1987 Skoda Rapid Cabriolet 1.3 petrol
Brilliant fun car
Although the car has a high mileage, it only needed a good service and new water pump and the engine just runs as smooth as any brand new car.
I always fancied a Cabriolet and the Rapid is a very rare Cabriolet, so when I saw this one for sale I just fell in love instantly. It has been loads of fun driving the Rapid, especially with the top down. People just stop and stare. Besides the fun it is also very reliable and cheap to run. What more could you ask for?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th January, 2002
I wish I could buy this one in former Czechoslovakia, but maybe you know convertible skodas were only for western Europe and you cannot find them in their home country...
Who knows where the skoda rapid cabriolet was manufactured. Which company? Is it still possible to build a cabriolet out of a standard rapid?
The Skoda Rapid Cabriolet was made in the U.K. by Roger Ludgate, of LDD in Kent and around 500 were made from 1984 onwards.2 types were available, the standard and the Lux, which retained modified rear quarter lights. They were for the U.K. market. Other conversions were available abroad.
Just bought a Skoda Rapid Convertible Mk1. It is bright yellow with a nice set of purple lilac seats! It has lost its 120 engine and been installed with a 136 mill. The gearbox is OK, but I think the previous owner bent the shaft when changing the engine. Hence it needs a tug to get it out of third. I need a garage to store the car - at the moment it is on my drive under a car cover! Hopefully will be in use in he spring. Only done 157 in two years - 7 miles since last MOT. Lots of spares with it - even a period Skoda Radio cassette and built in clock! Will need a new hood so appreciated previous writers comments about LDD. Any ideas on prices? Keep Skodaring. Mel.
I met Roger Ludgate quite by chance at the weekend (Sat 3rd Dec)- what an inspiring, passionate and enthusiatic person he is. If you get in touch with him regarding your car queries I'm sure he'd be delighted to help.
Thanks for that. I will contact Roger in Spring time once the weather gets better?! I have found storage for the car now. It is now under cover in a local farmers barn. Dead pleased. Got lots of funny looks as I towed her there behind my Octavia VRS WRC model! Racing colours with a bright yellow car 6 feet behind. Happy motoring.