September 2020 Update – We’re busy updating our database accurately reflect the status of every car we’ve featured since starting GuysWithRides.com. This VW Rabbit Caddy Diesel we first featured in August 2019 has long since sold.
If you need to get 50 miles per gallon, why drive a Prius when you can drive this 1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Caddy Diesel we recently saw posted on Craigslist in Parkville/Overlea, Maryland for $3,500. While Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool currently does not list these trucks, the NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide lists their “Low”, “Average”, and “High” value range at $1,325, $2,250, and $3,125, respectively.
Volkswagen produced Rabbit pickups in its stillborn Westmoreland, Pennsylvania assembly plant from 1978 to 1984 with two engine choices: a 1.7 Liter gas engine or the 1.6 Liter diesel power plant featured in this example. Connected to a five-speed manual transmission, the fifth overdrive gear was uniquely labeled “E” rather than the traditional “5.” Outside of the U.S. Volkswagen branded Rabbit pickups as the VW Caddy.
The current caretaker of this Rabbit pickup since 2007 reports that his truck “starts and runs fine.” While he used it as a backup truck for most of that time, he states that he no longer needs a second vehicle now that he is retired. The seller states that he completed some rust repair and a paint job in his garage in 2015 that is, in his words, “is not a professional job but it looks acceptable.” The pictures provided make this truck appear to be a “20 footer” so we’ll be curious to learn whether his repair and repaint is structurally sound.
The seller replaced the carpet, door cards, and installed seat covers. Also installed is an aftermarket Grant steering wheel and an older Jensen aftermarket cassette stereo.
While the seller does not provide pictures of the engine, he states that mechanically it is “pretty good.” When he bought the truck in 2007, he confirmed the engine had been rebuilt but does not have any written proof to substantiate that claim. He details in his post what has been done mechanically during his ownership and two shop manuals will be included as part of the sale.
While you won’t win any drag races with this Rabbit pickup, you’ll certainly meet some new friends at any RADwood or car show event you drive it too. Good luck with the purchase!