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The 1996 Golf Harlequin is one of the most limited production cars VW has ever produced.  This page is dedicated to the owners of these special cars, and to trying to pinpoint exactly how many of these cars were produced (presumed to be 264), and to share information about various Harlequins out there.

Submit your Harlequin Here!

If you own a harlequin, or know somebody who does, please email me, or submit it above, and I'll post the information about it on this page.


Here's what I've gathered on how many Harlequins were produced
I'm working on a Harlequin FAQ, so if you have a question you would like to see answered, please email me!
Page Updated 8/14/2014 (Always Still More to Come)
Check out the Harlequin Picture Page, a heap of pictures
 I've gathered from various sources over the years, more to come...

Check out this Ad that was printed in VW Driver Magazine, back in Feb, 1996!
Also, a Video Walk-Around of a new Harlequin back in 1996 (15MB)
(Thanks to Carl Fiorelli for those)

NEW! January, 2012: Found photos from the 1996 Chicago Auto Show on the official Chicago Auto Show website, in their history section.  I've been trying to find something like this for almost 15 years!  Check it out, from February, 1996:



(12/2012): Here are some factory workers posing in the Polo Harlequin Production line from late 1995 in Spain (found in a VW Factory Video):



116 Harlequins Accounted for! (8/2014)


Owner: José Rincón Ham, Toulca City, Mexico
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Steering Wheel Style: Older
Production Date: Unknown
VIN: 3VWFA81H8TM062013, likely the 1st Harlequin
Comments: Jose lives in Toluca City, Mexico, and purchased this Harlequin brand new from a VW Agency in Lerma, Mexico.  From everything I've gathered, this may have been one of the first four Harlequins ever produced, which was probably used to demonstrate the model to VW Executives, and left in Mexico.  It does not have the silver gauge faces as later Harlequins do.  Click the image at the left for more photos.


Owner: Emily Benkert, San Francisco, CA
Owner (3/13): Matthew Ebert, Gerlach, NV
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Steering Wheel Style: Older
Production Date:Unknown
VIN: 3VWFA81HXTM062014, one of the first 4 for the US
Comments: Emily purchased this Harlequin in 1998 with 16K Miles on it.  She submitted this Harlequin on 8/8/2006 and it has an earlier production VIN than any Harlequin previously submitted, and may be one of the first four ever proudced.
Update 3/2013: This was a free car that I just got this week from a friend in San Francisco. It has a few dings, needs a CV joint, and needs a rear hatch latch replaced, but runs well. I plan to find parts to get it as straight as possible.


Owner: Kevin Broyles, Manito, Illinois
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Steering Wheel Style: Older
Production Date: 12/95
VIN: 3VWFA81H3TM064154, one of the first 4 for the US
Comments: Submitted to the registry August, 2011


Owner: Stephane Rodrigue, Thetford Mines, Quebec
Base color: Ginster Yellow
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Steering Wheel Style: Older
Production Date: 12/95
VIN: 3VWFA81H5TM064155, one of the first 4 for Canada
Comments: This Halrequin has 15" TSW wheels, and as of 6/11/03 and the information gathered thus far on this website, it is of the first Harlequins ever produced.  This Harlequin was lost in an accident.


Owner: Scott Guptill, Loma Linda, CA
Owner Update: Patrick & Melissa Gronau, Bel Aire, KS
Owner Update: Frederick White, Papillion, NE
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Steering Wheel Style: Older
Production Date: 12/95
VIN: 3VWFA81H0TM064158, one of the first 4 for Canada
Comments: From what information I've gathered, this is one of the earliest Harleqins to be produced (as mentioned on the how many page).  Click the image at the left to view the VW Design decal affixed to the rear of this harlequin, as well as some current pics.  This Harlequin was first registered in Ontario, Canada.  Update: Now has
16inch color matched konig remember wheels. Upper Glove box, Euro console with fischer CD holder, Momo Benneton steering wheel and shift knob, many more modifications to come.


Owner: Mark Walter, Boswell, PA
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Steering Wheel Style: Older
Production Date: 3/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H8TM092676, # 6 of first US 20 run
Comments: Mark bought his Harlequin brand new from Sendell Motors in Greensburg, PA back in 1996!


Owner: Craig Seabrook, Novelty, OH
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Steering Wheel Style: Older
Production Date: 3/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H1TM092678, # 8 of first US 20 run
Comments: Factory cruse control, factory fog lights, GTI leather wrapped steering wheel.  Also has MIM by Speedline alloys & low profile tires.  Pictured is Craig's Family: Nancy, Craig, Julie, and Todd, wearing appropriately colored T-shirts I might add!  Craig's Harlequin also posses the VW Design Logo seen on the how many page.


Owner: Shenafa Kenney
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: Unknown
Steering Wheel Style: Older
Production Date: 3/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H3TM092679, # 9 of first US 20 run
Comments: Purchased right off the boat in Houston, Texas with 21 miles.  Car now has 146K miles.


Owner: Ron Mann, Hershey, PA
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Older
Production Date: 3/96
VIN: 3VWFA81HXTM092680, # 10 of first US 20 run
Comments: Ron's Harlequin used to be the parts delivery car for York VW.  He used to be the president and event coordinator for the Harrisburg area VW owner's club.


Owner: MJS Motors, LLC, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Older
Production Date: 3/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H7TM092684, # 14 of first US 20 run
Comments: Found on eBay in June, 2005. 



Owner: Brian Miley, Somerville, MA
Owner Update (10/2012): Eric Englot, Wood Ridge, NJ
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Steering Wheel Style: Older
Production Date: 3/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H6TM092689, # 19 of first US 20 run
Comments: Found for sale on the Internet at empire automotive group in Manchester, NH, April 2004.  Sold to Jeremy Keaton, Manchester, NH and currently owned by Brian who has swapped to a 2.8L 12V VR6, Koni/H&R Race Suspension, Euro Bumpers and Headlights.  Gallery of pics here.


Owner: Ross Cupples, (RossVW.com!)
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Steering Wheel Style: Older
Production Date: 3/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H2TM092690, # 20 of first US 20 run
Comments: My First Harlequin!  GTi headlights, 2-bar grill, Borbet C-style alloys, factory fogs, 2001 Cabrio 3-spoke wheel, multi-colored lugs & dials, newer factory stereo w/ 6-disc changer.  Click image for more pictures!


