DAVID BROWN VOLKSWAGEN GOLF CABRIOLET
Because I’ve always seen my cars as year-round entertainment as opposed to summer-only fun I have never really yearned for a convertible. That said, I came very close to buying one in 2014, and it was only the appearance of another ‘must-have’ that diverted the funds.
The car that I had been considering was a Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet and examples of these have regularly appeared in CCW’s Classified pages, usually for around the £2000-2500 mark for a late 1980s car such as a high-spec Clipper. For me the Golf Cabriolet’s profile actually looks better with the hood up than lowered.
The Karmann-built Golf Cabriolet was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1979. As a MkII Golf Cabriolet proved too extravagant to produce, the convertible kept the MkI design alive until 1993, a decade after the tin-top had moved on.
While the Golf Cabriolets do not have the same charisma as a Beetle convertible, they do offer a Volkswagen fan an economical choice for some top-down fun.