Those of you born or raised when Kool & The Gang’s “Celebration” was a brand-new chart-topping hit probably remember the Volkswagen Rabbit pickups. Based on the compact hatch with a longer wheelbase and a cargo bed, they were the perfect urban alternative to the larger and thirstier pickups and El Caminos of the day. The original Rabbit pickup went out of production in the U.S. in 1982 but continued on in other parts of the world and ultimately morphed into the VW Caddy, a compact cargo van along the lines of the Ford Transit Connect or Nissan NV200.
But if you still have fond memories of the original VW compact hauler but want a more modern, refined package, Smyth Kit Cars of Wareham, Massachusetts, has just the thing for you. For the entirely reasonable sum of $3,500, the company will send you the necessary components to transform your Golf or Jetta into one Euro-cool ute. Smyth claims the transformation requires just a cut across the back of the B-pillar and the others above the rear wheel wells.
The kit comes with everything you need for the transformation, including fiberglass rear quarter panels, window surround, rear slider window, rear steel roof supports, a tubular rear subframe, cargo bed floor and sides, a steel tailgate, taillight assemblies, a rear roll pan, and plexiglass rear quarter windows. Naturally, painting of the components to match your car’s color is required by the owner.
You can reserve your kit for a deposit of just $500. Current lead time for production of the kits is four weeks. You can find out more about the kit at www.smythkitcars.com.
Source: Smyth Kit Cars