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We found this interesting Scirocco-powered 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit Caddy pick-up in October 2019 listed on Craigslist in Eastham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts where the private owner is currently asking $5,900. The NADA Guides Online Tool lists its “High Retail” estimate for this Rabbit pickup at $2,850, so the combination in price and the vehicle located on the Cape does not surprise us to see the private seller’s posting still listed for 25 days and counting.
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 but over the years enthusiasts in the U.S. picked up on the nickname as well.
The current caretaker for the past six years says he bought his rust-free Rabbit pickup in Georgia. What makes this truck interesting is a previous owner replaced the interior with one from a similar vintage and color Golf GTI, although you’ll need to have a tear in the driver’s seat cushion addressed very soon. Under the hood, they placed a more powerful 2.0 liter, 16-valve inline four-cylinder from a donor Scirocco (complete with the correct wiring harness) and matching five-speed transmission. We also like the period-correct wheels sourced from a GTi.
While this Rabbit remains rust-free, the private seller states his truck suffered a number of rashes while sitting in his garage, and unfortunately as these pictures show, the body shop he chose didn’t even come close to matching the paint on the rest of the car. Also, the seller reports that true mileage is unknown as the GTI odometer currently does not work however he estimates it to be approximately 41,000 miles based on the description provided.
If you’re in the market for a gas-powered diesel Rabbit Pickup, this GTi inspired might make a nice alternative, especially if you can find a better painter capable of matching the truck’s original color. Good luck with the purchase!
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