engine for enhanced space.
Richard Copping's book delves into the Golf's global success, tracing its development and key design choices. It explores the Mk 2 (1983), Mk 3 (1991), and Mk IV (1997), highlighting design and engineering advancements like increased size, new engines, and the acclaimed GTi. The fourth-gen Golf introduced efficient diesel engines. Variants, including Jetta, Vento, and Bora, were pivotal in the US market.

Author:Richard Copping
Specs:96 pages, 23.5 x 16.5 cm / 9.25 x 6.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:100 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2023)
Book: VW Golf Mk I - IV

VW Golf Mk I - IV

Language: English

Buy from Amazon UK
Buy from Amazon CA
Buy from Amazon.com

Volkswagen Golf 1 - Le vent du renouveau (Top Model)

En 1974, la Golf concentre un haut niveau de technologie ; des éléments de sécurité de qualité et des aspects pratiques indéniables, avec ses deux ou quatre portes et son hayon. Le risque est mesuré pour Wolfsburg, car toute la partie technique est reprise de modèles ayant déjà fait leurs maladies. Les lignes, signées Giugiaro, sont classiques et dynamiques, mais ne heurtent pas la clientèle.
Le succès ne se fait pas attendre. Avec la Golf, Volkswagen est enfin entré dans l'ère moderne par la grande porte. Ses qualités font rapidement de la petite nouvelle le numéro un du segment C. Elle inspire la concurrence et deviendra très vite celle qu'il faut détrôner. Son image séduira de nombreux marchés. Déclinée en berline à coffre, elle prend le patronyme Jetta.

La Golf ayant remplacé la Coccinelle, il était normal d'en dériver un cabriolet... Toujours produit chez Karmann, celui-ci dispose d'un arceau fixe et ménage de l'espace aux occupants arrière. Du côté des utilitaires légers, la Golf s'impose également, avec une version tôlée puis un pick-up qui survivra près de dix ans aux versions trois et cinq portes.
Polyvalente, la Golf se mue aussi facilement en sportive accomplie, la GTI, qu'en championne de l'économie dans la performance, avec ses versions Diesel puis turbo Diesel.

Au fil des ans, la petite Volkswagen se forge une image "en béton" qui n'aura de cesse que de perdurer et s'amplifier de génération en génération. À l'heure où la Golf 1 et ses dérivés entrent de plain-pied dans le monde de la collection, il était indispensable de se pencher sur sa riche histoire et d'en proposer une synthèse la plus complète possible.

Author:Dimitri Urbain
Specs:240 pages, 29 x 24 cm / 11.4 x 9 in, hardback
Illustrations:624 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:ETAI (F, 2015)
Series:Top Model
Book: Volkswagen Golf 1 - Le vent du renouveau (Top Model)

Volkswagen Golf 1 - Le vent du renouveau

Language: French

Buy from Amazon UK
Buy from Amazon CA
Buy from Amazon.com

Thirty Years of the Volkswagen Golf & Rabbit

This book covers the fascinating transition from Beetle to Golf and the subsequent development of the car that became Volkswagen's new icon. Included are Volkswagen archival photographs of early development projects and details about the people who built these charismatic cars.

The story is more than facts and figures. It is an adventurous tale of a company whose future rested on the fenders of a hatchback economy car - a car that ultimately became a favorite of car enthusiasts around the world.

Author:Kevin Clemens
Specs:128 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 1 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 0.39 in, paperback
Illustrations:130 b&w photographs
Publisher:Iconografix (USA, 2006)
Book: Thirty Years of the Volkswagen Golf & Rabbit

Thirty Years of the Volkswagen Golf & Rabbit

Language: English

Buy from Amazon UK
Buy from Amazon CA
Buy from Amazon.com

Volkswagen Golf - Le vetture che hanno fatto la storia

A title in the historic Nada catalogue series, this time on the Volkswagen Golf, a cult car. The models under the microscope are the classics, those of the first series, including the variants like the Van, Caddy, Rabbit, Cabriolet and right through to the South African Golf Citi, which was a German first series Golf produced until just a few years ago.

The catalogue's layout is the traditional one, with period photographic material and an organisation of chapters on the different models - as well as a brief guide to restoring the cars and their critical points.

Text in Italian.

Author:Marco Batazzi
Specs:96 pages, 27 x 24.5 cm / 10.6 x 9.7 in, paperback
Illustrations:76 b&w and 90 colour photographs
Publisher:Giorgio Nada Editore (IT, 2015)
Series:Le vetture che hanno fatto la storia
Book: Volkswagen Golf - Le vetture che hanno fatto la storia

Volkswagen Golf

Language: Italian

Buy from Amazon UK
Buy from Amazon.com

VW Golf Cabriolet (1979-2002) - Brooklands Road Test Portfolio

Brooklands Portfolio book about the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet models from the years 1979-2002. Describes the VW Golf Cabriolet and Rabbit Convertible, GLi, GTi, TDi, Clipper, Avantgarde, 1.6, 1.8, 2.0, Mk 1, Mk 3 and Mk 3.5.

Pages of the book VW Golf Cabriolet 1979-2002 (1)

  • The articles, taken from contemporary British and American car magazines, provide much information about history, model changes and technology.
  • Also driving impressions, tests, comparison tests, technical specifications, etc.