Owner: Helen, Indiana
Owner Update: Jayson Deerwester, Florida
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Steering Wheel Style: Older
Production Date: 3/96
VIN: 3VWFA81HXTM092775, Unknown run
Comments: Helen: "Bought new in Wisconsin. Changed owners within the family and moved to Indiana in 1999.  Overall good condition - little rust on rear door below window. Driver's seat seam split."
Jayson: "
I now own this vehicle by the way. It is undergoing a full restoration. Attached is a before picture. Current state is in florida, as far as I know I am the only Harlequin owner in florida. The other guy that owned one sold his to someone up north!"


Owner: Michael Gordon, Glenview, IL
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Older
Production Date: 4/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H2TM101422, unknown run
Comments: This Harlequin has Cruise control, factory 6 disc changer, and Techtonics Exhaust.  Just rolled over 120,000 miles because Mike believes cars should be driven!!  I'm still researching where this Harlequin fits into the production scheme, but that's what this site is all about!


Owner: Patrico, Mexico
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Older
Production Date: 4/96
VIN: 3VWFA81HMTM102504, unknown run
Comments: This Harlequin was Submitted May, 2014 with little other information.


Owner: Alberto Marquina Vargas, Mexico, D.F.
Base color: Yellow
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Older
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VW1931MHTM102631, unknown run
Comments: Harlequin with unknown run, Mexican VIN, located in Mexico.  16" Varstoen Wheels, Green Taillights, and 2" drop with coilovers.


Owner: Vehicle was for sale, Canada.
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Older
Production Date: 4/96
VIN: 3VWFL81H5TM104647, # 9 of first Canada 20 run
Comments: This harlequin was for sale in Canada, potential for US import exists.  Click for sale link above to contact seller.  Currently investigating this Harlequin's placement in the production scheme, it is the first Harlequin seen with older style steering wheel, but newer style glove box.  It is the first submission I've received that was made in April, 1996.


Owner: Unknown, sold by Jim Ellis VW
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81HXTM113320, # 2 of 200 run
Comments: This pic was taken by Craig Seabrook of a Harlequin Monroni Label at Jim Ellis VW back in '96.  I enlarged it to get the VIN & info from the label.  Click the photo to see pictures of the car in 2012!


Owner: Ross Cupples, (RossVW.com!)
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H5TM113323, # 5 of 200 run
Comments: I purchased this (my third Harlequin) in October, 2004.  The car originally came from Jim Ellis VW back in '96 (and still has the Jim Ellis VW special edition decals on both rear quarters).  The car ended up in Connecticut and subsequently in New Hampshire where I purchased it from Chris at Force5 Automotive in Concord, NH.


Owner: Bill Waller, Battle Ground, IN
Base color: Ginster Yellow
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H9TM113325, # 7 of 200 run
Comments: Originally Found on eBay, This Harlequin was purchased by Gaston in August, 2005.  It only had 38K original miles on it at the time of his purchase.  Bill bought this car from Gaston Rasso in June of 06 with 40K miles on it, she now has 55K miles on her and is planned for for a manual transmission and ABF 16V engine swap.  Also has ATS Cup wheels (15x7 front and 15x8 rear), VMaxx coilovers, French fog lights, euro turnsignals, euro radiator support and rebar, e-code GTI headlights w/ custom French yellow highbeams, and a Momo Benetton steering wheel. Click for more pics.


Owner: Jim Roseland, Livonia Michigan
Owner Update (5/12): Ken Berman, Farmington Hills, MI
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 5/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H0TM113326, # 8 of 200 run
Comments: Jim wrote me a great email introducing his Harlequin to the site.  He flew to Jim Ellis VW in Atlanta back in '97 to procure his Harlequin.  As of his email, April, 2004, his car only has about 8,000 miles!
This car has changed hands as of May, 2012 to Ken Berman.


Owner: Ariel Guzman, Souderton, PA
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 5/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H0TM113327, # 9 of 200 run
Comments: After years of searching and trying to find one, i just purchased this Harlequin 8/10/12 from Watkinsville, GA. It was purchased from a very friendly couple Michael and Stacey Casuccio. The car is virtually rust free. It is in good shape considering it made the 780 mile trip from GA back to PA with no problems at all. Plans are to keep it clean and OEM. Click the photo for more pics!


Owner: Hannah Shammaa, Hagerstown, MD
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H0TM113329, # 11 of 200 run
Comments: Purchased golf in October 1996 from a vw dealership in Roanoke VA 24019. Golf is in excellent condition less than 9,000 miles on it.


Owner: Anderson Nissan, Charles Franklin, Asheville, NC
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission:  Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date:6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H4TM113331, # 13 of 200 run
Comments: I've heard the rumor that many Harlequins sat around and were then painted a single color, or that some left the factory just one color and have finally found evidence that this is true.  I found this Harlequin while searching for 1996 Golfs on the internet (1/14/04).  The VIN fits in the Harlequin range, and Golfs were never available in the USA completely painted in Pistachio green.  Somebody probably repainted this harlequin completely in it's base color, or it was a car destined to be a harlequin that never had the panels swapped with other cars.  See also # 82 of 200 below.


Owner: Jacob Ganshirt, Fort Mitchell KY
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H6TM113332, # 14 of 200 run
Comments: Jo O'Connell bought this car from a Honda dealership in St. Charles, Mo. that got the car from Jim Ellis VW. She is an artist and teacher living in Los Angeles, CA.  UPDATE: 10/2006 The car is now owned by Jacob in KY.  "I started my search at the very beginning of 2006 for this car. I specifically wanted a chagall blue based car. I searched high and low and started to give up on the search until I ran across this car in Arizona. After 3 weeks of talks with the previous owner and 11 months later she was on a trailer and headed my way where she currently resides. Much in store for this car."




 

Owner (7/13): Anthony Morgese, Milwaukee, WI
Prior Owner:
Randi Wargo, Palatine, IL
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H3TM113336, # 18 of 200 run
Comments: Anthony: "198K miles, and still going. His plans are to restore it with a new motor and post it on his website. He owns "Lower Standards" custom car restoring company." Randi: "Saw this car in 2006 at a used car dealer off of Rand Rd. and knew that the car was made for me."


Owner (Nov, 2010): Daniel Ceola
Owner:
Bobby Chung
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 5/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H5TM113337, # 19 of 200 run
Comments: "The harlequin was originally purchased from Jim Ellis VW in Atlanta by Bobby Chung. In I think 02 or 03, he sold it to a woman in Philadelphia (Anne, I forget her last name right off). I purchased it from her in mid 2010. Bobby bought his Harlequin from Jim Ellis VW as a demo.  Bobby also knows of a Harlequin that was purchased and painted over!  What a shame.


