• Chassis # WVWCA0154KK006735
  • A Stunning Example Of An Iconic Volkswagen Classic
  • Finished In Alpine White Over White Cloth Sport Seats And White Wheels
  • Showing Just 86,000 Documented Miles From New
  • Recent Major Service Totaling Over $5,000
  • Sale Includes Factory Books & Manuals, Tools, Jack, Two Sets Of Keys, Service Documents, And Original Window Sticker
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The Overview

Volkswagen became an automotive leader with the Beetle, and the Golf (Rabbit in the US market) brought Volkswagen into the 1980s, and held its place as one of the largest manufacturers in the world. The Giorgetto Giugiaro-styled hatchback started a whole era of stylish and sporty front-wheel drive cars. Quality and fun could be had for a low price, and even open-top motoring. The Golf set the standard for compact front wheel drive cars, and the cabriolet set the standard for open top compact cars.

The Cabriolet was first introduced to the public on February 27th, 1979, at the Geneva Motor Show, in June of that year production began. The Beetle cabriolet was built alongside the Golf at the Karmann production facility, though the Beetle production ended in 1980. The Golf was the first car in its class to have a permanently installed roll bar, and five-layer convertible roof. The first series Cabriolet production continued with minimal changes until 1993, though in 1987, Volkswagen did give the car a more dynamic look with body colored side sills, wheel arch flares, and bumper covers. In 1989 the Cabriolet received the 1.8-liter engine making 98hp.

The example on offer here, Chassis WVWCA0154KK006735, is a 1989 white-on-white “Best Seller” version. It was sold at Stohlman Volkswagen in Vienna Virginia, and stayed in nearby Herndon Virginia with one owner its entire life. It remains an extremely original example, showing just 86,000 documented miles. It is finished in Alpine White with white cloth sport seats. The car has optional cruise control, air conditioning, and power steering.

The car was driven by one owner from 1989 until 2015 when she was no longer able to drive. It was parked in the garage until 2022 when the house went up for sale, when it was towed to a service facility. A new battery was installed, as well as spark plugs, cap, rotor, fuel pump, fuel filter, left front axle, engine oil, and new tires. After 8 years of hibernating, the car was on the road again. Soon after, LBI acquired the car and decided to continue the reconditioning. The car was sent to CSE in Oreland PA, a well known Volkswagen repair facility that has been wrenching and racing Volkswagen since the early 80s. At CSE the shifter bushings were replaced, and the clutch was adjusted. The exhaust was repaired, and the entire brake system was redone. The timing belt, tensioner and drive belts were all replaced, as was the side motor mount, shocks, struts and more. The car was then driven for a few hundred miles to test everything.  After which, the AC compressor was replaced, trunk struts, and a few other odds and ends.

As it sits today, this 1989 Volkswagen is a stunning example of an iconic classic that is becoming more and more sought after. It would be difficult to find another in such original condition, with known history, and that has been so exhaustively serviced. The car is a joy to drive, and would be a worthy addition to any collection, large or small.

Included with the sale of this vehicle are the factory books and manuals, tools, jack, two sets of keys, recent service documents, original window sticker, and a clean CARFAX. 

The Details


body and paint

The body is straight down the sides with consistent panel gaps all around. The doors close easily with a satisfying click, which is an excellent sign of condition on these convertible Rabbits. There are no signs of accident damage or panel replacement. The paint has a consistent and excellent shine, with some small imperfections. We had the front and rear bumpers painted, as well as the body-colored wheels. The car has obviously spent most of its life garaged and protected from the elements.

glass and trim

The glass appears to be all original with the proper stickers and insignias. The windshield does have a chip, though it is out of the driver’s sight line. There are no other noticeable scratches or imperfections. The trim is secure and straight. The trim’s black paint does have some slight fading and wear in places, but overall looks excellent. The headlights are clean and clear of imperfections, and the Hella inner lights have some slight fading. The front parking lights, side markers and rear lights look to be in excellent condition.

Convertible Top

The convertible top is quiet and secure at speed. All the convertible gaskets and hardware are accounted for. There are a few imperfections, the most notable being two marks on the driver’s side, but overall, the condition is impressive for a white top. The inner liner is secure and clean, and the glass rear window is in excellent condition. The top goes up and down easily, and secures to the windshield header easily. The convertible top boot is original and does show some aging, it secures easily and looks to have been rarely used.


The factory color-matched wheels are straight and clean, and we had them repainted in their factory color.

notable flaws

The panel below the grill and above the bumper does have a few stone chips. The door jams still have the yellow remnants of the factory rust protection. The car’s paint looks to be mostly original other than the rear trunk lid. The factory stone guard decals were yellowed and peeling so we had them replaced with reproductions.


seats and surfaces

The front and rear seats are in impressive condition for 40-year-old white fabric. The driver’s seat side bolster has become a little worn, and the top of the rear seats have some very slight yellowing from the sun. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, though the sliding mechanism does not move smoothly. The dash is very clean and straight with no obvious cracks. The carpets are clean and secure, while the factory original VW logo mats are still in good condition.

functionality and accessories

All the systems seem to function properly. The lower gauges work properly though sometimes the voltmeter takes a few minutes to wake up. The AC compressor was just replaced, and the system functions properly. The digital clock in the instrument cluster is no longer legible. The factory Blaupunkt stereo functions, though we did not test the cassette deck.

engine bay and trunk

engine bay

The engine is clean and tidy. The car was fully serviced and while everything was being done, the engine and bay were cleaned. Most of the factory stickers are present and overall, the engine bay looks factory correct. The coolant reservoir still has the factory warning label on the fill neck.

trunk area

The trunk area is clean, and the carpets and panels are all accounted for. The trunk struts are new. The spare tire looks to have never been used, and the jack and tools look untouched.


The underside of the car is very clean. There are some areas of surface rust, but nothing concerning. The car spent its life in the snow and salt free south, and it is obvious when one looks underneath.

notable flaws

The car’s underside could benefit from a detailing, and the cowl below the windshield has the yellow factory rust inhibitor that is a bit unsightly.



The engine fires to life immediately and sounds healthy. There is no smoke, and no odd noises. It revs freely and feels healthy on the road.


The transmission and clutch feel excellent, the newly installed bushings make for crisp shifts.

brakes and suspension

The brakes are strong and stop the car straight. The suspension feels good, and there are no odd noises or suspect motions.


The tires were recently installed and look to be new, though we did not receive the invoice for the tires.

driving experience

The car was my daily ride for a few days, and it always started quickly and was a pleasure. Though it is not a high horsepower machine, it is nimble and quick. The steering is direct, and the ride is compliant and composed. The car was steady on the highway and fun in the twisties. Everything worked properly and the iconic look made pedestrians smile.