1979 Volkswagen Dasher Hatchback

Like the Scirocco duo from earlier this week, Volkswagen’s “large” chassis has become an obscure name long gone from these shores. The Dasher premiered VW’s use of the shared B1 platform. Marketed in the rest of the world as the Passat (a name, like the Scirocco, for a type of wind), Volkswagen opted to use a name closer to its stablemate Rabbit and came up with “Dasher”. From 1974 through 1981, the B1 laid the foundation for larger watercooled Volkswagens in three configurations; two-door hatchback, four-door hatchback and wagon. Also like the Scirocco, the design came from Giogetto Giugiaro and was forward-thinking. Power came from the EA827 derivatives, with a relative modest 1.6 inline-4 gas motor and later diesel options available. In 1978, the B1 was refreshed and gained quad-round headlights and other light revisions, visually matching the Scirocco lineup a bit more. They’re obscure and relatively rare to see at all these days, but this survivor has popped up on eBay in a no reserve auction:

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1978 Volkswagen Dasher Wagon with 23k miles – REVISIT

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The low mileage, mint condition Volkswagen Dasher Wagon we featured for a second time in November of last year has reappeared once again. They don’t get any better than this, so if you want to help clear your mind of recent emission scandal and reminisce about the good old days, this would be a good VW in which to do it.

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The below post originally appeared on our site January 2, 2014:

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1978 Volkswagen Dasher Hatchback

The Volkswagen Passat [née Quantum (née Dasher)] has always been a bit of the odd-man out in the Volkswagen lineup, but each successive generation has offered something special – even in the U.S.. As Paul wrote up last week, in the B7 you could get a TDi manual – something of an oddity in the marketplace last year, as automatic whirring hybrids have ruled the minds and pocketbooks of middle management for the last decade. The B6 had a fantastic hidden gem in the 3.6 4Motion; an unappreciated car in general but perhaps the car Audi should have built. The B5? It was the car that finally made the Passat successful in the U.S., and introduced the cool if too complicated W8 4motion package. The B3/4 had the you-can’t-kill-it-unless-it-rusts 1Z diesel and sonorous VR6 motors. The B2’s trump card over the Audi 4000 it closely resembled was the Syncro Wagon. And the B1? Well, if you wanted a 4-door Volkswagen hatchbach that was a bit more substantial than the Rabbit on offer, briefly your wish could come true:

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Kermit’s Other Car: 1980 Volkswagen Dasher Diesel Wagon

In a strange twist of fate I promise was not entirely planned, we are heading from probably the most expensive and complicated Passat to the other end of the spectrum – the spiritual great-great Grandfather in this 1980 Dasher Diesel Wagon. A few weeks ago, I took a look at a very green 1980 5000 and suggested that it might be Kermit’s commuter. But if Kermit was a family man, something like this Volkswagen might have been the choice he’d make in 1980. The Dasher Diesel wasn’t sporty; you could read a Dan Brown novel in the time it would take you to leave a light and hit 60 miles per and hour at full chat. But it would get over 40 miles per a gallon and if properly (and sometimes improperly) maintained, these diesels are still clacking like new today. However, like the Passat W8, the Dasher falls into a strange gray area of lack of enthusiasm. For every other 1980 Volkswagen model you can find large groups of fans, but the Dasher – despite its unique three different configurations at that time – can’t find much love these days. Like the Audi 5000 from the other day, can this Onyx Green Metallic with matching green velour find a frog fanatic?

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Feature Listing: 1980 Volkswagen Dasher Diesel Wagon

Long before “Dieselgate” and the unceremonious admission of Volkswagen about cheating on emissions testing, Volkswagen struggled with the image of diesel. The problem wasn’t as much air pollution – there was plenty of that – but it was that diesels were noisy and slow. How slow? Well, consider today’s 1980 Dasher Diesel Wagon, whose 1.5 inline-4 mill produced a twig-snapping 48 horsepower. Despite the relative light weight at only 2,500 lbs, the Dasher Diesel literally and figuratively lacked spark as it’s near 20-second 0-60 time proved. As gas prices fell and fuel injected gasoline engines became ever more efficient (and powerful), the gap between the fuel mileage to the diesels narrowed as the perceived benefit gulf of purchasing petrol widened. However, nearly 30 years before the introduction of the “Sport Wagon” TDi, you can still see the spiritual basis for Volkswagen’s popular 5-door diesel configuration.

