I’ve started seeing an increasing number of butchered 1994-2000 Typ 6N Volkswagen Polos on my commute into work. Not a bad little car, quite honest, but possibly a little on the flaky side, as per the Golf Mk3. In other words, worthy but dull. The way in which these cars have been butchered is quite evident from the picture above – cotton-reel like wheels, plenty of camber, stretched tyres and low, low, l-o-w suspension. It’s the Euro-Look, and right now is proving incredibly popular.
Obviously, I’m a bit of an old square because when I see these things trundling around, bouncing uncontrollably on our badly maintained roads, I see something of a safety issue going on. They hop, they, skip, and end up being near-as-dammit undriveable on average crumbling British roads. Fashion, eh…
But it has got me thinking – yes, these cars look like a dynamic joke, but are they any worse than the horrors that fashion foisted upon us over the years? Max Powered Citroen Saxos and Honda Civic Type-Rs of the 1990s; all-white KAT-kitted Escort XR3s and Rover SD1s of the ’80s; and jacked-up Ford Escorts and Morris Marinas of the ’70s. We’ve all been guilty of butchering cars for the sake of looking ‘cool’.
But what do you think of these Euro-Look cars? Should they be allowed to run on the road given their obvious dynamic failings and illegal wheel/tyre combinations?
Over to you…
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
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