Clean Cabrio: 1990 Volkswagen Cabriolet

Andrew TannerBy Andrew Tanner

The VW Cabrio has long been one of the iconic later Volkswagen products. Many of them remain in good condition due to diligent owners, but the seller of this 1990 Cabriolet claims it only has 13,100 original miles. The pictures show that it is in good condition, and that “The factory cosmoline is still packed everywhere underneath.” This example is white inside and out, and shows quite well! Find it here on Craigslist in Michigan for $12,000. Thanks to Jay B. for sending this in!

The interior is nearly immaculate, with no wear or damage other than creases in the driver’s seat upholstery. The white and black interior color combination is very complementary to the white exterior, and gives a classy feel to what is otherwise a car without many frills. According to the ad, options include “Power Windows, Rear Glass w/ defroster, Automatic transmission, Power steering.” The seller states that there are minor paint imperfections in the driver’s door jamb from entry and exit. From the ad, “The top is in good shape, no tear and is pliable. It could use a cleaning.” The original radio’s LCD screen went out and it was replaced, but is included with the sale.

The engine is a VW inline four cylinder engine, which the seller claims is in perfect working order. At 12,968 miles, a service was performed including: “Valve Cover Gasket, Timing belt/water pump, PS fluid Flush, Coolant Flush, Brake Flush, All 4 Brake Hoses, Brake Master,Wheel Bearing re-packed/adjusted and wheel seals replaced, Starter.” Earlier this year, the seller had the following work performed: “Oil Change, Oil Pan and gasket replaced, Knock Sensor Replaced, Spark Plugs Replaced, Fuel Pressure Regulator Replaced, Battery, Tire Rotation.”

While Michigan cars often have rust issues, the seller states that this car was a Florida vehicle for the majority of its life. The seller is the second owner who purchased it, but has never registered it and decided to sell it to make space. This is an excellent example of a Cabrio, and will more than likely end up the hands of a collector or enthusiast. However, the price isn’t high enough to keep non-collectors away and the seller is open to taking offers.

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  1. Todd Zuercher

    These were the preferred method of transportation for U of Arizona sorority girls when I attended there 87-92.

    • Pa Tina

      Thank you for confirming these are the “chickiest” chick cars ever made.

  2. Joe Haska

    My wife had one of these when they were brand new, My then teenage daughter saw Mom’s new car and said, Mom you just got “The ultimate tanning machine”. It was a great car and we never had any issues with it.

    • OA5599

      Here’s another…

    • Pa Tina

      Joe- Before you can continue posting please swear before the BF Brotherhood, with your right hand resting on a can of 103 Octane booster, that you never, never got behind the wheel of the Cabriolet. Even the name sounds like smelly French cheese. Say it ain’t so, Joe!

  3. Greg

    Fun little car

  4. Nathan Avots-Smith Staff

    Gotta be triple white! (Or really quadruple in this case, if you count the wheels.)

  5. RichS

    Compromised windshield gasket on these cars lets water drain right into the fusebox. Had a super clean one I never could get working correctly because of that and sold it for scrap.

    • Craig M. Bryda


  6. OA5599

    Always wanted one with a 16 valve engine swap.

  7. Steve R

    My friend used to refer to certain cars as GGC cars, because when you saw one you expected a gorgeous girl to be sitting behind the steering wheel. That was defiantly the case with these, more so with these than any other make or model.

    Steve R

  8. Jason G.

    Automatic. No thanks. Stick is the only way with these.

  9. MichaelD

    We used to call them b-word baskets because of the handle.

  10. Rex Kahrs

    I don’t understand the sentence “The factory cosmoline is still packed everywhere underneath”. Anyone?

    • DW

      Back in the 80’s the local dealer had a specialist that did nothing but replace the fuse/relay panels in Rabbits because of the water damage. I think I paid around $200 for mine. Cosmoline is the rust inhibitor they applied at the factory. For a year or two they applied it on the inside floors of the M4 Jetta’s and it smelled like crayons.

    • Craig M. Bryda

      Early on V W coated their cars with cosmoline for their ocean voyage from Wolfsburg.

      • Rex Kahrs

        Thanks Craig. Cosmoline sounded like a fuel George Jetson might put in his “car”.

    • Andrew Tanner Andrew Tanner Member

      Yep, Craig nailed it!

  11. BOP Guy Member

    The hottest girl at my high school had one exactly like this, even an automatic. She looked great in it! Daddy gave it to her for her 16th birthday. I, on the other hand, was driving around in a 69 Buick Riviera GS. Some called it an “old man’s car”, until I opened her up!

  12. P Wentzell

    These, with a 5-speed, are an absolute blast to drive.

  13. Joe Haska

    I swear I didn’t, definitely a girls car…..Joe

    • Pa Tina

      You ‘da man!

  14. David Miraglia

    Always liked the two Rabbits I owned. After the Beetle Convertible, the Rabbit
    Convertible is number two on my list.

  15. glenn

    the pressure washed underside has me worried about what is being hidden also witht he body work required it is not worth that much. it is quite beautiful but not 12k beautiful maybe 7k

  16. Paul Grumsha

    I remember the impression of my first Rabbit ride, pretty damn zippy little car! Kinda like a Cooper.

  17. guggie

    I had one just like this ,its name was Stella , had a one year only fuel injection system with 2 fuel pumps and a problem with gas getting into the crankcase ,never solved the fuel problem . the next owner after me sold it off rather soon , saw it setting in a guys yard for about 5 years and then gone !! STELLA where R U !!!lol

  18. Daved N.

    Affectionately otherwise known as “b*t*h baskets” LOL

  19. Mark-A

    Might actually be a Coco Chanel edition, the upholstery is exclusive to the model & being Triple White that’s what I’m thinking, it might be worth getting as a car from years ago. They are highly prized in most VW Owners Clubs or Forums, even being a 45yr Old Scottish guy I’d drive the wheels off of it!

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