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Golf I Cabriolet
Designed and built by Karmann, this prototype debuted December 7, 1976.
This prototype, amazingly, has survived the decades and currently resides in one of Volkswagen's museums:
^At the Karmann (now owned by Volkswagen) Museum in Osnabrueck.
^At the Volkswagen Museum in Wolfsburg (1979 production car is in the background).
The 1976 design was rejected by Volkswagen, so Karmann went back to the proverbial drawing board and came up with Prototype MW-
^Note the larger rear plastic window, chrome door handles, snap attachments for the roof boot, and lower placement of the Karmann badges.
After undergoing some refinements, the final design of MW-
Mass production of the Golf Cabriolet for consumers began in February, 1979.
Golf II Cabriolet
In 1985, Karmann presented a Golf II Cabriolet prototype. This prototype was ultimately rejected by both Volkswagen and Karmann for being too expensive to put into production. Sadly, the photos are all that remain; this prototype, lacking drivetrain components and real tail lights, was destroyed shortly after the final decision to nix the project was made.
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