Feature Listing: 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit Convertible Wolfsburg Limited Edition

In the early 1980s, there were precious few options for open-air German motoring. Sure, there was the tried and true Mercedes-Benz SL; a luxury car aimed more at boulevard cruising and polo club grand-standing than the Sport Licht moniker would indicate. Porsche’s 911 Cabriolet was certainly more sporty, but also too expensive for most to contemplate as a fun second car. BMW and Audi? The latter was over a decade away from having a factory convertible, and the former took until the mid-80s to introduce its drop-top 3-series. For the plebeians, then, the only real option was Volkswagen’s Rabbit convertible.

Rabbit Convertibles were produced by Karmann in Osnabrück, Germany – about a two and a half hour drive west from Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant. As they did with the Scirocco, Karmann’s distinctive badge adorned the model, here on the front fenders. The intensive construction process laden with chassis strengthening and bespoke items like the added roll-over bar meant that VW’s normal production line couldn’t handle the task. Although these were the heaviest of the A1 models, compared to today’s metal they were downright lithe; a manual early Convertible like today’s, even with air conditioning optioned in, weighed less than 2,300 lbs. While never the most powerful in the lineup, the light weight and manual transmission made the original Rabbit convertibles one of the more entertaining ways to experience compact German engineering and open-air motoring in the notoriously malaise early 80s.

While the persona surrounding the model, and more generally the people who bought the model new, tends to steer away from the typical ‘enthusiast’, the Rabbit Convertible has nonetheless moved solidly into collector territory. It’s a smart-looking, practically packaged and fun to drive convertible that can be run on a budget, fit four people in relative comfort and generate smiles throughout. In a world of increasingly serious automobiles, the Rabbit Convertible and Cabriolet models were just simple fun. Because they were so good at what they did, they’ve often been treasured more than the standard Volkswagen. But even then, few appear on our radar like this 1983 example:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit Convertible Wolfsburg Limited Edition on New Hampshire Craigslist

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1987 Volkswagen Cabriolet Wolfsburg Edition with 28k miles

My love for the Mk1 Volkswagen body styles is well-documented, and it extends even to the little-sister Cabrio. Today’s has covered a shockingly-low 28k miles, mostly as an RV attendant. Top to wheels, it’s a gorgeous example of 80s Volkswagens. We’ve all had the convertible argument, and while many still frown upon them, the extra fun can’t be denied. My hierarchy may start with the GTI closely followed by the Caddy, but if a Cabriolet were going to be in the collection, a low-mileage Wolfsburg is about as good as you can get.

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1991 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro w/ SVX Swap

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They may not be exactly your cup of tea, but Syncros are like Faberge eggs; you just have to accept that somewhere someone wants to pay a lot for it. Today’s lacks the camping ability of the Westy, but makes up for it with outstanding mechanicals, the heart of which is a Subaru SVX 3.3l boxer six. Add on some bigger brakes and transmission mods and this box-on-wheels must move pretty well. With 115k miles on all pieces, this is a great van.

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1990 Volkswagen Vanagon Carat Wolfsburg Edition

In the 1980s, the minivan was billed as the next big thing. Smaller and more fuel efficient than full sized vans more suited to commercial work, this new vehicle segment was the ideal solution for the family seeking to break from the traditional wagon mold. But, as the saying goes, if it ain’t new, it’s through. Soon came the SUV craze of the 1990s and consumers seemed to never look back. Sure, there are still plenty of minivans on the market, but most are bought for practicality than a lifestyle statement anymore. And save for the compact Mazda 5, gone are any interesting choices like the Dodge Caravan Turbo, the mid-engined Toyota Previa or this van, the Volkswagen Vanagon.

The Vanagon was an evolution of the basic box formula of the T2 Transporter/Bus that hippies knew and loved. Towards the end of the model run in the late 1980s and early 1990s, more luxurious trim packages, Syncro four-wheel drive and an updated front fascia were the order of the day. While this particular Vanagon isn’t a Syncro, it’s a sharp looker with under 80,000 miles on the clock.

