If Volkswagen made a rear-drive GT car that preceded the Scirocco and Corrado, and it looked half as good as this does, they would be everywhere. Instead, the Ventura got the "just another kit car" label and is largely forgotten (interestingly, another one is selling in Vancouver for $5,000). Information and comparable examples are hard to come by, but we know it was made from 1978 until at least 1992 using mostly VW parts, and most were shipped to America sans engine.
Inside, which is where kit cars show their less desirable colors, things look better than expected. Tacky seat covers hopefully protect whatever fabric is underneath... unless those are the actual seats. The aftermarket CD player looks a bit wonky and the carpet looks disheveled but clean. Also, that must be the simplest array of climate control switches ever put on a car, if that's even what we're looking at. Judging by the fan, though, there probably isn't air conditioning. Just as well - the little 1600 engine wouldn't be up to running the A/C unit to cool off a black interior under such a huge expanse of rear window.
Expect 50 or 60 horsepower out of the VW Type III "pancake" four-cylinder, routed to the rear wheels with a four-speed stick. Should anything go wrong, replacement parts are plentiful. These VW parts are known for reliability, so once you have found your bizarre dream car, it should serve you well for years with plenty of room in both trunks for your engorged sense of satisfaction.
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slowcarSLOW-MPGlol knows how many licks it takes to reach the center of a Tootsie Pop, and he's not telling. As someone with a B+ blood type, he considers himself an optimist. Unless it has structural rust.