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Xerox, Kleenex, Jacuzzi, Jet Ski, Zamboni. These are all brand names proven to be exceptional in their field, and as result they have become synonymous with any application of a similar product.

Singer, is unquestionably one of the most acclimated outfits when it comes to the art of resto-modification. They brought a level of fit and finish to classic Porsche modification that was previously never seen at the quality and frequency they deliver. Combine that with the fact that most of their commissions involve a nearly complete reimagining of the chassis, and it’s clearly understandable why Singer occupies the pedestal on which they sit.

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When a client of Mike Ngo’s shop Eurowise in Charlotte, North Carolina said he wanted a “Singer style” Mk1 Volkswagen Scirocco build, his intent couldn’t be clearer.

This build would be one where Mike and crew would be expected to go above and beyond anything they’d delivered before. No expense would be spared or detail left unaddressed in transforming this somewhat under-represented Volkswagen chassis.

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Outwardly, the car looks remarkably simple, the same of which could be said of many of Singer’s own cars from an at-first-blush sort of look. Of course, the fresh paint is concealing an considerable amount of care and attention to detail.

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The Scirocco rolled into the Eurowise shop straight from a Bring A Trailer auction. It was three quarters of the way through a complete restoration then, but it didn’t stay that way for long. “Thankfully, the previous work wasn’t too bad,” Mike said, before describing how most of it was undone within a few days’ worth of disassembly and media blasting.

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Regardless of the quality of the work that existed previously, Mike didn’t want to hang the foundation of this build on the sweat of another shop.

Before reassembly, the car received a full color change to Porsche’s Mars Red. The luscious red was the only color the owner would even entertain for the car; it’s a fitting hue and the rich scarlet does a great job accentuating the Mk1’s ‘rad era’ lines.

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Helping the cause is a complete Zender styling kit featuring a new grille in addition to bumpers and side skirts. Rather expectedly, the grille is color-matched instead of being finished in contrasting black, just the way Zender would have done it if this were their catalog car.

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Refinished brightwork run around the car, and those polished door handles came from a Porsche 944. The VAG parts bin has so much greatness within.

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What would a Singer Porsche-inspired Volkswagen build be without a suitable powerplant? Among other things (like a bagged, turbo LS1-powered Mercedes-Benz), Mike and Eurowise are known for their prowess swapping VAG motors from one chassis to another. Mike, still a licensed Volkswagen tech, originally released his own all-encompassing, bolt-in VR6 conversion over eight years ago.

Swapping motors into these cars in a serviceable manner is largely where he’s built his reputation, and a part of the industry in which Eurowise still innovates.

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The frequency in which the Eurowise name came up in discussion is how this car showed up at Mike’s door in the first place.

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A Eurowise VR6 package plants a Porsche Cayenne-sourced 3.2L under the hood. As a ‘Stage 2′, the install includes a Eurowise shortened steel oil pain, down-pipe and custom exhaust. The clutch has also been converted to operate via cable to maintain a more analog feel.

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The beauty of the in-house components speak for themselves within a tidy tucked and shaved engine bay.

Fine Leather
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Appropriately resto-modding an interior is very tricky business. Embed too many upgrades and you’ll disrupt the the cockpit, practically and visually.

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Restraint was used from dash to deck lid inside this car, starting with the two-tone custom gauge cluster.

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Below the dash are OMP aluminum pedals, and affixed to an authentic Porsche square knit carpet are Porsche-style foot rest panels. The aluminum lettering on the branded door sills match the rest of the brushed elements within the interior.

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This includes the three-spoke Momo Prototipo steering wheel.

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Brown leather is used on nearly every surface, including the 4-point roll cage.

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Rear seats are a point of discussion in cars with cages, but, in a build like this one, I’m not sure omitting them in favor of delete panels would have been the right move. The upholstery work is just so well done that stopping it at the B-pillar would have been almost disrespectful.

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Also, in the world of drivability, seats do help eliminate the rather tinny tones that come from gutted cars. The aural experience in an ’80s automobile is important, but a buzz box experience in a car where no other half measures have been taken simply wouldn’t be fitting.

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RS door pulls are a final interior nod to the designers over at Porsche.

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In the hatch there isn’t an air suspension setup, subwoofer or fuel cell. What you’re looking at is a completely bespoke Eurowise electric air conditioning system.

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AC components are ugly (and quite frankly quite large), but so are sweat stains. So, the air conditioning system in this car – which is very similar to the kind used in mobile homes – was only allowed to exist within the confines of the spare tire compartment. Similarly hidden is a modern Alpine Bluetooth audio system.

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Wheel-wise, would you really have expected anything other than BBS RSs to sit under a classically-styled Volkswagen of this nature?

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There’s no aggressive stretch, poke or camber here, just an appropriately-specced set of 15-inch wheels that sit within the fenders thanks to ST Suspensions coilovers.

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H&R has provided upgraded sway bars and Prothane polyurethane bushes were installed while the car was blown apart. Finally, Wilwoods up front and late-model OEM Volkswagen discs in the rear bring the brake system up to date.

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“We delivered this car to the highest quality we could based on the owner’s vision and budget,” Mike remarks. In terms of a Porsche-inspired Scirocco, I don’t know if a more well rounded example exists. As an exercise in updating and refining the Scirocco without disturbing its charm, this car excels.

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When I asked Mike if he’s done any more vehicles of this ilk, he replied that recently most of his shop time has been spent designing, testing and installing overland parts for Porsche Cayennes.

Could we see a ACS-style Cayenne in Eurowise’s future? One can only hope.

