WHY IT’S RAD!
The Mk3 Golf Harlequin is arguably better known, but the Euro-market-only Mk3 Polo was actually the first production VW to wear rainbow bodywork right from the factory. One of just 3,100 made and estimated to be one of only 3-4 in North America, this Polo Harlekin is a rare and interesting piece of Volkswagen history, and retains its unique OEM multicolor "Joker" interior, complemented by a nice selection of period correct aftermarket accessories like Borbet wheels and Hella Magic Color lenses.
According to the original importer, Open Air Imports, who specialize in importing/exporting rare and unique Euro vehicles to/from the US, this example is believed to be the very first permanently imported Polo Harlekin; this is the German spelling, as the car was sold in Europe. Offered with a clean Florida title, the car was previously in Belgium, and mileage is given as 179k kilometers, or about 111k miles. As with the Mk3 Golf Harlequin, all Polo Harlekins began as solid-colored cars in one of four base hues - Pistachio Green, Ginsberg Yellow, Chagall Blue, and Flash (or Tornado, in the case of the Golf) Red. Note this one's Pistachio Green roof, C pillars and rockers, which identify its original base color.
Cosmetics are said to be quite good overall, though the seller admits that the car would benefit from a polish and seal to rectify some light swirling, further noting no paint fade. Additionally, the doors have light dents visable from certain angles, and the seller recommends some PDR work. Rust is reportedly limited to a small bubble on a lower corner of the front passenger door, and another spot on the driver's floor.
We really dig the way the car looks lowered over 16 x 7.5" Borbet Procast wheels, which were recently mounted with new 165/45 Achilles ATR-K tires. Other mods follow the same period-perfect vibe, including NOS Hella Magic Color corner and taillights as well as a stubby antenna.
Inside, the car retains its factory "Joker" upholstery and Harlekin branded shift knob, and though now fitted with a Renown steering wheel, the original, Harlekin-specific blue rimmed airbag wheel is included separately. Audio upgrades include an Alpine digital media head unit working with Sound Ordinance components.
The car is said to run and drive great, with no known issues. Lowering is achieved with Solowerks coilovers, and recent work reportedly included fitment of new topmounts and bushings. Sale includes a stack of maintenance and TUV records as well as all factory accessories.
NOS Hella Magic Color corner and taillight lenses
Borbet Procast wheels
Renown steering wheel
Alpine digital media head unit
Sound Ordinance audio components
Optima "redtop" battery
1.0 liter 4cyl
Borbet Procast wheels
Factory "Joker" interior
Newer suspension mounts and bushings
Runs and drives without issue