1985 Volkswagen GTI Restoration Share Comments We’re starting with a car that we purchased in Georgia over the winter. The craiglist ad said it was a black 1985 GTI with double headlights and a big bumper kit. In actual fact, it’s just a once-Cashmere white Golf with the world’s worst paint job, big bumpers that were held to the small bumper rebar with sheet metal screws, and a complete interior from a 1990 GTI. To most, the realization that the car was far from its advertised state would’ve been a no-go. But to us, it was a perfect starting point for a full restoration.