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Been to see the Blue one and it needs paint or accepting in very original condition, going to see the red one this afternoon.

Seen a couple of clippers and just don't do it for me!

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Hi,

I've never had a cabby but the usual mk1 places for rust/rot are worth a check.  They may look lovely on the outside but thoroughly check it over.  There are plenty of threads on replacing the roof if its needed so check on those threads too.  Should help you understand if there are issues when you view those cars.  Best of luck and welcome to the site.

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Thanks very much for the response Spudfingers!

I'be had a good look over the blue one and it has a bit of surface rot - though the price has moved a bit to reflect.

Its the value I'm just not sure on.

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Worth it?

The blue one the hood is awful on it.
The fit is shocking.
And that’s from just one photo of it from the side.

It’s not worth the eye watering 8k asking price.

The Sportline hard to tell but most if these cabs have had neglect when it comes to the hoods.’so it’s check the headliner for rips and cleanliness.
White ones suffer from orange spots that won’t clean out.
The centre section needs looking at open hood halfway lift hood away upwards and look inside.
If you can seem the green pad or feel it the capping sheets have gone.
Lift the centre section up look between headliner and bottom of interliner these often fall apart and the webbing straps cut into the base cloth.
If any of them needs the headliner doing  then it’s full strip down.
Even new interliner and padding means hood gotta come off.
The odds of salvaging 30 year old gear isn’t high.
It’s very expensive to replace all that to a proper standard.



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chortle said

The blue one the hood is awful on it.
The fit is shocking.
And that’s from just one photo of it from the side.

It’s not worth the eye watering 8k asking price.

The Sportline hard to tell but most if these cabs have had neglect when it comes to the hoods.’so it’s check the headliner for rips and cleanliness.
White ones suffer from orange spots that won’t clean out.
The centre section needs looking at open hood halfway lift hood away upwards and look inside.
If you can seem the green pad or feel it the capping sheets have gone.
Lift the centre section up look between headliner and bottom of interliner these often fall apart and the webbing straps cut into the base cloth.
If any of them needs the headliner doing  then it’s full strip down.
Even new interliner and padding means hood gotta come off.
The odds of salvaging 30 year old gear isn’t high.
It’s very expensive to replace all that to a proper standard.



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Cheers Chortle, great advice.

I've seen the red one and made an offer - looks sorted to me.

One of the relays has gone on the electric roof which he's said he will replace prior to collection.

I think at 8,250 its ok - not the best deal ever but its a less common one and then paint and the wheels are in really good nick!

Roof is 6.5/10 if I'm being picky - but I'm not expecting to own this thing and never have it cost money.

What do you think?

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I think you're mad!

But cars are worth what someone is willing to pay.

Health to enjoy mate. 👍🏼

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Roach said

I think you're mad!

But cars are worth what someone is willing to pay.

Health to enjoy mate. 👍🏼

Cheers pal, need the sanity check!!

I've only been looking for a couple/3 months Roach - do you think if I wait I could find a better/cheaper one?

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Honestly, no I don't think you would.

Everyone who owns a mk1 in any guise these days puts a massive price tag on them.. so unless you find a seller you could beat down by 3k, you're gonna be paying 7-8k+

Coming from a man that sold a rolling shell for 5k. :lol:

If it's a keeper…. it doesn't matter what you pay for it.

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You're still mad tho. ;)

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Worth it?

Thing is did you do the checks on the stuff I mentioned?

Getting it right properly is well over a Grand.

Did you check rear window frame for rust?



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The sport line roof looks like the side tension cables in the roof have broke as it's sitting high.
The engine bay looks original as you can see the waxoyl VW coat them with.
Front suspension top mounts are shot and need replacing as there is a big gap between the metal and rubber.
The rear parcel shelf in the picture of the boot has started to lose the carpet as you can see the staples and this is usually a sign that water has been getting in so feel along the bottom of the metal window frame for rust.

Sport line cabriolet do seem to be worth more than standard GTi cabriolet.

I would not bother looking at the blue one it's way over priced and lots wrong with it, bonnet not fitting right, wrong exhaust back box fitting as the tail pipe is way to long, stone chips on the front, dent under rear light and front wing drivers side, missing wiper arm cover….

As we head towards the spring/summer prices do seem to rise for cabriolets, I don’t know how much the sport line is as the website states deposit taken…

1988 Mk1 Golf GTi Cabriolet 1.8cc DX, K-jet. Daily drive. 300,000 miles and counting
1978 Mk1 Scirocco GLS 1.6cc FR, Webber carb. Weekend toy.

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mark1gls said

The sport line roof looks like the side tension cables in the roof have broke as it's sitting high.
The engine bay looks original as you can see the waxoyl VW coat them with.
Front suspension top mounts are shot and need replacing as there is a big gap between the metal and rubber.
The rear parcel shelf in the picture of the boot has started to lose the carpet as you can see the staples and this is usually a sign that water has been getting in so feel along the bottom of the metal window frame for rust.

Sport line cabriolet do seem to be worth more than standard GTi cabriolet.

I would not bother looking at the blue one it's way over priced and lots wrong with it, bonnet not fitting right, wrong exhaust back box fitting as the tail pipe is way to long, stone chips on the front, dent under rear light and front wing drivers side, missing wiper arm cover….

As we head towards the spring/summer prices do seem to rise for cabriolets, I don’t know how much the sport line is as the website states deposit taken…

Hi Mark,

Thanks for that pal, really appreciate your time and that's a really good insight.

Its 8,250 also with 12 months MOT.

I guess any car I go for at this age is going to need some work its just trying to avoid buying something that's a nightmare lol .

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chortle said

Thing is did you do the checks on the stuff I mentioned?

Getting it right properly is well over a Grand.

Did you check rear window frame for rust?



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100% - no marks inside the roof - though it wasn't perfect. It was Vinyl rather than fabric and seemed to have some age but not 30 years worth so likely replaced early in its time.



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Roach said

You're still mad tho. ;)

You sound like my wife  :lol:

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James Horne said

Roach said

You're still mad tho. ;)

You sound like my wife  :lol:



Just think of all the cars you could buy with 8k.

Thass all I'm sayin man. :)

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It does look like an honest car and that's what I would expect to see underneath the car.
Cabriolet roof don't last forever so I would expect it to of been replaced in the cars life, I'm on my 4th roof as I replaced it last year.
Mk1 Golf roofs are not as expensive as some cars and if you can do it yourself a vinyl roof, new tension cables, some glue and staples it can be done for under 200 as long as the pad and headliner are in good condition.
Mohair roofs are more expensive and do require more care to keep looking there best.
I guess it’s all down what you want out of the car and how you are going to use it….

Golf MK1/2 (H1102) | Volkswagen Hoods | Cabriolet Hoods

Chortle is your man if you want someone to supply and fit it as he’s done a lot of Mk1 golf roofs.:thumbs:

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1988 Mk1 Golf GTi Cabriolet 1.8cc DX, K-jet. Daily drive. 300,000 miles and counting
1978 Mk1 Scirocco GLS 1.6cc FR, Webber carb. Weekend toy.

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Check that rear window frame as they are expensive to replace and it's now hard to get hold of genuine frames.

1988 Mk1 Golf GTi Cabriolet 1.8cc DX, K-jet. Daily drive. 300,000 miles and counting
1978 Mk1 Scirocco GLS 1.6cc FR, Webber carb. Weekend toy.
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