Gallery: Production of Golf Began Exactly 45 Years Ago Today!

The Golf is celebrating an important birthday today, as it marks the 45th anniversary of the little hatchback’s production start.

When it debuted in Europe in 1976, the Golf made just 70 hp and has since grown to more than 300. In the ensuing years, an average of 1 Golf has been sold every 41 seconds—or 780,000 per year.

Now, enjoy these galleries of Golfs by generation!

Mk1

Mk2

Mk3

Mk4

Mk5

Mk6