Forum Friday: Ragtop Jetta (Jetta!?)

Another week has flown past, and here’s another great thread to wind out your week. This 1989 Jetta coupe has gone through a few iterations. And while it’s a work in progress, you can easily see the potential for a very special car. Oh, and you can see the sun through the giant hole in the roof.

Waaaay back in 2015, VWvortex member mattmk2 posted pictured in the MK2 forum of his 1989 Jetta coupe. His slick car was lowered, rode on OZ Fittipaldi Vega wheels, and most importantly, had a VR6 engine swap. Quite a nice start.

But a killer 6-cylinder engine wasn’t the only big change Matt had planned for his coupe. In May of 2015, he took a huge plunge and cut a giant hole in his roof. You see, the standard sliding metal sunroof in his Jetta just didn’t let in enough sunlight, so he installed an Open Air power-sliding ragtop roof. With just a flip of a switch, the fabric slides back, folding up accordion-style to open the entire roof of the car to the elements.

Matt likes to change things up; he later pulls the VR6 to drop into a Mk2 Golf and sourced a 1.8T engine for the Jetta. At some point, that pesky thing called life got in the way, and his ragtop coupe sat with only small progress. We’ll let you review the 5-page thread for all the details, but he has been working on the car after getting his Master’s degree (congrats!). And just recently Matt decided to move to Los Angeles. Don’t worry, he has a plan for his Jetta. And what better place to have a car with a giant sunhole than southern California.

So if you’ve never seen a Mk2 Jetta ragtop, here’s the thread for you. Take in all the details, then drop Matt a word or two of encouragement; he’s got the bones of a really great show car.