The Crusher Won't Even Notice When It Swallows This '78 Rabbit

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The 1978 VW Rabbit sedan weighed only 1,955 pounds, or about a half-ton less than the 2010 Golf. Somehow, weighing so little, it managed to haul five normal-sized humans around... but this car's hauling days are over!

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I found this little Volkswagen— which was sold side-by-side in showrooms with the last model year of the North American-market air-cooled Beetle— in a Northern California self-service wrecking yard a month or so back.

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It's rusty and battered, but looks to be pretty much complete. Was it still a runner when it got junked?

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Over here, partly due to a tax loophole, these cars have become a lot more popular recently (relatively reliable, frugal, big parts supply and most importantly: no ownership tax). I doubt a running Golf 1 without any significant structural damage would get junked here.

But 1955 lbs? That's 888 kilos, right? My 3-door '91 Golf 2 doesn't even weigh that much, empty (=820 kg). A base '79 5-door Golf weighed 775 kg back then in Europe, which is 1705 lbs. Where did that extra weight go in the US version? Those big bumpers and side reflectors can't be that heavy. Or were they weighed with a full tank of fuel and some other extra crap?