Used Car of the Day: 1981 Volkswagen Pickup

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
used car of the day 1981 volkswagen pickup

The Ford Maverick has gotten a lot of attention over the past year, but it was preceded by many a small pickup. Including this 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit.


This example has a 1.6-liter diesel engine, a four-speed manual transmission, and a tick over 60,000 miles. It still has the factory Forest Green Metallic paint, and it's in South Carolina. The trim level is LX, and the seller claims there are only two rust spots.

Sadly, pics and further info are limited unless you login to see their Facebook post. But from what I can see, it really does look clean -- and it could make a VW nut very happy. The seller is asking $14,500.

[Images: Seller]

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  • 3SpeedAutomatic 3SpeedAutomatic on Dec 07, 2022

    It's way over priced!!

    Lots of other orphan cars which would like to be brought home and pampered and would be far less temperamental than a VW!!

  • Doc423 Doc423 on Dec 07, 2022

    I'd buy that little truck if it was about a third of what that moron is asking.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy can't solve all the issues raised here tonight, but this does remind me that I have some very excellent strawberry jam direct from Paris in the fridge.
  • ToolGuy Cool.(ToolGuy supports technology advancement, as well as third-person references)
  • MaintenanceCosts Oddly enough, I bought a metal-roof convertible for a bit less than $20k last year. But it's not on your list; it's an E93 335i, manual, Sport package. Really really nice car to drive, and (while it's been a short time) it's been flawless so far.
  • FreedMike IS350 all the way. The Benz and the BMW are going to be money pits.
  • Zipper69 Make the cat an integral part of the underbody, that the exhaust system leads into and out of, keeping it away from the Sawzall.
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