Stored from 1983 until 2015, when it was purchased at an auction in Minnesota, this diesel 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit has since put on another 8,000 miles. These Western PA-bred rabbits were never the fastest, but this might be the lowest mileage example still in the wild.
Resplendent in blue over blue vinyl, it's hard to tell from the low-quality photos but the original paint looks 1979 fresh. The interior looks equally the part with monochromatic blue as far as the eye can see.
Though the rabbits had been running around for years prior, 1979 would have been in the early years of production for the Westmoreland plant. As such, these were the much maligned "Americanized" rabbits that included "....softer suspension(s), less expensive interior materials and decidedly un-Germanic color-keyed interiors..." This so-called "Malibu-ing" of the Rabbit was remedied by 1983. We're not sure where those wheel covers came from but they are distinctly Malibu.
With no pesky emissions or EPA regulations to deal with (cough, cough) these diesel rabbits claimed 50+ highway miles per gallon when new which puts this 36 year old car in Prius range. With such low mileage, we’d expect MPG numbers to still be impressive even with today’s low sulfur diesel.
A $6,250 starting price is a bit dear for anyone but the most diehard of Rabbit enthusiasts, but a little digging shows it was bought at auction for $6,000 in 2015. Add auction fees, new tires, and a trip to the mechanic and the starting price probably doesn't have the seller making much on this deal.
Find this old Rabbit on eBay in Nokomis, Illinois.
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