Car Feature>> Yellow ‘submarine’

To start VAG month off I want to showcase this MK1, owned by Robert Jan from the Netherlands. Kevin already posted this orange Mk1, and although this yellow one looks similar from the outside, there are a lot of differences. I think that the focus on these particular Mk1s is all about clean style and not so much on crazy performance… of course there are exceptions, and I do plan to give you guys a taste of both worlds over the course of the month.

The car is 26 years old, so when Robert Jan bought it, he immediately took it apart and started a ground-up restoration. I’ve noticed that when builders in this scene choose a new color for their car they often choose an original VW color. It seems that inside the VW community, they never stray far from the factory originals! In the end, it was decided that car would be changed from red to yellow and it’s an original color — used on the MK1 in 1976 and called ‘raid gelb’.

The stance is perfect thanks to an FK Automotive coil over suspension system. The Porsche wheels are a favorite amongst the MK1 community. This time, Robert chose the S4 version in 7j on the front and 8j in the rear. The tires are made by Dunlop and come in size 195/40/16.

Other parts that adorn the exterior are the chrome steel bumpers with the original rubber strips. The decorative strips on the car have all been chromed together with the mirrors.

The original engine has been replaced with a more powerful one. It’s a 1.8 liter 16v from an Scirocco that is mated to a 5-speed transmission from the same car.

Inside the car we find this brown interior from an ’76 MK1 with integrated headsupports. The dashboard came from an ’82 Golf. The steering wheel is an OEM item called the Spucknapf. I think that a cool wooden Nardi steering wheel might look better –what do you guys think?

How comfy would this be?

Proof that the wheels are neatly tucked inside the arches. The exhaust
is custom made and really complements the rear. I don’t think it can
get any lower with all the speedbumps in Holland.

A custom fuel filler cap is one of those things that every car should have.

A nice touch are these original Porsche polished door handles.

The build has taken Robert Jan 3 years and now that the car is finished he’s going to focus on driving and enjoying it. He mentioned he will never sell this car.

I think he’s done a great job with this car — and I hope he will start another project soon so we can feature it on Speedhunters!

-Jeroen Willemsen

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It's nice to see a clean Mk1 that doesn't have the engine bay completely smoothed out and shaved to the point of losing function. I do agree that perhaps a nice wood Nardi wheel would suit the style of the car a bit better, but as it is it's very original, and keeping the OEM wheel keeps that style very pure.


I love this clean rabits


VW with Porsche logos... dunno about that one. The Scirocco's had the same door handles without the Porsche logo, which is what I would've used.

I can appreciate the clean look, but the yellow with 2 tone brown turns me off. But hey, to each their own.


Clean car. I had no idea those 928 rims fit so well on these cars. This car begs the question...are you guys going to cover the relationship that VW and Porsche have had over the years? I'd love to see some articles on the water cooled Porsches!


Hello guys.... this is a example of nice clean rabbit,,,, I am from Slovakia ( Bratislava - capital ) ,

me a my mates we are into Mk1 Golfs ( Rabbit ) and as a wrote this one is a top car.....

The steering wheel is OEM as Jeroen wrote...maybe the Nardi would be fine but..... in actual wave of the MK1 community this steering wheels are "IN" they are rare and they are ...IN .... the interior is almoust OEM which is part of it how should an today ´s MK1 look . The engine is no hyper performer like we are used in JDM wonders but it ´s nice and it has a "go"

Me personal opinion as a MK1 lover this is a perfect machine ...... ( except the color and I would instal a BRIDE Gias with oem GTi fabric )

Speedhunter team thank you soooo much for VAG month have a great time


The Porsche door handles are definitely unique. Very nice touch.

Those seats look like couches, perfect for crashing (not literally) on them ^__^


Loving VAG month so far.. keep it up.


such a clean car,nice touch up's


I love the part " He will never sell this car" Much Respect for a true build!!!! Very clean man!!