Bubble has burst on anniversaries commanding 10k.
Many currently on autotrader with low miles not selling.
A year ago as seller you could almost name your price.
As a past anniversary owner, along with other rare Golfs I appreciate them commanding higher prices. The problem with comparing them to Mk1's is they are 25 years old and genuine classics.
What category does a 25th anniversary fall into at the moment?
Look at prices of special editions from the past like 20th anniversaries, corrado storms, rallyes etc all rare but not commanding a premium price. The mint low miles ones carry a premium but the run of the mill examples?
If you have a standard low mileage anniversary then in years to come it will appreciate in value, as current Mk1's.
Unfortunately most anniversary are now nearing 100k miles which put them in the category of just another Mk4. The special parts may be damaged or missing, like seat bolsters worn, alloys damaged, incomplete service history etc. Why would you pay a premium for this?
Just my thoughts on the subject.
At the end of the day any car is only worth what someone is prepared to pay.
Johng - your thoughts are spot on. Whilst exceptionally good / concours cars will still reach the £10k mark, most of the surviving cars have been 'used', and therefore only deserve a significant premium over standard petrol 180's / diesel 150's if their unique Anni bits are in good condition.
Being an 'old boy' and having witnessed the fall and rise or the fall and demise of many 'desirable' cars during the last 30+ years, I personally think the Anni will become another forgotten / overlooked car in a few years time.
If you look objectively at the Mk 4 Golf, it was a very nice car when launched, still the benchmark for quality in its class, albeit the Focus had partially closed the quality gap and was better to drive. The Mk 4 GTi (petrol) was poor in non turbo form, and average in turbo form. Therefore, even with the additional Anni bits and an extra 30 bhp, the Anni GTi is hardly a memorable driver's car. The GT TDI's offered something new, however, even the 150 bhp model doesn't offer ground breaking 'GTI' performance. Therefore the Anni TDI is a nice car, but hardly justifies a massive premium over standard cars.
As stated, an immaculate Mk 1 Golf GTi will command a healthy price, however, MK 2's are significantly cheaper, c£4k for a concours winning example, there is little interest in Mk 3 GTi's. Unfortunately, I think mk 4's will follow Mk3's during the next few years, and become a forgotten GTi.
With Mk 5 GTi prices becoming cheaper, why pay a similar amount for a 6 year old MK 4 Anni ???