2001 Volkswagen Golf 2.0 Avantgarde Cabriolet Harlequin Tribute


  • Conspicuous cabriolet in Harlequin colour scheme 
  • Superbly executed finish - stripped and professionally repainted  by "Race Plastics"
  • Recently returned from 2,900-mile charity adventure
  • Electric roof, rare factory windbreak and high specification
  • Recent Cam belt service


And now for something completely different… 

This is a car that you certainly won’t lose in a car park – built as a tribute to the smaller VW Polo Harlequin by a group of car enthusiasts for a trans-European adventure, this Golf 2.0 Cabriolet started life as a rather posh Avantgarde model, before undergoing a colourful transformation to raise funds for charity. 

In September 2022, the Golf ferried a team of intrepid adventurers through seven countries, taking in the Alps, the Nürburgring and finishing off in Prague, before running faultlessly all the way back to Norfolk.

Now home, the multicoloured Golf is ready for a new home, either as a wind-in-the-hair bit of fun for a VW enthusiast, a Harlequins rugby fan or an eye-catching promotional vehicle that recalls the look of the original Polo Harlequin – a car that began life as VW’s annual April Fool, but which backfired when customers started to order them. Pub quiz fact for you right there. 

In the meantime, if you want to get noticed whilst topping up your tan, here’s the car for you.


  • First registered March 2001
  • MOT until June 2023 passed with no advisories
  • Invoice for cambelt kit last summer
  • Original VW book pack and handbook
  • UK V5C
  • Covered 2,900 miles faultlessly for charity event 


  • Upmarket red and black sport seats
  • Mk 4 Golf dash with smart blue backlighting
  • Very clean and smart condition
  • Four electric windows
  • Electric folding roof
  • Trip computer
  • Central locking
  • Blaupunkt CD-stereo
  • Excellent carpets and door cards


  • Modelled on original Harlequin colour scheme
  • Painted professionally by Race Plastics, a motorsport paintwork company
  • No corrosion or body damage – it’s in amazingly good condition for a 22-year-old Golf, with no paint flaws, dents or missing trim
  • All alloy wheels individually painted with contrasting wheel nuts
  • New Toyo Proxes tyres fitted for road trip event
  • Excellent roof
  • Chrome exhaust tips
  • Correctly re-registered as multi-coloured with DVLA
  • Sponsor stickers professionally applied and then removed after charity run 


  • 2.0-litre 8v 
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Starts and drives without fault – as proven by massive road trip
  • Substantial work carried out ahead of the event: new cambelt, water pump, vacuum pipes, brake discs and pads
  • Major service carried out in September 2022


If you want something instantly noticeable to use for events and car shows, to promote your business or to express your colourful personality, then you’ve just found it. A modern classic with great all-round usability and visibility to match. 

But that’s only part of the story, for while the Golf’s vibrant nature is no doubt the major talking point, what’s beneath it is a car that’s mechanically well-sorted, having just had everything it might need, plus one that is incredibly sound structurally as well.

Not a car for shrinking violets at all, but a very bright and cheery way of welcoming in the long-overdue spring…

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2001
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Golf mk 3.5 Cabriolet Avant-garde Harlequin tribute
  • Colour Multi-coloured
  • Odometer 116,223 Miles
  • Engine size 1984
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Dereham
  • Location Norfolk
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
21 bids
  • jo•••• £3,700 29/03/23
  • an•••• £3,600 29/03/23
  • jo•••• £3,500 29/03/23
  • an•••• £3,400 29/03/23
  • jo•••• £3,300 29/03/23
  • an•••• £3,200 29/03/23
  • jo•••• £3,100 29/03/23
  • lo•••• £3,000 29/03/23
  • jo•••• £2,900 29/03/23
  • NI•••• £2,300 28/03/23

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