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1983 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup

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“Looks good, runs good” is the perfect opening line for this ad in its simplicity and lack of hoity-toity grammar. No matter what people try to charge for them as time goes on, Volkswagen Rabbit Pickups will always be about honest practicality. No frills, no big tires, no in-dash DVD players. These trucks are about getting you from A to B faster and carrying more stuff than a bike could. And probably using less energy as well, especially with these diesels that approach 50 mpgs.

This red on red example is very straight with good paint, a nice spray-in liner that will battle the elements and rust, and a clean interior (other than some hidden, reportedly beat seats). The seller has done his part to address any leaks and squeaks, and prior to him there was an alleged rebuild around 30k miles ago. 160k is pretty early for these diesels to need much attention, but with a new owner willing to address any further drips and noises that arise, you can be sure the motor will keep going until we finally burn this green and blue sphere to dust.

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1989 Volkswagen DoKa

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This DoKa was recently brought over from England by an importer that specializes in turbodiesel of all sorts. This 3-door pickup, originally some light-duty military vehicle – has been upgraded with the venerable 1.9-liter TDI, giving it a good amount more oomph than stock. The interior is all business, with seating for 6, a table, and and a stereo representing the luxury highlights. The exterior looks like a well-used military vehicle, with a few different drab greens and a serious canvas top that needs some work on its frame. Custom-fit gear boxes have rails inside to hold them, underscoring a T3 that is built for neither speed NOR comfort – just business. My eye is always on potential when I approach Vanagons/Transporters, however, and this TDI truck looks like it could suit a lot of different needs in its next life.

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1983 Volkswagen GTI

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When I think about simplifying my life, one of my largest hurdles is what would I ever do with the E28 M5? Acquiring it realized a major life goal, and I still love it every day, but as life goes on will I always have the means to give it the (financial) love it deserves? When I imagine a world where I could do without its sound, rarity, story, looks… where was I? Oh, right. If I could let go of the things that are unique to the M5, a Mk1 GTI is where I’d head. Yes, it would still be an 80s German toy, which is not exactly “simple” to most, but it would provide legendary driving enjoyment without requiring regular valve adjustments and insanely priced out-of-production parts.

While GTIs have been steadily gaining in value, for the moment they’re still within reason. This extremely clean example received a new paint job last year, matching classic silver with some serious blue accents that provide an interesting counterpoint to the typical red striping. The hood stripe doesn’t quite do it for me, but I absolutely love how rally’d-out it looks from behind with the painted rear window surround and “Rabbit” mudflaps. It has a few needs that should be attended to sooner than later – but this GTI is an ideal candidate for some inexpensive home-wrenching and some massively rewarding driving.

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1988 Volkswagen Transporter Panel Van

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Panel vans are a cool look, and their industrious beginnings make them a great candidate for anything you want. Frequent readers know that what I want is an economical and capable camper, and I can see this one working out quite well. The lack of side windows renders going through the effort of making curtains unnecessary so that you can spend all of your time pulling the tacked-on laminate from the walls and start turning it into the mobile apartment of your dreams. You shouldn’t have to spend much time on the mechanicals as its diesel mill has covered just over 35k miles and the immaculate undercarriage corroborates the seller’s claims of “open wallet” maintenance. It may not possess the frills and accoutrements of most VW vans posted here – the blue Rhinolined lower half seems to be the most extensive addition – but that just underscores the vast possibilities available with this slab-sided blue canvas.

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1977 Volkswagen Beetle

While I was wandering through Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany last month, perhaps one of the most significant cars I came across in the ZeitHaus was the golden Beetle that sat amongst the other exhibits. This was the millionth example produced. It’s rather remarkable that just ten short years after the end of World War II, Volkswagen would produce this many examples of the “people’s car.” In the late 1970s, production would wind down in Germany, with the last Beetle rolling off the line at the Emden plant in 1978. Production would continue on until 2003 in Puebla, Mexico, ending a magnificent chapter in automotive history. This 1977 Beetle for sale in Georgia represents the last year of US sales for the Beetle sedan. With under 10,000 miles on the odometer, this is one for the serious VW collector.

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