Monday, 27 February 2012

Air-cooled mkIII



As is so often the way with the most noteworthy and talked-about modified cars, this Golf was built purely to show that it could be done. You can't be a lot more radical with a front-engined, water-cooled Volkswagen than convert it to a rear-engined, air-cooled one, but this mkIII exists to prove that it is possible.
It's got the basic frame, engine supports and rear beam from a Type 3 VW underneath, with a Beetle frame-head to widen the whole to latter-day Golf proportions. The fit and finish is so good that you'd be forgiven for thinking that it was nothing more than a low Golf on big wheels from the outside; it's only when you open it up that you see the 1641cc air-cooled engine in the rear, the spare wheel residing at the front where the Golf unit used to sit. The interior's been retrimmed in red vinyl to tie the old/new aesthetic together, while the ostentatious Stinger exhaust leads those in the know to draw their own (disbelieving) conclusions.
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