Back when the oil price wars led to autobahn bans in West Germany, VW decided to bring in a new model of car. It could have been a flop.Instead it went on to be one of the quintessential cars of the 1970s. It's name: the Golf. It was first produced in May 1974 and immediately broke with all traditions. The car's water-cooled four cylinder engine, as well as its front wheel drive system, were revolutionary. drive it! looks back on the first generation of a modern classic.