Back In The Game: Steve Nodarse's 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC

Photography by Sam Dobbins


Steve Nodarse spent a long time as a truck and low-rider enthusiast before arriving where he is today. After a hiatus from modifying vehicles, Nodarse is back in the game with a cool custom Corrado. “Every show or meet I went to I always saw the Jettas, GTIs, and Golfs,” he tells us. “I rarely ever saw Corrados, but when I did see one, it always caught my eye and my interest. I just liked the look of it and always thought if I ever build something, that would be the car.”

[As seen in PASMAG issue #140]

Fast-forward to today, and his aspirations have come true. After being given the nickname “Passenger” by most of his friends egging him on to get back into a car of his own, it wasn’t long before he pulled the trigger on a 1992 Corrado SLC. It was only a matter of time before he cooked up a plan for this classic VW. “Originally the plan was to shave the bay, R32 swap, fresh paint, air and wheels,” he explains. “As you can see, that got thrown out the window. I wanted to do it differently than everyone else. I wanted mine to be original. So that's when I decided I wanted to take it to another level and made it a full blown show car.”

Nodarse’s favorite aspect of the build, and possibly the favorite aspect of the build for most onlookers, is the custom wide body work that still maintains the car’s original body lines. In looking for a way to preserve the body lines, but also do something unique, Nodarse decided to keep things subtle, yet noticeable. All in all, a very tasteful build.

Steve Nodarse 1992 VW Corrado PASMAG 9

With 57% of the Popular Vote, Steve Nodarse wins the PASMAG Tuner Battlegrounds award category competition at Tuner Evolution: Daytona Beach at Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, FL!

ESSENTIALS 

Vehicle: 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC
Owner: Steve Nodarse
Location: Daytona Beach, FL
Engine: VW VR6 3.2L V6
Horsepower: 260 (est.)
Torque: 235 lb-ft (est.)

SOCIAL
Instagram: @pasnger

Steve Nodarse 1992 VW Corrado PASMAG 6

ENGINE 

  • 2008 VW R32 VR6 engine swap
  • Techtonics camshaft
  • United Motorsports swap tune

Steve Nodarse 1992 VW Corrado PASMAG 7

EXHAUST

  • Full custom 3-inch exhaust system by Legacy Innovations

Steve Nodarse 1992 VW Corrado PASMAG 8

DRIVETRAIN

  • Clutchnet carbon fiber clutch
  • 10-lb billet steel flywheel
  • O2A transmission w/ VF mounts, machined shifter inserts
  • Short shifter
  • Upgraded axles
  • Quaiffe LSD

Steve Nodarse 1992 VW Corrado PASMAG 1

WHEELS / TIRES / BRAKES

  • Custom Evod Industries 3-piece wheels – 17x9 (f), 17x10 (r)
  • Dunlop Direzza ZII tires – 215/40R17 (f), 235/40R17 (r)
  • Custom Wilwood brake kit

CHASSIS/SUSPENSION

  • JRi Shocks Hydraulic Ride Height suspension

Steve Nodarse 1992 VW Corrado PASMAG 10

EXTERIOR

  • Shaved and widened front and rear bumpers
  • 4-inch widened fenders
  • Ecodes LED headlights
  • Audi A6 door handles
  • Extended and painted tail lights
  • Shaved engine bay
  • Paint by Legacy Innovations

Steve Nodarse 1992 VW Corrado PASMAG 4

INTERIOR

  • RHD dash conversion
  • Leather and alcantara suede reupholstery
  • Momo Millenium Evo steering wheel
  • Recaro Sportster CS
  • Shaved vents and center console
  • Electric e-brake

Steve Nodarse 1992 VW Corrado PASMAG 2

AUDIO & MOBILE ELECTRONICS

  • Pioneer In-Dash Navigation head unit
  • Rockford Fosgate 5 1/4 (f)
  • Rockford Fosgate 4x6 (r)
  • Rockford Fosgate 8-inch subwoofers
  • Rockford Fosgate amplifiers

SHOPS/MECHANICS

  • Legacy Innovations

Steve Nodarse 1992 VW Corrado PASMAG 3

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