Even though I just did the Saviero yesterday, the Caddy deserves a spot somewhere in Truck Week for a few interesting reasons.
First and foremost, the Caddy (which was only ever known as the Rabbit Pickup domestically) was first produced in the US at the Westmoreland, PA assembly plant in a short run from 1979-1982. It's now closed, but was VW's first plant in the United States, and also the first US site used by a foreign manufacturer since Rolls Royce built cars in Springfield, MA from 1921-1931. Sportruck was apparently one of the trim levels.
VW America had seen the mintruck version of the MKI Golf platform, and wanted it to compete with other minitrucks like the Subaru BRAT or the Chevy LUV. So VW set up shop in PA in what was an unfinished Chrysler plant and started building Caddys. They were introduced to the European market in 1982, coming out of a VW plant in Sarajevo through 1992. South Africa also sold the MKI (or Typ 14 in Caddy platform terminology) until 2007, alongside the MKI Golf. The tooling was shipped from the Westmoreland plant after it shuttered, so VW definitely got some good return on that initial investment.
But the Caddy's actually a bit of a mutt, platform-wise, which I also find interesting. It was only Golf-based for that first (very long) generation, and the introduction of Typ 9K and 9U in 1996 saw use of the bones of the MKIII Polo and Škoda Felicia pickup, respectively. The current-gen Typ 2K, introduced in 2003, is based on the VW Touran but uses Golf MKV front suspension bits. This iteration of the model doesn't actually include a pickup version, but several panel van setups, a 7-seater and a "Tramper" camper setup.
I favor the Typ 14 / MKI version, but probably because it's the only one I've ever seen with my own eyes and has a pretty solid following stateside. There's some cool camper conversions
And overall I think they look pretty good with a bit of air under them:
Well...within reason of course
Ok, ok. That one's not really a VW at all but it's still awesome. Four Wheeler Magazine 2013 Top Truck Challenge for full details, but it's a '77 Blazer frame.
Oh and the later versions got 4MOTION, which looks kind of fun:
And they threw some in the VW Racing Cup, which looks like even more fun:
Perhaps the zaniest Caddy of all, though, is Viktor Martensson's 1JZ drift machine: