The thirteen-year period from 1981 to 1994 was one of the most prolific for special editions of the Polo. Focused around the more popular hatchback and coupé variants, all were basically base or mid-spec cars with different interior and exterior trim details, wheel designs, unique colours and equipment taken with a ‘pick and mix’ approach. The list below is by no means exhaustive, but typically shows the most popular.
SP, ‘Coupé’ with 40bhp
Colourful: 1983 Polo SP hatchback was similar to the 1984 UK-only Polo LX hatchback and featured striking ‘Chintz’ cotton/polyester seat and door trim fabric
Basic: 1043cc 40bhp ‘Coupé’ was slotted in below the 1093cc 50bhp model, and featured narrower wheels and tyres and more basic Polo C-style interior trim
CX (UK)/Pearl Silver (Continent)
The special-edition CX hatchback was launched in April 1983 and featured the 49bhp engine and could count Pearl Silver bodywork, colour-matched alloy wheels and ‘Glencheck’ upholstery among its extra refinements. It was called the ‘Pearl Silver’ on the Continent.
Coupé CX (UK)
The Coupé CX, costing £4,690 featured special ‘Rallycheck’ upholstery on padded seats, the 1043cc engine, 155/70 SR 13 tyres and full sports instrumentation.
Costing £4,598, the Polo LX hatchback had low-profile tyres, rear hatch spoiler, twin colour-keyed door mirrors and a 1272cc 55bbhp engine. Interior fitments included a centre console, door pockets, three-spoke sports steering wheel and sports seats trimmed in striking ‘Chintz’ cotton/polyester fabric.
Special edition: the Polo LX hatchback of 1984 could count a three-spoke sports steering wheel, centre console and door pockets among its interior refinements
Bunny hatchback and coupé, Fox coupé, Coupé Shopping
Mainstay: the Polo Fox started off life as a special edition hatchback with the coupé launched in 1985, before becoming a regular model in the range at the end of the ’80s
The Polo Coupé Boulevard was an-all white model of the Polo coupé and featured colour-keyed bumpers, wheel-arch extensions, hubcaps and front/rear spoilers. Interior refinements included velour carpeting, tinted glass, sports steering wheel and height adjustable driver’s seat.
A UK-only model limited to 2,000 examples, it was based on the basic Polo C hatchback, but fitted with the 1272cc 55bhp engine. Extra equipment included roof rails, sports seats, rev counter, digital clock, driver’s seat height adjuster, three-spoke steering wheel, four-headlamp grille and black wheel trim centres.
Fancy hatchback and coupé
All-white: the Polo Fancy could be specified as either a hatchback or a coupé and stood out from mainstream Polo models with its colour-coded bumpers and mirrors
Bel Ami hatchback, Fancy II hatchback and coupé
Twist hatchback and Coupé Boulevard
The Twist was based on the base-model Polo’ Standard’ hatchback and featured full-size, flush, colour-keyed wheel trims, twin exterior mirrors, clock and carpeted rear parcel shelf. The Boulevard name was resurrected for the special Polo coupé, and featured colour-keyed bumpers and wheel trims, tinted glass, twin headlights, upgraded stereo and internally-adjustable door mirrors.
Tried and tested: Polo Twist, as with many Series 2 Polo special editions stuck to the colour-coding school, and like the Fancy, featured full-size and flush wheel trims
Azur hatchback, Jeton coupé
Exotic: the Polo Azur wasn’t as unusual as its name suggested, and was yet another special edition based on the Series 2 hatchback, with roof rails and special decals
The Polo Match was introduced in 1989, and was similar in trim to the Twist of 1988.
Beach hatchback and coupé
Country hatchback and Coupé Parade (UK)
The final special models of the pre-facelifted Series 2 range, the Country was a Polo hatchback fitted with the 1043cc engine and trimmed with such luxuries as tinted glass, five metallic paint finishes, twin headlights, rear window spoiler, glass sunroof and special ‘Country’ rear side window decals.
The Parade was a coupé-only model and was available with a choice of 1043/1272cc engines, the latter being available with a five-speed gearbox. Standard kit included tinted glass, twin headlights, rubbing strips and special ‘Parade’ coachline graphics. Like the Boulevard of 1988, the bumpers and wheel-arch extensions were colour-keyed in red or white paint finishes, while cars specified in the two blue colours available had the standard unpainted items of the mainstream models.
