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1989 Volkswagen Cabriolet

As I took a picture of this car, I was swept away to high school days with a Rabbit Cabriolet leaving on the last day of school, teenagers filled to the brim.  Why does this vehicle seem so quintessential to summer days and young folks?  It is the perfect combination of affordable transportation and top-down summer fun body architecture.

We’ve posted a few different classic Volkswagen vehicles at LACS so make sure to check out our previous posts – just hit that search button!

Here is some brief info about the VW Cabriolet.

The convertible version, named the Golf Cabriolet (or Typ 155) in Europe and Canada (“Rabbit Convertible” in America originally and renamed in 1985 to “Cabriolet”), was sold from 1980 to 1993. It had a reinforced body, transverse roll bar, and a high level of trim, and kept the pre-1980 style of rear lamp clusters. The Mk1 Cabriolet is of unibody construction built entirely at the factory of Karmann, from stamping to final assembly; Volkswagen supplied the engine, suspension, interior, etc. for Karmann to install. The vinyl or cloth tops were heavily insulated and manually – or beginning in 1991, electrically – operated, with a heated glass rear window.
The body of the Cabriolet did not change through the entire production run except for a larger fuel tank. The space saver wheel was fitted from the outset in 1978, when pre production models were built, unlike the saloon which adopted this in 1984. In an attempt by Volkswagen to keep the car’s styling current, all Cabriolets from 1988 on were fitted with a “Clipper” kit out of the factory, featuring smooth body-coloured bumpers, wheelarch extensions, and side skirts.
Prior to the 1984 model year the highest standard specification was the GLI, essentially a GTI but sporting a different moniker. It was only in 1984 that an officially badged GTI version of the cabriolet finally became available.

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1987 BMW 635 CSi (E24)

We’re sticking with the German theme from the spotting 2 days ago with this 1987 BMW 635 CSi Coupe.  The 6 series coupe is still around today and seems to share a lot of the same characteristics as it’s earlier brethren: large engine, big body coupe with luxury and style to boot! This one is in great condition and has those fantastic gold basket weave OEM rims. Enjoy.

 

Another BMW we spotted recently:  1972 BMW Bavaria (E3)

Some info about the late 80’s BMW 6 series:

The BMW E24 is the first generation of BMW 6 Series grand tourer coupes and was produced from 1976 to 1988. It replaced the E9 coupes and was replaced, after a 16-year hiatus, in 2004 by the E63 6 Series. Aside from the M635csi/M6 models, the E24 was powered by a range of M30 straight-6 engines.
The E24 M635csi (called the M6 in the United States and Japan) is considered the start of the M6 model line. In most markets, the M635csi is powered by the M88 straight-6. In the United States and Japan, the M6 is powered by the less powerful S38straight-6 engine.

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