1987 Volkswagen Cabriolet Convertible
"Cabriolet" is French for "convertible" and, therefore, "cabrio" is
just like saying "'vert". Using "cabrio" is most certainly not
incorrect, but those in North America posting on Volkswagen forum
sites should be prepared to be badgered by those who are language
ignorant due to Volkswagen's ingenious idea of naming the A3 Golf
convertible "Cabrio" in the States.
When gazing upon this car you could never guess how many miles are
on it. It's a 1987 VW Cabriolet, which is very clean, and has a
remanufactured crate with a new bottom and top end including the
timing belt. It is a new VW motor installed in 2015 and only has 3K
miles on it. As opposed to the car which has 134K clocked on it,
but it has been restored.
Look! it's a Rabbit, no its a Golf! no it's a Cabriolet the
official name for this car and model year. This one has straight
German steel, well minded gaps and is bathed in maroon. It sports a
belt lint trimming with black sandwiched between strips of thin
chrome running the gamut. Also, the rocker covers are black with a
single thin trimming just above. Black wheel well extenders are on
all the fenders and black European bumpers with horizontal trim on
top and bottom are present, (Do you see a theme here?). Mostly
square and rectangle design, keeping it simple. A new in 2015 white
canvas convertible top moves up and down flawlessly and a central
roll bar holds up the top in the center and protects the passengers
in case of a roll over. 15-inch wheel coverings are on all 4
corners. I see no rust, and the paint is very nicely applied.
Tan with tuck and roll square pattern broadcloth tweed for the
inserts and horizontal striped light and dark tan tweed is reserved
for the bolsters on the front buckets and rear bench. These are all
in good condition showing some wear and tear on the drivers back
and "piling on the passenger's entry bolster but are clean. Saddle
tan vinyl is saved for the bottoms and sides of the seats and
matches the doors. The tweed also is use on a small insert panel on
the door panels with the remainder being saddle brown vinyl which
is embossed. A nice wood rimmed Nardi Wolfsberg castle badge rally
wheel is fronting a chocolate brown square and rectangle dash with
black face gauges and white numbers and pointers. An aftermarket
Sony AM/FM/CD player replaces the original. As we move to the
console, a bank of gauges stares at you and are mounted just in
front of the wood knobbed, leather booted shift lever. Clean tan
carpeting covers all the floors.
A 1.8 Liter 4-cylinder replacement engine is inserted within the
clean engine bay. Consigner states that this engine has 3,000 miles
on it since the replacement. It is a rebuilt crate engine with the
top and bottom end and the timing chain being new. A new clutch and
clutch cable, brake master cylinder coolant hoses, radiator and
thermostat were installed when the engine was replaced.
Ahh you've gotta love the Germans who love their aero coverings,
and the undercarriage is loaded with them. These are in fine
condition, rust free and nice and solid. Independent Macpherson
strut front suspension and independent rear suspension work with
power front disc brakes and power rear drum braking. A Borla
exhaust snakes its way from front to rear and is all clean and rust
A quick starter and it did well on the test track where I ran it
through its paces. It has smooth shifting, handles very well, and
all functions were ready to go at my command. I kept the top up so
I could listen to the Sony!
As the consignor states that due to the replacement that took place
in 2015, the TLC showed this car over the years it remains in
excellent condition, runs like a rabbit, and moves like a Golf, but
is badged as a Cabriolet. Ach those crazy Germans!
15-Golf Cabriolet/Rabbit Convertible
K-Karmann; Osnabruck, Germany
003787-Sequential Unit Number
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