1988 Volkswagen Golf Clipper

*** Interested parties should note, this vehicle was subject to a CAT N insurance loss in 03/2019 ***


  • Same owner since 1991 
  • Engine re-built recently
  • Lots of paperwork 
  • Cherished as part of the family
  • Perfect for the summer

The Appeal

As the summer edges closer now is the right time to find that perfect convertible to soak in all of those rays. This Golf Clipper has been loved by its current non-smoker and pet free owner for the past 32 years, it is thanks to this care and attention that it sits in lovely condition. 
Just think of all of the fun times you can have behind the wheel of this chic modern classic convertible.

The History and Paperwork

  • The car was purchased by the current owner in February 1991
  • It has since been loved like a family member 
  • You’ll find a well-stamped book within the paperwork 
  • There are also a lot of previous invoices and historic paperwork 
  • One such piece of original paperwork is its Pre-Delivery Inspection dated 23-07-1988
  • It has two original keys
  • Lots of MOT certificates are present
  • There is a current V5 in the owner’s name 
  • In March 2019 the car experienced a small fire which was confined to under the bonnet 
  • After this, the engine was re-built by Crazy Quiffs and is now in great condition 
  • It is now your chance to experience this coach-built convertible in the summer sun

The Interior

  • The interior of this Clipper has aged well 
  •  Its houndstooth cloth seats are all in very good condition
  • Across all the seats the fabric is void of any rips, tears, or big stains 
  • The carpets have been protected by thick rubber mats
  • Spanning the length of the front is the black plastic dashboard
  • This dash is very presentable and is in good condition 
  • Set into the dash is an original Blaupunkt Granada SQR 49 radio/cassette 
  • The interior is a wonderful place to sit on a drive 
  • With the roof up you can see that the headliner is in good condition 
  • On a warm day, the roof can be retracted quickly and hidden under the tonneau cover
  • Once the roof is down you can enjoy the wind in your hair
  • Further back in the boot, you’ll find a spare wheel and a carpeted interior 
  • Overall, the interior is in good condition and shouldn’t need any work 

The Exterior 

  • Externally this Clipper is certainly eye-catching 
  • As should be noted VW subcontracted the assembly of all VW Mk 1 Golf convertibles to a specialist manufacturer and coachbuilder, Karmann based on Osnabruck. Thus, this vehicle has been built by hand by specialists
  • The striking Paprika Red paint is complimented well by its light roof
  • There is a small patch of corrosion that might need seeing to just behind the driver’s door
  • According to VW specialists, this should be easily treated 
  • Its other body panels are in good condition with no other large areas of corrosion present
  • Some of the paint on the panels is a little flat, but this may come back to a good shine after a polish 
  • The four alloy wheels fitted were sourced and fitted by the current owner. They are VW original, from same era, 1989, and in very good condition
  • There are no areas of curb damage to those alloys
  • The external condition of the light roof is good 
  • The underneath seems to be in good condition as well
  • Overall, the exterior of this VW Clipper is good with only a few small areas that may need attention 

The Mechanics 

  • Thanks to regular service/maintenance this Clipper is in great mechanical condition 
  • Always kept serviced the car runs great
  • There are lots of mechanical invoices from the previous 30-plus years 
  • After its small engine fire in 2019, the engine has been rebuilt.
  • It was rebuilt by the VW specialists at Crazy Quiffs 
  • This has resulted in beautifully running engine 
  • On the day of the photos, it started first time and underwent a 20-minute drive
  • During the drive, no worrying knocks or bangs were observed 
  • You should be able to have hours of fun behind the wheel of this classic 
  • Overall the mechanical condition of this Clipper is very good indeed


Be in no doubt that sunny days are on the horizon and why wouldn’t you want to capitalise on these days with a chic and characterful modern classic? With its recently rebuilt engine and great history, you can be sure that you’re buying the right car. 
It has been lovingly looked after for the past 30 years and is just waiting for you to get behind the wheel to create many happy motoring memories.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1988
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Golf Clipper Cabriolet
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 121,021 Miles
  • Engine size 1781
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Amersham
  • Location Buckinghamshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
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