Hello everyone, my name is Chad. I’ve been lurking for a bit now but decided to join up as the folks on this forum look to be top notch. I’ve always been enticed by cars, which led to acquiring a part-time job in high school working at a local business that deals in mostly in race engine building (primarily muscle car stuff), but have also had a chance to tinker with a few older European makes. I can’t pinpoint when I decided to start my search for a MK1 Rabbit, but I had kept my eyes open for a few years. I found ‘my car’ this past August while on a routine Craigslist search. It’s was a 1981 Rabbit Diesel L, 2 Door, 4 speed (GP) and only 68,128 actual miles on the clock.
I was expecting the worst as I went to take a look at the car, as most Craigslist ads are far from reality, but it was quite the opposite. I was informed by the current owner (at the time) that the car had only one previous owner and that he had passed on and left the car for his daughter (who sold it). He pulled out a tiny ringed notepad that had mileage recordings, along with how much fuel was added to calculate the mileage. The entries are somewhat random at times, but I was astonished to see such an item accompanying the vehicle. Nearly everything mechanical/body wise is original to the vehicle. The previous owner swapped in some mint front seats, and I’ve since located a rear seat and parcel shelf. I don’t know too much else about the car’s history, but I know it was purchased by the previous owner in Montana and it has NY State inspection stickers from 1983 and 1984 in the windshield.
I’ve since added the ‘Avus’ wheels (thanks Chad@SCI) and a few other misc. items here and there.
I could discuss more, but I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
From the day I looked at it:
As of yesterday:
More pictures can be seen here.
Thanks for looking!