This 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup is a pretty cool custom. A GTI
of the same generation donated its fuel-injected motor, five-speed,
wheels, and much more to create what can be best described as a
We love it when enthusiasts build something cool. It's even better
when that fan is also a professional. That's the backstory of this
special truck. We're told it was created in the early 2000s by a VW
mechanic and has stayed within his family. We love the way it
subtly but proudly announces it's something special. To the casual
eye, it's just a clean and straight VW pickup. There might even be
some people who didn't know there was a Rabbit truck. But real
Volkswagen fans recognize its true style. The bright red paint was
one of the best GTI colors, and this one has a solid shine of a
quality application. And the red outlined grille, black flared
fenders, full-length black trim strip, and special double-seven
spoke alloys are all key giveaways that this hauler is a GTI. And
while the original GTIs had a black surround on their versatile
hatchback, this even more versatile pickup has black liner paint in
The interior continues the speedy upgrades. The contoured bucket
seats look like they were borrowed from a Scirocco and they have a
cool red houndstooth insert. The readouts have been upgraded to a
GTI level with a large VDO speedo and tach in front of you and the
auxiliary readout package on the console. This also has an upgraded
sports steering wheel, Blaupunkt AM/FM/cassette stereo, and
provisions for air conditioning (it will need servicing to blow
cold again.) And while this truck is nicely upgraded, they still
kept the classic sliding rear window for true classic pickup
breezes through the cab.
What makes this custom so fun is what's under the hood. The VW
Rabbit had a peppy 1.8-liter motor, but "I" in GTI meant they
upgraded it to fuel injection, and so upgrading this pickup to the
GTI's motor meant a true hot hatch heart. It's a well-done
transplant by a true VW professional, and it continues to be strong
today thanks to proper investment like new fuel lines and a new
timing belt. The five-speed manual transmission is also from the
GTI to give you quick shifts and complete control of the rev range.
Plus, the truck already had the nimble handling similar to the rest
of the Rabbit line. And it also has power steering, power brakes,
front disc brakes, and a nice set of sport tires. So it's a blast
The sale comes complete with the original bill of sale, warranty
card, and owner's manual. This is the unique and fun VW pickup GTI
that is offered for quite a nice price. So you know you need to
hurry to catch this deal. Call today!!!
1980 Volkswagen Rabbit
Exterior Color:Tobasco Red
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