It is May 1994. Exactly 20 years after the introduction of the Golf I, a brand new VW Golf I Cabriolet is delivered in beautiful Inka blue just before the summer in Leiderdorp. The Golf II (never made as a convertible) will then no longer be available for 3 years. Its successor, the Golf III Cabriolet, has been on the market for a long time. The first owner managed to get her hands on a very last Golfje I. With everything, up and down. According to the new bill of 40.000 guilders, she exchanged her Suzuki Samurai. A lady with taste.
It is significant that a car brand looks at its model year after year and thinks: “great! Still don't do anything about it." For 20 years! The convertible was built by coachbuilder Karmann, with Volkswagen only bringing the interior and technology. Only the bumpers and wheel arch extensions were part of external modernization after years. The Golf Cabrio is always delivered with the small pre 1980 taillights. The car's fixed rollbar and compact, angular design earned it the nickname "strawberry basket".
Although the development of the VW Golf I Cabriolet dates back to the early 70s, you immediately notice what a masterpiece was delivered back then. Almost half a century later, the car feels solid and has excellent road holding. This VW Golf I Cabriolet is equipped with power steering. A noisily buzzing but oh-so-great option. We simply turn the windows down, but the roof works automatically. Loosen the clamps and in less than a minute this Golfer takes off his hat and puts it in his inner pocket in a routine manner. The 1.8 engine is in perfect harmony with the car. Nothing about power too much or too little and switching is addictively pleasant.
Inside, no effort has been made to shape the place there. The buttons are all equally ugly and clumsy, but functional. The dashboard is a box of blocks, but everything is in a logical and pleasant place. Something that wasn't popular at all in the 70's and 80's. At that time, one brand came up with an even more spectacular dashboard than another. Often heavy at the expense of logic or ergonomics. No radio on the floor here, no window controls on the ceiling and no door handles hidden. Everything is where it should be. Only the luggage compartment can be confused with the glove box. In terms of space and access through a small flap, this confusion is understandable. A case of beer is impossible to get in without swearing.
This Volkswagen Golf I Cabriolet has driven less than 28 kilometers in 138.000 years and the car shows that. There are some light signs of use, but especially the good care of the lady and the quality of this car means that the Golf is still very fresh and youthful. Just seeing the key brings up a nostalgic feeling. The round black key with steel VW logo is etched in our collective memory as a Bakelite telephone, a View-Master or the orange salad spinner.
1974 - 1983 Golf I
1979 - 1993 Golf I Convertible
1983 - 1992 Golf II
1992 - 1997 Golf III
1993 - 2000 Golf III Convertible