The Volkswagen Caddy is a reproduction of a leisure activity vehicle with the same name that was produced by the Volkswagen Group since 1980. Interestingly, the name Volkswagen Caddy was only used outside of the North American market. The Volkswagen Rabbit pickup was released to compete with the Subaru Brat, a similarly-sized vehicle available at the same time.
The Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup was first manufactured in the town of New Stanton, Westmoreland county Pennsylvania from 1979 through to 1983. Based on the Rabbit (Golf A1) chassis, these water-cooled models were originally made for the US and then the US and Canadian markets. The US pickups were sold in the 1980 to 83 model years and the Canadian pickups were sold in the 1981 to 83 model years. In the US the vehicle was referred to as the VW Rabbit Pickup, but in other parts of the world, it is referred to as the Caddy. Where did that name come from? Just like the US Rabbit was named Golf in the rest of the world, the Caddy name was a take off on that sporting theme; "Golf", "Caddy".
The visible differences between the North American Pickup and the European Caddy were the headlights and bumpers. The North American models had the square 4x6" Halogen sealed beams. 1980 pickups were sold with European fenders and the turn signals on the front bumper. In 1981 all pickups had turn signals to the immediate outer corners of the truck resembling the 83 to 84 American made Rabbit GTI. All European models had round 7" H4 Lights with signal lights mounted on the front bumper.The Hot Wheels casting is based on the European-market variant manufactured between 1982-1984 (MK1), as the "Caddy" nameplate was not introduced until 1982 and that specific nameplate was never used in the North American market.
In the back of the bed there is an upside down skateboard.
The Volkswagen Caddy has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:
|Col #||Year||Series||Color||Tampo||Base Color / Type||Window Color||Interior Color||Wheel Type||Toy #||Country||Notes / Variations||Photo|
|124 / 250||2015||HW Off-Road - Hot Trucks||Orange||Tampo'd headlights and taillights||Black / Plastic||Tinted (Black)||Black||5SP||CFV19||Malaysia||Base code(s): G49, G51|
|124 / 250||2015||HW Off-Road - Hot Trucks||Anodized Silver||Tampo'd headlights and taillights, Hot Wheels logo on back||Black / Plastic||Tinted (Blue)||Black||5SP||CFL63||Malaysia||Base code(s): H09, H13, H15, H75|
|113 / 250||2016||HW Showroom||Metalflake Red||Black and Yellow stripes on sides, including silver on front||Black / Plastic||Clear||Black||PR5||DHR28||Malaysia||Base code(s): H42, H40|
2015 Card Back
From the back of the 2015 card:
Birthplace: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
Designer: Volkswagenwerk AG
Specialty: Light utility pickup version of the VW Golf with wide arches, a souped-up engine and custom roll cage.
Throw your board in the back and hit the skate park—it’s always ready to roll.