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Old 01-13-2005, 06:13 AM   #1
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Old 01-13-2005, 06:56 AM   #2
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Nordstadt Golf... the absolute understatement!

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Nordstadt Golf comes up every now and then. AFAIK total production was 9 or 10 of them. Most were 4.5L but at least one was 300hp 4.7L Euro S with 3sp automatic. There was some difficulties in registering them in Germany as they weren't done by certified manufacturer with crash tests etc. Not sure how many still exists but at least one or two have survived. Use Nordstadt and Artz search words to find more from archives.
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Those are some old pictures. An article was done by Road & Track or Car and Driver circa 1980. The 928 engine was shoe-horned into a widened VW Golf (Rabbit in the U.S.) and that was the end result. If memory serves me correctly, it was a 7 second 0 - 60 Golf (or thereabouts) and sub 15 sec. 1/4 mile car. Never heard how many were in the end result.
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Golf in Dave's pictures is not one of the Nordstadt's, body is too new. 5 door Golf didn't exist back then, at least not that bodystyle and all Nordstadts should be 3 doors.
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I'd read that the Nordtadts weren't so mush wide-bodied Golfs, but a 928 chassis stripped and "disguised" with golf-looking panels.
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I'd read that the Nordtadts weren't so mush wide-bodied Golfs, but a 928 chassis stripped and "disguised" with golf-looking panels.
Correct. Except the dorrs, the Nordstadt Golf has no single piece of sheetmetal from a Golf - it was all special made to look like a Golf...

Funny thing: The Nordstadt Golfs were faster than the 928 - because they had a lower drag coefficient. Talk about "looks can be deceiving"...
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I can't help it, but this engine looks like it shrunk. I cannot see how you would fit a 928 engine into the front of a Golf like shown in the pictures. This must be a Photoshop dummy.
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I can't help it, but this engine looks like it shrunk. I cannot see how you would fit a 928 engine into the front of a Golf like shown in the pictures. This must be a Photoshop dummy.
I think you may be spot on with that, the extra metal in the engine bay may be helping the illusion. But then again, there's a reflection on the inside of the hood...but its real indistinct.
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A friend sent me this article today, so I thought I would add it to this thread.

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Ok, that's very clever, but why was it done????
The golf looks so wrong and the 928 was very expensive back then. Waste of money!
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Maybe the body of the 928 was wrecked?
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Old 01-25-2005, 04:24 AM   #15
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There are people out there who do not want to flaut their money. They like something nice and unique, without anybody noticing it right away.

Note that in Germany, many buyers of luxury cars choose the model designation delete option when they order their Mercedes or BMW - it's nobody's business what engine you have under your hood.

This conversion basically takes the idea of understatement to the extreme, and I'm sure that people were quite surprised on the Autbahn, when a Golf flashed them off the passing lane at speeds above 200 km/h. At the time, the fastest Golf (GTI) reached 184 km/h, if I recall correctly...

Oh, and the Golf body not only had a lower drag coefficient than the base 928 - owners could also transport their dogs in the back.
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