Brian Buckley | Jetta VR6


A few miles north of Boston, in the sleepy city of of Somerville, Massachusetts, you’ll find this incredible 1991 Jetta. Exchanging a Mk1 Rabbit back in January 2010, Brian received the Jetta with the modest 1.8 8v powerplant. However, it suffered a catastrophic diff failure – on Harvard Avenue, in Allston, luckily before departing on the lengthy journey to New England.  The heart of this wonderfully subtle car was then replaced with the much loved 12v VR6. Originally fitted by DTM Autowerks, and after the past winter having the bay shaved, lifting the bonnet is an act of pure, petrol-head pleasure.


DTM Autowerks also had the pleasure of festooning the rare 80s wonder with a full bare metal respray in the ever classy Tornado Red, giving this car the new lease of life it longed for. Having covered over 250k miles on this chassis, both in daily use and on lengthy road trips, Brian says none of this will be stopping any time soon, and he plans to use this car for a long time yet!



The body has been cleaned up with the addition of the classic small bumpers, along with shaved marker lights, trim & body plastics; the lines of this Jetta simply flow perfectly. The whole look of this car is flawless and definitely easy on the eye.




With a static drop using No-Name coilovers, the Jetta’s stance sat on white 15″ Prime Tri Spokes with 25mm Spacers, is pretty close to perfect.  With the interior being completely original, it showcases the pure class that Volkswagen put into building these stunning cars.


We’re huge fans of Brian’s little Coupe at WCS. The simplicity of the build ensure that the Jetta is still kept a classic, but at the same time you definitely would not miss it coming towards you. Just goes to show that you don’t need to throw obscene amounts at cars to get them looking stunning. Keep up the good work Brian, we love it!

Photography by Sadie Fortin

Words by Hayley Brzezinski