And here I thought we in the United States hosted the only folks interested in drastically shortening a vehicle to comical proportions! Apparently I was wrong, and I appreciate Barn Finds reader Arno D. for sending in this great find! The car started out life as a 1980 first generation VW Golf (Rabbit in the US). It’s listed for sale here on Leboncoin.fr for a hefty 7,000 Euro ($7,385,35 today) and is located in Lille, France, which at least one online magazine thinks is France’s most under-rated city.
Ok, some interesting points at first examination: 1) It looks like the rear doors were used from a four door for the conversion, and if my understanding of the ad is correct that’s right. 2) I have no idea why the police car color scheme was chosen. 3) While the aluminum wheels are pretty cool looking, it seems that the larger wheels and tires were used on the rear, which really doesn’t make sense for a front wheel drive car, does it? While the tiny “roll bar” may look cute, I don’t think it’s going to help much in a roll over. I guess the “Speedster” plate makes sense, although I’d rather have the Porsche version!
You can see the absolute ludicrousness of this car from this shot. From the extremely short windshield complete with exposed glass edge to the total lack of bumpers and anything else that would make sense, this car is an exercise in comic relief! But perhaps that’s what you are looking for? Or maybe I just don’t get the sense of humor required for shorties? Let us know what you think, and where this ranks on the shorty hierarchy list for you!