1975 VW Rabbit “swallowtail”

What is rarer than a clean low mileage MK1?  A clean low mileage “swallowtail.” The term “swallowtail” is a term for early Volkswagen Rabbits built with a unique body line in between the taillights. They are extremely rare, as they were only made for model year 1975.  All model year 1975s and some early model year 1976 Rabbits had “swallowtails.”

Viewed as one of the most desirable MK1s, this beautiful 62,034 mile Lofoten Green swallowtail for sale in New Jersey is an early VW lovers dream.

1975 VW Rabbit on vwvortex.com

1975 Lofoten Green Swallowtail Rabbit. Its a survivor in great condition! It is a perfect project for someone to finish up. I am the second registered owner with 62034 miles. It is a carbureted 1.6L engine that runs strong. The carb does need to be adjusted. Has a 4 speed manual transmission. It has a 100% original stock interior! In a 90% perfect condition. There is a rip in the drivers seat and the dash is cracked. But considering it’s age it is very clean and all together! Has immaculate headliner, carpet and door cards!

I started the body restoration. The rear lower corner rust has been fixed and sealed. I have before and after pictures of that area if you are interested. The rear under body and wheel arch have been cleaned and sealed. The gas tank has been POR 15ed. Thanks to Paintscratch for sending the mismatched touch-up paint as seen in the pictures but that is an easy fix. There are a few other places of rust I was planing on fixing but never got around to. I have tried to picture those areas. This is a very solid car though. Clean floors and strut towers.

The brakes, suspension and tires are original to the car! The brakes need to be replaced – they work but not very strongly – and the tires are dry rot – 2 of them don’t hold air. This is a project and does need to be towed. (I can have it towed within a reasonable distance from Hillsborough, NJ 08844 for a fee). I also have NOS OEM 1975 passenger fender, calipers and starter. Probably have a few other 1975 only parts here too that will be included. Also have very low mileage H&R Ultra low coilovers. Approx 100 miles or less. Obviously, they are not installed. Also have 1976 VW Dasher Aluminum wheels. 13 X 5.5 Perfect time period correct wheels for this car!

Asking $5000 but price depends on what you want included. Let me know if you have any questions. I have a bunch more pictures if there is something specific you would like to see.

With 62K miles, this VW has barely seen any use over its 37 year life span, just a mere 1800 miles/yr. The condition of the car reflects this light use, with shiny paint, and a clean interior, this is a car that needs nothing.

While there are a lot of clean early VWs out there, this is the first one I’ve come across that is worth every penny of the asking price, and then some. I’d love to own a car like this, because as time goes on it will only become more and more valuable.

-Brian

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3 Comments

  1. Under deposit now, according to the updated listing. Considering the market and the condition and the rarity, I think he could have gotten a lot more than the $5K asking price. Someone’s getting a deal.

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