Hooniverse Malaise Era Low Mileage Weekend – A 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit L with 8,200 Miles

This will be my next to last posting for this Weekend Edition, and I hope you have enjoyed all the postings. Remember when Volkswagen made Rabbits in Pennsylvania? No? Are you too young to remember that experiment? Well, here’s one to refresh your memory. This is a very basic Rabbit L with the only option of a cloth interior. Look, its color coordinated as well, leading many of the Journalists at that time to call this the Malibu Rabbit…


According to the listing:

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.

With a little over 3 hours left to this auction, this light blue bunny has not received one bid. The starting bid is $9,500, which is rather rich in my opinion. See the listing here, and tell me what you think.

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