Volkswagen Cabriolet: East Coaster Today

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When you’re out for a walk and a parked car, like this Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet, stops you in your tracks, it’s a no-brainer to take a few minutes to appreciate it.

Volkswagen’s Golf MK1 was the German manufacturer’s first foray into front-wheel-drive cars. It had a water-cooled engine in the front. So much for the rear-drive, air-cooled, space-challenged Beetles of the day. The people’s car had been completely revamped.

The VW Mk1 Golf debuted in Europe in May 1974. For the past 47 years, it has been the bread and butter of VW sales worldwide.

The convertible version was in production for 14 years, from 1980 until 1994. During that time, aside from minor exterior and interior trim changes and a larger fuel tank, the Cabriolet model was virtually unchanged.

The Golf Cabriolet, so called in Europe and Canada, had a reinforced body, transverse roll bar and a well-insulated roof that was manually raised and lowered. In 1991, the roof became electrically operated.

The ‘Clipper’ body kit on this beautiful GTI Cabriolet was introduced in 1988, indicating its model year is somewhere between 1988 and a 1994.

There are plenty of ways to see the Maritimes but, in a few months, this spry-looking Cabriolet would be high on our list of perfect road trip vehicles.

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