Some Cried When VW Switched From Rear-Engined Cars. Others Found Opportunity.

Some Cried When VW Switched From Rear-Engined Cars. Others Found Opportunity.

1991 Mid-Engine Volkswagen GTI

Renault, despite leaving this country decades ago, left a mark on certain folks enamored with big power and great handling in a hot-hatch profile. The iconic R5 Turbo, with a hatch-mounted engine, inspired plenty of copycats.

It can be assumed, however, that the builder of this particular beast got tired of not ever hearing anything but the sounds of a VR6 engine. It’s a great sounding mill, certainly, but there needs to be some sort of insulation – else deafness will ensue.

Yup, this is one heck of a project. Be proficient with a sheet metal brake and a TIG welder before bidding.

It’s on eBay in Pennsylvania with reserve not yet met.1991 Volkswagen GTI engine 2 1991 Volkswagen GTI engine 1991 Volkswagen GTI front 1991 Volkswagen GTI rear quarter panel

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  • http://hatchtopia.wordpress.com Hatchtopia

    The fact that the builder screwed a piece of metal into the surface of the dash – rather than taking it apart and setting it behind the trim for a cleaner look – makes me think that there just may be a few other not-so-visible shortcuts. Great concept though.