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Volkswagen Teases Potential Harlequin Model Revival

Rainbow Volkswagen's Nostalgic Nod to the Iconic Harlequin

  • Volkswagen UK hinted at a Harlequin revival with colourful images on Facebook, captioned “COLOUR IS COMING.”

  • The Golf Harlequins featured unique colour-panel swapping, echoing a special edition from the 1990s.

  • Fans eagerly speculate on a new model receiving the multicolour treatment, reflecting the Harlequin’s cult status.


Volkswagen UK sparked speculation among car enthusiasts by posting four colourful images on its Facebook page on Thursday. The vibrant posts, featuring contrasting panels reminiscent of the iconic Harlequin Golf models from the 1990s, were accompanied by the cryptic caption “COLOUR IS COMING” and the initialism “IYKYK” — suggesting those familiar with the special edition would understand the reference.

While Volkswagen has yet to officially confirm plans, the unmistakable Harlequin styling has led to rampant rumours that the German automaker may be gearing up to revive the beloved multicolour special edition for a new model release. Basing the design on an earlier Polo Harlequin edition, the Golf Harlequins featured interchanged panels in four colours – Tornado Red, Ginster Yellow, Chagall Blue, and Pistachio Green – with each defined pattern avoiding adjacent panels sharing the same shade.

The Golf Harlequin vehicles were then produced for the 1996 model year, with the paneling colour-swapping occurring after final assembly at VW’s Puebla, Mexico plant. The production numbers for the North American market have been debated, but most sources indicate between 264-275 units of the Golf GL-based five-door models were produced. Some sources suggest an initial run of 60 units was followed by at least 200 more examples, though no definitive total has been specified. Chagall Blue and Pistachio Green were otherwise unavailable as standard Golf colours in North America at the time.

Despite their brief production run, the Harlequins quickly achieved cult status among VW fans and automotive enthusiasts for their audacious colour-blocked aesthetics. With a strictly limited 3,800 Golfs and 3,800 Polos produced globally, the models have become highly coveted by collectors in recent years.

Volkswagen’s social media teaser has already sparked fervent discussion amongst fans about which model may get the multicolour treatment or if multiple variants could be planned.

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