1981 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup

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I’m a huge Rabbit Pickup fan, and frequently startle the people around me when I see one as I excitedly point out “Look at that! That was my first car! Yes, that weird little Volkswagen. It was awesome.” Despite coming from Florida, today’s Caddy is pretty exceptional, sporting Mk3 running gear and full interior, taking the OEM+ concept to a wonderful extreme. Adding a turbo to the 2-point-slow should certainly help this pickup’s gittyup, while Weitec coil overs and upgraded brakes should help turn what was a fun driver into a moderately serious weapon. The Rabbit Pickup should never be taken too seriously, and the bold blue helps with that, but overall this is one of the more exceptional Caddy restomods I’ve seen.

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Year: 1981
Model: Rabbit Pickup
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 28,675 mi on engine/Mk3 parts
Price: Reserve auction

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This 1981 VW Rabbit Pick up / Caddy is a Great example of turn key, completely dry Arizona vehicle that is garage kept in sunny Miami Florida. This Caddy was completely done inside out to include but not limited to a built MK3 2 liter turbo motor w/ turbonetics T3, dash and a/c, custom interior, Corbeau seats, Momo quick release steering wheel, color matched GTI front spoiler and flares, door handles, euro bumper, custom metal roll pan, Weitec fully threaded front coil overs, vented front disc brakes, 15″ Drag wheels. Mileage shown is original to donor vehicle used to build this pick up. A/C not cooling due to leak.

Arizona Title branded “Restored / Salvage” according to Arizona requirements when restoring vehicles and installing modern parts from other vehicles.

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The biggest question mark is how much the seller is expecting, and with the amount and quality of work I’m going to guess it’s well above $10k. That’s a lot of money for a minitruck, but any Rabbit Pickup is worth the cash, I’d say it’s this one. It’s clean, the Mk3 interior conversion looks outstanding, and it’s got a legitimate power upgrade without throwing off the already front-biased balance. Bidding is still low and I wouldn’t be surprised if this seller finds the market valuing his truck lower than he’d hoped. If he can ignore his receipt piles, some lucky, quirky enthusiast can enjoy this unique modified VW.

-NR

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