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The “WTF?” Files: A Bed-Mounted VR6-Powered VW Caddy – Rear Engine Minitruck, Euro-Style!


The “WTF?” Files: A Bed-Mounted VR6-Powered VW Caddy – Rear Engine Minitruck, Euro-Style!

The only person who took the theft of Roadkill’s “Mazdarati”, the 1974 Mazda REPU with the Olds 455 in the back, more personally than the guys themselves was myself. I couldn’t write the truck up fast enough when Bring A Trailer featured it and I enjoyed watching each and every update on the little yellow rig. Unfortunately, word from the grapevine is that the REPU was last seen being hauled into Mexico and it’ll probably never surface again. That sucks the big one, but maybe we can help ease the pain some. 

The glory of the Mazdarati was the rear-engine layout. The REPU ran an Olds Toronado setup, a 455 engine with a THM425 transaxle and Corvair parts that combined to turn a mini truck into a screamer. Do you think the same program can be pulled off twice? I think so, and whoever built this 1981 Volkswagen Caddy obviously had the same kind of vision. The Caddy, also known as the Rabbit Pickup, was VW’s ute, a coupe utility…*sigh*…ok, their take on an El Camino. They were light little things that came with one of two engines: a 1.6L turbodiesel or a 1.7L gasoline four. Quick, they were not. 

What is quick and from the VW family is the VR6 engine series. These punchy narrow-angle V6 engines were fitted to many a sporty model car from VW, like Corrados and sporty Jettas. So why not take the same play: merge the powertrain from one of these pocket rocket VWs into the bed of a Caddy and hope for the best? The seller believes that the VR6 is cranking out about 380 horsepower and we’d love to get the chance to dyno the trucklet for ourselves to see if that’s true.

If nothing else…wasn’t Finnegan a mini-trucker? This ought to appeal to that side of his past!

Craigslist Link: 1981 Volkswagen Caddy (Rabbit Pickup)


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6 thoughts on “The “WTF?” Files: A Bed-Mounted VR6-Powered VW Caddy – Rear Engine Minitruck, Euro-Style!

  1. PJ

    I’ve always wanted a Caddy, but prices have been increasing and finding a non-rust bucket example is getting difficult even in the non-rust belt. This one is different and awesome.

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  2. KCR

    Not what I would own .But this is cool,and would be a blast to mess with Mustang owners . Someone did a good job of fabricating it up. Real nice job of blending in the shock towers into the bed.

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