Aug 16, 2007

Oldest VW Rabbit diesel found in California

Clint Wilson (right) and Steve Keyes with Wilson's 1977 VW Rabbit diesel
Clint Wilson (right) and Steve Keyes with Wilson’s 1977 VW Rabbit diesel. Click image to enlarge

Auburn Hills, Michigan – Volkswagen of America announced it has located the oldest operating Volkswagen diesel vehicle in America, a 1977 Rabbit owned by Clint Wilson of Tehachapi, California. The Rabbit was recently verified by Volkswagen of America and Family Volkswagen of Bakersfield, California.

“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.

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