SOTW: VW Golf GTI Cabriolet Mk1


Oh for the good ol' days when a model could soldier on long past its best-before date without even the merest hint of blushing. Volkswagen is a past master at this trick - just look at how long the Beetle lasted.

The VW Golf Cabriolet, and today's SOTW, is another example of that fine tradition. It originally came out in 1979 and, although the Mk2 Golf appeared in 1983, the Mk1 Cab lasted until 1993 before being replaced by the Mk3 Golf Cabriolet.

What is quite remarkable is that the Karmann-built Golf Cab soldiered on unmolested right through the decade - the only changes being a larger fuel tank and a smaller spare tyre for 1984, and later models (from 1988 onwards) getting 'Clipper' bodykits that brought their looks vaguely in line with the Mk2 Golf.


From a 21st-century perspective, the venerable Golf isn't exactly the coolest of drop-tops - after all, it looks like the mutant offspring of a pram, a shopping basket and a car - but in those halcyon pre-MX5 days there wasn't much without a lid for the enthusiast to get their mitts on.

Thus the Golf Cabriolet GTI was actually quite a catch. It shared mechanicals with its metal-roofed brother, but the installation of bracing to prevent wobbly car syndrome made it a full 150kg heavier than the GTI hatch. This was not a quick car, but when your only alternative is an Escort cabriolet (let's pretend the 205 CTi didn't exist) it's easy to see the Golf's appeal.


The advert for this particular cab says its just nine days old (the ad, not the car), but Shed has had its beadies on this little style icon for quite a while, so we strongly suspect this is a reposted advert. It's a theory borne out by the line "grab a roofless bargain for the summer and watch it go up in value", which perhaps ought to more accurately read "try to sell a roofless car just before winter and watch it lose you money."

Still, our vendor's loss could be your gain - we reckon you could knock a decent chunk off that £800 asking price. Sounds like he really wants to get rid of it, too, as it presumably doesn't hold the happiest of associations for him ("bought for the wife but she has gone so this must go too").


So, if you want to take advantage of another's misfortune - and the used car market is built upon such foundations - why not take a punt at this VW Golf pram (sorry, Cabriolet)?

Advert is reproduced below

vw golf gti cabriolet convertible mk1 classic (1988)
170,000 miles £800

here is a very good example of a classic mk1 gti convertible.mett blue with contrasting blue upholstery.big bumper model,cd player,long mot,immobiliser fitted, 5 speed recon gearbox recently fitted, runs great, grab a roofless bargain for the summer and watch it go up in value !
bought for the wife but she has gone so this must go too ! well looked after !

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  • Mk1Campaign 31 Aug 2012

    Get your head under the bonnet once a month and they'll never let you down...on my 4th...too much fun smile

    Insurance £100, exhaust £40, 30-40mpg, complete strangers give you thumbs up on the motorway and petrol stations take ages as they all want to talk about it, oh and it goes up in value not down - which is nice.

    Keepin' um standard; daily standard.



  • MGJohn 19 Oct 2010

    Riggers said:
    dbdb said:
    Only 96 comments so far? - The Montego was far more popular!!hehe
    Indeed... The Vee-Dub's just not controversial enough to generate enough argument. Should've made it a Rover 200 cab. wink
    Like this old shed... wink

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&am...
    ..

  • terryphelan 19 Oct 2010

    I had one of these a few years ago.
    It was the first classic car I bought, and boy did it teach me a good lesson about buying cars, and specifically old cars.
    It looked great (had been resprayed black, new hood, lovely wheels) but was a complete lemon.
    Turned me off vws for a long time.
    Constant problems with the electrics.
    Not to mention discovering hidden accident damage, 2 previous colour changes and front suspension parts from 2 unknown VW models.
    I made a tidy profit on its resale, mind you.
    My next car was a similar era BMW e30 325 sport that didn't once give me a hint of trouble.
    BMW > VW

  • Agent Orange 18 Oct 2010

    Great shed. Cannot believe it's only £800 seems a huge bargain.

  • Riggers 18 Oct 2010

    dbdb said:
    Only 96 comments so far? - The Montego was far more popular!!hehe
    Indeed... The Vee-Dub's just not controversial enough to generate enough argument. Should've made it a Rover 200 cab. wink

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