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Low Mileage 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit L – REVISIT

We featured this 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit L at the end of last year, but it’s worth another look as you don’t see nice non-GTi Mk1s in such good nick. Offered at no reserve, this Rabbit has been well-cared for by a noted Volkswagen enthusiast and GCFSB follower. If you’ve been looking for a unique Mk1, time to get your bid in on this one.

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The below post originally appeared on our site December 13, 2014:


We always hear about the wild stories about the impossibly low mileage and clean old cars that people come across and think, man, that person is lucky. Well for the seller of this car, it’s not so much luck, rather it’s a result of being in touch with the VW scene all over the world. The seller of this car has been in to the VW game for as long as I can remember and has always had a knack for sourcing the rare items that no one else can, through a worldwide network of friends and fellow enthusiasts.

While hunting for the perfect car, the seller reached out to a contact in the Pacific Northwest looking for a possible lead. In a strnage case of “small world” this car turned up in Seattle at the actual dealer where he had purchased my MkIV R32 almost 6 years prior. As the story, the original owner was a German woman by the name of Ute. She bought this car brand new when she moved to Washington. After 30 years and 59,000 miles she decided to trade it in for a brand new Jetta. Her loss was the seller’s gain for sure. Living on the east coast, the seller had a few hoops to jump through before getting the car safe and sound at home, but the result is this beautiful Mojave Beige Rabbit L with tasteful upgrades for sale in Pennsylvania.


Year: 1980
Model: Rabbit L
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 59,800 mi
Price: No reserve auction


Up for sale is my award winning beautiful 1980 VW Rabbit L in beige. Every detail has been carefully crafted. New battery, updated Pertronix ignitor, clutch cable, fuse box, VWMS oil pan guard, with all hoses and belts replaced. Coolant and oil change within last 50 miles. Front wheel disc brakes with rear drums and color matched compomotive turbo mags wrapped in 165/45/15 rubber. Custom narrowed rear beam with all new bushing, hand rolled smooth fenders, passenger and driver’s side frame rails professionally notched. Suspension consists of new H&R ultra ultra lows combined with authentic austrian TK Motorsport front camber plates. Glass out full restoration with replicated original decals. Bumpers were removed along with all metal trim and are mirror polished. NOS deutsch postal tail lights and imported color matched australian internally mounted horizontal window blinds finish out the rear of the car. The car still retains the original interior, steering wheel, dash, console, shifter AM/FM radio and gauges. This is one classic Volkswagen that turns heads and is a great investment. You won’t be disappointed!

All body and paint work performed by R Miller Autobody in Palmyra PA.


Cars like this just don’t come around that often, making this a great opportunity to purchase a true collector grade Mk1 Rabbit. Having seen, ridden in and even driven this car, I can attest to the fact that it is truly a time warp back to 1980. It’s so rare to drive a car of that age that is so well sorted. What really takes this car to the next level is that addition of the rare VW parts, and the factory correct respray. 

With the prices of clean MK1 rabbits on the rise, I’d easily put this car, in stock form, just north of the $10K mark…add in the extensibe list of top shelf modifications and you’re looking at a $14,000 to $15,000 car to the right buyer. With the price left unposted, the seller is clearly weeding out the tire kickers, and looking for that right buyer. It’ll take some time to find the person willing to shell out that sort of coin for this car. In the end, anyone willing to pay what the car is woth knows what they are getting, and will care for it just like the seller, and Ute before him.



  1. Richard
    Richard August 20, 2013

    Thought repainting a car took away from the originality of it. With original interior and paint and without the other modifications, car would be original. As it is now, looks like a rabbit modified by some high school kid .

  2. KevinR
    KevinR August 20, 2013

    1. The originality was lost when he painted the car.
    2. I see a lot of work I would have to do to reverse the things he did to his taste.
    3. Failure to post an asking price on most internet sites will get your ad removed.
    4. “NO TEST DRIVES” = no interest on my part.

    I’m sure there’s more, but after #3 and #4 it’s not worth my time to take a look.

  3. Larry
    Larry August 20, 2013

    Well stated, Kevin. In particular, no price listed and no test drives kills it for me (just in case the “over stanced” look didn’t do that for me).

  4. Paul
    Paul August 20, 2013

    Hi guys, Owner here. I appreciate ALL the comments you guys have.

    KevinR, please inform me of what work would need to be done to reverse what was done to my “taste” if you don’t mind.

    Of course I am more than happy to let anyone serious take a test drive for as long as they like. I am trying to discourage tire kickers and lowballers that are prevalent on the site that my original FS post is listed on.

    I am sorry that people do not like my choice in wheels. The buyer is more than welcome to change the wheels to his/her liking.

    Anyone who is serious about buying the car will make the effort to contact me.

    Thanks so much for your time and have a great day,



  5. Larry
    Larry August 20, 2013

    “I’ve tried to reply to Paul’s question twice and apparently I am not allowed to post my response.” Kevin, I have had similar issues with replies recently. I received an e-mail notification with your comments, but they don’t appear on the webpage.

  6. KevinR
    KevinR August 21, 2013

    Let’s try this one more time:

    Paul, my issues are with the wheels/tires, the narrowed rear axle beam, the notched frame rails and the camber plates.

    It appears from the year old Vortex listing that you are looking for around $15k. At that price level, the driver’s pop-out window should have already been fixed. The fact that it hasn’t causes me to wonder what other issues might not have been addressed and will crop up for the next owner.

  7. brian
    brian August 21, 2013

    One would think that the best way to get the price is to go to the source, rather than a 3rd party on vwvortex.

    I can surely understand the desire to have serious buyers inquire directly on price, because as Paul said, it weeds out the know-it-alls, tire kickers and joy riders.

  8. KevinR
    KevinR August 21, 2013

    The reason for posting a price is the same reason why sellers post pictures and descriptions.: it begins the weeding out process. If the seller is looking for $15K and the buyer is only willing to spend $7500, there’s no point in calling.

    Otherwise, the seller might as well have posted this: “For Sale 1980 Rabbit L. Call for information.”

  9. brian
    brian August 21, 2013

    If a buyer is put out by having to draft a 10 second email, they sure as heck will be put out by the care and attention a 33 year old car requires.

    Weeding out phase 2.

  10. KevinR
    KevinR August 21, 2013

    The fact that it was posted as “Back Up For Sale” on September 4, 2012 and is still not sold suggests that a lot of people may be put off by the current approach.

  11. Vic
    Vic December 31, 2014

    Wow a low rider Rabbit – really neat! Somebody should try that with a 911. That would really boost the market.

  12. Cole
    Cole December 31, 2014

    I like it as is. And I agree with Brian. The seller can sell the car anyway he likes – lookie loos will all never be satisfied. Price, no price. Original / not original. Repaint / new carpet, who cares.

    If I really wanted it, I’d get in touch with him and have a real life conversation, and talk about things like the pop out window. I doubt he is trying to “play” anyone. In fact, private sellers get played and time wasted by “buyers” much more often than the other way around. Dealers – that’s a whole ‘nother story.

    Good luck to seller, and lucky buyer will get a very nice clean Rabbit that couldn’t be replicated for $10-15K these days.

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