Owner: Automotive Elite-Chico Volkswagen
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer (I assume)
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H9TM113339, # 21 of 200 run
Comments: This car was formally 1 of 3 owned by a graphics firm in San Jose, CA.  A fellow harlequin owner in CA gave me this info three years ago.  The car is now owned by Chico VW who uses the car as a runaround.



Owner: Roger Bruns, Formerly, Lakes VW Audi, Gilford, NH
Owner (1/13): Mike Frechette, Roxboro, NC
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H5TM113340, # 22 of 200 run
Comments: This Harlequin was owned since new by Lakes Region VW Audi, a local VW dealer (This is the Harlequin that got me interested in Harlequins back when I was in high school!).  It was sold some time back to a very nice gentleman named Roger Bruns.  I'm sure Roger enjoys it, as I see it around town quite a bit!

Update:
Mike bought Harlequin #22 in 9/12 off of ebay. "It was listed from a dealership in NH and I had it transported to Roxboro, NC It had major rust issues so I am currently doing a full rotisserie restoration on it. Plans are to completely remove all rust and respray in a base/clear coat. I am also doing a fwd oem R32 swap. On the outside it will look stock but will have a fresh R32 motor under the hood. Here are a couple of pics. One is when I first got it and the other is of its current state." Click here for more pics of this amazing undertaking.


Owner: Danny Rice, Louisville, KY
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H5TM113343, # 25 of 200 run
Comments: Danny found this car in Knoxville, TN in December 2009 on Craigslist.  It was purchased from a guy who bought it from the original owner just 2 weeks prior (becuase she was going to enter it in a demolition derby!) so Danny is basically the second owner.  He has quite a few plans for the car and looks forward to owning it for a long time to come.


Owner: Mike Mentone, St. Paul, MN
Owner Update: Danils Automotives, Minneapolis
Owner Update: Natali Bravo, NY, NY
Owner Update: Camile Dasil, Herndon, VA
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H5TM113344, # 26 of 200 run
Comments: Submitted to the registry 3/20/2007.



Owner (3/2010): Chris Shimonkevitz, Fullerton, CA
Owner:
Found on eBay, November 2004
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date:6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H6TM113346, # 28 of 200 run
Comments: "3/2010: I just found and purchased that car. I found it in Oklahoma at some used car lot. They used it to bring attention to the dealer and everyone though the rainbow car was "cute". I'm in California so will be getting it in the next week or two, but will get you all my info and recent pics to update the registry. I always check out your site having always wanted a Harlequin, I'm glad I'm now a owner." Originally found on eBay in November, 2004. 


Owner: Anza Graphics, San Jose, CA
Owner Update: Ruiz Verduzco Family, Concord, CA
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer (I assume)
Production Date:6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81HXTM113348, # 30 of 200 run
Comments: This car was 1 of 3 owned by a graphics firm in San Jose, CA.  A fellow harlequin owner in CA gave me this info years ago to get the page started.  In June, 2012, this car was found on craigslist needing a transmission.  It had been completely repainted black, but the jambs and interior still show the Harlequin past. Click the image for more photos.


Owner: Ross Cupples (RossVW.com, formerly Rev. Phil Smith, PA)
Base color: Ginster Yellow
Transmission:  Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date:6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81HXTM113351, # 33 of 200 run
Comments: Rev. Smith purchased his harlequin new from H.A.Boyd VW in Lebanon, PA.  His car has alloy wheels, and a multi colored 'Harlequin' decal on the windshield. He is pictured holding the windshield sticker from the car.  He traded the car back to Boyd's in December 2003 and I purchased it shortly thereafter (My second Harlequin!)


Owner: Ruby Reagan, Childersburg, AL
Base color: Ginster Yellow
Transmission:  Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date:6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H1TM113352, # 34 of 200 run
Comments: No Comment


Owner: Cheryl and Irwin Ennis, Coral Gables, FL
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission:  Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date:6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H1TM113354, # 36 of 200 run
Comments: "Purchased new by Robert and Lois Wolsch in 1996, in Southbury, CT."




 

Owner: Bert Menco, Evanston, IL
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H9TM113356, # 38 of 200 run
Comments: Bert refers to his Harlequin as his Bauhaus car, it has alloy wheels, and he provided one of the letters on my 'how many' page.




 

Owner: Tarah Scherr, Dublin Georgia
Owner (1/13): Evan Maddox, Ocala, FL
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H4TM113359 # 41 of 200 run
Comments: Modifications: GLX rear-disc/5-lug conversion, euro hatch, euro front/rear bumpers, euro VR6 chin spoiler, GTi headlights, Hella Blue tails, Mountney wheel/shift knob, Raceland coilovers, H&R spacers; Grille will be repainted Pistachio, as well as the hatch being repainted Ginster, to fix the inconsistency in VW's pattern (when compared to the blue and yellow base cars)

Bought the car from Tarah Scherr back in December 2012, after a 10-year clown hunt. Patience paid off, as I now have a virtually rust-free Harlequin in my favorite color scheme. It has it's issues, but they will be worked out here shortly, as well as the car receiving a fresh respray. Once that's done, it'll be on the road and taken everywhere I go. With 195k on the clock, it still runs like a champ.


Owner: Jackie Maher
Owner Update: Nandita Ragbir, South Florida
Owner Update ('09): Gary Martin, Panama City, FL
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H0TM113360, # 42 of 200 run
Comments: "Jackie left it at my uncle's transmission shop for 3 years here in South Florida and I bought it for the price of the tranny to go to college. I am very attached to it as it was my first car and I originally wanted to save it for my car collection. The car has excellent interior (not even one hole!). I installed a brand new AC, transmission and exhaust systems."  Gary has owned the car since 2009, purchasing it from Nandita and taking good care of the car ever since.


Owner: Kyle Wam
Base color: Green
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81HXTM113361, # 43 of 200 run
Comments:
 I was just playing around on Rossvw and some reason read the guest book section and found this car was for sale.  I emailed the seller just to see what he wanted for it and was socked at the price.  I asked him if he would hold it for me for a couple days so I could drive from WI to NY.  he said ok and 3 days later I owned the car.

Modifications: VR swapped, air ride suspension, all european body panels, Borbet Type A wheels, Vento front end.


Owner: Auburn Motor Sales
Base color: Ginster Yellow
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H4TM113362, # 44 of 200 run
Comments: This was (1/14/04) for sale by Auburn VW in Auburn, ME.  Once upon a time it was owned by a Pepsi executive and traded to Auburn VW twice.  Found a post on VWVortex.com, and then found the car on Autotrader.com.


