1974 2009


Volkswagen Golf Mk 1, 1974 (and Citi Golf, 2009). Perhaps the most famous and successful of Italdesign’s early years was the original Mk 1 Golf which established the template for Europe’s most popular class of car and whose design continues to influence the style of Golfs up to the present generation. Thus the car became a milestone in automotive history and marked a new beginning for Volkswagen. Although the Mk1 was replaced in Europe in 1983 it remained in production in South Africa as the Citi Golf until 2009

Pretty much. We felt it in our hearts from before we met. Even on the phone, we seemed to have some understanding, like you do when you meet the right person. And he was a charmer, such a charmer!
—  Olivia Harrison in response to the question, “Was it love at first sight [between George and herself]?”, The Sun, 12 June 2009

George Harrison and Olivia Arias, 1974, photo © unknown.

“I never even thought about the fact that he was a Beatle. George was so humble, that honestly when I met him it was just like meeting any other person. He wasn’t a Beatle at that time, and so I never saw that. I only ever saw the person, George. I don’t think we’d have been together so long it if it had been any other way.” - Olivia Harrison, Herald Scotland, 18 June 2009 [x]

“My first impression of George was that he was smaller than life. Very humble, normal and thoughtful. He was very focused. He had such a strong sense of self. He didn’t seem to be a frivolous person, though he was, but from the first day I met him, he was working on music.” - Olivia Harrison, quoted in You Never Give Me Your Money by Peter Doggett [x]