The other day, a gentleman pulled up to me right after I parked my Passat. He rolled down the window and asked if I liked the car, then mentioned that it was lovely. I thanked him and said that I loved the car. Sure, even over a decade on B5.5 generation Passat Variants are a dime a dozen around the streets of New England. But while the B5.5 was by far the most popular choice for German wagons in the early 2000s, it wouldn’t be possible without the B1. Styled by Giugiaro, the new chassis completely redefined the platform for Volkswagen. It was followed by the niche but popular B2 (Quantum in the U.S.), then the odd-yet-cool B3, the more traditional B4 and finally the popular B5/5.5 chassis. With some sadness, the B6 would be the last wagon form of the Passat for U.S. customers, but it went out with a bang – being offered in 3.6 VR6 with 4Motion all-wheel drive. It was about as far from the original B1 as you could get, but the mission of each was the same and they were representative of their times. “We think you’ll agree Dasher is setting new standards for roomy wagons, with elegant appointments and fittings” touted the 1980 brochure, and it’s hard to argue that for some time the Passat was the best value not only in German wagons, but perhaps in family vehicles in total. While they were loved by their respective owner pools, they were also used, and each subsequent generation is steadily becoming more infrequent to see. B5s have already started to disappear while B4s rust away. B3s are downright rare, but not nearly as much as clean B2s. But a clean B1? I’d bet you could count the number of examples in this condition remaining on one hand:

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One-owner 1979 Volkswagen Dasher

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My late-70s VW knowledge and interest usually circulate the Rabbit and the Vanagon, but today we have an impressively-kept example of the first water-cooled VW sold in the US – the Dasher. It may not be much of a prancer, but if you’re into brown 35 year old, 35mpg everymans cars with hubcaps, today is your day. It’s only covered 49k miles in those 35 years, leaving it crisp and clean inside and out.

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1984 Volkswagen Passat CL

Badged the Quantum in the states, the early Passats are some of the most awkward VWs from the 80’s. As awkward as they are, they are some of the clearest examples of the Audi lineage that these cars share. These B2 models share the same longitudinal driveline configuration as the Audis and the parts bins for the rest of the cars are basically interchangable. This clean example of VWs ugly duckiling for sale in the Fatherland is something we could never see here, as these cars were often used, abused, and discarded.

1984 Volkswagen Passat CL on eBay.de

Vehicle is a two owner car, enthusiast owned! The car is rust free, its maintenance log is up to date. The log is available. The timing belt was changed 1,000 km ago. In the photos, you can see this vehicle is in pristine condition!

-Brian

1977 VW Dasher Wagon

It needs to be said straight away, that I’m a wagon nerd.  My first car was a wagon, and I drive one today almost 20 years later.  Throw in the fact that I’m a vintage VW enthusiast, and this car pushes all of the right buttons with me.

In 1973, VW decided to experiment with a technology that was “foreign” to them…the radiator.  With the introduction of the B1 Passat in Europe, VW used the Audi 80 platform for their first water-cooled offering to replace the aging Type 4.   Rebadged as the Dasher for the US market in 1974, these cars were sold as a premium import wagon with prices well above the competition.  This is probably why they were late to hit their stride in the US, and why the B1 Dashers are as uncommon as they come.  Even more uncommon are clean examples like this one for sale in Hood River, Oregon.  It’s no surprise to me that such a clean example is available in the PNW, as it seems to be a safe haven for clean original water-colled VWs.

