Over the last few weeks, we’ve gotten to see the rewards of a new trend in water-cooled Volkswagens. For a long time, years if not decades in fact, if you wanted a clean A1-up chassis your only hope was that you’d stumble across an unknowing candidate. But the advent of the internet and a greater appreciation for 1980s automobile designs has finally resulted in a market where it’s become possible to restore these cars and not (entirely) lose your shirt. What does that look like? Well, we’ve seen some lightly restored Sciroccos bring pretty good money:
Wild or Mild? Double Take: 1978 and 1980 Volkswagen Sciroccos
But what about the heavy-hitter from Volkswagen? The GTI has name recognition outside of the brand; heck, even outside of European cars. Guys with Camaros and Ram Trucks know what a GTI is. They may not like it, but often I think they respect the hot hatch. As a result, outside of mega-clean Sciroccos and camper vans, GTIs have generally been the best bet for bringing strong money at an auction and if you were hoping for a resto-flip, it’s the likely candidate to choose to come out on top:
Do you ever see a car and think ‘I’d love to know the story behind that one’?
I do, all the time. But something in particular caught my eye about this 1986 Golf. Well, first off, it’s become rare to see a 1986 Golf anymore. The ’85 and ’86 model years were a bit unique, since the base and diesel models were manufactured in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania. There were minor trim differences, but the easiest way to spot them was the Rabbit-inspired sealed-beam headlight and unique grill. Unlike today’s market where the Golf has gone upscale, with the launch of the A2 chassis for the U.S., the diesel Golf was the cheapest way to buy a VW – and the gas unit was only a hair more money. But they were fairly basic transportation; the 1.8 liter inline-4 GX motor was rated at 85 horsepower for adequate acceleration and fuel mileage. Interiors were basic tweed in a few colors, you had to option in things like a radio and power anything (including steering!), and they came with 13″ steel wheels. If you wanted more upscale, you either spent another $1,000 and bought a Jetta or in 1986 Volkswagen added the Wolfsburg package to make you feel a bit more special.
But this car isn’t a Wolfsburg package. It’s a basic Golf. So why am I interested? A few reasons. First, I had one just like it, and it was a great car all things considered. My ’86 Golf was also a Westmoreland model, and quite basic. Mine had been bought new by a teacher who needed it to commute; after 10 years, she’d accrued just north of 200,000 miles on the odometer, but it still ran like a top. Yet this one, some two decades after I owned mine, has only 44,000 miles since new.…
Often times cars come along and you wonder how they came to be so ridiculously priced. The VW Caddy is one of those cars. Back in the ’90s when I was searching for my first car, I wanted a 2 door Rabbit and lusted after a GTI. Every Wednesday I would go through the Want Advertiser and VW pickups were everywhere, often dirt cheap, but at that time they were the red headed step child of the MK1 family. When I think back on how plentiful and cheap they were, it’s tough for me to fathom an almost $7000 price tag. When you really think about it, all of the reasons it makes no sense are all of the reasons they are so collectable now.
For the longest time no one cared about these trucks and overlooked them in favor of the hatchback models, sending many of these trucks to the junk yard. If they weren’t just discarded, body rot was the second leading cause of death. These trucks had a lot of rot issues, mainly with the strut towers. Born and raised in California, this ’82 Caddy has managed to avoid the fate that many of its siblings succumbed to. This low mileage Cashmere White truck for sale in Chicago, IL is a great example of a survivor, and would make a great driver or restoration project for the true MK1 enthusiast.
1982 VW Rabbit Pickup on eBay
We at Windy City Motorsports are very pleased to offer for sale this hard to find and super clean 1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Caddy Pick up truck.
***Super Clean & Rust Free California Truck It’s Entire Life
***Original Body & Paint
***Many New Parts. Including……
…..New fuel pump
…..New spark plugs, cap, rotor & wires
…..Fresh oil & filter
…..New headliner & more
***Original California Blue Plates & Included
***The odometer shows only 72k miles, but cannot be verified to be actual
***Fires Right Up & Runs Strong
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