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Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa MegaDork
6/5/24 8:53 p.m.

Gf's 13 year old is starting to get into cars.  Asked her ma what she was interested in and I got all kinds of excited when I heard "an 80s Corvette?"

Turns out that she didn't mean Corvette, she meant "convertibles" and thats about the only criteria she had.

She has a reliable car she has inherited that she'll be able to drive too and fro, so this would just be for fun and learning.

 

So, looking for something we can maybe start working on.  What does the hive suggest?

Blunder
Blunder Reader
6/5/24 9:04 p.m.

In reply to Mr_Asa :

A miata of course with a build date from 1989. 

vwcorvette (Forum Supporter)
vwcorvette (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
6/5/24 9:05 p.m.

3 series convertible

Rabbit Cabriolet 

Dodge Aries Convertible 

Alfa Spider

 

Stampie
Stampie GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/5/24 9:06 p.m.

I'll second a Rabbit Cabriolet with GTI wheels and grill.

californiamilleghia
californiamilleghia UberDork
6/5/24 9:09 p.m.

Triple White Rabbit Cabriolet , thats what all the stewardess's had in the 80s around SoCal

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa MegaDork
6/5/24 9:09 p.m.

Rabbit would be awesome.

Aren't they getting priced out, though?

SEADave
SEADave Dork
6/5/24 9:11 p.m.

Fox body Mustang or E30 if you can find a decent example of either.   

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/5/24 9:17 p.m.

It's gotta be the Laura Holt special, the white Rabbit.

APEowner
APEowner GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
6/5/24 9:19 p.m.

Why not an 80s Corvette convertible? 

Slippery
Slippery GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
6/5/24 9:20 p.m.

BlueInGreen - Jon
BlueInGreen - Jon UberDork
6/5/24 9:20 p.m.

Is a fwd Capri from the early 90s close enough to "80s" 

Those are cheap, kinda cool, and they've got pop-up headlights.

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa MegaDork
6/5/24 9:23 p.m.
APEowner said:

Why not an 80s Corvette convertible? 

I mean, I'm gonna push it. 

Also, thread needs more pics.

 

VW

 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/5/24 9:26 p.m.

Another option: Wrangler, aka YJ. It was the thing to have amongst the sorority crowd at UWO in the 90s.

Loads of parts available, the YJ is unloved so it's relatively cheap (from what I understand) and you can take the doors off which makes it even more of a convertible than a convertible.

Slippery
Slippery GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
6/5/24 9:29 p.m.

I know its not 80s, and not sure what the budget is, but these are going to be cheaper than an MK1 and are still quite cool. 
 

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1143965196644893/?ref=search&referral_code=null&referral_story_type=post


 

Slippery
Slippery GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
6/5/24 9:33 p.m.
Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
6/5/24 9:45 p.m.

3rd gen camaro convertible?

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/5/24 9:53 p.m.

In reply to Slippery :

That Fiat is barely even a 70's car.

BlueInGreen - Jon
BlueInGreen - Jon UberDork
6/5/24 9:55 p.m.

Didn't MGB production go into the 80s laugh

Motojunky
Motojunky New Reader
6/5/24 10:03 p.m.

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
6/5/24 10:08 p.m.

OPen Fabebook Marketplace---put in keyword: convertible and see what returns.

I just did in my market and this is my top choice.  

'89 w/ 170k asking $4,200

'89 w/ 170k asking $4,200

Motojunky
Motojunky New Reader
6/5/24 10:10 p.m.

P3PPY
P3PPY GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
6/5/24 10:35 p.m.

 

Bingo. Got it in by 6 months. 
sadly no GSX spyders from the factory and the gs-t spins the wrong wheels :(
 

So yeah, 3rd gen F-body

MiniDave
MiniDave HalfDork
6/5/24 10:37 p.m.

Cheap and cheerful - late 80's Pontiac Sunfire or Chevy Cavalier. Easy to work on, 4cyl so she won't kill herself with HP, actually fun to drive for a 1st fun car.

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
6/5/24 11:08 p.m.

An 80s Vette is cheaper than most, if not all, the other things pictured.

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa MegaDork
6/5/24 11:30 p.m.
Dusterbd13-michael said:

3rd gen camaro convertible?

I'm mildly hopeful i can talk her into T-tops as an option. Or maybe something with a targa top?

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