Who buys a Rabbit back in 1981 and, well, does not drive it?
Little old lady? VW fanatic? Neat freak?
Regardless this Rabbit L has lived for 31 years and has only covered 9k miles. Unlike many “time capsules” this one actually looks the part. Still in stock form it looks frozen in time.
From the seller –
“Selling our 1981 VW Rabbit. It is an L model with the only option of a cloth interior. It was a step up from the base model with the vinyl interior. The L model was all about transportation with minimal frills. The vent windows don’t even open and there is not a radio. The factory radio block off plate is still in place.
I have all of the records since new that back up the mileage of the car. It even comes with the original window sticker. On my photo gallery I also posted some of the carfax pages that document the miles are correct.
The car is very original and not altered. The headliners tend to sag on old VWs and this one was replaced. I found some NOS trim rings to brighten up the rims but didn’t paint the rims so that they have that original patina look. The car was driven a few miles each year. The only surface rust is on the front lower A arms and suspension but not bad at all. You can see how nice the underside is on the car if you view the photo book on my web site. The car shows well and people just love it when we drive it. The paint shines very nice and all paint is original. There are two stains on the lower back fender where tar was left on the paint for a long time and stained it lighter than the paint. The location is not very noticeable. The carpet is a little dirty but I did not want to clean it. I have also detailed the engine a little from the photos.
The 1.6 L motor runs great. I had to change several of the fuel injected components to get it to run great. One item was a new Bosch fuel pump. The transmission is a 4 speed which shifts fine. I picked up a NOS Abarth muffler for it and that really made it sound nice drive even better.
The pictures on my photo album describe the car well. If you have any other questions just ask. This is quite the museum piece. The mileage is actually 8,200 mile (unless I take it out this weekend).”
Neat car, there is a part of that is so very happy that cars like this still exist. The other part that makes me wonder how on earth people find stuff like this. Either way, $9.5k is a whole lot of $$$ for any vintage Rabbit. That said, you would be hard pressed to find one nicer.
Kudos to the seller for a thorough seller and keeping the this bunny stock as possible. Best of luck.