1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. In the German cars of DOTS, the Rabbit count was too low!

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet


Alameda actually has plenty of Mk1 Rabbits on the street, but I just haven't been paying enough attention to them. So far in this series, we've seen this '81 diesel pickup and this '83 4-door LS. Perhaps I'm just having flashbacks to the miserably underpowered dual-brake-pedal-equipped '77 diesel Rabbit that my high school used for driver-training classes; driving instructor "Coach Bob" took sadistic pleasure in making total beginners enter the Nimitz Freeway via the fiendishly short 16th Avenue onramp in the 47-horse Rabbit. But I'm over that now (not really), so we'll be playing Golf Catchup for a while.

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet


American car buyers didn't have many affordable convertible options during the Late Malaise Era. The MGB was done in 1980 and the last TR7 came in 1981; the Mustang convertible didn't return until 1983. The Rabbit convertible sold for $9,340 in 1982. That was $2,358 less than a new Chrysler LeBaron convertible and $2,950 less than a Fiat Spider. This one has the rare "laptop keyboard glued to dash" option.

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet


Here's a view of the Rabbit from the Evil Skylark, which lives just down the street.

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet


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