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Volkswagen Golf (A1 Golf Cabriolet (Mk1))

A1 Golf Cabriolet (Mk1)

Make: Volkswagen

Model: Golf

Released: Jan 1970

Discontinued: Jul 1994

Volkswagen logo1 Sep 1990


Ironically, the return of VW passenger cars to Australia rode on the back of the model that almost buried it here.

The Golf Cabriolet was a Mk1 Golf three-door with a removable roof meticulously built by German coachbuilder Karmann.

Having debuted elsewhere in 1979, Australians had to wait until late 1990.

So by then it was a reliable, durable four-seat convertible with a power-operated hood, central locking, radio/cassette player and an almost invisible boot.

Power came courtesy of a 70kW/142Nm 1.8-litre single-cam four-cylinder fuel-injected engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, with a three-speed auto joining the fold from February ’91.

Small trim and equipment revisions, as well as a modified 66kW/145Nm 1.8-litre engine, heralded the arrival of the ’93 Cabriolet, but otherwise it remained pretty much the same until mid-’94.

The second generation model – based on the third generation Golf since there was never a second generation Golf Cabriolet – arrived in the middle of 1995.

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