A/b: 1995 Corrado VR6

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Q: How long have you owned this car?

A: I’ve owned my Corrado for 2 years, 8months. I found this car listed in Corrado Club of America’s classified section and purchased it July, 2002.

Q: Is there anything unique about the history of this car?

A: It’s an import. For those that know the history of Corrados, ’95s were only sold in Canada and Europe. I imported this into the States from Canada. I’m the third owner.

Q: Why did you choose this car to purchase?

A: I fell in love with the Corrado ever since it debuted back in 1990. I chose the ’95 model because of its rarity and its beautiful interior… cloth Recaros… STOCK!!!

Q: What other cars did you consider?

A: Ummm… nothing.

Q: What was your objective with this car?

A: Stock Corrados are becoming rarer these days. I wanted to keep the mods to a minimum. The stock look is gorgeous. Why mess with a good thing?

Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as?

A: I’d say OEMplus. I’m more into the car’s appearance than how fast it goes – well, at least for now.

Q: Who helped you build this car?

A: Most of the work was done by me. The extra help came from members of the Corrado Club of NYC. Holla!

Q: What makes your car special?

A: The fact that it’s a ’95 makes a lot of people take notice. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments at the shows. I’m very proud of her!

Q: What is your favorite part/feature/function?

A: I don’t think I have just one favorite thing about my car. The interior, the audio system I installed myself, the headlight washers (yeah, I know that’s stupid to some), and the VSR intake manifold are my favorites.

Q: Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?

A: Looking at other VWs at shows/events and in magazines are basically my influences. Some ideas I liked and some I didn’t. So, the ones I liked, I tried to apply to my car.

Q: What don’t you like about this car?

A: Ummm… nothing. Well, since it’s a highly underrated and unknown car, I hate it when people call my car a Scirocco.

Q: What was your biggest obstacle in building this car?

A: It’s probably everyone’s biggest obstacle… money. If it weren’t for my mortgage, all my planned projects would have been done by now. But, hey – a house is the better investment. Right?

Q: How did you overcome the issue?

A: Unless I win the lottery, I’ll never overcome this money issue.

Q: What would you change if you could?

A: I’d do an engine swap, either a 24V VR6 or the R32 engine. But then I’d have to get rid of my VSR. So, I wouldn’t change a thing. The car is perfect as is.

Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?

A: A definite 10!

Q: What would you do to the car if money were no object?

A: I’d put the Kinetic Turbo Kit and Quaife or Peloquin differential.

Q: Who has been your biggest critic of this project?

A: I’m the biggest critic. After all, it’s what you think about your car that matters, not what others think. My other biggest critic is my wife.

Q: What do your family and friends say about this car?

A: My family has no idea how serious I’m into my car. My CCNYC buddies love my car; at least they appear to love it. And, they let me know their opinions on what to do and what not to do and what future projects I should and should not plan on doing.

Q: What is your most memorable/humorous/embarrassing moment with this car?

A: Driving home from Corrado Rush with 3 other CCNYC members, each one of us had one major problem with our cars. Mine happened to be finding the front driver’s side tire worn down to the threads. And, we couldn’t get the wheel off to replace it. How weird was that???

Q: Has this car competed in any events?

A: Yes. I’ve competed in Waterfest once and H2O twice.

Q: Results?

A: I placed 3rd both times at H2O, and placed 2nd at Waterfest. I only needed 2 more points to win 1st. DAMN!!!

Q: What is your favorite place to drive this car?

A: Generally, any windy roads with no stop signs or traffic lights are my favorites. Full Moon Full Throttle and CCNYC’s Fall Cruise to Bear Mountain, NY were the best driving experiences on public roads. The Autocross class at Waterfest was extremely fun.

Q: What is your ideal day with this car?

A: My ideal day is showing my car at the shows and getting compliments for it. It makes all the hard work I put into it worth the effort.

Q: Who gets to drive this car?

A: My wife drove it home from Corrado Rush and loved the power and acceleration. She was actually surprised and amazed. And, I’d probably trust 2 or 3 CCNYC members with my car.

Q: If your car had a motto, what would it be?

A: “If it ain’t broke, don’t mess with it.”

Q: If you had to name your car, what would you name it?

A: It would be Eleanor, from the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds”. That car was temperamental, just like Corrados. When it’s working perfectly, it’s exhilarating, and when it isn’t, it’s a pain in the ass.

Q: What was your previous project?

A: I fixed my flap problem on the VSR and installed a newly polished/chromed valve cover.

Q: What is your next project?

A: With the help of two CCNYC members, we’ll be installing new ECS slotted/cross-drilled rotors and Hawk HPS pads all around. And, I’ll be painting all four calipers.

Q: What one word best describes your car?

A: Obsession

Q: Other info you’d like to share?

A: I love the Corrado scene, and the VW/Audi scene. I’ve met so many cool people by just owning this car. Visit my website: www.project-vw-corrado.com.

Owner Information:

Name- Dennis Canuto

Address- Manorville, NY

E-mail- lchoco@yahoo.com

Username in VWvortex Forums- 95RADOVR6

Occupation- Technical Support Rep

Club Affiliations– Corrado Club of NYC (CCNYC)

Vehicle Information:

Year- 1995

Make- VW

Model- Corrado

Mileage- 122,000 miles

Original Color- Black

Current Color- Black

Engine- 12V VR6

Engine Modifications- VWMS VSR Intake Manifold, 2.9L Throttle Body

Exhaust Modifications- Techtonics Tuning (Stainless Steel), Borla muffler, SS Borla oval tip

Transmission Modifications- none

Suspension Modifications- H&R Race Spring, Bilstein Sport Shocks, Autotech Front/Rear Upper Stressbars, Autotech Front Lower Stressbar, Autotech Rear Swaybar

Brake Modifications- Upgraded front brakes from 11” to 11.3”, Running ECS Slotted/Cross-drilled and Hawk HPS pads all around, Calipers painted Folia-Tec Red

Wheels and Tires- BBS RKii’s (17 x 7.5), Kumho Ecsta MX (205/40-17)

Exterior/Body Modifications- Euro Front Chin Spoiler, Inpro Clear/Red Taillights, Euro-spec headlights with New Dimension’s MOWA Wiring Harness, Installed Fog Lights (Canadian models didn’t have them because of the reinforced front bumper; this was not as easy as you think), Enabled rear fog light.

Interior Modifications- Conrero Atomic Pedal Kit, Conrero Misano shift knob, Conrero e-brake handle, DDI Aluminum door sills, DDI reverse-glow gauges with aluminum gauge rings, DDI oil/volt gauges

Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Blaupunkt New Orleans headunit with steering wheel Thummer control, Blaupunkt 10-disc CD changer, Phoenix Gold Titanium 4-channel amp with remote control, MB Quart 3-way components (front) – 6.5” woofer/4” mid/1” tweeter, MB Quart 4×6 (rear), MB Quart 10” sub, Custom Sub Enclosure, FUBA Betaflex-D Amplified Antenna, Monster XLN speaker cables

Thanks/Props- To my wife, first and foremost, for accompanying me to all the events and shows for the past 2 years. And to CCNYC for adding to the excitement of being a Corrado owner.

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