Owner: Jennifer Haney, Roebuck, SC
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H6TM113363, # 45 of 200 run
Comments:  None


Owner: Vetmade Industries, Donated, Orange, CA
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H3TM113364, # 52 of 200 run
Comments:  Vehicle was Donated to organization Vetmade Industries.  We have it listed for sale on Ebay Motors. Not sure of the Production Month. This Harlequin was re-painted all solid Pistachio Green at some point in its life.  Car was sold on eBay for just over $800.


Owner: Linda Jobe
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer (I assume)
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81HXTM113369, # 51 of 200 run
Comments:  Information received August, 2011 on this one, 39,000 original miles.


Owner: Randal Davis, San Francisco, CA
Base color: Ginster Yellow
Transmission: Unknown
Steering Wheel Style: Newer (I assume)
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H3TM113370, # 52 of 200 run
Comments:  "
I have a harlequin that i purchased from a friend of mine in san jose, ca. i think the main color is yellow and i am not sure where to find the month and year of production. My friend had it for about 8 or ten years before selling it to me . it is in really good condition with only  a small scrape on the front bumper"


Owner: Anza Graphics, San Jose, CA
Owner Update: Bryce Andersen, Fresno, CA
Base color: Ginster Yellow
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer (I assume)
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H5TM113371, # 53 of 200 run
Comments: This car is/was 1 of 3 owned by a graphics firm in San Jose, CA.  A fellow harlequin owner in CA gave me this info three years ago.  Update 9/2008, found at a Pick'nPull junkyard in Monterey, and purchased by Bryce Andersen.


Owner: Douglas Cerny, Centerville, OH
Owner Update: Alex Mooser, Louisville, KY
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H5TM113374, # 56 of 200 run
Comments: This car is the parts delivery vehicle for Donaldson's VW in Sayville, Long Island.  Thanks to Carl Fiorelli (#142) for coming across this Harlequin while visiting family down there.  UPDATE: Purchased by Douglas in April, 2005.  He plans on restoring/modifying this Harlequin after having vowed to buy it 9 years ago!  UPDATE: Doug's Harlequin sadly caught fire in March, 2006.  Update: 8/2008 "coming back from the dead! this is a fire car that I am doing a restore job on. i currently own a 94 Jetta 20v that i am going to swap everything out of into this car."


Owner: Donnie Davis, Ohio
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H6TM113377, # 59 of 200 run
Comments: 8v 2.sl0wT ;) Modifications: None as of yet. Plan to turbo, swap the trans, lower and relocate the battery.


Owner: Mike, Yarmouth, ME
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H8TM113378, # 60 of 200 run
Comments: Golf IV look lights, Euro Chin spoiler, GTi Tails, Neuspeed Exhaust, sway bar, and strut brace.  Corrado Calpiers & rotors, H&R springs/shocks, rear wing, Axis 17" TWS wheels, and a VR6 Conversion!!!


Owner: Todd Jacombson, Spokane, WA
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: Unknown
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H6TM113380, # 62 of 200 run
Comments: Found this car on Autotrader.com seller Lynnwood Express Auto Sales in April, 2005.  If you end up purchasing it, let me know!!


Owner: Nan A. Taylor, Colubmbus, OH
Base color: Ginster Yellow
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H8TM113381, # 63 of 200 run
Comments: Found this car on eBay in September, 2003.  Nan: "Purchased in Chicago several years ago by my boyfriend. I purchased it off of him a couple of years later."


Owner: Norm Buske, Belfair, Washington
Base color: Red
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H1TM113383, # 65 of 200 run
Comments: "This car is great! My husband and I conduct radiological surveys around nuclear facilities and use this car for our studies. We always keep site security up-to-date as to our whereabouts. As such, "Harley" is an excellent addition to our team; we tell security to look for the multi-colored golf and there's never any doubt who we are."
 


Owner: Ilka Judkins, Tacoma, WA
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H5TM113385, # 67 of 200 run
Comments: Ilka found the Harlequin registry in May, 2004.  People often ask if she couldn't decide on a color for her car- a common question for Harlequin owners!


Owner: TJ Freyer, Woodstock, NY
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style:
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H9TM113387, # 69 of 200 run
Comments: "Bought this car January 1st 2009, It has 36,000 Original Miles picked it up for $2700 was owned by a dealer who had it for 8 years and finally decided to part with it..."


Owner: Unknown, Found on eBay February, 2005, Amarillo, TX
Base color: Ginster Yellow
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H0TM113391, # 72 of 200 run
Comments: This Harlequin was posted for sale on eBay in February of 2005.  It had 106K miles and bidding went to $2,650 but it did not sell (reserve not met.)  If you own it, let me know! Click the image at the left for more pictures.


Owner: Glen Barth, Oakville, CT
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H4TM113393, # 74 of 200 run
Comments: Glen bought his harlequin brand new in '96, he shows it at different VW events throughout the year.  He also provided me a letter from VW which has the VIN range of the 200 Harlequin run.


Owner: Shanshan Wu, West Haven, CT
Base color: Cghagall Blue
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H6TM113394, # 75 of 200 run
Comments: "I had this car for 4 years now, and I heard it is some kind of special, but never know the name. Until a guy stopped me and told me go online and check today, I did, and look what I found. I have been enjoying this car, love her a lot. She bought a lot of fun times for me. Great car."


Owner: Kevin Enders, Mechanicsburg, PA
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H8TM113395, # 76 of 200 run
Comments:  None


Owner (8/13): Zack Frank, Carlisle, PA
Prior Owner:
Cynthia Powell, Kris Moore, Frederick, MD
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H5TM113399, # 80 of 200 run
Comments:  Zack: "Getting all the rust taken care of, then getting some love and getting taken to as many shows as possible! Im the 3rd owner, previous was a mother and then her son bought it."

Kris: "Bought originally by my mom from Jim Ellis VW in ATL Georgia."


Owner: Douglas Clark, Steven Froom, Spokane, WA
Base color: Ginster Yellow (Whole Car)
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81HXTM113401, # 82 of 200 run
Comments: 2 1/2" cat-back exhaust, lowered 2 1/2" on Eibach coil-overs, MK4 look projector headlights, badgeless grill, & 16" Neeper wheels.  A solid yellow Harlequin, Douglas sold his car on 8/25/00 with 77,000 Miles.  It had Neuspeed sport springs and Enki RS6 16" Wheels.  I've heard rumors that some Harlequins left the factory without ever having the panels swapped, so they were just one color, and Doug's Harlequin is one of these examples. Click his image to see more pictures of his car.  See also #13 of 200 Above (Another Solid Harlequin). 


