Buy a Jetta, Get a Bike: The 1990s VW x Trek Collab

VW Trek BikeBack in 1996, Volkswagen partnered with Trek bicycles, offering a special VW Jetta Trek edition that came with a Trek mountain bike and a roof rack to put it on. The following year, they also offered a VW Trek Golf. One of those bikes turned at a charity bike store, and, although I’ve never owned a VW, I picked it up because, as it says on the frame, it’s a Limited Edition.

VW Trek Stem

 

The 1996 Jetta Trek Limited Edition Sedan started under $16,000 and came with either a five speed manual or four speed automatic. The VW Trek bike came with 21 speeds and custom seat, handgrips, and special graphics: a dude on a multi-colored rocket, orbiting the VW logo, and holding…something?

VW Trek Head Tube

Details on the bikes are a bit harder to find. The 1996 ones had a steel frame, but this one has an aluminum frame, which may be the 1997 version. The OCLV on the rocket stands for Trek’s patented carbon fiber, but it’s unlikely that there’s any of it on this bike. A few parts had been replaced in the past twenty years, including the saddle (which also would have had that rocket boy logo), but it still has the original VW hand grips.

VW Trek Hand Grip

It’s definitely in better shape than some of the Trek Edition automobiles out there: Junkyard Gem.

Still on the lookout for a Jetta Shepherd edition, though:

 

MINI Makes a Pickup Truck

The Mini Paceman Adventure Truck Concept
The MINI Paceman Adventure Truck Concept
Mini Paceman Adventure Going Away
MINI Paceman Adventure Going Away

Sporting what may the the smallest ever truck bed, a snorkel, and almost no ground clearance, the one-off MINI Paceman Adventure concept keeps the fun, throws out the rest of the function along with the back seats.

Or does it? After all MINIs have been winning the Dakar Rally the past few years, so they should know something about driving offroad. Regardless, the Adventure is a concept car that will not be going into production, so if you want one, you’ll have to chop the back off a Paceman yourself.

MINIs at the Dakar Rally
MINIs at the Dakar Rally