13k Mile ‘ish 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit Caddy For Sale

I am not sure what my fascination is with these cars, er, I mean trucks.  They aren’t fast, they aren’t pleasing to the eye, they are just cool I suppose.  Cool is a difficult thing to quantify and varies wildly from person to person.  I guess in this focus group of one that is what matters most.

What we have here is a stock 1980 Caddy with 13k or so miles.  I say “or so” as you never quite know with the older 5 digit VW odometers.  But from the looks of the vehicle that claim seems plausible.  The LEER canopy is a nice touch of 80’s goodness.

1980 Volkswagen Rabbit Caddy:

From the seller –

“UP FOR SALE IS A VERY RARE 1980 VOLKSWAGEN RABBIT CADDY PICK UP TRUCK, WITH TOPPER, A/C, CRUISE CONTROL.  CAR RUNS, DRIVES, SHIFTS AND BRAKES FINE, CAN BE DRIVEN ANYWHERE.

NEED SOMEBODY WHO ADMIRE THIS SURVIVOR AND TAKES IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL OR DRIVE IT FOR MANY MORE YEARS LIKE IT IS.  MILES READ 13,347 AND IS BELIEVED TO BE ACTUAL.

TRUCK HAS HAD A REPAINT JOB, LOOKS GOOD BUT IT IS NOT THE KIND OF PAINT JOB THIS CAR DESERVES, LOOKS MORE LIKE A MAACO $300 JOB.

INTERIOR IS NEAR MINT, SEATS, CARPET ETC. THE DASHBOARD HAS CRACKS DUE TO SUN AND AGE, ALTHOUGH THERE IS A PAD THERE NOW…..

ALL GAUGES WORK, ALL LIGHTS WORK, EVEN THE CRUISE CONTROL WHICH IS A RARE OPTION, WORKS. IT HAS A 4 SPEED TRANSMISSION, AND CAR IS GASOLINE, DOING ROUGHLY 35 MPG.

NOTE THERE IS THE ORIGINAL OWNER’S MANUAL STILL ON THE ORIGINAL VW POUCH.

NEEDS FRONT SHOCKS, THERE IS AN EXHAUST OR MUFFLER LEAK AND THE DRIVER SIDE VENT WINDOW NEEDS TO BE GLUE BACK IN PLACE.

ALMOST FORGOT, THERE IS A CRACK ON THE WINDSHIELD

A/C CAR BLOWS BUT NEEDS TO BE RECHARGED WITH FREON.

HAVE 4 MATCHING TIRES, 2 REAR ONES ARE 80%, 2 FRONT ONES WORE OUT UNEVENLY DUE TO NEED OF SHOCKS. DON’T KNOW HOW LONG PREVIOUS OWNER DROVE IT LIKE THAT.

HAVE A CLEAN AND CLEAR TITLE READY TO TRANSFER.

SELLING WITH NO RESERVE AND THERE IS NO BUY IT NOW PRICE, HIGH BIDDER AT END OF AUCTION WINS.”

With cars like this you have to assume they have more mileage than the seller claims and current bidding seems to agree.  Even if everything points to the lower number.  This Caddy is sitting at $2k with all kinds of time left.  With no reserve I can see this Caddy fetching $3.5k.

My hope is this Caddy finds a good home and the new owner does not hack it to bits.  This is a very nice car as she sits and will make someone a capable driver for years to come.

~Aaron.

 

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3 Comments

  1. I’m not quite as taken with the Caddys as you, Aaron, but I certain understand the attraction (although I could readily forgo the Leer cap on this one).

    The numerous warning signs are probably keeping the bidding in-line with the market: almost certainly not 13K miles, Maaco-quality paintwork covering (barely) who-knows-what sins underneath, dash cracks (typical), windshield crack (not good), non-op A/C (yeah, sure, it just needs a recharge), and a laundry list of other needs…

    It’s certainly in better shape than many, but from here it just looks like another used Caddy.

  2. I am actually the person buying this caddy. The caddy ended at a price of $4,105.76 i believe. I had bid on the caddy but got outbidded last minute. The seller contacted me later on saying the deal went sour and wanted to know if I would still be interested. So I am going to buy the caddy this week off of him for a lower price then it ended on ebay. In Florida these cars are getting extremely hard to find, so you can’t be picky.

    I can update you about it once I pick it up.

  3. Congratulations on your purchase Bobby. This is a neat car, can’t wait to hear more once you get your hands on her. Best wishes.

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