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Hemmings Find of the Day: 1981 Volkswagen Caddy

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16-valve swapped 1981 Volkswagen Caddy for sale on From the seller’s description:

This classic Mark 1 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup is in nice overall condition with many tasteful and fun upgrades. Reliable and comfortable, can be driven today with confidence.

Body – good shock towers, good A-pillars, good paint, very straight. Paint color slightly mismatched on left front fender, a few old body work blemishes on right rear fender, minor surface rust in rear bed. Shortened front bumper mounts for cleaner Euro look. Good windshield.

Engine – 1991 Mk. 2 GTI 2.0 liter 16 valve gas motor with GTI radiator and CIS-ME fuel injection. Runs very strong and fast, but lumpy at idle and light throttle. New timing belt and belt tensioner, new motor mounts, new filters, new water pump, new oil and coolant.

Transmission – 5 speed, excellent condition with fresh Red-Line oil, new clutch, new shifter bushings.

Brakes – front and rear disc brakes from a 1991 Mk. 2 GTI, new master cylinder, new rotors, new hoses, new fluid.

Exhaust – Techtonics Tuning dual-downpipe, Magnaflow muffler, sounds great!

Chassis – ABD Racing lower stress bar, custom upper stress bar, new front struts and rear shocks, new front and rear wheel bearings, new steering rack boots.

Interior – Mk. 2 GTI Recaro bucket seats, Blaupunkt AM/FM/CD stereo, working air conditioning. All in good shape except for cracks in dashboard.

Instrumentation – Mk. 1 GTI center console with 3 gauges, stock main cluster includes factory tachometer.

Wheels – Mk. 1 GTI 14” wheels shod with new 185/65-14 tires, new spare tire on original steel wheel.

Paperwork – I am the second owner, and have a clear title in my name. Original sales receipt from 1981 and original owner’s manual included.

Odometer shows 48K miles, actual mileage unknown.

Location Marker
Crownsville, Maryland
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