1980-82: Volk­swa­gen Rab­bit Diesel Pickup

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Built in VW’S Penn­syl­va­nia fac­tory and in­tro­duced in 1979 as a 1980 model, the Rab­bit pickup was billed as a stylish light-duty hauler. The de­sign orig­i­nated in the Amer­i­can mar­ket but soon em­i­grated over­seas and be­came known as the Volk­swa­gen Caddy. With only 48 hp, the early 1.5L pickup ran a whop­ping 17 sec­onds to 60 mph. For 1981 the pickup got an up­dated 1.6L diesel that made 52 hp and the unit could make 60 mph in about 15.5 sec­onds. Slow, yes, but you got 40-50 mpg. The Euro mar­ket got a tur­bocharged Caddy later on. While th­ese cool lit­tle trucks were only of­fered here through ’82 they were built in PA through ’84 for other mar­kets and con­tin­ued to be built in var­i­ous VW fac­to­ries around the world un­til 1996. While a gas en­gine was of­fered in th­ese cute lit­tle rigs the diesel was the most com­mon vari­ant here.

DIS­PLACE­MENT: 1.5L (90 ci)/1.6l (97 ci)

POWER: 48 hp @ 5,000 rpm/52 hp @ 4,800 rpm TORQUE: 56.5 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm/

72 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm

COM­PRES­SION RA­TIO: 23.5:1 /23:1 AS­PI­RA­TION: Nat­u­ral

1980 VW diesel en­gine cut­away

1980 Rab­bit pickup from the VW his­tor­i­cal im­age files… a gasser, un­for­tu­nately. The only ex­ter­nal dif­fer­ence was a “DIESEL” badge on the tail­gate.

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