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The Cabriolet Registry is the largest collection of Cabriolet/Rabbit Convertible data outside of the Volkswagen/Karmann factory archives. It is an ongoing database with the goal of providing a complete listing of Cabriolet chassis numbers that are still in existence, or are known to no longer be living. This database also includes a breakdown of models, colors, and transmission types (manuals are by far the most common!). Take a look to see if your (or one you see on the street, in a junkyard, etc.) Cabriolet/Rabbit Convertible is listed; if not, please submit its details!
|Model Year||Chassis Number||Number of Cabriolets||Update Type||Additions|
|From||To||Produced*||Left in The World*||In The Registry|
|1979||159 00001||159 10000||5,863||863 - 1,935||11||new entry||0|
|1980||15A 00001||15A 25000||18,572||2786 - 6129||48||new entry||0|
|1981||15B 00001||15B 30000||25,833||4133 - 8525||66||new entry||0|
|1982||15C 00001||15C 30000||27,794||4725 - 9172||90||new entry||0|
|1983||15D 00001||15D 30000||18,223||3280 - 6014||62||new entry||0|
|1984||15E 00001||15E 30000||25,812||4904 - 8518||123||new entry||0|
|1985||15F 00001||15F 30000||23,551||4710 - 7772||144||new entry||0|
|1986||15G 00001||15G 30000||25,079||5267 - 8276||186||new entry||0|
|1987||15H 00001||15H 40000||37,462||8616 - 12362||252||new entry||0|
|1988||15J 00001||15J 30000||27,460||6590 - 9062||220||new entry||0|
|1989||15K 00001||15K 35000||32,603||8477 - 10759||258||new entry||0|
|1990||15L 00001||15L 35000||31,791||8584 - 10491||230||new entry||0|
|1991||15M 00001||15M 40000||35,956||10427 - 11865||202||new entry||0|
|1992||15N 00001||15N 40000||36,274||11245 - 11970||278||new entry||0|
|1993||15P 00001||15P 20000||16,249||5362 - 5362||230||new entry||0|
|TOTALS||388,522||89,986 - 128,212||2400||0|
* Listed production numbers are unverified at this time, but are close to the actual numbers, based on the VIN-splits on record. Karmann's published production number of total Cabriolets built is 388,522.
** Estimation based on a 6% annual loss of above-listed production numbers up to the year 2011. The total remaining is currently an estimated 23-33% of total produced. The 6% is an average based on published European registration figures over the past 20 years.
For those concerned about security, be assured that without the entire 17-digit (or 10-digit for '79/'80) VIN, no one can look up information about your specific car, or about you personally. Photos submitted with visible license plates: those plates will be blocked/blurred out. Additionally, cities will not be posted, even if you submit them. Registry submissions are entered manually as time allows.
The model year is found via the 10th digit in the VIN for 1981-1993 cars (3rd digit for 1979-1980 cars):
The car's model year is not the year the car was first registered. I've had a number of folks, particularly in the UK, enter the model year based on registration year, which is not the car's model year. Please triple-check that you've entered the correct model year by verifying the car's 10th VIN digit (or 3rd digit if '79-'80)!
The production/chassis number is the last 6 digits of the VIN. Because there were a maximum of 40,000 Cabriolets built in a model year, all Cabriolet chassis numbers will begin with 0. Therefore, only the last 5 digits of the VIN are required for the Cabriolet Registry. Only numbers are allowed to be entered in this section, and 5 digits are required.
Your car’s build date (month and year) is stamped onto the federal compliance sticker on the driver’s door jamb in North American Cabriolets. To determine the exact date (day, month, year and day of the week) your car was built, please download the Build Date Guide. You may also provide the PKN from the build sheet or the slam panel (aka radiator support) and I will determine the date for you.
You may use the Models pages to determine what model your Cabriolet is; you may also leave this field blank and I will fill it in for you. If you include a photo, I can usually determine which model it is; if the model is unknown, the default listing of “Cabriolet” will be entered. Please note: Determining the model type can sometimes be tricky, especially if the car is not 100% original; just because the car has Zandvoort wheels, for example, does not confirm that the car is a Best Seller model. An Etienne Aigner model will have an “E” as the 4th digit in the VIN (for those models initially sold in North America). The "D" in '90s North American VINs, it has been discovered, was used mostly for Carat models, but is also found in some Wolfsburg Edition models.
The color your Cabriolet currently is; even better is the factory color code. The paint color code is listed on the build sheet sticker in the trunk, if your Cabriolet still has the sticker. If the car has been repainted, please include the car’s original color: If you do not know the original color, usually the interior portions are not painted (trunk, door jambs, under the carpet, under the rear seat, the engine bay); use this as your cue to what the original color was.
What color the roof currently is. If the top has been replaced and you know the original color, please include it as well. Note: I know my Cabriolets well; don’t be surprised to see an original color listed even if you did not provide it.
What the seat color currently is. If the interior has been replaced and you know the original color, please include it as well. Even better than the color is the interior code. This code can be found on the build sheet sticker in the trunk, provided your car still has this sticker. If the car does not have this sticker, you can peruse the factory interiors listed on the Interior Styles page. Note: I know my Cabriolets well; don’t be surprised to see the original interior listed even if you did not provide it. ;)
Select manual or automatic. This is the transmission the car left the factory with. If you or a previous owner have swapped the transmission type, please include this information in the “notes/additional info” section.
The first location the car was sold by a VW dealer (state/province and/or country). For security and privacy reasons, cities will not be listed even if you provide them.
The current location where the car resides (state/province and/or country), or the last known location. For security and privacy reasons, cities will not be listed even if you provide them.
Living = Currently running, driving, and/or undergoing restoration.
Dying = Currently for sale by a junkyard/salvage yard, rotting away in a back lot, etc. (i.e., may have damage, but has potential to be restored).
Dead = In a junkyard, or is being parted out with no chance to be saved; or car has been crushed.
Provide whatever information you’d like: link to an online photo gallery, details/short story about the car, modifications made to the car, current mileage, and so on… but keep the information brief (there is now a 330 character limit).
Attach one photo of your car, if desired. Any visible license plates will be blurred/blocked by me for the car owner’s security/privacy. Photos may be cropped to fit the space.
The information you provided was conflicting, or was incomplete as of the last update. Examples: 1) You selected 1979 for the year, but the production number entered was 19206, a number far higher than what Karmann produced for 1979. 2) You entered 00834 for your 1985's production number, but entered May 10, 1985 for the build date. Either the production number was entered incorrectly, or the car's build date was entered/calculated incorrectly. 3) You entered an invalid VIN, such as 71642. Please resubmit your car. The new submission form now requires a 5-digit chassis number and only a number to help prevent errors.
The > means that a change has taken place. For example, "Helios Blue > Paprika Red" indicates that the original Helios Blue paint was changed to Paprika Red.
The status symbols are:
sentiment_satisfied = Living as of the listed year
sentiment_neutral = Dying as of the listed year
sentiment_dissatisfied = Dead as of the listed year
from June 1978
from April 1993