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  1. Volkswagen News Blog
    Unless you live under a rock, you're quite familiar with the wacky Harlequin Golf . These...interesting cars are well sought after by...discerning collectors. If you do a little research, you'll be shocked to find out these little multi-color hatchbacks never sold well in North America. So...
  2. Volkswagen News Blog
    Friend of the site Jamie Orr has been doing great stuff with Volkswagens for years now. And as you may know, there might not be a better authority on Harlequins anywhere. That’s why, Donut Media's Bumper 2 Bumper is featuring Orr’s gorgeous, highly Harlequinized Polo. The Polo was built for a...
  3. Volkswagen News Blog
    So you’ve built a car. You swapped in just the right engine, got all the trick suspension parts, sat it on some spectacular wheels, and now it’s all back together. But the paint is in a state and now you need to decide what color to paint it. This is a surprisingly big decision because even by...
  4. Volkswagen News Blog
    We all want to be Jamie Orr , right? Travel the world and visit places like Supersprint Exhaust in Mantova, Italy , tour the super-secret VW car collection in Wolfsburg, Germany , and build a brand-new car completely from the ground up . But one of the most Jamie-est of Jamie things Jamie...
  5. Volkswagen News Blog
    Today's Ratty Rescue could be the oddest car Volkswagen sold in the United States. This colorful little hatchback needs a new owner. If you've ever wanted something that looks like it travels with Ringling Brothers, then this 1996 Harlequin Golf may be the car for you. Harlequin Golfs have an...
  6. Volkswagen News Blog
    So apparently there’s a thing called SEO and, sadly, we here at VW Vortex are not immune to its charms. Fortunately for you, we are wily and willing to steal a subversive format idea when we see one. So here, in the style of a CineFix Top Blank list , are the Top 5 Obscure VWs of all time. For...
  7. Volkswagen News Blog
    As many of you may be aware, friend of the site and VW savant, Jamie Orr, recently went all knight-in-shining-armor to save a Harlequin imprisoned near San Francisco. Well, we’re happy to report that he is now safely home and the Harlequin is there with him. Jamie has been updating a forum...
  8. Volkswagen News Blog
    Car makers aren't ones to take risks. They employee teams of marketing muckety mucks whose sole purpose is to ensure the vehicles they make will be what buyers want to spend their money on. From time to time a passionate leader is able to push something special through the product pipeline...
  9. Volkswagen News Blog
    The Mk3 Golf was defined its special editions, and none was more special than the Harlequin. Fewer than 300 were made and all were sold in North America. And now, you can own one of them. Only available for the 1996 model year, Volkswagen originally only made a handful of these to show at...
  10. Volkswagen News Blog
    For all the time we spend on wheels and stance and euro lights and all the fine details that make a car look good, one of the most dominant visual aspects of a car is its color. Car shows are a rainbow, so here, for your consideration, are 10 of our favorite colors of H2O International 2016...
  11. Volkswagen News Blog
    Today we’re covering a lot of ground with a gallery of Golfs Mk3, 4, and 5. The middle years aren’t to everyone’s tastes, but each Mk has its own charm that gives it devoted fans. The cars are eminently modifiable and track the Golf’s progression into the modern car we know and love today. Here...
  12. Volkswagen News Blog
    [Editor's note: While Jamie Orr was loading his Wörthersee Treffen-bound Golf Harlequin onto the MV Goodwood, he was offered the opportunity to take a look around the ship.  This is his account of what it's like to be aboard one of the world's largest transportation vessels.] Think of it as...
  13. Volkswagen News Blog
    Of all the Volkswagens ever made, few water-cooled cars will ever reach the must-have factor of Mk3 Golf Harlequin models.  Originally constructed at the Volkswagen factory by using the body panels from four different cars, the Harlequins were like nothing else produced before or since.  And...
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