1977 VW Dasher Wagon on thesamba.com

Up for sale is my 1977 VW Dasher Wagon Wolfsburg Edition. It’s a manual 4-speed, Fuel Injected, 5-door, front wheel drive. This Dasher is NOT diesel. This car is in lovely shape. Daily driver and I would drive it anywhere. Completely stock, original paint. Minimal rust or dent issues. It has 113,000 original miles on it. I bought the car from the original owner. I have meticulous records of every fill up and oil change that this car has gone through since 1977. The car has the original factory window tinting, which is actually steel mesh screens that are mounted inside, over the windows. Plus it has the steel mesh sun shades on each rear passenger window. These actually pull down and retract. Original stereo, original clock, original upholstery, which looks really good, original carpet, which also looks really good. It’s missing one piece of chrome trim, over the front right wheel well (see picture). I’ve kept this car perfectly maintained and replaced parts as needed to keep it in running order. I’ve driven this car to Seattle and back recently (about a 600 mile round trip from where I live) and it ran perfectly. I’ve recently given it a tune up, which includes: new valve cover gasket, new fuel filter, new oil filter, fresh oil, tranny flush w/ new tranny fluid, new plugs, new plug wires, new air filter, new cap, new rotor, new points, so this car is ready to go. The car also has a fairly new set of really nice Toyo 800 ultra tires, with probably 75% tread life left. Also includes a pair of snow chains and the Bentley shop manual. Below is a list of new parts that I’ve had installed over the last six months. I have receipts for everything. These cars don’t really exist anymore, so putting a price on this car is very difficult. I’m asking $3,900, which I think is extremely fair. I have much more invested into it. I’m selling because of personal financial reasons. Clear Oregon title in hand. Cash only. No financing or trades please. If you’re looking for a really cool old car, but also something very practical, this is it. Please email, call or txt if you want to come take a look or take a test drive. Thanks shaneb@dakine.com or 425-501-1552
BRAND NEW PARTS INSTALLED in the last six months (last 1,000 miles):
-IGNITION COIL -WINDOW WASHER PUMP -WINDSHIELD WIPER MOTOR -CV BOOTS -DECELERATOR VALVE -AUXILIARY AIR VALVE -ALTERNATOR
-ALTERNATOR PULLEY -ALTERNATOR BELT -FUEL PUMP RELAY -VALVE COVER GASKET KIT -INTERIOR LIGHT SWITCH -TUNE UP PARTS (PLUGS, PLUG WIRES, FUEL FILTER, AIR FILTER, OIL FILTER, DISTRIBUTOR CAP, POINTS, ROTOR, WIPER BLADES)

With an asking price of $3900 this car is a bargain at $1300 below average retail.   This car is a great buy for the VW enthusiast that is looking for an early water-cooled car, and doesn’t want to pay the astronomical prices people are asking for MK1 rabbits in the same condition.  With water-cooled VWs on the climb, all be it a slow climb in recent years, whoever buys this should have no problem selling it on in the future for what they have in to it.  Seeing this car makes me wish I had an extra slot in my garage.

-Brian

1987 Volkswagen Passat 1.6 GL

The Volkswagen B2 Passat, known as the Quantum in North America, has finally been put out to pasture. You read that correctly. It was announced recently that 2012 would be the final year for this venerable platform in China, where it is known as the Santana. When you think about it, though, there have been other cars with similarly long production runs. The Peugeot 504, Fiat 124 and Ford Falcon were designs that had a normal production span in their home countries but lived on for many years; their designs being licensed out in various other countries. This particular Passat represents the last year of the B2 chassis sold in Europe and has covered a scant 57,000 miles over the last 25 years.

1987 Volkswagen Passat 1.6 GL

One owner Volkswagen Passat. Ideal car for collectors and enthusiasts. Air conditioning and leather interior.

One advantage to buying a used car in Germany is that those which are roadworthy are usually in good nick. This is because the vehicle inspections administered by the TÜV (Technical Inspection Association) are quite stringent, in typical Teutonic fashion. At around $6,500 USD, this is a lot of money for a Passat or Quantum of this vintage. By the time you would import such a vehicle, you might be looking at around another $2,000 in shipping and fees. A pipe dream for most, but for the dedicated Volkswagen enthusiast, it could be just the ticket. With its unique body style and condition, you’ll be the only one at the next VW meet with one.

-Paul