A/b: 1997 Parati GLS

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Q: How long have you owned this car?

A: Eight months.

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

A: Yep. It’s such a rare combo (year/color/condition) and I found it when everybody said it was impossible to do. VW didn’t paint many cars in this color (Nacar White) and I was lucky to find it in mint condition.

Q: Why did you choose this car to purchase?

A: I’ve always loved GLS and GTI VWs. This color is awesome and the Recaros are great. The 2.0 has got a lot of torque and it’s fun to drive.

Q: What other cars did you consider?

A: VW Parati GTI and a Mk2 Golf, but Mk2 Golfs are quite rare in Brasil. I’ve already found some MkIs, mainly cabrios, but no one would sell them.

Q: What was your objective with this car?

A: To keep it in mint condition as long as I can. I’ve been enjoying searching to replace some parts and details on it. I want to make it look and ride even better than it is now.

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

A: A tweaked classic.

Q: Who helped you build this car?

A: My girlfriend Alessandra, my friends Luizinho, Rafael, Toninho (tuner) and my family.

Q: What makes your car special?

A: Its mint condition and its color.

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

A: The smooth body shell.

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

A: All street/race VWs I’ve seen since I was a kid. I always liked tweaked V-dubs, both 8v and 16v with Webers or ITB. Oh, that intake sound is magic…

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

A: Some internal noises/rattles, but we’re already fixing them.

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

A: Money – lack of money, I mean.

Q: How did you overcome the issue?

A: I’m still trying to…

Q: What would you change if you could?

A: I’d drop a 2.0 16v with ITBs in it.

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

A: For now, I’d give it an “8”.

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

A: BBS RM 15” wheels, Wilwood brakes and a Drake 16v engine. Well, first I’d have to find one Drake engine to buy.

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

A: Me.

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

A: They like it, too.

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

A: Some night, when three guys asked if I’d sell it. By the way, they were not together.

Q: Has this car competed in any events?

A: Nope.

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

A: Smooth roads. It’s great to drive.

Q: What is your ideal day with this car?

A: Give it some water, soap, wax and then drive it.

Q: Who gets to drive this car?

A: Most of the time, it’s me, but Daddy and my girl already drove it.

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

A: “It’s only a VW.”

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

A: Ma Babe.

Q: What was your previous project?

A: Not a project, but it was a GM Corsa Wagon.

Q: What is your next project?

A: A VW, for sure.

Q: What one word best describes your car?

A: Mint.

Owner Information:

Name- Andre Stein

Address- Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

E-mail- contato@tuningbrasil.com

Username in Forums– Gigante

Occupation- Advertising

Vehicle Information:

Year- 1997

Make- Volkswagen


Mileage- 70,000 miles (engine has less than 8,000)

Original Color- Nacar White (pearl)

Current Color- Nacar White (pearl)

Engine- 2.0 8v

Engine Modifications- Runs on alcohol, flat pistons, 12.5:1 compression ratio, Autotech 270º cam, Autotech cam gear, 40/33mm valves, ported/flowed head, Marelli IWP043 injectors, ITG air-filter, MSD 8.5mm wires, NGK plugs, JAZ oil catch-tank

Exhaust Modifications- 4×1 header, 2.25 exhaust with 2 Silenpro mufflers

Transmission Modifications- Stock

Suspension Modifications- Monroe Gas Premiun Gold on front and adjustable Koni (red) in back, Springs and (front) anti-sway bar are stock from Parati GTI, 2 anti-stress bars up front (upper and lower) and one rear/superior from iMohr/Brasil

Brake Modifications- Stock

Wheels and Tires- Wheels are 15” stock from Parati GTI and rubber is Michelin Pilot Exalto 205/50-R15

Exterior/Body Modifications- Stock

Interior Modifications- Stock

Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Pioneer 6” front, 5x7” back and Kenwood CD unit

Thanks/Props- My girlfriend Alessandra, my friends Luizinho, Rafael, Murdoc, Toninho (tuner) and my family

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