Build or Build or Buy: Turbo Bunny Convertible

While winter may not be over quite yet for some areas, March is here and that means springtime is around the corner. Time to plan for your summer drive. And what better car for late-night drives for some stargazing, than a classic Volkswagen Cabriolet? But not just any Cabby; how about a big-power convertible? But time passes quickly, so do you build or do you buy?

Argument: Build (and Build)
Article(s): 1985 Cabriolet (and 1984 Cabriolet)

It’s Bunny BOGO! That’s right; if you buy this 1985 Volkswagen Cabriolet, the seller is throwing in a 1984 Cabriolet for free. For the low low price of $800, you can get two convertibles of questionable condition. But between both, they have to enough good parts to make one decent Cabby, right?

The classified ad has little information. The ’85 (we think its the black one) needs a head gasket, but it has newer struts, shocks, and tires. The ’84 was bought for parts and it may have a newer engine. Regardless, $800 is a steal for these cars that look to be rust-free.

Take a look at thesamba.com ad for not-much-more information. The cars are in Castle Valley, Utah, which judging by the background of the (sideways) photos is a beautiful place.

Argument: Buy
Article: No Reserve 1990 Cabriolet 1.8T

That is not a typo: this ’90 ‘vert is sporting a 1.8T engine from a Passat with a K04 turbocharger from an Audi TT 225Q. That’s a lot of power for a tiny lightweight car.

Now we’re not sure why, but unfortunately the engine is paired with an automatic transmission. Maybe the original builder couldn’t drive stick, or maybe they planned to eventually swap in a manual tranny, but it is what it is.

The enhancements to this car don’t stop with the engine. It has the whos-who of period parts: Recaro seats, MOMO steering wheel, a Rockford Fosgate subwoofer, and MOMO wheels.

On top of the great engine, this 1.8T bunny is a “no reserve” auction, and the current bid as of Sunday afternoon is only $3000. The auction ends on Tuesday at 3:55 pm EST. Take a look at the posting on bringatrailer.com for more photos (and video!); this ’90 Cabriolet is in Chehalis, WA.