Even though we have a soft spot for the Rabbit pickups that were made right up the road at VW's Westmoreland plant, they stopped building (and selling) them here in 1984. Production carried on elsewhere for a long time and this 1988 model gives us a little glimpse of that continuation.
This 1988 model is offered up for sale just outside of Philadelphia with a Vermont title. Beyond its late-model status, this truck's unique cap, 1.6 NA diesel motor, and extreme low mileage all make it an interesting vehicle.
It’s currently owned by the proprietor of a VW parts business and it sounds like it was fitted with a few mods (OZ Wheels, Recaro Seats, and coilovers) for service on the show circuit. All of the modifications have been returned to stock save for the MK1 chrome bumper which we dig, but we also like the stock Euro bumper with the Hella fogs that is included.
Inside things look nice and clean with sharp vinyl seats and a Hella steering wheel that the seller claims was fitted by the German Red Cross. A missing radio seems to be the only thing amiss in the stark cabin.
The cap was also supposedly specced by the Red Cross and it looks to be well done. The ambulance doors are unique and the repaint seems to have been executed at a high level as well. Inside the cap things look clean and simple with lots of diamond plate and fiberglass.
That said, we'd probably end up reverting this truck back to pure pickup form but that seems like a bit of a waste. Hopefully there's a buyer out there who could use it as is and put that cap to use.
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