Supposedly there are people who consider the Derby to be an "ugly duckling". Its career started extremely positively in 1977: with 112,783 units, even more Derby's were produced than Polo's at that time. No wonder, as it offered a lot of car for little money – 515 litres of boot space from 9,055 marks!
Snappy speedsters: the small sedans from Volkswagen.
It is much more than just a "Polo with a backpack": the Volkswagen Derby. At its première 45 years ago, a new segment in Volkswagen's history was founded – that of small sedans with a classic notchback. The much larger VW 1500/1600 and K70 were long gone; the Derby was intended to close the gap between the Polo and the Golf. For the anniversary, we are taking a look back and, of course, are also presenting the matching spare parts highlights.
The second generation adopted the recipe for success of its predecessor. The technical basis was now the Polo 2, while visually the Derby maintained a certain independence, for example, through rectangular instead of round headlights. With a whopping 540 litres of space, the luggage compartment was enlarged further and even made some luxury sedans look old.