Sometimes bad things happen to good cars. Conversely good things can happen to bad cars. This 1978 VW is definitely in the former camp.
That said, there are some neat bits here. The BBS RS wheels, that brake set up, and the motor would all look very good in a deserving transplant. Or, with no reserve, could you purchase it and reset it back to a stock ‘ish look?
From the seller -
“1978 VW Rabbit
The car has been shown at the SEMA show three times and has been featured in many magazines, both in the states and in Europe. No expense spared on entertainment with five TVs and over 1,000 watts of power
The exterior of the car was stripped to bare all metal and all body panels are laser straight with no rust on the car. Painted with Audi anthracite metallic, the paint is deep and clean. Carbon fiber center hood and rear hatch, carbon fiber European bumper in front, carbon fiber gas filler, shaved marker lights, emblems and full carbon fiber flares. Custom front European grille with Stalk single round headlights. All new rubber seals. The door jambs and under the hood have been air brushed with skulls in PPG Rainbow Pearl. The car sits on 16″ BBS 3-piece RS wheels painted black with polished outers and new tires fill the wheel wells very nice.
Interior is a custom fiberglass dash wrapped in gray suede with AC gauges. A 10.5″ screen in the passenger side, two screens on the sun visors and two more in the rear. There are over 15 speakers in the car including three 12″ subs in the back with custom cover. A DVD player and Sony head unit are in the custom center console and the sound system has won many awards. This insane rabbit has custom Recaro racing seats with matching rear seats and 5 point harness. Additionally, it’s equipped with a custom roll cage inside.
The motor is a 2.0L European cross flow motor with 270hp. 150 shot of NOS and the 5-speed transmission shifts smooth and has a short shifter with upgraded dual disc Spax clutch. The car also has air ride suspension. There are show neon lights on the bottom of the car. 16″ 3-piece BBS wheels with 16″ 6-piston brakes.”
It would take several thousand dollars to unscrew this car, so to speak, but it seems like a worthwhile project. Evidently bidders feel the same way, bidding currently sits at $1,000 with no reserve with a few days to go.
There has to be $2k in wheels, motor, brakes, seats, and other bits here. It would be interesting to see if the seller will actually let it go if bidding does not pick up. Either way it is an, um, interesting take on the MK1 Rabbit.