1979-1993 GOLF CABRI­O­LET

WHY WE LOVE IT It’s top-down fun with a hint of prac­ti­cal­ity

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Volkswagen At 80 -

The Golf Cabri­o­let wasn’t in­tro­duced un­til 1979, but con­tin­ued in pro­duc­tion un­til 1993. Build­ing a MkII cabrio would have proved too costly, so Volk­swa­gen jumped straight to a MkIII!

The four-seater Cabri­o­let, built by Kar­mann, fea­tured body strength­en­ing, a trans­verse roll bar, plus su­pe­rior trim. The hood was man­u­ally op­er­ated on early cars but this gave way to pow­ered op­er­a­tion (both sys­tems have their quirks).

There were nu­mer­ous mod­els and lim­ited edi­tion Cabri­o­lets to choose from and to­day you can still find rea­son­ablypriced ex­am­ples for when you fancy some VW top-down driv­ing fun. SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

EN­GINE 1272cc/4-cyl/OHC POWER 60bhp@5600rpm TORQUE 70lb ft@3500rpm TOP SPEED 92mph 0-60MPH 13.2sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 28-30mpg TRANS­MIS­SION FWD, four-speed man­ual

BUY­ING TIPS

The Cabri­o­let is heav­ier than a stan­dard MkI, af­fect­ing cor­ner­ing and putting greater strain on the rear sus­pen­sion springs.

An ill-fit­ting hood will let the el­e­ments in – check the car­pets for damp and lift them to see what con­di­tion the floor­pan is in.

Ex­cess ex­haust smoke points to a worn en­gine.

WHAT TO PAY CON­COURS £7000, GOOD £4000, AV­ER­AGE £2000, PROJECT £1000

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