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b+b Design Cabriolets
Buchmann und Buchmann. B+B Auto Exclusiv. BB Autotechnik. BB Auto. bb. B+B. Or b+b. While known under numerous names, b+b was founded in 1974 by brothers, Rainer and Dieter Buchmann. Together with designer Eberhard Schulz and other valuable employees, the Frankfurt, Germany-
While most known for their work with Porsches, b+b dabbled with Volkswagens as well. In 1979-
All of these Golfs were fitted with BBS body kits and badgeless dual-
Inside, each car received unique upholstery designs, with the electric front Recaros having multifunction, multi-
Left two photos: Diamant's (VA-
Sometime in early 1981 (possibly late 1980), VA-
It's bright green Beryll Iriodin paint, seen in left photo, was changed to a darker grayish green iridescent paint, the dark green being b+b's new company color up through 1985/1986. The convertible top and interior were also changed from a dark color to white/cream.
These cars were used primarily for trade shows and other promotional events. The cars were great advertising for all companies involved in creating the Golfs: b+b, BBS, Blaupunkt, Clarion, Sony, Recaro, etc.
If you were impressed by the demonstrations back in 1980-
DINFOS: DM 7900.00
Iridescent paint for the body: DM 4950.00
Iridescent paint for the body kit & wheels: DM 680.00
BBS body kit: DM 1580.00
Iridescent convertible top: DM 2600.00
Recaro front seats: price varies depending on seat style (DM 860-
Matching rear seat: price varies depending on seat style (DM 960-
Wheels: price varies depending on wheel brand/style – BBS, ATS, Seral (DM 792-
Tires: price varies (DM 990-
Bilstein suspension: DM 1480.00 per set of 4
Clarion G80 sound system: DM 2391.00
And ^that's not the complete list of options. If we total up ^that list, however, using all of the highest prices, we get a grand sum of DM 27,673.00! That translates into $12,245 in 1981. Keep in mind, the car itself cost around $9,000 from VW back then. If you desired the ultimate in Golfs, it was going to cost you big.
So, what happened to these ten Golfs? Around the time that b+b went bankrupt, they were sold off, one by one, to private owners. Where are they all now? Extensive research has turned up nothing… no one knows their ultimate fates and none have appeared on car forums, which does not bode well for these very unique cars. If anyone out there does have information leading to their whereabouts and such, let me know!
Many hands took part in creating these marvels. The b+b team, in part:
Rainer Buchmann: owner and head of marketing/public relations
Dieter Buchmann: owner, salesman, problem-
Uta Ihmsen: affectionately known as Aunt Ihmi, she was Rainer's right-
Eberhard Schulz: Development engineer whose technical knowledge was invaluable, creator of the CW311
Heinz Hofmeister: Shop manager
Peter Baumbach: Brilliant problem-
Manuel: Sheet metal master
Michael Becker: Research and development, marketing professional
Mr. Roggendorf: Electronics master
Norbert Rondorf: Leather master
Willi Deißendorf : Paintwork wizard
This page is merely an overview. For more detailed information about the b+b Golfs, please download the magazine articles linked at left.
Die schönsten Autos der Welt (authors: Peter Vann, Dirk Maxeiner; pages 108-
bb Rainer Buchmann: Innovation, Design, Emotion (author: Gerold Lingnau; ISBN 978-
Car & Driver (en)
Automobil Revue (ger)
Adieu Tristesse (fr)
Gute Fahrt (ger)
Motor Magazine (en)
Anyone know the whereabouts of any these Golfs? Let me know if you do!
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