Year: 1990
Model: Vanagon Carat Wolfsburg Edition
Engine: 2.1 liter flat-4
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 77,600 mi
Price: Reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Volkswagen Vanagon Carat Wolfsburg Edition on eBay

Hello and thanks for having a look…If your checking this Vanagon out, you know them and what their all about..This Tornado Red Carat Weekender with Z bed and Jump seats is truly one of the last produced. It came with both badges Carat and Wolfsburg. Research says it was due to the rare Color combo of Interior package and Color itself. I have owned many Vanagons and will honestly say it has been one of the best. Running with true 77,600 original miles, it glides down the road flawlessly. The 2.1 Boxer runs very strong with no leaks anywhere. It runs on Mobile 1 Synthetic (only the best ). The transmisson shifts nicely and will kick into passing gear upon command in normal daily city traffc speeds. The Air Conditioning is nice and cold as the Heat is hot. It has been dealer maintained. What it needed it got.

This van has always been well cared for, always kept clean with a good coat of wax.The paint shines nicley however it is not perfect as its 23 yrs old and has 77,600 original miles. There is some minor clearcoat peel (see photo on left rear quarter) and a few small dings, chips and scratches here and there ..It has been used but never abused..Always starts, runs great and is happy to move you along the freeway or back country roads. I would not hesitate driving this van across country and back again. The exhaust system has been modified from manifold to muffler (no more rusty bolts)..It has a nice rumble and runs very strong. Brakes are good along with power steering, power windows, front and rear wipers and washers, plus central locking all work. The cruise is not working. Interior, headliner, carpets all clean and well kept but again this is a 23 yr old car…Did I mention 77,600 original miles,

Now the fun stuff, The Ronal Rims DO NOT come with the van. It will be sold with the Orignal Carat Alloys with almost new tires. The auction has a reserve based on the going market, the condition, and miles. If you want make an offer before it ends, do so by email only. I know the value of these (and so should you) and the Vanagon wave is coming. With that said dont be afraid to bid, It is a well cared for, nice looking, wonderful running LOW MILES Vanagon Weekender that gets looks and smiles everytime it hits the road.

If you win, you must put 500 deposit at end of auction, Cashiers check,or cash upon pick up. There will be no warranty implied. The van is being SOLD AS IS… please no tire kickers, or dreamers. I just dont have the time to weed those out. I have discribed to the best I can, I may have left some things out, so ask questions. I will try an answer accordingly. Dont miss out on one Last of the Mohicans Vanagon.

Thank you and good luck to all…

There’s something about a Vanagon in Tornado Red that does it for me. I’m not a van guy, but if I had to have one, this one would be at the top of my list. Sure, it’s not that quick with the 2.1 liter/automatic transmission combination, but it’s nothing a Subaru or Porsche engine swap wouldn’t take care of. Given the low mileage of this example, it would almost seem blasphemous to do so, but that would just allow you to enjoy it in stock form a few years more before doing the surgery.

We featured a 1990 Vanagon Carat Wolfsburg Edition with 142,000 miles back in June that sold for $10,500. That car was a 4-speed manual variant, which is more desirable for some. I’d suspect bidding on this Vanagon will wind up somewhere between $10,000 and $12,000, given the condition and mileage.

-Paul

1983 Volkswagen Scirocco Wolfsburg Edition

The water cooled Volkswagen crowd was, for many years, a fickle bunch. If it didn’t say “GTi”, “GLi” or “16V” somewhere on it, it just wasn’t really considered to be very cool. In the past few years, though, things have changed and appreciation for the broader range of models has increased. While at one time if you didn’t have a GTi you weren’t part of the “in” crowd, the VW shows have increasingly filled with more obscure models as owners try to find more unique survivors to stand out. This 1983 Scirocco Wolfsburg Edition is the perfect opportunity to show up your friends at the next Volkswagen meet:

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Year: 1983
Model: Scirocco Wolfsburg Edition
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 6,484 miles
Price: No reserve auction

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This is quite possibly the finest original, unmolested 1983 scirocco left in existence. This rust free car has 6,484 actual miles! The car runs, drives and smells like the day it was new.

The car was purchased new 30 years ago in July of 1983, driven very little, then stored for 26 years. I purchased the car from a collector in Los Angeles 4 years ago with 4,700 miles on it. The original factory window sticker and owners manuals are with the car as well as the original spare tire and tool kit which has never been used or out of the car. The cigarette lighter and ashtray are in unused condition as well. A new set of P185/R60-14 Toyo Eclipse tires and a new battery were installed in the last year as well as a fresh oil change this month. The car needs nothing. The car has never been detailed and does not need it, It has never been dirty.

