"The Rabbit"
AKA "The Green Car"

Blocking an access road at STPR.

1981 Rabbit L 2-door
Acquired 4-97 for $450
2nd car I have owned.
5th car I drove regularly.

  • 1.7L Gas
  • 4-speed
  • No AC
  • No power anything
  • K&N Air Filter
  • 16V Scirocco Lower Air box
  • Digifant Fox Intake manifold
  • A2 Throttle Body
  • Autotech Dual Down Pipe
  • Autotech 2" Cat
  • Autotech 2" Aluminized Exhaust
  • Cooling System w/ Overflow Tank
  • Custom oil leaks (Mobil1 15/50)
  • 90 Amp Altenator from an A2
  • VW Motorsport Rear motor mount
  • HD Diesel front motor mount
  • Removed excess vacuum lines
  • K&N filter for Crankcase breather
Tires, Suspension & Brakes:
  • Sumitmo HTR-4 185/60/14 Tires
  • 14 X 6 Cabriolet steel wheels
  • Bilstein HD struts
  • 200 lb/in springs front & rear
  • Rear adjustable coil-over set-up
  • 880 lb/in SRS rear sway bar
  • SRS Lower Strut Brace
  • Neuspeed Upper Strut Brace
  • ATE 9.4" Vented Rotors
  • Porterfield Ent. Carbon/Kevlar Pads
  • Hella Gooseneck Halogen Map Light
  • Hella H-4 Headlights 55/100 bulbs
  • Hella 530 Fog Lights 55 watt bulbs
  • Hella 500 Driving Lights 100 watt bulbs
  • 50 watt back-up lights
  • 50 watt rear turn signals
  • 50 watt brake lights
  • Clear Front Corner lights
  • Rewired tail & rear marker lights
  • Autometer Tachometer
  • JVC KD-GS620 in-dash CD player
  • Pioneer TS-879 3.5" front speakers
  • Pioneer TS-A5705 5"X7" rear speakers
  • 300 Watt amplifier
  • 10" subwoofer
  • Custom Andy Hobbs speaker box
  • Midland 77092 CB
  • Whistler 1430 Radar Detector
  • Signa Sport BC 600
  • Seats from an '88 16V Scirocco
  • Front seatbelts from an '87 Jetta L
  • Scirocco Shift lever
  • 6-Ball Shift knob
  • Scirocco Mk1 steering wheel
  • Relocated heater controls & radio
  • Custom Green & Primer Paint Job
  • Custom Vinyl lettering
  • European Bumpers
  • European GTi Spoiler
  • 18" Driver's Side Wiper
  • Mud Flaps
  • Jolly Roger
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tow Strap
  • Traffic Triangles
  • Jumper Cables
  • Misc. Tools
  • Custom rust
  • Red fuzzy dice
  • Stuffed Bunny

Removed exterior trim, back seat, rear floor mat, rear side panels & headliner. For road rallies, off-road events & winter use, tires are 185/60/14 Dunlop Graspic snow tires on 14 X 6 Ronal R-8 (Audi 4000) wheels. For speed events driver's seat is a modified '83 GTi seat. Other than the listed items the car is totally stock.

Clean & pretty at the Litchfield Bug-In '00

Ready to take on the East Durham Rallycross March '00

Getting dirty at the East Durham Rallycross March '00

Sliding around a corner at the East Durham Rallycross March '00

Lifting a tire at the CART Autocross June 17, '00

Going round the roundy round at the CART Autocross June 17, '00

My "Super Clean" engine at the Spring Dust-Off '00

More Pictures
Waiting for upgrades, Summer 1999.
Working for it's keep, Summer 1998.
Off-Roading, September 1997.

I bought this car while I was in college when I realized that I was going to have to give The Jetta back to my sister & I was going to be stuck driving The Beast. When I bought it, I used many pieces from The Silver Rabbit in order to get it on the road. This car has been AWESOME. I have learned so much from this car & put it through so much, that I can't believe it has lasted as long as it has.

This car was retired 8-01. Technically the fuel pump died, but the real reason for it being retired was terminal rust. All of the good part have been saved & are being reused on my other VW's. The Rabbit Evo II is the planned replacment, but in the mean time I'll be driving random other VW's.

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