Owner (9/13): Travis Steward, Portland, OR
Prior Owner:
Justin Burton, Bridgewater, CT
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H1TM113402, # 83 of 200 run
Comments: "Modifications: This car is 100% stock at this point. Nothing has been modified from the original purchase of the vehicle, minus a new cluch and tires.
  Been searching for a blue based Halrequin for the better part of ten years. The previous owner posted it to craigslist, and I ran as fast as I could to pick it up. Has 146,XXX on the original engine, and is totally stock at this point. I'm going to restore it to its factory glory, and drive this car till the end of time."


Owner: Michael Henning, Louisville, KY
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H3TM113403, # 84 of 200 run
Comments:  "I bought it from my in laws who bought it from their church wrecked.
Mother-in-law said it had been wrecked and "needs to be painted because it is several different colors". I remembered seeing an article about harlequins and jumped on the opportunity to own one of these unique cars. The only thing I have done to it is replaced the stock wheels with Borbet E type wheels."  Credits to Jeff Roberts for the photo of Michael's Harlequin in motion!  Click the image for a larger version.


Owner: Unkown, Connecticut
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H5TM113404, # 85 of 200 run
Comments: This Harlequin was spotted in a parking lot in Connecticut.  If you own it, let me know!


Owner: Howard G. Singer, La Jolla, CA
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H0TM113410, # 92 of 200 run
Comments: "I purchased my Harlequin in Cumming, Georgia in 2011. Two days later I drove it to Ohio, where my Harlequin is registered with the license plates RAINBOW. I then had my Harlequin shipped to California."


Owner: Carolyn Daubeny, Vancouver BC
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81HXTM113413, # 95 of 200 run
Comments: This Harlequin was originally donated to the Port Coquitlam RCMP and spent 3 years as a police liaison car, before being sold to the Liaison Officer who owned it for a year, and then sold it to Carolyn.


Owner: Mery DiRusso, California
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81HXTM113416, # 98 of 200 run
Comments: Mery is a Tattoo artist from CT, and has moved to California.  She works at Soul Patch Tattoo on Haight Street.  Check out those color matched wheels!  Her Harlequin was for sale, and I'm not sure if it is under new ownership.


Owner: wholesaleauto2, on eBay, Tennessee
Owner Update: Ryan Love, Seattle WA.
Owner Update (9/10): Bailey Dennis, Vancouver, WA
Base color: Ginster Yellow
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H3TM113417, # 99 of 200 run
Comments: Found on eBay, sold on January 3 2008.  Click here for a link to the auction page. "I bought the car on Jan. 3rd from an Ebay Auction. My fiancé flew out to Tennessee to pick it up and talked the guy down a little. We have had a few issues do to not having the proper maintenance done to it over it life, but it is a great car and we both love it."  Click the image at the left for more pics!
Bailey's Comments:
I bought the car 9/26/10 the day after I saw it for sale only 3 hours from home. I had been wanting one since the first time I saw Ryan Love’s harli at the show in Port Townsend, Wa in ’09 and I ended up buying his car!  Since owning it I have made several changes cosmetic wise and dumped money into it all around, but I am so happy she’s finally mine!


Owner: Used Car Dealer, Cleveland, TN
Base color: Ginster Yellow
Transmission: Unknown
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H7TM113419, # 101 of 200 run
Comments: This car was found found at a car dealer in Cleveland TN, but was repainted all yellow at some point.


Owner: Ted Quirke, Conneaut, OH
Base color: Ginster Yellow
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H3TM113420, # 102 of 200 run
Comments: This car was found on eBay in October, 2004.  It was subsequently purchased by Ted.  It was traded in at Ganley Subaru in Ohio by a local customer prior to its offering on eBay.



Owner: Lacey Johns, Trevor Picknell, Salt Lake City, Utah Louisville, KY
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H9TM113423, # 105 of 200 run
Comments: This car was found on eBay in May, 2002.  It has Alloys & a custom exhaust.  It was sold again in May, 2008 and shipped from Utah to Kentucky!  Trevor uses the car as a daily driver, and it's in great shape!  Trevor has really cleaned this car up, click the image for some great shots of how the car sits now!


Owner: Tom Grimaldi, York, PA
Base color: Pisachio Green
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H0TM113424, # 106 of 200 run
Comments:
Purchased new in 1997 from Universal Motors in Cocoa, Florida with about 20 miles on it. They were using it as there paint chip car. I am now in York, Pa and I guess there must have been a look alike in the area because i keep getting asked if this was the parts car from York VW. I saw that Mr. Mann now has the old VW parts car but it is much different that mine (and probably in better condition).


Owner: Kris Oldenburg
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H6TM113426, # 108 of 200 run
Comments: "I am the 2nd owner of the car and it only has 90k miles on it currently.  Have been searching for quite awhile, and got very lucky to find this one locally.  My girls have named the car 'PUZZZLE' after I got the personalized plates of 'PUZZLED?' which I think fit the car perfectly."


Owner: Jonathan Adams, Glenpool, Oklahoma
Owner: Sarge Matis, Marion, Iowa
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H6TM113427, # 109 of 200 run
Comments: This Harlequin was spotted by a VW enthusiast in the parking lot where he works out in Oklahoma.
"Skittles" now resides in Marion Iowa and is undergoing lots of changes. it was hit by a semi prior to my owning it and I have lots of work to undo the damage. It has been to H20i on my watch and back and will be at many more shows to come. Now sits on Raceland coilovers and 16x7.5 ABTs. please update for Skittles. 


Owner: Rory & Tiffany, Seattle, WA
Base color: Ginster Yellow
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H8TM113431, # 113 of 200 run
Comments: This Harlequin has 16" Rims with low profile tires, a cool air intake, and remote keyless entry.  Click on the image at the left for a larger version.


Owner: John H. MacLeod, Denver, Colorado
Owner July, 2014: Rocio Munoz, Chihahua, MX
Base color: Ginster Yellow
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81HXTM113432, # 114 of 200 run
Comments: John Purchased this Harlequin from the Parts distributor he works for who got it from Metro VW in Dallas Texas to use as a delivery vehicle.  John's Harlequin has over 200K miles and runs like a top!  It was available for sale as of February, 2004- email him if interested.  Rocio Imported this car to Chihahua, MX in July, 2014!


Owner: Doug Miller, Clarks Summit, PA
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81HXTM113434, # 116 of 200 run
Comments: "I bought this car new in 97 from Kelly VW in Scranton PA. I am actually selling it on Monday 8-11-14 to a guy in South Carolina. I'll be sad to see it go but on to another adventure."


Owner: Charles McMillen, Versailles, KY
Base color: Ginster Yellow
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H5TM113435, # 117 of 200 run
Comments: Submitted to the registry 3/27/2007, The picture to the left is of Charlie's Harlequin with his grandson.


