Volkswagen Golf Mk3 A59 Rallye, prototype, 1993

Rare, exotic and unseen Volkswagens due at 2018 Classic Days Germany

Volkswagen Golf Mk3 A59 Rallye, prototype, 1993

It’s always a rare treat when a manufacturer opens its storage to reveal quirky perfectly-preserved and sometimes hitherto secret machines from its past. Volkswagen is the latest brand cracking open its vaults, if only a bit, to let out some gems for the Classic Days festival to be held at Schloss Dyck in Jüchen from 3 to 5 August.

Six cars have been selected to be brought out for the show – with two rare racing Golf prototypes heading the roster. Take your pick between a Mk3 A59 ‘Rallye’ prototype and the mad twin-engined Mk2 ‘Pikes Peak’.

The Mk3 ‘Rallye’ was a commission from Volkswagen Motorsport back in 1993 and features a 275hp engine. It’s just undergone a serious restoration and is in full working order.

The ‘Pikes Peak’ Mk2, meanwhile, was entered into that year’s running of the famous hillclimb event. Its combined twin-engined output is a heady 652hp – in a Golf! Sochi Kleint – the man to take it up America’s mountain in ’87 – will be reunited with it at the event.

Incidentally, it won’t be the fastest or most famous Pikes Peak racer at the event, with VW wheeling out the incredible record-holding I.D. R for the event.

Also joining the rabid Golfs is an altogether different prototype – a classic and elegant Type 3 convertible.

As for the production cars, don’t assume they’re mundane alternatives. The very rare and exotic SP2 coupe leads the production trio, with a convertible 1303 Beetle and a ‘Yellow and Black Racer’ GSR Beetle joining it.

The SP2 is an exotic South American slice of VW’s past, with the sloped rear-engined coupe being manufactured and sold exclusively in that region, making it a rare sight indeed on European shores.

The GSR was the original ‘hot but not’ people’s car. Not particularly heavily endowed but with aesthetic attitude thanks to the bright yellow paint with matte accents – the R-Line of 1973.

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