A Rabbit on steroids

A Rabbit on steroids

1981 VW hauls with a 140-mph punch

When clicking through various candidates for Pick of the Day, I was stopped in my mouse tracks by this shockingly red pickup truck that looked like the offspring of a wild orgy involving a Dodge Viper, some sort of Ferrari and maybe a Dodge Ram pickup truck, or maybe not.

Come to find out, what this is — or was — was a 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit.

According to the private seller placing this vehicle for sale on ClassicCars.com, it’s a one-of-a-kind built with bodywork hand-fabricated from seven sheets of 20-gauge steel and has won “many best in shows and best engineered trophies.”

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It also was the centerfold in Hot VW’s magazine in 1993, but that was before its newest engine was installed.

The engine is a 2.0-liter high-performance, 16-valve Volkswagen four-cylinder modified to rev to 7,000 rpm. The engine has a high-lift cam, dual side-intake Weber carbs with 6-inch velocity stacks, a lightweight flywheel, Borg Warner oil cooler and other aftermarket or hand-fabricated parts.

The seller says the truck has exceeded 140 mph on a test track and is “way too much fun to drive.”

It’s the third engine installed in the little truck, which had a diesel when it rolled out of a VW assembly plant.

Among other modifications are Momo steering wheel and racing wheels, Neuspeed front and rear sway bars, Bilstein lowered suspension, custom upholstering, and, lest we forget, that ground-effects bodywork, covered in Ferrari Emron paint.

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The truck is located in Toronto, Canada, and is for sale for $20,000.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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