1989 Volkswagen Cabriolet

The MkI Volkswagen Cabriolet was one of those cars with staying power. Sold from 1980 through 1993, it was to soldier on through the MkII era, as no soft top version of that chassis was ever developed. This was not a very masculine car, however, it did have strong sales in the United States. Several special edition variants were offered, such as the Carat, Wolfsburg and Eitenne Aigner.

With one owner on record and 62,000 miles, this is an impossibly impeccable example of a later model Cabriolet. My compliments to the owner for keeping all that white clean over the years.

1989 Volkswagen Cabriolet on eBay

This week for auction, Volkswagen of North Scottsdale offers an immaculate 1989 Volkswagen Cabrio. This is a pristine example of the MKI Cabio. It is part of our vintage collection. It is a true ONE owner car with only 62k miles. It is fully documented since new. The original owner babied this car and kept meticulous records. The original purchase order indicates the car was sold new at Granite State Volkswagen of Concord, New Hampshire. The impeccable condition indicates this car was stored inside and not exposed to the elements. It is rust free. The car was brought to Arizona in 2009. We acquired this Cabrio earlier in the year and added it to our collection. Now it is time to offer it to sale to the public. If you have been looking for that special Cabrio that you once knew years ago, this is your opportunity to own one of the niceset in the country!

Cosmetically this Cabrio is in excellent shape. It has the special “Best Seller” package that includes color matched wheels and mirrors. The paint is all original and like new. No paintwork or bodywork. No dents or dings. It is Carfax and Autocheck Guaranteed to have NEVER been in an accident. The wheels are all in very nice shape. The interior is still like new. The white cloth seats are in great shape. No tears or rips anywhere. All carpets and panels are like new. All of the accessories work as they should. The aftermarket Alpine CD

Mechanically this Cabrio is top notch! It was well maintained and serviced at regular intervals by the original owner. The engine starts right up and runs strong. It doesn’t leak anything either. The clutch feels good and the gearbox tight. It just had an oil and filter change, along with valve cover gasket replacement. The AC was converted to 134a and blows ice cold. At 53k it had a major service that included: Oil and filter, Front brakes and rotors, timing belt and tensioner, all three drive belts, coolant flush, and new spark plugs. At 55k the shifter bushings were replaced and the differential was serviced. The matching Sprinter tires are all nice and have lots of tread left. This Cabrio is ready to be driven.

With it’s 1.8 liter four cylinder, this car won’t light your hair on fire, but the 5 speed manual will help make it more usable in traffic. But speed isn’t what this car is about. It’s about fun, letting the sun shine in and enjoying the open air motoring without giving up the practicality of your workaday Golf. I’ve rarely seen a MkI Cabriolet, even in excellent condition, sell for more than $6,000 to $7,000, and the asking price for this example is steep. I’d estimate about $4,000 off the asking price would be enough to move this car in short order.


No reserve 1974 BMW 2002 Karosserie Baur Targa conversion

Like most convertible conversions, this isn’t for everyone. If you are however, a fan of cars with the roof cut off then its best to get a conversion done by a reputable source and not the guy down the street with a sawzall. The company that did this conversion, Baur, has a long history of working with the BMW factory to modify cars. Even so I still worry about how much stiffness/safety you lose with a conversion like this.

The seller states this 2002 is one of 1963 that Baur converted to the targa style. The front has a removable top while the rear has a fold down soft top. The open air is a good thing for the summer as the car’s nice black leather wrapping the Recaro sport seats probably roasts the backs of legs on a hot day. I suspect the roof will rarely be on the car so one can look past the car’s less than stellar looks with the top up.

This is a German delivery car and has retained its Euro spec gauges. The steering wheel with the blue inserts is a bit of a detraction, colored rims are ok with me (my BMW has body color rims), color insert steering wheels are a bit boy racer. The proper Baur emblem resides on the center console.

There are 85,000 miles on the original 2 liter inline 4. Power flows through the stock 4 speed manual. The exterior has been redone and the rich blue color looks great. There is an added front and rear spoiler, which look ok. There appears to be a larger than needed exhaust on the car as well.

This is a no reserve sale so high bidder will take the car home. Currently bidding is up over $7,600. The rarity of the vehicle will bring out BMW collectors. While not my cup of tea, this conversion doesn’t look bad. Its kind of a step up for the former VW cabrio owning teenybopper crowd.


2001 Porsche Carrera Cabrio – Too Cheap to be True?

While surfing Boxster adverts on Craigslist, something interesting crossed the radar: A 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabrio w/ 46k miles and an asking of $16.5k:

2001 Porsche Carrera 911 Cabrio2001 Porsche Carrera 911 Cabrio For Sale2001 Porsche Carrera 911 Cabrio For Sale Emerald Green

quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:

2001 Porsche Carrera Convertible,6Speed,turbo wheels,46k miles,everything works,all power,great running shape,must sell moving

And in case you’ve forgotten, the 996 Cabrio has 315hp and sounds a lot like this:

So why the skeptism? 996’s of any variation start in the high teens, and those have at least twice the mileage of this car. But heaven forbid this is the real deal… well I just can’t believe it is, but it’s fun to imagine.