Some will say the Volvo 200 series is, by any measure, lackluster. Its only body lines are those that are required, and it’s shape is that of the car we all seemed to draw in kindergarten. Its massive glass headlights are more reminiscent of grandpa’s coke-bottle glasses than anything else. Peering through the windows, it’s those undeniably “unique” headrests perched atop the seats that catch my attention, seemingly every time.
Introduced as a “compact executive car” in 1986, the B3-generation Audi 80 is likely not what comes to mind when terms like “hot hatch” or “sports coupe” are thrown around. Although many variants sported similar 5-cylinder engines like the more famous Audi race cars, only a handful of B3 80s and 90s have made a name for themselves in the world of motorsports, most notably as the “S2” from the B4 platform.
Photography by Mike Crawat
From the Renault Alpina GTE turbo wheels to the massive Hella foglights, there’s something special to be said for this loud and proud pint-sized Volkswagen. Lukas Sentensky’s rally-inspired ’78 MK1 Polo hatchback pulls together a slew of neat and eclectic ’80s parts to make for a tiny car with huge flavor.
Despite its size, Lukas has built a car thats hard to ignore, first and foremost with the vibrant yellow paint: a factory original color.