John Vanek's mk2 Jetta GLI

March 10, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

To celebrate #mk2sday I thought I'd share this shoot I did last fall of a gorgeous mk2 Jetta owned by John Vanek.

John picked up this 1987 Jetta GLI for a few hundred dollars since it was literally being used as a dumpster and had no paint on it. I'm not sure what was going through his head at the time but, as we now see, he must have had a plan and has really done an amazing job.

This is not John's first mk2, he has had more than I can remember and certainly knows his way around just about any VW, which came in handy when putting this project together. Along the way he learned how to do some body work with the help of some friends, and had those same friends help with the painting which is done in a beautiful Atlas Grey Metallic.

Under the hood John swapped the stock 1.8l motor for a 2.0l ABA. He didn't stop there, he also added a Neuspeed supercharger that he found along with some other light bolt ons, he then cleaned everything up and painted as much as he could before dropping the new power plant into the engine bay. For the exhaust he added a full stainless Bosal exhaust.

As an overall theme for this Jetta John wanted to keep things as period correct as possible with as many old school rare parts he could find. He added some Kamei hood scoops, Heckblende rear panel, full Recaro interior, Euro hanging console, and lastly, a set of Zender sport wheels straight outta the 80's. Spoiler alert... the car is already undergoing some changes with the acquisition of additional rare and period correct parts, including a new front bumper/grill which is sure to make some people wonder what he was thinking lol.

I met John through the local VW community many years ago and have really respected everything he has done over the years, hopefully the younger generation can learn a thing or two from him and some of the other guys still doing things for the right reasons.

This shoot was pretty interesting since we did it a couple of days before Halloween and swung by an old, and supposedly haunted, cemetary to get some photos.  I will definitely admit it was a bit more spooky than I had hoped for, we got a few shots and got out of there asap.

To see the entire shoot, plus others from a shoot the year before, visit the gallery here:

If there are any photos you like, in this or any of my automotive galleries, you can now order a 16” x 24” canvas gallery wrap straight from me for you to hang on your walls and enjoy, so don't be shy :-)



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