1989 Volkswagen Golf Clipper Cabriolet
In May 1974 Volkswagen launched its first generation of a small family car, the Golf MK1. The Italdesign styling by Giorgetto Giugiaro featured a front mounted, water cooled engine and was front wheel driven. With a completely different layout, this made it a fine contender to replace the extremely successful Beetle.
In 1976, coachbuilder Wilhelm Karmann presented Volkswagen with a convertible version of the Golf. This early prototype featured a simple folding roof, but later designs saw a roll bar added to enhance passenger safety. In 1988, towards the end of the MK1 production run, the Clipper was introduced. This variant featured new body-coloured bumpers, wheel-arch extensions and side skirts along with an assortment of optional extras. The attractive clipper provided more bang for your buck at a lower price point to the GTI.
The 1781cc engine was mostly the same as that featuring in the GTI, however the clipper hosted a simpler carburettor which slightly reduced the output compared to the high performance GTI. With a top speed of 102mph and 90bhp the clipper was offered with a 3-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Price – £
Manufacturer – Volkswagen
Model – Golf Clipper Cabriolet
Year – 1989
Engine Size – 1781cc
Transmission – Manual
Fuel – Petrol
Our particular car has travelled 75,847 miles since its registration on 15th May 1989. There is some history to accompany the vehicle which includes 11 MOT certificates dating from 2002 to present, 13 service book stamps dating from 1990 to 2016 and a collection of receipts for previous works carried out, all of which warrant the mileage. The V.A.G service folder still hosts the original instruction manual and service schedule.
This lovely clipper has clearly been cherished; the alpine white paint work and black hood are in great order and are well complimented by the very tidy grey tweed interior. The typical square style instrument cluster sits perfectly in the drivers eyeline giving the ultimate 80’s throwback feel.
The original Volkswagen radio was upgraded to a JVC KD-R331 stereo system with CD MP3 playback and front rear dual AUX-in prior to our tenure.
With very few, factory authentic examples available, this little clipper is very special indeed.
MOT to July 2022