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Facts & History
Production Numbers (calendar year)
Total built in 1979: 11,795
Total built in 1980: 25,982
Total built in 1990: 37,561
Total built in 1991: 38,953
Total built between January 1979 and April 1993: 388,522
How Many Are Left?
Good question. It is virtually impossible to get a definitive number. However, we can come up with an estimate: In looking over European registration figures for the past 20 years, there is a trend of an average annual loss of 6%. If we apply this figure to all production years, 1979-
More information can be found on the Registry page.
Myth: The Volkswagen Golf I Cabriolet is just a Golf I hatchback with its roof chopped off.
Fact: The Volkswagen Golf I Cabriolet is of uni-
Myth: European Volkswagen Golf Cabriolets had a diesel engine as an option.
Fact: Research shows that diesel engines were never a factory option for the Golf I Cabriolet anywhere in the world. However, there were, reportedly, a handful of 1.6L diesel Golf Cabriolets sent to the UK upon special-
Myth: The Volkswagen Golf I Cabriolet is a Type 1, Type 17, Type 19, etc.
Fact: The Golf I Cabriolet is, in fact, a Type 155.
Q: My buddy across the pond keeps mentioning his Golf Cabriolet GTI. I thought there was no such thing as GTI Cabriolets?
A1 is the official Volkswagen chassis designation given to the first generation Golf/Rabbit convertible. All of these convertibles are A1 chassis cars (an A2 chassis convertible was never produced).
Mk1 (pronounced "mark one") is a British moniker meaning "version" (referring to the car's body style) given to the first generation Golf/Rabbit convertible. All 1979-
Golf I is the European moniker used to distinguish the generations. All 1979-
Worldwide, outside North America: 1979-
North America: 1980-
Bottom line for the above: Golf Cabriolet = Cabriolet = Rabbit Convertible = Golf cabrio = Rabbit cabrio.
"Cabriolet" is French for "convertible" and, therefore, "cabrio" is just like saying "'vert". Using "cabrio" is most certainly not incorrect, but those in North America posting on Volkswagen forum sites should be prepared to be badgered by those who are language ignorant due to Volkswagen's ingenious idea of naming the A3 Golf convertible "Cabrio" in the States. When posting about your car on these car forums, always use the year of your car.
^That graph reproduced from the IIHS safety report from April 1991: http://www.iihs.org/externaldata/srdata/docs/sr2604.pdf .
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