Owner: Ben Jernigan, Gates, NC
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H_TM113439, # 121 of 200 run
Comments: Modifications: paetec coilovers, konig wheels with modified bbs caps, badgeless grille, exhaust, p-flow intake, momo wheel, hid;s vr6 lip, smoked tails, yep... my favorite car to drive never a dull day in this thing. http://www.wagenwerks.net/wagenwerks.html


Owner: May Curran, Woburn, MA
Base color: Ginster Yellow
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H2TM113442, # 124 of 200 run
Comments: This Harlequin was purchased by May in Greenbrier VW in Chesapeake, VA.  It now resides in Woburn, MA.


Owner: Warren Knapp, Mendon, Massachusetts
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H4TM113443, # 125 of 200 run
Comments: Warren's Harlequin is equipped with color matched eyelids & rear spoiler.  This is his first car, and he purchased it on eBay.   He competes in New England shows along with his parents and their two TDI Beetles.


Owner: Kim & Dan Watson, Carrington, North Dakota
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H6TM113444, # 126 of 200 run
Comments: Kim's favorite story: "Was visiting my home state of North Dakota, ran around the capitol of Bismarck for a couple of days. Heading back home, I stopped at a deserted rest area in the middle of nowhere in *South* Dakota. One other car pulled in to the parking lot, guy looked at my car and asked me: "Were you in Bismarck a few days ago?"" Click the image at the left for a larger version and an update on Kim & Dan.


Owner: Stephanie Jones, Traverse City, MI
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H8TM113445, # 127 of 200 run
Comments: Found on eBay, March 2005. 
Stephanie bought her Harlequin from a man in Souderton, PA back in Spring of 2005. This Golf is still in excellent shape and has affectionately earned the nickname 'Harl' by friends and family.  Click the image for a larger version!


Owner: Bacon's Foriegn Car Parts, Marion AR
Base color: Yellow
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H1TM113447, # 129 of 200 run
Comments: This car came from Gossett's VW in Memphis.  They had 25 Harlequins.


Owner: Jeff Payne, Los Angeles, CA (Formerly)
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H5TM113449, # 131 of 200 run
Comments:
Jeff bought this car new with about 50 miles on it from VW South in Charlotte, NC in May 1997. He moved to Los Angeles, then San Jose, and then back to Los Angeles where he traded it in for a Jeep in May 1999. The car had 24,500 miles on it. Currently it's registered to someone in Anaheim, CA. If you ever want to sell it back, Jeff will make you an offer!


Owner: Dawn D'Amico, Bristol, PA
Owner Update: Lenny Salasky, Allentown, PA
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H3TM113451, # 133 of 200 run
Comments:
"Well you can count this one as no longer on the road. I purchased the car new in August of 1996 in Langhorne PA. Although new it had 50 miles on the odometer. I lost it at 201,000 miles with the original engine and clutch. Absolutely the most reliable car I've ever owned and it will be missed." Update 8/2011: "Lenny Salasky, the owner of L&T Auto, a VW and Audi Salvage Yard in Allentown, PA has resurrected this Harlequin.  It now has a turbo-charged VR6  running 14 lbs. of boost with approximately 400 hp.  It has a leather interior and a late model Cabrio dash.  Lenny has been in the VW and Audi salvage business for over 20 years.  His son, Warren inspired him to take on this project, and Lenny admits that this is his favorite VW.  It has been affectionately dubbed (pun intended) "The Harley"."


Owner: Glenn Reynolds, San Francisco, CA
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H7TM113452, # 134 of 200 run
Comments:
Owned since new, over 250K Miles.  Great Article here: http://www.sfgate.com/cars/myride/article/1996-VW-Golf-Harlequin-4673506.php


Owner: Michele Fogarty, Bethlehem, PA
Owner (1/13): William P. McCombs, Jacksonville, FL
Owner (11/13): Alex Wolfe, Omaha, NE
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H7TM113453, # 135 of 200 run
Comments:
I'm the second and forth owner of this beauty, bought it from original owner and had it shipped to Florida. Sold it to my neighbor 5 years ago and just purchased it back! Staying with me this time, begged for 5 years to get it back!


Owner: Trevor King, Waukesha, Wisconsin
Prior Owner:
Joan Bellin, Excelsior, Minnesota
Base color: Ginster Yellow
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H0TM113455, # 137 of 200 run
Comments: Dec. 2013: "Bought from Joan Bellin, who previously registered the car before, its #137 of the 200 run. Since bought i repainted the bumper pistachio green again and had all rust fixed. Now a summer (only) daily driver and VW show car people love it. Best car i have ever owned, and will be mine forever. plan to own all 4 color bases someday. (pictures to come soon)"

Joan thought of the license plate ROYGBIV (the seven colors in the spectrum) and had to get the car to accompany it!  Check out her plate in the pic.  As an artist, the Mondrian or Bauhaus inspired upholstery appeals as much to her as the paint job! Update 8/2012: The title is now officially in my son's name. Someday a new owner may re-paint the front bumper pistachio green, but we like the design proportions better in yellow. The iconic Harlequin is featured in a must-see photo by Alexis Fam Photography.


Owner: Brock McDaniel, Louisville, KY
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Older
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H4TM113457, # 139 of 200 run
Comments: Brock purchased this Harlequin from the original owner, Jeremy Brown, on 12-4-10 in Marietta, GA.  It has only 76K Original Miles.  Currently has a Techtonics Tuning Cat-back exhaust, MOMO Benetton steering wheel and shift knob, and coil over suspension!


Owner: Abby Lang, Austin, TX
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H6TM113458, # 140 of 200 run
Comments: Submitted July, 2011, "Short shift kit, strut tower brace, cold air kit, k&n filter, 2-10"kicker comp subs."


Owner: Carl R. & Petra R. Fiorelli, New Windsor, NY
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H4TM113460, # 142 of 200 run
Comments: This photo was taken next to Carl & Petra's '77 Beetle on Aug. 3, 2003.


Owner: Christina
Owner Update (3/12): Josh Kapp, Germantown, OH
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81HXTM113461, # 143 of 200 run
Comments: Chrstina purchased her Harlequin brand new. Josh bought this car off the original owner at a rest stop in Monroe Ohio, she was heading from Michigan to Florida, He had recently seen the car for sale in Detroit's Craigslist a few months earlier then bought it from her at the rest stop. Had he not seen her, the car would have ended up in Florida and never returned again


Owner: Glibaudio, (found on eBay)
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81HXTM113463, # 145 of 200 run
Comments: This Harlequin was available on eBay in April, 2004.  I was actually the backup bidder for this Harlequin, but someone outbid me in the last few moments.  All the better I suppose, as this Harlequin had sustained some rear quarter damage on the driver's side.  I now own this Harlequin, completing my collection.


