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Tuner Tuesday: 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC VR6

As we’ve previously covered, the Volkswagen Corrado has been since new a popular tuning platform. Whether in supercharged G60 early form or the later VR6 model, avid enthusiasts snap these cars up and generally quickly set about customizing and personalizing the sporty coupes. On paper, the Corrado reads effectively just like a GTi – but to Volkswagen faithful, the coupe’s name carries so much more weight. Like a sports hero entering a local bar on game day, Volkswagen fans gasp, smile and utter expletives when they see a Corrado in any shape. Expensive when new and always holding more value than their brethren, they’ve remained somewhat elusive compared to the more mundane GTi and GLX models that ran alongside them. So, even if you find a model that isn’t 100% to your liking it may be worth investigating to see if you can re-customize it to your taste:

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Heap of the Week: 1973 Volkswagen Thing

As my wife and I begin to look at houses in our fair state of Rhode Island, I have quickly turned traitor to my New England roots and have started looking at potential domiciles in Florida. Why? Because the northeast, particularly the Ocean State, is property-tax crazed and the same money or less buys alot of house in the Sunshine State. Also, no winter. Which is why I freaking love this ratty ’73 Thing. Talk about a beach cruiser, ready to slow-roll the streets of Pass-A-Grille, home of the annual VW Beach Bash that took place just a few weekends ago. Although the car looks cancerous at fist glance, the seller claims it’s mostly limited to the doors which he will include replacements of in the final sale. Great colors, and the slightly-worked motor sounds like a nice upgrade for this full-size beach buggy. And with all the tax-savings I’d enjoy in Florida, I just might be able to add this to the fleet without having to downsize…

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1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet

It takes commitment to restore a car, to strip it bare and realize the only way you’re going to ever enjoy it is to put it all back together. This 1982 Rabbit Convertible isn’t a tremendously valuable car, but it obviously gave the seller enough enjoyment that he swapped in a high-compression Audi motor and a new transmission. The body was repainted, interior was updated, and a new top was added – none of which are cheap enhancements. But if the car gave the seller years of top-down enjoyment in the New Mexico sunshine, then I suppose it was all worth it.

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Learning Japanese: 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC

This Corrado is all kinds of interesting: automatic; low-mileage; Japanese market; and currently residing in Poland. Although the price is a bit of a shock, the mileage is impressively low. But what to do about that automatic? Given how torque-rich this motor is, I understand the pairing, especially being a Japanese market vehicle. So many exotics from that neck of the woods have automatics to contest with traffic congestion that it comes as no surprise a car like the Corrado has an automatic and saw limited use since 1992. Still, you’d have to really want one just like this to justify paying close to $12,000 before you put it on a boat and ship it over.

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Wednesday Wheels Roundup: Period Pieces

Who doesn’t love a good period wheel? They weren’t always the most attractive designs, but nowadays they’re all the rage; clean up a good set of wheels that were rare to begin with and now are hardly ever seen and you’ll be the envy of countless enthusiasts at your next show! I’ve got some cool period pieces today – from the Zenders that are always fan favorites to some obscure Porsche steel wheels. Even more obscure are the Hayashi racing and Simmons wheels for BMW; but clean and in the right application, they’d be pretty cool. I can’t ID the set of Japanese made red wheels, so input is appreciated. Otherwise, enjoy!

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