If you’re into old school cars, no doubt you’re also familiar with the lyrics to You can go your own way, Fleetwood Mac’s hit from their classic album Rumors. And while we can’t say for certain whether Lindsey Buckingham had modded Euros in mind when he penned the song, the message should be taken to heart.
As we’ve mentioned on these pages before, the slippery slope of peer pressure from the Euro scene can often times lead to cookie-cutter cars. And while it may save you some grief (lower it, bigger wheels, more power, different paint!) or gain you 15 minutes of fame, it’s not doing the scene any favors long-term.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be like that. And here to show us are a couple of friends from Rhode Island: Mike Glossi and David Ferreira; both with Corrado 16v turbos.
What’s more, both cars are unique, and exude a quality of their own; offering their own take on the chunky coupe, while neither is what we would consider ‘scene’.
David Ferreira’s owned his Corrado a long time – since the junior year of high school, to be specific. It also happens to be his first car. And like most first cars, it’s seen more than its fair-share of use and abuse.
“It was a daily driver through high school and college. And I worked retail, so it had lots of shopping cart dents and whatnot,” said Dave. “And since it was originally a G60, all the basic stuff that happens to Corrados did… The G-lader blew, the door handles broke…”
Dave went through no fewer than three superchargers on the boosted 8v, which could have put even the most diehard VW fan over the edge. But the final indignity occurred at the hands of an errant Escalade pilot, and it could have spelt the end for the green coupe. “It ran a stop sign and plowed into me,” he explained. “My door, fender and quarter panel were caved in. So the car was parked for about a year while I decided whether to sell or keep it.”
After its years of faithful service, Dave decided the old girl deserved a makeover. After all, he’d lusted after it from a young age and it saw him through to his current IT administrator position. So the car was stripped in preparation for its transformation at the hands of friend and bodyshop man, John Breault.
David Ferreira’s Classic green G60 is distinguished by its RS-style bumper and M3-style sk
Cabin is littered with gauges, two-stage boost controller switch on cruise control lever
The damaged panels were replaced, an SLC hood add, and the shell was re-painted in VW Classic green pearl. “I like green but not the lighter color, so I figured it was a good opportunity to paint the car a shade I actually liked,” Dave laughed.
Knowing the weakness of the G-Lader, a ride in friend George Almeida’s Scirocco 16v turbo had the gears turning. So Dave approached Rui Mauricio at RM Protune, and before long a Mk3 ABA 8v block was stripped and rebuilt with forged internals. This included new pistons to raise the compression after fitting a Mk2 16v head.
The tuner also decided to go with OBD2 fuel management, which was wired in, allowing for trouble-shooting and tuning through the functional OBD port. Even the air conditioning was carried over from the Mk3. “That was my only qualification. I wanted A/C because summer trips are a killer without it!” Dave said.
A fuel pressure problem following a switch to a larger Precision Turbo on Rui’s custom set-up has kept the car from the dyno, but the power is impressive at the current 12psi boost.
“For a small engine, I’m always surprised at how much power and torque this thing has,” Dave enthused.
The final touches included A6 handles, a de-badged rear-end, as well as an RS front bumper, chosen to accommodate the
front-mount intercooler. M3-style side skirts and a rear valance were bought to match, giving the car a lower look without being slammed on its 17x7.5" BBS replicas. Indeed, the H&R Race springs and Koni Sport shocks are highly rated by Dave.
Inside it’s almost OEM, with custom touches like the cruise control stalk being wired to the high/low settings on the boost controller.
It’s a nice package but, as we hear so often, things aren’t quite finished. Different wheels, more interior changes and an engine bay clean-up are on the menu. “When you own a VW, and especially a Corrado, you’re never done modifying it,” Dave proclaimed.