Charlotte, NC dad Rodney Huss needed to tune a new daily driver, something “'Euro' with the 'Bad Boy' attitude with a mix of the old school and racecar technology...and the clean, simple styling that makes the German cars stand, out without being flamboyantly tacky."
So he started with a 1992 Passat Wagon beater, $20k, and some hacksaws. The results and the making of are on VW Vortex:
VV: What would you do to the car if money were no object?Yeah, I'd think that giant speaker box kind of cuts into the grocery-getting, but on the bright side, that full-length, retractable ragtop sure boosts the car's ficus tree-getting capacity.
A: This goes back to an earlier question. I would build it the ultimate grocery-getter with the ability to surprise most so-called performance cars and still haul the wife and kids out for dinner and a movie.