PHOTOS VW GOLF JOSEF JUZA COLLECTION: VOLKSWAGEN NEWSROOM
With 44 years behind him, the Golf saga is the best representative of what we call "car". And yes, we know that this sounds very ambitious but… Any other vehicle so precisely mix reliability, practicality, popular prices and a wide range of adaptations that has not stopped growing since 1974? We believe not, and surely Joseph Juza think the same.
After all, this Austrian chimney sweep is the proud owner of a collection with 114 VW Golfs, even greater than that treasured by the brand itself. Without a doubt, a perfect example of the passion that this balanced model can generate in a fan of the classics, who began to be interested in the model when every day he went to work in a Caddy - the commercial vehicle based on the platform. of the Golf-.
From that point shared with tens of thousands of European workers, their interest ended up being reflected in the acquisition of a Golf Mk-1 in the mid-90s. Specifically, a Rare collector's item as it was one of the first Golf ever made. From there we do not know what spark was lit in the mind of our protagonist, but his inquiries led him to find strange Golf units that were piling up in a warehouse on the outskirts of Vienna.
A place where, to tell the truth, you have almost the entire history of the model represented, with specimens as strange as a Jetta Cabrio prototype, G60 MkII Rallye Limited of which there are only a few units and even, in an achievement for predicting the future of the model, some other electric example developed already in the seventies -and mounted on a first generation Golf- to test this type of engine especially in the city.
MUCH MORE THAN A SIMPLE PACKAGE
Who else who least has a fondness for collecting something, which can lead to a problem when collecting turns into crowding; Just like when that friend of your father started collecting lead soldiers, which degenerated into the fact that his wife doesn't know if she lives in her usual little apartment or on a ruthless battlefield. At first glance, it is normal to think that the same thing happened to Josef Juza with the VW Golf, but in reality his list of 114 copies includes a detailed tour of the model.
At first, this Austrian used his passion for Golf to equip himself with a fleet of vehicles adapted to his needs: a GTI to enjoy the holidays, a golf-country to embark on the adventure of the roads, a Convertible MKI to catch a tan in the summer sun… But when he already had all the necessary models to have the right frame at all times, his collector's eagerness turned to stranger models.
That's when began to search the internet for almost unique but economically accessible copies; just the moment when his collection began to grow to the point of moving to a warehouse where today we can find specimens such as a first generation of pre-production with the sliding door, a rabid Golf Rally from 1989, a second generation that stopped the odometer at 999.992 kilometers so that it would not turn around losing the number, which has risen to 1.150.000 kms...
UNIQUE PREPARATIONS AND MUSEUM PROJECT
In addition, his eagerness to collect has led him to have an impressive GTI prepared for an Arab sheikh, motorhomes on first-generation Golf platforms, various commercial variants and… even one that mounts a ladder for access to the planes used on the runways at Bremen airport!
It is true that the value of many of the units is not very high -Josef himself confesses that not infrequently the bulk of the expense has been more in the transfer than in the price of the car-, but the resulting set combines rarities as prototypes with representative models of the range and some exclusive sports cars.
Neither more nor less than the most important collection of the most iconic utility vehicle of all time; something that At last it will be put in value when next year a museum is inaugurated to house these 114 units.. We will have to come to see it!