The Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup was introduced in late 1979 as part of the first-generation Volkswagen Golf/Rabbit family. Designed as a compact pickup truck, it took an innovative approach that combined a front-wheel-drive layout for car-like handling abilities along with versatility and efficiency. This 1981 example comes finished in red over grey leather upholstery and has been upgraded with a 2.0-liter diesel inline-four engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission along with several additional modifications. Reportedly a lifetime southern California car, this pickup is now being offered for auction at no reserve.
This Rabbit Pickup was stripped to bare metal in 1985 and refinished in its current shade of red with silver contrasts including the hood, a-pillar, roof, and top of the truck bed. Details include hand-painted side stripes, bright silver moldings, and polished fender lips, along with chrome 15” BBS wheels with red-finished centers dressed in Michelin tires from 2022. Custom “Fuel Sipper” decorative artwork has been applied to the tailgate. Additional images are provided in the gallery.
The cabin has been customized with grey and red full leather upholstery. Details include a leather-wrapped two-spoke steering wheel, a wooden central dashboard with VDO instrumentation, a suede headliner, a custom armrest, an aftermarket shift knob, and carpets that cover Dyna Mat sound-deadening materials. The equipment also includes power steering, roll-up windows, an aftermarket head unit, air conditioning, and a power antenna.
This Rabbit has been upgraded with a Volkswagen Jetta-derived 2.0-liter inline-four diesel engine which sends power to the front wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission. The seller states that a small booklet of records will accompany the sale. No outstanding maintenance items have been reported.
This sale will include a clean title and a booklet of records.
The seller would like you to know: “This Rabbit was never wrecked or damaged. It underwent a bare metal repaint to a very high-quality caliber. All rubber trim is in excellent condition and all panels fit excellently. The custom interior includes a full leather dash, door panels, and seats. There is zero sun fade and it's always been stored inside. In my opinion, it’s probably one of the best in the country. This is a lifetime southern California car with just one owner since new.”
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