Dave Thomas
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Photos by Keiron Berndt
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Mk1 VW Scirocco Custom Wheels

Meister Werks has an special way to convert a OEM wheel into a 3 piece custom wheel. These VW Scirocco wheels have been machined to accept BBS Motorsport racing lips. We machine these wheels from a 13″ and upsize them to a 15″ using this technique. We can  bolt directly on to this pattern 15″,16″ and 17″ lips and barrels.

After we converted these 3 piece VW wheels, we powder coated them with a base coat of gold and a top coat of candy lollypop red. Masking the flanges and back side was necessary since we have to seal the back barrel with silicone. The front side uses a gasket also made by BBS. Since these are both flat lip and barrels, there is no way to mount the tires. The wheel must be assembled inside the tires. On 16″ and 17″ BBS Motorsport lips, this is not a problem since they are not flat lips. The 16″ & 17″ barrels have a drop that allows the tire mount with a regular tire machine and does not require a gasket.

Pricing to convert these VW wheels to a 3 piece wheel starts at $3000 and goes up, depending on machining times, materials and hardware.

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Volkswagen Scirocco - sporty compact hatchback, introduced in 1974 to replace Volkswagen Karmann Ghia model. The car was produce from 1974 to 1992. Since the model has been very successful and helped strengthen Volkswagen's reputation, it was decided to release the third generation in August 2008. Available engines: Volkswagen TSI 120 hp (89 kW), 158 hp (118 kW), 200 hp (150 kW), 200 hp 2.0T FSI (currently featured in Golf GTI, Jetta and Passat) and 2 diesel engines TDI 2.0 138 hp (103 kW) and 168 hp (125 kW) (currently being installed in the Tiguan).

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How a $7,000 car became a ‘Million Dollar' Volkswagen Scirocco

Splashed in a rainbow motif and wild graphics, there’s no surprise why this hand-painted hatchback has people talking.

Jason Whipple’s 1980 Volkswagen Scirocco S is an instant head turner. Splashed in a rainbow motif, blurred lettering and wild graphics, there’s no surprise why the hand-painted hatchback has people buzzing in and outside the automotive community. Blurring the lines between race car and art car, the sporty coupe beckons viewers to stop and stare a bit longer.

Whipple has devoted nearly a decade to retrofitting his weekend beater into a decked out circuit racer. What began as a simple side hustle for the Volkswagen enthusiast snowballed into a complex rebuild as his laundry list of desired modifications grew longer and more ambitious.

“I took a perfectly good car, pulled it apart and changed everything about it,” says Whipple, co-founder of the California-based wheel company Rotiform Wheels. “I call it the ‘Million Dollar Scirocco’ because it seemed, at the time, I was spending a million dollars on it.”

His alterations include a hand-built motor, transmission swap, custom wheels and a new engine management system. The car’s 2.0-liter naturally aspirated 8-valve engine can reach 200 horsepower. “Everything under the hood is 100% custom,” Whipple says. 1

Whipple has been a Volkswagen enthusiast since he was a teenager. The first car he purchased on his own was a 1986 Jetta GLI 8v. Now in his forties, he’s expanded his collection to include a Volkswagen Golf R in the new Spektrum Irish Green color and three Sciroccos.

“They are the quintessential, affordable sports car. They are right and nimble and, because of that, move with grace and balance. It’s hard to find that in a modern car today,” Whipple explains. “It’s the joy of simplicity when I drive it.”

More than 500,000 of the Mark 1 Scirocco were sold between 1974 and 1981, although the car was not as popular in the United States as it was in Europe. Designed by legendary automotive designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Scirocco was more a style statement and sharp handler for its price than a top-speed machine. The vehicle’s sharp lines, low roofline, wide rear fenders and angular windows have kept their impact over time; today, an intact Mk1 Scirocco is a true collector’s car.

“It’s a fantastic little car and I’m shocked at how many people don’t know what it is,” Whipple says.

Last fall, Whipple crossed paths with fellow Volkswagen head and British graphic artist Nicolai Sclater. Connected through the automotive business Race Service, he originally wanted to team up with Sclater on a skateboard deck design. However, when Sclater heard about Whipple’s souped-up Scirocco, the project went in a different direction.

“My instant reaction was obviously ‘I want to paint that car,’” says Sclater. “It reminds me of the height of my glory years. You know, that really good rebellious period of life.”

Whipple granted Sclater free reign of the design of the then all-white vehicle and gave him several weeks to hand-paint it. “I was both terrified and thrilled at the same time,” says Jason.

Sclater incorporated some progressive ideas into his design, including phrases like ‘the future is our fault’ and ‘things won’t change until we do.’

“It stemmed from two different ideas. The first was the blurry lettering. I was getting frustrated at how insignificant art is becoming on Instagram and that’s generally where most people are obtaining their art on a daily basis. They are not looking at books or going to museums,” says Sclater. “I wanted to do a little of a practical joke with the audience, so they had to pause and actually engage with the picture.”

The second part was a call-to-action for onlookers to take stock of their actions and be more considerate of people and the environment. “It’s all about working together rather than approaching the world as one massive competition,” says Sclater.

He believes the Scirocco was the perfect vehicle for this directive. “I think a message like this needs to be carried out in a light-hearted way,” Sclater explains.

The crew unveiled the coupe in November at the 2018 SEMA Auto Show in Las Vegas. Buzz traveled quickly, much like the strong hurricane wind which the car is named for, and the car has since appeared on the cover of Performance VW Magazine and several automotive enthusiast events. And, while not everybody may have understood it’s messaging or what a rainbow motif was doing on a race car, it certainly captured people’s attention and got them talking.

“It certainly sparks conversation,” says Whipple. “I have no regrets.”

His next project: a ‘2 Million Dollar’ Scirocco. Already painted the traditional Volkswagen Mars Red, Whipple plans to build a second colorful Scirocco to cart his two young children to and from school.


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