People don’t easily give up on their Volkswagen Jetta Mk4’s (or any car that’s running well, for that matter), but if you don’t mind, and you’re brave enough and technically inclined with plenty of free time to spare, Smyth Performance may grab your attention with its Do-It-Yourself (DIY) “GF3” home roadster kit.
The Massachusetts-based kit-car supplier, which is also working on a pickup truck kit for the same Jetta model, introduced the final design of its Smyth G3F at the New England Dustoff event this month, after many beta testers. The kit turns everything around on the 2000-2004 Jetta, transforming the five-seater, front-engine, front-wheel drive sedan into a two-seater soft-top roadster with a mid-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive.
Smyth Performance prices the kit at $9,900 (about €7,600 at the current exchange rates), and for that you get all the parts, including body panels, front and rear sub-frames made of steel tubing, the top and detailed instructions – yes, you have to be prepared to get deep down and dirty with all sorts of tools to complete the car. It’s definitely not for the faint-of-heart….
Smyth Performance says that if you do it right, the G3F will be a safe car.
“No home built car can come close to the overall safety of a production car these days but we come pretty close with the smyth car,” says the founder and CEO of the company, Mark Smith. “By keeping all the front end bumper steel and the highly collapsible front structure from the jetta, we really have the first kit car since the silly old fiero lambo replicas of old that uses factory crash engineering. They may have been poser cars on the fiero but if they used the factory crash system from the fiero they were actually fairly safe.”
For more information and contact details, you can check out Smyth Performance’s page onFaceBook here. Below you will find a short description of the project from Smith along with photos of a completed G3F Jetta roadster.
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