I know we had a full-zoot CC on the VW Rabbit pickup this week, but I wanted to give a preview of a family VW that is still with us–albeit not driven since 2003.
My Uncle Don was a master mechanic, and owned cars that ranged from a 1959 Thunderbird to a Datsun pickup to a Colonnade Grand Prix and a ’76 CJ-5. But one of his favorite cars was a 1981 or ’82 Diesel Rabbit pickup. And it is still with us, though sadly, Uncle Don is not.
My Aunt Candy (she of the maroon ’76 Cutlass Supreme Brougham and mother of my cousin Dawn, who had the non-Brougham ’77 CS), stopped driving about ten years ago, not long after Uncle Don left us. But his much-loved Pickup is still in the garage.
And so is Candy’s ’86 Park Avenue. Both are dusty, and likely would need a total fuel system cleanup among other things, but they are solid and still there. There are still a few 1985-90 Electra/Park Avenues about in the QC area (CC here), but most are pretty rusty or otherwise worn out. But these two ’80s CCs are quite rust-free for Iowa vehicles. The Buick was last driven in 2003 or so; the VW, probably circa 2005-06 by my cousin Suzy.
This post should appeal to both sides of CC, eh? An import and a Brougham. And said import is a pickup too! Could it be the CC Trifecta, despite only two vehicles being featured?
I still think about getting the Park Avenue up and running–I drove it many times and it is a cushy, well-designed car–but don’t know if it will ever happen. And a full COAL/Auto-Biography of these cars will be written on these digital pages someday. But I simply could not let VW Week end without a passing mention of these two much-loved cars of my childhood. Which one would YOU take home?