Junkyard Find: 1980 Volkswagen Dasher Four-Door Hatchback
With the 1986 Quantum GL5 Junkyard Find we had a couple of days ago, we might as well make this a VW junkyard week. With that in mind, I present this icky-looking Volkswagen Dasher today.
I shot this car in Northern California a few months ago, and it showed all the hallmarks of a car stored outdoors for decades: low miles, paint burned off upper surfaces, moss and lichens growing on the shaded areas. Look, not even 100,000 miles on the clock!
This one was a luxurious model with sunroof and [s]air conditioning[/s] a diesel injection pump.
The 1980 four-door hatch version of the Dasher listed at $8,190, which was $2,300 more than the Rabbit four-door hatch. Meanwhile, the far more luxurious and powerful (keep in mind that 1980’s standards for luxury and power differ from the ones we might apply today) Datsun 810 wagon (soon to be rebadged as the Maxima) listed at $8,129. Not that Dasher and 810 shoppers were the same people, but these comparisons are fun to make.
Yes, I bought the MotoMeter clock… and it works!
The car of choice for Kentucky Colonels.
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With the power-to-weight of a Diesel Dasher being what it is, it's possible the moss & lichens grew on the car while it was in motion.