1979-1993 GOLF CABRIOLET
WHY WE LOVE IT It’s top-down fun with a hint of practicality
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
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