Carlton's 1996 Golf Harlequin

How long have you owned this car?
About three years.
Is there anything unique about the history of this car?
I found the car on Craigslist. The car was listed as a 1996 Golf GL with a few pictures. The lone interior shot showed a small section of the front seat, which revealed the Harlequin's Joker pattern interior. The previous owner said the car was red when it was purchased.

Why did you choose this car to purchase?
After realizing the car was a Harlequin, I wanted it. The VIN indicated that it was number 147 of the 200 run of Harlequins.

What other cars did you consider?
None. I have too many VWs as it is, but I always wanted a Harlequin.

What was your objective with this car?
My initial objective was to bring it back to its polychromatic glory, i.e. stock.

What tuning style best describes this car (ex. Euro, bling, OEMplus, street racer, auto crosser)?
OEMplus. After buying the car, I was surprised to see how opinionated people are about Harlequins. Hardcore fanatics don't like to see them modified and others say it's just a Mk3 Golf, so I tried to keep everyone happy.

Who helped you build this car?
Volkswagen Joe and the students at Kaynor

What makes your car special?
It's a Harlequin and it has an interesting story.

What is your favorite part/feature/function?
Aside from the paint, my ice cream truck horn and rear washer squirter.

Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?
Fellow VW nuts, car enthusiasts, and money (or lack there of).

What don't you like about this car?
I wish it had more power and a different (lower) suspension.

What was your biggest obstacle in building this car?
Money… and finding a shop to repaint it back to stock.

How did you overcome the issue?
I had the students at the local technical school paint it.

What would you change if you could?
VR6 swap

On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?
8

What would you do to the car if money were no object?
VR6 turbo or supercharger swap, suspension change, and different rims

Who has been your biggest critic of this project?
Females. I thought that women would love it, but for some reason, most don't. And, it is very hard to drive a rainbow car without a female passenger...

What do your family and friends say about this car?
They love it. But most say that they wouldn't drive it.

What is your most memorable/humorous/embarrassing moment with this car?
I had a state trooper in a Charger pull up next to me on the highway just to check it out. He grinned, gave me a nod, and then left me in the dust. It was pretty funny.

Has this car competed in any events? Results?
I take it to a lot of shows. People like to look at it. I've never won anything with it, but it's funny to hear people's comments. I took it to a Ferrari show once and it drew more attention than some of the show cars.

What is your favorite place to drive this car?
Wherever there are people.

What is your ideal day with this car?
Wash it, meet up with a bunch of friends, hang out, and cruise.

Who gets to drive this car?
Mostly me. Occasionally, my family drives it, but they aren't too fond of its flashiness.

If your car had a motto, what would it be?
I'm not gay, but my car is.

If you had to name your car, what would you name it?
The Clown Car

What was your previous project?
1983 Rabbit Pickup

What is your next project?
1996 Surf Green VR6

What one word best describes your car?
Colorful.

Anything else you’d like to share?
The only thing that is weird about driving this car is that you forget that it's multi-colored. Occasionally, when I'm driving, I can't understand why people are waving, yelling stuff, or beeping their horn.