Posts Tagged ‘quantum’

2 Waters Please – 1982 VW Quantum and 1978 VW Rabbit

January 27, 2016

Until recently, VW was on pretty solid ground as a growing presence on the North American market, but let’s take a look back at a time when VW’s existence here was very much in question. The North American Quantum definitely epitomized that time, with a pokey 1-7-liter 4-cylinder, awkward styling, and a marketing strategy that didn’t know where it wanted to be – frugal and well-made like a Beetle, or spartan-lux like most of its European contemporaries. Indeed, there’s little except maybe the goodwill and better service network from the Beetle days to differentiate this from a contemporary Renault, and we all know where Renault went in the late 1980s. So let’s check out a remnant from those early water-cooled days, this 1982 VW Quantum for sale for $1299 in Portland, OR.

1982 VW Quantum right front



QSW – 1986 VW Quantum Syncro Wagon

February 5, 2014

It’s pretty odd how when you find one rare car, another two or three pop up at the same time. After featuring a B2 Passat Avant (known as the Quantum Syncro Wagon in the North American market, or QSW), another one popped up in substantially better condition, even if the color is not as attractive. You can find this 1986 Volkswagen Quantum Syncro wagon for sale for $2500 in South Everett, WA (the same town, even!). Everett is clearly a QSW hotspot.

1986 VW Quantum Syncro left side


One-Grand Dubs – 1980 VW Rabbit Pickup and 1988 VW Quantum Syncro Wagon

February 4, 2014

Two grand too much for your collector car? Well, that’s where VW comes in – it’s the car for Volks like you. Once you get this close to the 3-digit range, things start getting a little doubtful. You start forgoing some systems you’d normally expect to work, or being much more accepting of cosmetic issues. And really, who needs a heater, or electric windows that go up *and* down? Just make sure to steam clean the interior if there are any suspicious smells or spots! First up is this 1980 VW Rabbit Pickup for sale for $1000 in Puyallup, WA.

1980 VW Caddy right side