1985 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet
For 1985, Volkswagen changed the name of its Rabbit-based
convertible in the United States from Rabbit Convertible to
Cabriolet. One reason for the Cabriolet rename was likely its base
price-at $11,595, (about $28,400 in today's dollars), around 66%
higher than the Golf hatchback coupe's base price. Another driver
was that the Cabriolet retained the Mk1 Rabbit as its basis,
instead of joining the Mk2 hatchback coupes and sedans, new for
1985 in the United States. All Cabriolets were built by Karmann
Coachworks, with most components supplied by Volkswagen-and all had
a Karmann badge placed forward of both doors.
For consignment, look for the dancing crazy air noodle at Classic
Auto Mall, where you'll see an example of a very well kept and
sparinglyused 1985 VW Cabriolet. VW touted in its ads of the day it
is the "most efficient way to go from place to place with the wind
in your hair." Utilitarian with a convertible twist.
Square and rectangle design abounds and it's all bathed in Red save
for the new convertible canvas top which is black. Some additional
black accenting is in with moldings, rubber bumper accents, a
horizontal black grille with a shiny VW badge in the center, and
round single headlights on the edges of each front quarter. A bit
of surface rust bubbling can be seen on the driver's wheel well,
and a scratch is on the driver's side rear of the car. With the top
down a roll bar exposes itself and since the top is padded not
unlike VW tops, there is no tonneau covering. On the back, more
square and rectangle design with tail lighting and another rubber
accented simple bumper. 14-inch snowflake-esque wheels are on all 4
Gray broadcloth bucket and a rear bench reside in the cabin. These
chairs use black vinyl bolsters and accenting. The driver's bucket
is experiencing some wear through the fabric on the entry bolster.
Black carpeting floods the floors, and there are some exciting red
accented floor mats in rubber protecting the carpeting. More
squares and rectangles for the dash instruments and radio, temp
sliders and vents below. On the center console, which is in black
is the shifter and a trio of gauges in the lower center just above
the beginnings of the console. Overall the interior presents as
very clean and save for the drivers seat wear, all is looking just
swimmingly for this former hare.
Under the hood is an unrestored engine bay containing a gaggle of
wiring and hoses and underneath all this menagerie of mechanicals
is the heart of the machine being a 1.8 L I-4 popper. It sports EFI
and a 5 speed manual tranny to turn the front tires. Our consignor
states that new injectors have recently been installed and a tune
up was performed.
A slight patina, very light surface rust, but all buttoned up on
the structural integrity front. In typical German style, the floor
pans and plates virtually cover everything underneath for a more
aero efficient environment. An independent suspension with
Macpherson struts and power disc brakes is up front, meanwhile a
torsion beam and coil spring suspension with power drum brakes
brings up the rear. Keeping the whoahfactor in check are fully
redone brakes for the front and rear.
...And she'll have fun fun fun until her daddy takes the Cabby
away! And I did with smooth acceleration although not breakneck in
any way, but it's a VW Cabby! All was working save for the radio,
but it was an enjoyable experience.
Red, Utilitarian, Convertible Excitement in 4 cylinder economy
bliss. Come down, drop the top, let the clutch fly and relive 1985
all over again Muffy!
C-Custom Trim Level
A-1.8 Liter I4 EFI
15-Golf 1 Cabriolet
K-Karmann, Osnabruck, Germany Assy Plant
021120-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.