Owner: David
Base color: Ginster Yellow
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81HXTM113464, # 146 of 200 run
Comments: Modifications: Engine:  Eurosport intake, TT chip/exhaut, Schrick oil sump. New transmission w/ Pelaquin Diff.  Chassis:CR7 rims 8" ft 9.5" rr, H&R coilovers, cross drilled/vented rotors w stl braided lines.  Outside: Reiger ft & rr bumpers w/ WW sides Hella smoked hd lights w/ badgeless grill.  Inside: Pioneer 6 disc cd changer and Momo shift knob/boot.  Future mods to include Recaro seats recovered to harlequin colors and supercharge the engine Comments: I bought this car new in Santa Barbara, CA in Oct of 1996.  Also this car was featured in June 2000 VWTrends.


Owner: Carlton Breiner, Waterbury, CT
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H3TM113465, # 147 of 200 run
Comments: "I have a list of mods for car, but first on the list is to have it repainted to correct the dealer's misdeeds.  I bought the car off Craigslist, I was looking forever for a one, but every one I found was too expensive or too far away. After seeing your website, I ran with the theory of the solid color car. I looked at every 1996 Golf I could find (40-50 cars). My persistence paid off. The woman I purchased it from bought the car red. I agree with number 13's owner, here is another example of a dealership trying to move another unit.


Owner: Unknown, Santa Clarita, CA
Base color: Unknown
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H5TM113466, # 148 of 200 run
Comments: This car was listed on eBay in July of 2002.


Owner: Melissa Cline, Seaside, CA
Base color: Ginster Yellow
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H7TM113467, # 149 of 200 run
Comments: Melissa has owned her Harlequin since 2001.  Her Harlequin has no modifications, except, of course, a banana slug- the mascot of her alma mater, U.C. Santa Cruz!  Her nickname for the car is Bo, which is short for Rainbow.


Owner: Julianne Franz, Baltimore, MD
Base color: Ginster Yellow
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H9TM113468, # 150 of 200 run
Comments: I am planning on selling my harlequin as I'm moving to New York in 2006 and would to put it in the hands of harlequin fan.


Owner: Jennie Maccario, Hackettstown, NJ
Owner (4/2013): Michael D'Anthony
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H0TM113469, # 151 of 200 run
Comments: This Harlequin is the feature of the video walk-around taken by Carl Fiorelli (owner of harlequin #142) on September 8, 1996 at Middletown Mazda/Volkswagen.  Click here to see the video.


Owner: Ian & Kelly Abbott, San Jose, CA
Base color: Ginster Yellow
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer (I assume)
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFA81H9TM113471, # 153 of 200 run
Comments: I last spoke with Ian 3 years ago, and he emailed me the info on his car.  His license plate reads "LEGO VW".  The car now (June, 2005) Has RONAL Bear wheels, which Ian and Kelly felt were a natural addition to their Harlequin.  Click on the picture for a couple close ups. 


Owner: Shahan Panossian, Cambridge, Ontario
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFL81H8TM113472, # 154 of 200 run
Comments: Shahan got this Harlequin in April, 2004 from a car dealer friend who took it in trade on a newer Chevy.  He bought the car with 100,000 kms, and says it "keeps other drivers around you happy."  Click on his picture to the left for a few more.  UPDATE: Car was found March, 2006 on Autotrader Canada.  Check this link for more info.


Owner: Kristina Read, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFL81HXTM113473, # 155 of 200 run
Comments: Don't know a lot about the actual car...I saw it at the Brantford VW dealership and immediately fell in love with it. The rest is basically history!  Click on the image at the left for more pictures of Kristina's Car!

 


Owner: Foster Auto Group, Burlington, Ontario
Owner Update: Lisa Weeks, St. Catherines, Ontario
Owner Update (10/10): Sean Logan, Ancaster Ontario
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFL81H8TM113475, # 157 of 200 run
Comments: Paint is all original, and the car has only 133000 kms (as of March, 2005.  It was for sale at $7,995 CAD. 
I just wanted to take the time to let you know that I am now the Proud owner of #157 Harlequin.  I purchased it from Lisa Weeks back in October of 2010 and drove it for a bit before parking it in the garage for most of the winter, I had come across it simply by chance when I was driving back from work late one night in niagara falls, i pulled over to check it out as I had never seen a Harlequin in person before, saw what good shape it was in and contacted Lisa the next day to start the process of buying it.  It was automatic when I bought it with 180,000km on the clock, unfortunately the transmission died on me back in April, so after weighing all my options I came across a friend of mine selling his Jetta 12V VR6 5 speed.  This started my mod craze with the car, the engine is from another friend's GTI Driver's Edition and has 180,000km on it as well (the harlequin at the time of the swap had 187,000km on it) and came also with Schrik Performance cams, Neuspeed Power Pullies and a cold air intake, the transmission has a B&M Short shifter on it as well as stage II cluctch and flywheel.  The car now sits with the VR6 in it, with 192,000km on the car, it also has a custom 2.5" Stainless steel exhaust, original german FK G1 coilovers installed, corrado G60 front brakes (i retained the drum rear brakes for the sake of keeping it somewhat original), corrado steel wheels (original silver painted finish), euro black textured fender flares and euro hella clear and red tail lights.  I also kept the car a 4 bolt to maintain much of the originality of the car and still has all the origianl equipment including the factory stereo.  I have many more plans for the car including a custom air ride setup, custom twin turbo setup and im trying to find a nice set of 15 - 16" BBS RS's for it.  For me this is my second VW, I have a 2007 Candy White GTI, its modifyed as well with B&G RSII coilovers, 17" BBS RS's measuring 17x 9.5" in front 17x11" wide in the rear, custom widened rear fenders, starge II Revo software, evolution motorsports cold air intake, GHL R32 3" full exhaust and OEM R32 rear end conversion.  For me "dubbing" is a way of life and as Im sure you understand, it's addictive haha. 


Owner: Unkown, Langley, BC
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFL81H8TM113478, # 160 of 200 run
Comments: Car resides in Langley, BC


Owner: Brandon McArthur, Halifax Nova Scotia
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: Automatic
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFL81H0TM113479, # 161 of 200 run
Comments:
None yet, I plan to keep it pretty stock except for lowering it, rims, and tail lights.