The interior is impeccable! It shows no sign of cracks, wear or fading. The only flaw is on the right side of the hood near the windshield where something hit it and left less than a one inch crack in the paint. All the rubber moldings are soft and pliable with no cracking. Both AutoCheck and Carfax are clean, the car has never been hit or in a accident of any kind. It still retains all of it’s original paint and look great! The car starts and runs great with NO oil or other fluids leaking from car. It came from the factory with A/C and it blows ice cold. If you Google “1983 Volkswagen Scirocco Wolfsburg GT” on the internet it will pull up more information and pictures on THIS CAR. If I can answer any questions or to set up an appointment to see this incredible car, please call Mike @ (406)-360-1288.

Remember a car like this is only original once, and you could not restore one this nice!

I have been collecting nice, honest cars for the past 25 years and will be selling off about a dozen of them the next few months so check back. Thank you.

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Much like the 924S I covered recently, the “Buy it Now” price – $13,500 – is at the highest point for this particular model. Also like the 924S, this isn’t in general the most desirable Scirocco, which is usually reserved for the first generation and 16V models. However, it’s simply impossible to replicate the condition that this vehicle is in or low miles that are on the clock. As a survivor, it stands alone as a near museum-quality piece of Volkswagen history. Is it worth $13,500? That’s a hard question to answer. Harder still will be to answer what you do with it – keep it in a climate controlled display area as one of the last of its kind, or drive and enjoy it? I think if you could get the asking price in the $8000-9,000 range you’d have a fantastic weekend warrior to enjoy both at the show and on the go!

-Carter

1993 Volkswagen Fox Wolfsburg Edition

Since we’ve had a few good examples of basic German motoring featured here at GCFSB this week, I figured we should continue the trend and highlight Volkswagen’s attempt in the 1980s to bring back some of that original Beetle magic, the Fox. Offered from 1987 through 1993, the Fox was manufactured in Brazil, where it was also sold as the Volkswagen Gol. The lowest priced vehicle in Volkswagen’s lineup at the time, it was powered by a 1.8 liter four cylinder engine with 80 horsepower and a four or five-speed manual transmission. Restyled for 1991, the Fox would survive for only two more years in the US marketplace. This low mileage 1993 Fox four-door represents the final year for the Fox here in the US.

1993 Volkswagen Fox Wolfsburg Edition on TheSamba

1993 Wolfsburg Edition Fox 4-door sedan. Bought it three years ago with 30K original miles. This has been my daily driver up until I purchased a replacement vehicle three months ago. Before I continue, let me address the value of this car. If you are thinking that you will e-mail me offering a Kelly Blue Book price or something similar save your time and don’t. When I bought he car I paid more than book value for it. It’s a unique vehicle in great condition with low miles. These are not the vehicles that show up in KBB or any other standard car value service. A car similar to this one went for 6K on the popular “bay” auction site last year. I’m not asking anywhere near that. If you are still interested, please continue reading.

This Fox runs and drives excellent. I have replaced many parts including both fuel pumps and all fuel hoses, the ignition switch, valve cover gasket, front brake pads, rotors and hoses, battery, and more. I also have all new struts, bearings and bushings for it. The interior is near mint.
A/C is ice cold. Features a 1.8 with a smooth shifting 5-spd. Manual steering and power brakes. The only downside to the car (in my opinion) is that the clear coat is starting to go on the roof and hood and there are a few minor surface rust spots starting (mostly due to the paint being thin) This car is CLEAN! Look at all the photos and be sure to click on the link for more. Car was originally from Texas and has been in the south it’s whole life. Clean title and shows accident free! The underneath is nearly clean enough to eat off of! This is a great car at a great price. Very reliable. Why buy a Golf or Jetta and be like everyone else? Stand out in the VW community! Dare to be different. Drive a Fox!

Regardless of whether this seller paid over book value for this car, it doesn’t effect what someone in the market is willing to pay one bit. Nearing $4,000, this is a huge ask for one of Volkswagen’s most basic models, regardless of condition. But, there’s a buyer for everything and I wouldn’t be surprised if someone out there has been on the hunt for a Fox in good shape. While the presentation is impressive, I’d want around $1,500 or so knocked off the asking price to deal with the paintwork. Only then, perhaps, would this car grab my attention.

-Paul