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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.


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