Owner: Jason Turcotte, Humboldt, Saskatchewan
Base color: Ginster Yellow
Transmission: Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFL81H4TM113484, # 166 of 200 run
Comments: Submission received 10/27/2011


Owner: Evergreen Auto Sales Center, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFL81H6TM113485, # 167 of 200 run
Comments: Car found for sale at Autotrader Canada in March, 2006.  Click this link for more info about the car.


Owner: Sean Mulrooney, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFL81H1TM113491, # 173 of 200 run
Comments: I've been following your Harlequin site for years, always interested to see the increasing number of Harlequins registered...I've finally taken the time to throw mine into the mix.

Mine has quite a history to it that I didn't add into the comments section but would be glad to...this one was actually donated to Habitat for Humanity by Volkswagen Canada - it was a raffle prize to raise money for a Habitat build that was taking place in Newfoundland, Canada. It toured that province for a year, being shown in many different locations where people could buy tickets to win it, the proceeds of course going to Habitat for Humanity. My parents were both participating in the Habitat build and Dad had bought some tickets to support the cause. The draw was held on the last day of the build - August 22nd, 1997 - and Dad's ticket was drawn. They drove the car back to Ontario and gave us the biggest surprise! The car wasn't their style but it was mine so I offered to purchase it from them and they then could purchase something else that suited them better...all were very happy! I've kept all the history for the fundraiser from the Harlequin draw signs to the winning ticket. As you can tell by the very low mileage, it has only ever come out on the nicest of days...I typically run a whopping tank or two of 94 octane fuel through it every year just to keep it fresh. To document the mileage, I've taken it to the VW dealer each year since 1997 just to have the oil changed. It's totally stock from the tires up...likely the finest original example of one of VW's lowest production cars...neat to be able to say that! Anyway, thanks for the great site and all the passion and work you put into documenting the history of these great cars...I'm glad to have the opportunity to share ours on your site.


Owner: Dinu Cebzan, Toronto, Canada
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFL81H0TM113496, # 178 of 200 run
Comments: "Its my 2nd Harlequin that I owned, first one was Steph's first one of the line (see the top of the page), I lost that one in a accident, and had to get another. Got this one in Quebec, with 28000km and currently has 380000 kms and keeps going!  BTW: Steph's I got from VW Canada and it was their show car, at the Autoshow in Toronto.
 


Owner: Sebastian Melette, Embrun, Ontario, CA
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFL81H0TM113498, # 180 of 200 run
Comments: None
 


Owner: Carmella Lesiuk, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Base color: Ginster Yellow
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFL81H0TM113501, # 183 of 200 run
Comments: Submitted to the registry 4/16/2007


Owner: Benoit Plamondon, Gatineau, QC, Canada
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFL81H8TM113505, # 187 of 200 run
Comments:
According to the Service Manual, this car was sold by Hull VW, Québec, Canada, and delivered originally on 13 February 1997 to a resident of the neighbor city of Ottawa (province of Ontario).  Benoit purchased it second hand in July 1999 from the same dealer, with 51,000 km on the odometer.  It now (July, 2006) reads 230,000 km.  Vehicle Identification Label sticker in the Service Manual says: "Glof Arlequin Std Canada" instead of "Harlequin". 


Owner: Erin Lunn, Whistler, BC, Canada
Owner Update (9/11): Patrick Jacobson, Surrey, BC
Base color: Green
Transmission: Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFL81H4TM113507, # 189 of 200 run
Comments: Erin: "I was told there were 280 manufactured for the USA, and 40 more for Canada. in Canada, i know 2 were purchased by the rcmp for the d.a.r.e. high school drug program, but the rcmp no longer use them. I guess they were sold off to private owners."
Patrick: "I was told this car was completely stock when I bought it, but I've never seen another Harlequin with a sunroof. Perhaps it was installed by the dealership? I haven't made any modifications to it myself. Comments: I purchased this car in October 2010 from the second owner. This is my second Mk.III and my eight VW. My previous VW was a 1979 Rabbit painted like a Harlequin. I've always wanted a real Harlequin and this car never fails to get smiles everywhere it goes."


Owner: Blair Spring, Cochrane, Alberta, Canada
Base color: Green
Transmission: Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFL81H3TM113508, # 190 of 200 run
Comments: Blair is the second owner, purchased from family member in February 2012.


Owner: Louis-Philippe Corbeil, Des Ruisseaux, QC, Canada
Base color: Red
Transmission: Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFL81H8TM113509, # 191 of 200 run
Comments: Louis-Philippe purchased this car in March, 2005 from a VW Dealer in Mont-Laurier, Quebec, Canada.  It has 166,000KM on the odometer and has alloy wheels.  The car is for sale (October, 2006) just email him above for more info!


Owner: August Rinz, Surrey, BC, Canada
Owner Aug, 2014: Kashka Sukkau, BC, Canada
Base color: Chagall Blue
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFL81H5TM113512, # 194 of 200 run
Comments:  Aug purchased in completely stock condition about a year ago. Now has CELIS headlights with Euro lighting, keyless remote and factory iPod adapter with newer deck. Also has Corrado 15" steel wheels.  "This car originally arrived at Langley Volkswagen back in 1996 when I worked there, so I have known this car since it arrived at the dealership. I got to drive it a few times before it was dontated to the Lanlgey RCMP for their Community Policing program.  When the car was returned to Langley VW last year, I finally bought it from VW with only 31 000 KM on the clock, and it is in virtually NEW condition. This car gets alot of attention as it is only one of two known here in the Lower Mainland of BC (with *possibly* a rumoured third)... it's kind of a "love 'em or hate 'em car, and I love it!"  Click the picture for more!


Owner: Julie Antaya, St-Ignace de Loyola, Quebec, Canada
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: 6/96
VIN: 3VWFL81H6TM113518, # 200 of 200 run
Comments: This car is proudly owned by Julie Antaya of Quebec Canada.  The car has 125000 kms, and has front + rear GTi emblems and a GTi style roof antenna.  Next up is some Tokiko schocks.  According to the data I've gathered this is likely the very last Harlequin to have been produced!! (Confirmed, 12/2007, there is no 113519)


Owner: Tomotyki Umehara, Sagamihara, Japan
Base color: Tornado Red
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: CUSTOM
VIN: CUSTOM, not a production Harlequin
Comments:
Tomoyuki custom painted a golf using the Harlequin paint scheme.  He own's a shop, Elegant Reflections, In Japan.  He says nobody knows his harlequin isn't the real thing in Japan!


Owner: Dante Olivares,
Base color: Pistachio Green
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Steering Wheel Style: Newer
Production Date: CUSTOM
VIN: CUSTOM, not a production Harlequin
Comments: Not being able to get a Harlequin in the Brazilian Market, Dante created his own from a 4 Door Golf.  What a great job!


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