1985 Volkswagen Cabriolet Wolfsburg Edition – SOLD!
An interesting fact many people don’t realize about Volkswagen: For 64 years, VW continuously offered at least one convertible in their U.S. model lineup from their official inception in 1955 through 2019. Even in the late seventies when virtually every other manufacturer stopped offering a ragtop, Volkswagen finished the decade with Collector’s edition triple white Beetle convertibles and entered the eighties with Mk1 Rabbit Cabriolets such as this 1985 Wolfsburg Edition just listed on Craigslist in Hartford, Connecticut where the current caretaker has it listed for $3,500. A check of the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Cabrio priced a bit higher than the current “Low”, “average”, and “High” retail value range of $1,475, $2,375, and $2,825, respectively.
Launched in the U.S. in 1980 as the Rabbit Convertible to replace the completely outdated air-cooled and underpowered original Beetle, by 1985 VW renamed the Mk1 based Golf drop-top the “Cabriolet”. Mk1 Cabriolets remained in production through 1993 and featured a reinforced body, a transverse roll-over bar, and a high level of trim. From stamping to final assembly the Mk1 Cabriolet was built entirely at the Karmann factory. Volkswagen supplied engines, suspension, and interior trim for Karmann to install. The tops, of vinyl or cloth, were heavily insulated, with a heated glass rear window. 1985 models such as the example featured here still featured a manual cloth top.
For many years, Cabriolets received a bad rap as being “chick cars” as the vast majority were driven by college-age women. Time marches on and as they become rare sites, more VW enthusiasts embrace modifying these ragtops. Not only are we pleased this example remains unmolested, its also a highly optioned and well cared for Wolfsburg Edition as well. Other than needing a new exhaust, the only thing we notice cosmetically is some wrinkling of the interior trim however overall this Cabrio appears to be in excellent shape. Even better is the fact its a five-speed manual car. These are quality-built, year-round convertibles you can enjoy driving and showing at any RADwood or Volkswagen show and for $3,500 this is a great budget-friendly way to enjoy the collector car hobby. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1985 VW Cabriolet, Wolfsburg Edition. Flash Silver color with new convertible top. Interior is immaculate, exterior in good shape. 5-speed manual. Lovingly maintained. Looking for someone to love her and continue to improve her. Needs new exhaust which is an easy fix. $3500 OBO. Fun car and drives well. Come check her out! Spring is almost here…thank you.“
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