Did You Know That You Can Still Buy A New VW Without A Radio?

Back in the 1950’s, car stereos were a luxury that not just anybody could afford.  In the 1960’s, they became a cool thing to “delete” on your new car order to keep the weight and 1/4 mile times as low as possible.  In the 1970’s, stereos were much more common, and if you were a big deal, you may have even had an 8-track player. Dig it?  The 1980’s happened and tape players were the pinnacle of automotive sound.  You could rewind your favorite song and listen to it over and over again. 1990’s brought compact discs, which made rewinding a laughable idea, until you scratched your $17 CD and it became only usable for hanging from your rear view mirror.  Hey, if you got it, flaunt it.  We all survived the ominous Y2K, and stereos are now standard equipment…….or are they?

VDub2625 over on VWVortex spotted this new 2011 Jetta in a local dealer.   It is the meaning of a base model, like no radio sort of “base”.  Why you ask?  Well, because they are selling it brand new for $13K, and viola, it is posted all over the interwebs for being a strange bird.  Win? Lose?  I don’t even know?  

Hmm, stripped cars at affordable prices? Real vehicle options to choose from again like the 1960’s? This may not be such a bad idea after all.  Now if Cadillac would just let me buy a CTS-V without any interior, wheels, airbags, dashboard, A/C, or any other added weight, me and Cadillac could get to talkin’.  “Hello Cadillac, I’ll take the $10K stripped CTS-V package please with a 5 year loan. Don’t ask questions, just make it happen.”

Images from: VDub2625 over on VWVortex

Jeremy Nutt

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5 thoughts to “Did You Know That You Can Still Buy A New VW Without A Radio?”

    1. Yeah, but think of the weight savings! This thing probably runs a tenth faster in the quarter mile than a similar car with A/C, 6 speakers, and a head unit! WINNNNNNING!

  1. You can still buy a basemodel lancer (nonevo) without a/c. You used to be able to order civic dx’s stripped without a/c also.

  2. As long as it still has all the wiring for a radio I say bring it on. Most factory headunits and speakers are junk anyways.

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