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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 Caddy we first featured in November 2019 has since sold.
Posted late in 2019 on Craigslist in Crownsville, Maryland was this 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit Wagon the current caretaker is asking $7,500. The NADA Guides Collector Car Online Valuation Tool currently lists their “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail values as $1,225, $1,975, and $2,850, respectively. This is the fifth example we’ve come across of a Rabbit Caddy where the asking price was much higher than what our available pricing sources provide so we’re keeping an eye on this one to see whether this Rabbit goes quickly as this asking price.
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.
We love the look of these early eighties Rabbit pickups. They are a nice size that fits in your garage and the amount of aftermarket parts available for these can have you take it from mild to wild. In the case, we love the MK1 GTi Restomod vibe this Caddy provides: the MK1 GTi wheels and the Recaro seats are the only hints this Caddy might have a bit more lurking under hood than the typical example.
Here is the current caretaker’s description
“This classic Mark 1 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup is in nice overall condition with many tasteful and fun upgrades. Reliable and comfortable, can be driven today with confidence.
Body – good shock towers, good A-pillars, good paint, very straight. Paint color slightly mismatched on left front fender, a few old body work blemishes on right rear fender, minor surface rust in rear bed. Shortened front bumper mounts for cleaner Euro look. Good windshield. Working air conditioning.
Engine – 1991 Mk. 2 GTI 2.0 liter 16 valve gas motor with GTI radiator and CIS-ME fuel injection. Runs very strong and fast, but lumpy at idle and light throttle. New timing belt and belt tensioner, new motor mounts, new filters, new water pump.
Transmission – 5 speed, excellent condition with fresh Red-Line oil, new clutch, new shifter bushings.
Brakes – front and rear disc brakes from a 1991 Mk. 2 GTI, new master cylinder, new rotors, new hoses.
Exhaust – Techtonics Tuning dual-downpipe, Magnaflow muffler, sounds great!
Chassis – ABD Racing lower stress bar, custom upper stress bar, new front struts and rear shocks, new front and rear wheel bearings, new steering rack boots.
Interior – Mk. 2 GTI Recaro bucket seats, Blaupunkt AM/FM/CD stereo. All in good shape except for cracks in dashboard.
Instrumentation – Mk. 1 GTI center console with 3 gauges, stock main cluster includes factory tachometer.
Wheels – Mk. 1 GTI 14” wheels shod with new 185/65-14 tires, new spare tire on original steel wheel.
Title – clear title in my name.”
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