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Volkswagen dealer Autohaus Nordstadt in Hannover, Germany, had a very creative manager back in the 1970's and 1980's by the name of Günter Artz. In 1973, Artz built a Porsche Carerra-
While many special models left the ARTZ fabrication facility – Scirocco truck and wagon, convertible Jetta, Porsche 924 and 928 wagons -
An alleged ten of these Golf 928's were built. The second generation "Super Rabbit" was powered by the 928's 4.7L V8, producing 300hp, knocking 1 second off the trap time.
Top speed: 230 km/h (143 mph)
DM150,000 (1981, $87000 = $227,000 today)
Golf I Speedster
Wanting a different challenge, in 1979 Artz took the recently-
Just six Speedsters were built: One came with a 70hp engine, two had Schrick turbo engines, and the remaining three had the 110hp DX engine from the GLI. Cabriolet. Unlike the Golf 928, all of the Speedsters were constructed using brand new Golf Cabriolets, save for one (#02, presumably the 70hp), which was built from a damaged year-
^That is a red ARTZ Jetta convertible in the righthand photo.
^The Speedster's width is an optical illusion due to the lower roofline. The right photo has the white Cabriolet superimposed over the Speedster.
In 1982, German automotive accessories company Kamei requested two Artz Speedsters, both of which they used to promote their new X1 body kits. One of their Speedsters was painted a golden hue (above left), while the other was silver . Both were equipped a Schrick-
Where are the Speedsters now?
^Last seen in Summer 1982
70hp / 110hp
LWH: 3815 mm x 1635 mm x 1210 mm
Top speed: 157 km/h (70hp)
DM32,660 (1981, $19000 = $50,000 today)
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