Oldest VW Diesel - VW search finds 1977 Rabbit

1977 Diesel Rabbit

Volkswagen previously launched a contest to find the oldest VW Diesel car in the USA. Low and behold, Clint Wilson submits his 1977 Rabbit to the challenge, wins, and gets to drive a V10 TDI Touareg for 6 months. I would have expected a 55 gallon drum of free diesel, but we love Touaregs!!

1977 Volkswagen Rabbit Recognized As Oldest Volkswagen Diesel

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced that it has located the oldest operating Volkswagen diesel vehicle in America, a 1977 Rabbit owned by Clint Wilson, Tehachapi, Calif. The Rabbit was recently verified by Volkswagen of America and Family Volkswagen of Bakersfield, Calif.

“Diesel engines are noted for their long-term reliability and durability, so we didn’t think it would be a problem to find a 1977 Rabbit that was still in great condition, like this one,” said Steve Keyes, Volkswagen Public Relations Director. “The entries for the oldest (and the soon to be announced highest mileage search) not only represent cars that were well-built and well-maintained they are also interesting stories from people who are passionate about Volkswagens and diesel.”

In recognition of owning the oldest Volkswagen diesel in the U.S., Volkswagen has provided Wilson with a new V10 TDI Touareg to drive for six-months. In addition to his 1977 Rabbit, Wilson also has a Beetle that he is hoping to restore in the near future.

Volkswagen is a leader in the diesel vehicle market with over 815,000 diesel vehicles sold since the 1977 Rabbit, the first Volkswagen diesel, was brought to the United States. In addition to the currently available diesel Touareg V10 TDI, Volkswagen has previously announced that the 2008 Jetta and Jetta Sportwagen will be available with a diesel, TDI engine.

Source: Volkswagen

Posted in | | Submitted by deviantspeed on Wed, 2007-08-15 20:16.
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Props to the longevity of VW diesels! My dad had a 1980 Dasher Diesel Wagon, bought new in 1980 and driven 215,000 miles until its untimely demise (the car not my father) thanks to an offset head-on collision with a NUMMI-built Chevy Nova piloted by a drunk driver. I'm sure the Dasher would still be clattering away to this day if not for that crumpling.

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wajazn | Thu, 2007-08-16 15:48

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