How far will you go as a car fanatic?

Out of the 30 million Golf units sold since the 1970s, 114 of them are owned by one man. Yes, Volkswagen’s best-selling vehicle has been more than just a car for Josef Juza, a chimney sweep from Austria.

He has owned 144 VW Golfs, ranging from rare kinds, like a sliding-door Golf, to odd ones that we bet you never knew existed. With this huge collection of cars, calling Juza a fan is an understatement. His fascination with the Golf started the first time he sat inside the car.

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

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Juza began his collection as part of his job when he was driving a second-generation, European-spec Caddy. His collection began to grow from then on, owning as many Golf types as you can imagine – a Cabrio for summer, a GTI for some driving fun, and a Golf Country for winter. As he puts it, he has “the right Golf for every occasion.”

However, what sparked the collection was his first Mk1 Golf with a dovetail spoiler that he got from a car show the mid-1990s, filling up his Golf collection found in a warehouse outside Vienna. In the modern age, Juza added more cars into his herd the same way anyone who shops online does.

The Man Who Owns 114 VW Golfs

“I only had to have a quick look on 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,” he said.

The oldest of Juza’s collection is a 1974 pre-production Golf fitted with a forward-sliding door. He also has two all-electric Golfs, known as CitySTROMer I and II, which used gel-electrolyte batteries. Among the rarest in his “Golf Pack” is one of the 71 Golf G60 Limited models, which were hand-built by Volkswagen Motorsport. This car produced 207 horsepower from a supercharged four-cylinder engine. He also has a 181-hp 1989 Rallye Golf.

The Man Who Owns 114 VW Golfs
The Man Who Owns 114 VW Golfs
The Man Who Owns 114 VW Golfs

Of course, a collection that’s 114 strong isn’t without quirky inclusions. Juza owns several Golf-based campers, as well as two stairway cars built off VW Pickups that were used by the Bremen airport. Probably the coolest among the herd is the customized first-generation GTI that’s made by a German tuner for a Middle Eastern prince. It has wood inserts, topgrain leather, and a 1980s luxury item – a carphone.

Juza admits that taking care of 144 Golfs is no easy feat. He plans to open his collection to the public as a sort of Golf museum. Now, if you want to buy one of his Golfs, that might not be a great idea. Juza was asked which five of his cars would he take above the others, to which he answered:

“I think I would close down the entire collection. I would prefer to do without all of them than have to choose just a few.”

Source: Volkswagen

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