Click here to know more about the Brooklands Portfolio books

Specs:160 pages, 28 x 21 x 1.1 cm / 11 x 8.25 x 0.43 in, paperback
Illustrations:profusely illustrated
Publisher:Brooklands Books (GB, 2010)
Book: VW Golf Cabriolet (1979-2002) - Brooklands Road Test Portfolio

VW Golf Cabriolet (1979-2002)

Language: English

Buy from Amazon UK
Buy from Amazon CA
Buy from Amazon.com

Volkswagen Golf GTI

When Volkswagen launched the Golf GTI, over thirty years ago, it could hardly have known the impact its compact and sporty model would have on the car-buying public. Through an uncertain birth to its class-topping iconic status of today, rarely does a new model of car make a whole new market segment for itself but the Golf was the original hot hatch, a car that others would copy but seldom equal.

This book details every mark of GTI. Many archive images.

Author:James Richardson
Specs:208 pages, 25 x 20 x 1.8 cm / 9.8 x 7.9 x 0.71 in, hardback
Illustrations:294 colour photographs
Publisher:The Crowood Press Ltd (GB, 2008)
Book: Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Language: English

Buy from Amazon UK
Buy from Amazon CA
Buy from Amazon.com

VW Golf GTI (1976-1991) - Brooklands Portfolio

Brooklands Portfolio book about the VW Golf GTI models from the years 1976-1991. Describes the Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit GTI Mk I and II with 1.6 8V, 1.8 8V, 1.8 16V and G60 engines.

  • The 42 articles, taken from contemporary British and American car magazines, provide much information about history, model changes and technology.
  • Also driving impressions, tests, comparison tests, technical specifications, etc.

Click here to know more about the Brooklands Portfolio books

Specs:136 pages, 26 x 20.5 x 1 cm / 10.25 x 8.1 x 0.39 in, paperback
Illustrations:250 photographs
Publisher:Brooklands Books (GB, 2004)
Book: VW Golf GTI (1976-1991) - Brooklands Portfolio

VW Golf GTI (1976-1991)

Language: English

Buy from Amazon UK
Buy from Amazon CA
Buy from Amazon.com

You & Your Volkswagen Golf GTI - Buying, enjoying, maintaining, modifying

Making its début in 1976, the Golf GTI Mk I was the world's first 'hot hatch', defining the genre. VW's benchmark sporting hatchback has remained the class leader, and today's opulent Mk IV still bears the genes of its revered ancestors.
This colour book covers the full road car and competition history.

Author:Andy Butler
Specs:160 pages, 26 x 19.5 x 1.3 cm / 10.25 x 7.7 x 0.51 in, hardback
Illustrations:175 colour photographs
Publisher:Haynes Publishing (GB, 2002)
Book: You & Your Volkswagen Golf GTI - Buying, enjoying, maintaining, modifying

You & Your Volkswagen Golf GTI - Buying, enjoying, maintaining, modifying

Language: English

Buy from Amazon UK
Buy from Amazon CA
Buy from Amazon.com

Volkswagen Golf GTI (1979-1992) - The Essential Buyer's Guide

Charts the models that an enthusiast has to own, from the iconic late model Mk I with its pocket rocket 1.8-litre engine and 5-speed box, through to the exclusive, extremely powerful and much sought after limited edition Rallye Golf. With both mileage and particularly condition having a marked affect on potential prices, the authors give sound advice on what is worth restoring and what, however tempting, is likely to cost a new owner an un-recoupable fortune.
Weak points, rust traps, and potential mechanical defects are laid out for the reader, with clear Golf-specific guidelines offered on the practicalities of rectifying such problems. The authors also embrace both the customized and mechanically modified examples of the Mk I and Mk II GTI, with each aspect of Golf ownership meticulously captured on camera.

Author:Richard Copping, Ken Cservenka
Specs:64 pages, 19.5 x 14 cm / 7.7 x 5.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:100 colour photographs
Publisher:Veloce Publishing Ltd (GB, 2009)
Series:The Essential Buyer's Guide
Book: Volkswagen Golf GTI (1979-1992) - The Essential Buyer's Guide

Volkswagen Golf GTI (1979-1992)

Language: English

Buy from Amazon UK
Buy from Amazon CA
Buy from Amazon.com

Related titles:

VW Scirocco & Corrado - Die sportlichen VW

VW Scirocco & Corrado - Die sportlichen Volkswagen

Joachim Kuch

German | hardback | 96 p. | 2018

VW Scirocco - Alle Modellreihen

VW Scirocco - Alle Modellreihen

Tobias Zoporowski

German | hardback | 126 p. | 2018

La VW Scirocco de mon pere

La VW Scirocco de mon père

René Soulard

French | hardback | 120 p. | 2016

Das grosse VW-Corrado-Buch (Reprint)

Das grosse VW-Corrado-Buch (Reprint)

heinz Hormann, Georg Gr¨tzner, Joachim Hack

German | hardback | 184 p. | 2015

VW Corrado 1988-1995

VW Corrado (1988-1995)

English | paperback | 160 p. | 2008

< Top >


The TMB Bookshop offers not only general books about VW . Click here to discover all books about VW (including technical books like workshop manuals, restauration manuals, driver's handbooks, parts catalogues, etc.).


Last update:20-04-2024