The VW Cabrio’s luggage compartment was tiny. The owner of this one solved that issue, and turned the whole back end into a pickup bed, of sorts. Who needs a back seat anyway? Or a top?
I have never seen one of these in a state of undress like this.
And first Rich’s Mercedes, and now this – is it 2 1/2 inch whitewall tire day here on CC? So many old cars display the really fat ones or the 1960s-70s thin versions, but I really like these mid-width whitewalls that had such a short run of popularity (roughly 1957-61 in the US).
Although I refused to admit it in my COAL series, I will now confess to having briefly “owned” a VW Cabriolet, as the result of a poor decision my ex-father-in-law made to cosign a loan for his deadbeat son. I got rid of it as soon as it was practical to do so.
Like the Beetle, the Golf/Rabbit did not have “convertible” as part of its original design brief, so the roof folded down into a huge stack – unlike American convertibles of the same eras, whose tops folded nearly flush with the back deck. I think this version looks better without that big pile of roof.
The VW C-Ute
Because of its hatchback origins, the back seat folded and the parcel tray was removable so you could get close to this without any modification. I actually took advantage of this to move out my dorm since my Scirocco was in the shop and Mom’s newly acquired Rabbit Convertible had more cargo space than the Audi 4000 Quattro.
Vaguely CC-effect: Barnfinds had an MGB-Ute a day or three ago. Made out of a convertible and slightly more practical as it still had its convertible top. Hubby has been saying for ages that he wants a ute and a convertible, the VW or MG would be the perfect solution!
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