Recently, in my 1989 GTI post, I referenced the Radwood show in California. A celebration of all things 80s (being liberal to accept items both older and newer, too!), Radwood has become the newest and hottest show to consider. Why? Well, to head to Pebble Beach, Amelia Island or Greenwich Concours, you’ll need a car of significant stature. But you can roll up to Radwood in a 4000 quattro you literally just pulled out of a field (seriously, someone did), and you’ll find fans to celebrate both the model and your insistence that it’s a cool car worthy of being saved. Because, ultimately, it was!
But the GTI I presented was a headscratcher because it was so expensive and subtle that most would probably walk right by. Sure, it had little details that were neat, but not THAT neat or THAT particularly 80s. But today’s GTI takes 80s To The Extreme, killin’ your brain like a poisonous mushroom as you ponder if anything less than the best is a felony:
I’ve owned and loved modified Volkswagens now for going on twenty years, so I’m certainly not new to the scene. Obviously, being a popular tuning and performance platform since its launch, the GTi has undergone just about every conceivable permutation of modifications. Despite what would seem to be an endless pool of candidates, though, I often find examples lacking a clean, well put together look. I’ve also found as I’ve gotten older that the cars that really stand out to me aren’t the wildly modified cars, but the subtle cars; cars that manage to integrate their modifications well into what already was a good platform. Let’s be honest; modifying cars is a very personal endeavor, so of course there are going to be varied opinions about what looks good. To me, find a clean VR6 Mk.III in close to original spec but with just the right hints of spice to make it stand out and be a little less vanilla, and it’s perfect. Make sure those mods are on one of my favorite colors – Windor Blue – and it’s one of the rare cases where I think the seller got it just right:
While it wasn’t an overwhelming sales success and a large percentage of the problem seemed to be the somewhat polarizing looks, I always preferred the look of the B3 Passat to the Quantum it replaced and the facelifted B4 that succeeded it. I thought the smooth, grill-less look was neat and clean; I liked the GTi-spec 2.0 16V motor, and the original chin spoiler reminded me of the first GTi’s lip. There aren’t many options for modifying these cars though, but one of the popular options – albeit rare – was to install the Hella DE projector light conversion. They’re hard to come by, but there’s a set on Ebay today:
Just bought a V8 quattro from our V8 quattro roundup the other day? Good choice! Need something to set it apart? How about some OEM Hella yellow foglights:
To me, there’s always been something special about the Golfs with a few extra lights in the grill. Super rare are the Mk.1 Hella grills – one of which I wrote up around a month ago. The quad-round grill was and still is very popular with the Mk.2 crowd, but I remember the first time I saw in European Car back in the 1990s a Mk. 3 Golf GTi with the Hella grill pictured here. I thought I looked really cool, and I still do. They’re rare to see come up for sale, but here’s your chance today:
Price: $325 Buy It Now
Hi! I have for sale a Rare Hella Foglight Panel for any VW Golf 3 Mk3 III Cabrio GTI 16V VR6. This unit was only used one time on a car for less than a month. I have had it sitting around for 6 years now and its time to let it go. There are no broken clips or anything broken on this unit for that matter. The box shown in the picture is NOT included, box is sadly long gone for this unit. I just put it up as an example. Please contact me with any questions. Thanks! Paul
As I said with the 4000 cassette holder the other day, sometimes it’s the little details that help to set the car apart. This is a small addition that will really change up the style of the car. I wish I still had my Mk.3 Golf some days, and if I did this would be pretty high on my list to add in!