There are a lot of vehicles for sale discussed on this blog, and honestly, they’re all quite affordable as cars go. Then again, perhaps you don’t need a new car – the hatchback you’ve already got meets your needs, is paid off, whatever. So I present to you the first in an occasional series of more affordable hatchbacks.
As a kid who rode in the back of a ’79 Volkswagen Rabbit, I thought it was the coolest car in the world. Ensconced in acres of baby blue naugahyde, I saw the world through the gunsights of twin high-back bucket seats and a nearly vertical (by today’s standards) windshield. I had dreams of owning my own Rabbit, and those dreams came true. Frequently.
Because it was a popular car of its time, the Rabbit was the subject of numerous scale reproductions, including the Hare Splitter pictured above. For a few months, I tried to convince my dad that our Rabbit simply had to have a hockey-stick rally stripe too. I had the ‘Splitter in white and yellow – they were a significant contrast to the birght green 4-door surf wagon that filled out my trifecta of 1:64 scale hatchbacks. That one I didn’t enjoy as much as the surfboards would frequently fall off and get lost in the dozen-hued carpet in my bedroom, only to be found painfully later by shoeless footsteps.
Finally, like most boys my age, I enjoyed building plastic scale models. Also like most boys, I didn’t have the greatest amount of patience for completing the build to high levels of fit and finish. In any case, one of my favorite builds was of course, a Rabbit.
This particular set allowed the builder to construct the car as a stock base model Rabbit, or as a customized panel van. Despite my shortcomings in craftsmanship, I chose the stock version – albeit in custom all-white (not) paint. Though, looking back on it now, I think a real-life version on the panel van would be pretty sweet.