VW likes to name things in really really german strait forward ways. Examples given: We call the Type 1 the beetle. We call Type 2 the Bus. Then there was a Type 3 and Type 4 which never really made it big, but you see every now and again making all sorts of racket and never usually going very fast. (Stock horse power? 44.)

In my opinion the best looking VW ever, maybe?

The Type 3, Notchback (aka, Coupe?)

But up until about 30 minutes ago, id never seen the above, and, instead, my heart always lay with the wagon version of said small car:

However, even with the Type 4 (think: less good looking versions of the above, but with slightly more modern this and thats), sales werent showing a solid successor to the beetle. So, in 1974, VW turned to its newly acquired Audi division, rebadging the Audi 50 as the VW Polo, the first in a short line of veedub’s – polo, golf, passat – that would help turn this company round.

By May of that year, VW was ready to release its “long range” replacement for the beetle, the Golf MK1. From this model came a number of intersting things; 6 generations for one thing (MK1-6, fyi): a sedan & wagon called ‘Jetta’: a convertible called ‘Cabrio’ or ‘Cabriolet’: and a sportier version called the ‘Golf GTI’ or more simply, the ‘GTI’. During some stages, the golf was rebadged as the Rabbit in North America, a fact which is referenced on later models by an emblem of a rabbit in mid stride, next to the engine badge of the 20th Anniversary Edition Golf (MK4).

Skipping ahead a bit, we come to those ‘Special Edition’ golfs, the 20th & 25th Anniversary Edition Golfs released for the US and EU markets, respectively. Built essentially from those platforms, came the R32, a no holds barred, Audi 3.2 TT folded into a golf. They look like:

25th Anniversary:

20th Anniversary:

R32: