Whether due to the Cabriolet’s charisma or its owners’ proclivity towards the flamboyant, the car is still a favorite in no small part for its ability to suit the owner’s style. Despite the fact that VW’s budget topless Rabbit has been around for more than 20 years, the Cabby’s still got a fun factor that holds its own against newer convertibles packed with mechanical wizardry, and Mandy Yildiz’s 1981 example is no exception.
“I wanted a ‘chick’ Rabbit, but not wimpy-looking,” she explains. “My goal was to make a cute daily driver that would stand out like a sore thumb on a minimum budget.”
After Mandy spotted the car for sale on the side of the road, her husband Armen purchased it for her. She gives him most of the credit for the project, although she’s been right by his side. Before adopting the Cabby, they also built a 1975 Super Beetle, a 1955 550 Spyder kit car, and a 1971 Triumph GT6.
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