Back in February 2018, we reported on an American car enthusiast who visited South Africa to buy a two-tone 1991 Volkswagen Citi Golf, fix it up and drop in a VR6 engine. And now that very car has starred at the annual GTI Meeting at Wörthersee.
Jamie Orr equipped the blue-and-white Citi Golf with a 225 kW 3,6-litre VR6 engine from the US, also adding a Golf 4 VR5 transmission with a limited slip differential, as well as a lightweight billet flywheel and clutch setup.
Orr told AUTOmativ.de that he wanted to keep the SA-built model as original as possible – in terms of looks, anyway.
“It was simply unbelievable. Volkswagen South Africa invited me to their central parts store that normal people never get to see. I ordered the genuine parts from there – for example, the rear lid and the bonnet,” he told the publication.
“The on-site support provided by Volkswagen South Africa and by tuning enthusiasts was breath-taking. Over thirty people – even entire families – helped to convert this car in an extremely short timeframe,” he added.
“Look, I’ve been lucky enough in life that I can do exactly this here. I want to show off my passion to the world with my international work on special cars and above all with people who share my passion – and bring people together in the process.”
Ryan has spent most of his career in online media, writing about everything from sport to politics and other forms of crime. But his true passion – reignited by a 1971 Austin Mini Mk3 still tucked lifeless in a dark corner of his garage – is of the automotive variety.