Last December, I saw this elongated VW Rabbit (Golf Mk1) in traffic, and gave chase in order to peel off a few shots and post it here. Which means we had to speculate on its creation, although the basic facts were obvious: a two door Golf front half married to a four door back half with a bit of filler in between.
But a week or so ago, a comment was left by the wife of its creator, with some more details:
Thanks for all the great comments and great pictures. The Pumpkin, as our granddaughter calls it, began it’s 2nd life in Florida.
About 10 years ago her grandfather had the opportunity try to do something different. He had a couple Rabbits just sitting around and this is the result. The front half is a 2-door rabbit and the back is a 4-door.
The backseat area gained 14″, which makes for a comfortable backseat ride (and the kids can’t kick the front seat!). The diesel engine was swapped out for a 1.8 carburated (old-school), gasoline engine with Tectonics tuning exhaust. (Grandma wanted a little more “get-up-and-go”!)
We had great times with it, but decided it was time for someone else to make good times with “the Pumpkin”. So we made our last trip in it out to Eugene.
Finding it parked gave me the chance to look it over a bit more carefully, including underneath. A pretty clean job of it, for what it is.
The body gaps aren’t at all bad for home baked.
Obviously not everything aligns quite right, as the Rabbit isn’t exactly as square as it might look.
The interior stretch is nicely done too. This would have made a great taxi cab.
It rather reminds me of this, the Rometsch VW four door, which was built primarily to make the Beetle a suitable taxi.
I always like it when folks find their cars here and offer more details. It happens quite a bit.