This is the modern Harlequin Volkswagen GTI you didn't know you wanted


Galpin Auto Sports in Los Angeles has put together a new GTI that pays homage to its older sibling in a wonderful way. This is the Harlequin GTI and it’s a true vinyl-wrapped delight.
The original Harlequin car was a Polo, but we didn’t get that one here. Instead, our first taste of the rainbow arrived with the Mk3 Golf. Volkswagen produced four cars originally, as a mashup of Tornado Red, Ginster Yellow, Chagall Blue, and Pistachio Green body panels. Everyone loved them, so another 260 were built, and the cost was only $150 extra on top of a Golf. Not bad for an extremely limited-run production car.
Now Galpin has brought the colors back and the result is pretty damn awesome. Two examples have been built, according to Hagerty, and the initial plan is to rent them out. It shouldn’t be long though before they are sold off, as I have to imagine that true VW nuts are scrambling for another shot at a Harlequin…
especially when it’s a Mk7 GTI under the skin.
[Source: Hagerty]

6 Comments

  1. The vinyl wrap is bs. I wanna 4 different cars that had panels swapped, the way it used to be /oldmanrant

      1. I know some dealers ended up painting their harlequins just to be able to sell them back when the mk3’s were around.
        That being said I just don’t feel like it’s a real harlequin if it’s a wrap. It lacks commitment to the theme.

    1. I’ll play the old man card as well and say this looks f’ing ridiculous whether wrapped or swapped. Reminds me of the BMW art cars.

  2. That car is owned by Alejandro (Salomondrin)… Is for renting it out.
    I guess you have to like VW to appreciate it… for the rest of us it just look ridiculous. 😉

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