114 Proofs Of Love

Who says that love cannot be expressed in numbers? In our case the number is 114. The Austrian Josef Juza loves the Golf and that is why he owns exactly 114 of them. Although this should be seen as merely a temporary figure. The extent of his love is still defined in growth, even if this growth is not as dynamic as it used to be. The Golf collector has stopped actively searching, but sometimes items are still offered to him that he simply cannot refuse.

114 Golf! That is about the same as a good-sized supermarket car park full of Golfs all belonging to the same fan.

The less charismatic part of the collection is made up of vehicles used by various different authorities.

Josef Juza could organise a big regional Golf meeting every evening without having to invite a single person. And there’s more: there is probably nowhere else in the world outside of the Autostadt in Wolfsburg with a similar high number of Golf rarities as can be found in this simple industrial hall near Vienna.

In the foreground: a one-time disco king in wide-body format

How many Golf does one person need?
As with most passions, this one was harmless at the beginning. The first Golf was followed by a second, then a third. Only then it just went on. And on. And on. Until it reached today’s number of 114.

Josef Juza on starting his Golf collection, the ”Golf Pack”: “When I sat in a Golf for the first time I just had the feeling that this car had been built for me alone. The seat position, driving fun, everyday usability, it was all exactly as I like it.”

The collection is completed with countless items of rare automobilia.

The chimney sweep went about his daily work in a Caddy, in the summer he used a Cabrio, in the winter a Country, a GTI for driving fun and a normal Golf for the family. So far, so logical. “My basic point was: the right Golf for every occasion. Then at an Oldtimer exhibition I fell in love with a model from the first series with drum brakes at the front and dovetail rear apron.

Anything goes as long as it’s fun: a Jetta model from 1990.

This early model was the first “unnecessary” Golf and, as such, can be seen as the official start of the collection. This was back in the mid-Nineties, and once Josef Juza had found this passion then temptation was to be found nearly everywhere. “I only had to have a quick look in the Internet and I soon found another great vehicle that cost practically nothing. The transport was often more expensive than the price of the vehicle.”

The beauty of everyday things
There may be some people who apply the same level of emotional attachment to a car as they would to a kitchen appliance. The Golf is clearly a logical choice for these people. The car can, however, also be a wonderful projection for passions and individuality. In this context, the Golf, with its clear message and unpretentious appearance, is a perfect canvas for personal expression. The power of this spirit can be seen impressively at the GTI meeting at Wörthersee every year.

Josef Juza understands both approaches and has chosen Golfs as examples of all perspectives. Alongside the rare vehicle highlights, Golfs can be found in his collection for racing, Golfs for living, Golfs for luxury, but also others which were used to collect rubbish during their active working life. And then there are the countless special models!

Somebody has to do it: a Caddy as garbage truck.

Best of 114
• A vehicle from pre-series production: supplier company Lunke & Sohn fitted a sliding door on the driver side and it was shown at a large number of motor shows as of 1974.

The crown jewels of the collection: a pre-series body with sliding door

• G60 Limited. Hand-built 71 times in the Motor Sport department. With 210 PS and Syncro-4WD, it was in price and performance more than just an equal to the rockets being built in this time by the premium manufacturers.

Number 54 of 71: the hand-finished Golf G60 Limited made by the Motor Sport department could keep up with the German sports car elite back in the day.

• Rally Golf. Homologation model for motor sport based on the Golf II. Built 5000 times.

One man and his dream: in the beginning there was the idea of owning a Golf for every occasion. The collection now has 114 vehicles.

• CitySTROMer I. In cooperation with energy provider RWE, a small series of approx. 25 vehicles was built in 1981. This model is seen as one of the first electric vehicles that can be used for everyday applications.

Electric start: the CitySTROMer built in 1981 was driven by a dozen vehicle batteries and was one of the first electric vehicles that could be used for everyday purposes.

Down to earth: the battery displays in the cockpit of the CitySTROMer.

• CitySTROMer II (about 70 vehicle built).

The eco corner of the Golf Pack: CitySTROMer I, CitySTROMer II, Eco-Golf with an early version of the start-stop automatic system.

• Eco-Golf. Based on the Golf II, 11 test vehicles were built which were used to test future-oriented technologies such as Start-Stop and engine switch-off at idling speed.

• Two of three gangway vehicles for Bremen airport.

The gangway variant of the Caddy was only built three times, Josef Juza has two of them.

• GTI-focus with early and late first generation models, second generation GTI 16V, Oettinger GTI I with 150 PS, Nordstadt GTI I, which was equipped for a sheikh by the top-level tuner from Hanover with luxury leather and a C-network car telephone.

This is how sheikhs travelled in the Golf: with the finest nappa leather and with C-Network car telephone.

• Various different camper van body constructions for the Caddy.

The Golf as a snail’s shell: the integrated plastic construction provided more space and a less challenging handling than the backpack cabins used for the Caddy loading surface.

• Countless vehicles used by various different authorities.

The museum of real life
The “Golf Pack” is, in one point, considerably different from other collections. The vehicles have been left in their natural state and thus make an honest impression, which can certainly also be attributed to the fact that Josef Juza works on his own. 114 vehicles without a team of mechanics and auxiliary personnel is definitely an organisational challenge.

But exactly this point, which would normally seem to be an issue, lends the “Golf Pack” its charm. The best example is the “Million” Golf: this model which, with its verifiable one million kilometres on the clock, corresponds visually, in feel and in smell exactly with what you would expect of a vehicle with this kind of performance. It is therefore a wonderful example of contemporary history.

The kilometre millionaire: the owner disconnected the clock shortly before the target was reached and travelled a further 150,000 kilometre in the vehicle. The condition and smell of the vehicle make this performance absolutely credible.

When Josef Juza lent the “million Golf” for an exhibition he said: “I will be really cross if you clean the car!”.

With regard to contemporary history: interesting vehicles with special tuning are also in the exhibition, as this collection sees itself as being in touch with the fans.

A hotly-tuned Oettinger Golf with 150 PS and optical package.

“Today, some people say Tupperware Golf when referring to the typically broad vehicles built in the Eighties. These are all mementoes for me of a certain time. Back then you were the king of the disco with a Golf like this.”

The vision for the future of the Golf Pack is clear: Josef Juza wants to be the director in his own Golf museum. The plan is for this loose collection to soon become an exhibition open to the general public. A plan for the position of the vehicles has already been drafted and additional space has also been made available. The doors are scheduled to be opened next spring. More information: www.golfsrudel.at

The last question for Josef Juza: If he could only keep five cars which ones would he choose?

“I think I would close down the entire collection. I would prefer to do without al of them than have to choose just a few”. That’s true love, don’t you think?

There is no MOT on the beach: a self-built Buggy Golf.

Note from the editor:
Unfortunately, it is not possible to visit the collection at this point of time. The opening of a museum is planned for spring 2019.

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