Fantasy, Laura Ashley, Tropic, Universal, Yes (France)
With a palette of four colours, the Polo Mikado offered better value and a more eye-catching look than the base-model Fox on which it was based. Alpine White, Maritime Blue, Tornado Red and special Violet Blue paint finishes contrasted nicely with the unique ‘Harlekin’ blue, grey and red interior trim, and matched the wheel trim rings, which were finished in body colour. Special equipment included an analogue clock, an ‘Alpha’ radio/cassette player and a height-adjustable driver’s seat. Buyers could choose between 1.05-litre 45bhp and 1.3-litre 55bhp petrol engines, or a 1.4-litre 48bhp diesel unit, all shared with the mainstream models in the Polo range. A five-speed gearbox was optional on all Polo Mikados.
Base model roots: Polo Mikado of 1992 was based on the basic Fox and shared the same wheels and bodywork trim, but had unique interior trim and paint schemes
Resurrecting the Boulevard name yet again, Volkswagen introduced the first UK special edition model of the facelifted Series 2 (2F) for the 1992 model year. Costing £6,948 and available in Caribbean Green or Cerise paint finishes, the 1043cc-powered car came with additions such as an upgraded Blaupunkt stereo, Polo G40 steering wheel, Polo CL wheel trims, centre console, an analogue clock and special interior trim.
Rock on: Polo Coupé Genesis (not to be confused with the Genesis Coupé of 1993) was released to coincide with Volkswagen’s sponsorship of the rock band’s tour
Extra, GT Extra, Pretty (France), Scot Edition, Style
The Genesis was based on the Fox and was available in both hatchback and coupé variants, with 1043 and 1272cc engines. Extra kit over mainstream models included ‘Modekaro’ upholstery from the Scirocco GTII, rev counter, digital clock, sports steering wheel from the Polo GT/G40, tinted glass, 155/70 SR 13 tyres, removable upgraded stereo and a steel sliding sunroof. The lack of a glovebox lid gave away the car’s base model roots.
Check, mate: Polo Genesis of 1993 featured sports trimmings in the interior including a Polo GT/G40 steering wheel and ‘Modekaro’ seat fabric from the Scirocco GTII
The penultimate Series 3 special model was another edition of the Boulevard (now in its fourth incarnation). Based on the Fox and priced at £6,995 (£500 more than the base model), the specification included the 1043cc engine, ‘Jubilee’ upholstery, special door pillar trim, lidded glovebox, centre console, door pockets, height-adjustable driver’s seat, passenger sun visor with vanity mirror, upgraded removable stereo and Polo CL wheel trims. Both hatchback and coupé models could be ordered.
Match, Parade (UK)
The final two special editions for Series 2F were run-out models, both of which took names from earlier Series 2 Polo variants. The Match was priced at £5,766 and was based on the 1043cc Fox. Incorporating £640 of extras, the car was available in both hatchback and coupé bodystyles. Additional equipment over the Fox included special ‘Match’ graphics, ‘Sport Räder 1’ alloy wheels, factory-fitted radio and a choice of two new colours.
Last of the line: Polo Match and Parade were the final Series 2F special models, featuring ‘Sport Räder 1’ alloys, special graphics, paint colours and extra equipment
The Parade differed from the Match, as it was based on the higher-specification 1043cc Polo CL. Available in both bodystyles and costing £6,267, like the Match it included £520 of extra equipment which consisted of ‘Sport Räder 1’ alloy wheels, wider tyres, tinted glass, ‘Parade’ graphics, a choice of four new body colours and a Sony radio/cassette with removable front panel.
After adding the limited runs of 1986 Series 2 coupé GTG40s and the city vans of 1985 and 1993 to these, it becomes obvious that variety was certainly the spice of the Series 2’s life. Some, such as the Fancy, Shopping and Yes are notable through name alone, while others are more unusual through their rarity – the Polo Laura Ashley (above) was a coupé limited to 300 units with special trim, wooden steering wheel, and Laura Ashley picnic hamper.