VW 1303 Cabriolet,
US Cabrio 1979, picture from sales broschure
I believe that this applies from ca 73-74:
Indicators with side positioning lights. Stronger, higher positioned
bumpers that are fastened to the body with energy absorbers.
Headlamps are of Sealed Beam type so the whole thing has to be
renewed when the bulb goes! OK if you live in the US where new
ones can be bought everywhere, but bad in Europe. It is easy
to fit the normal H4 headlamps instead. The taillights are also
different because of the side position lights.
The engine has 48 hp with fuel injection and runs on unleaded
but it does not always have a cat (depending of in which State
it was first sold). The fuel injection (Bosch) itself is fairly
uncomplicated for a fuel injection. But many parts in the very
cramped engine compartment are different. Also The exhaust is
completely different. All parts are available but they cost a
lot as they are not in normally in stock in Europe. You will
probably also have to wait a long time to get parts. The other
problem is that no VW garage knows these systems. The best thing
is to buy a US workshop manual and do it yourself. Or just put
in a normal 1600-engine with carburetor!
The European Cabrios have disk brakes in front but the US cars
have drum brakes. Why? I don`t know!
On the body behind the bumper there are louvers for the condensor
if the car has AC (not unusual)
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