For Sale: 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit in Lavergne, Tennessee

Vehicle Description

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 Pickup GTI.

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 bed.

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 to drive.

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!!!

Vehicle Details

  • 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit
  • Listing ID: CC-1605154
  • Price: $19,995
  • Location:Lavergne, Tennessee
  • Year:1980
  • Make:Volkswagen
  • Model:Rabbit
  • Exterior Color:Tobasco Red
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:85824
  • Stock Number:3319-NSH
  • VIN:17A0943814
Listed By:
Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
Lavergne, TN 37086

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