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Martin Barker is no stranger to these pages, neither are his weird and wonderful automotive reworkings. His latest, a RestoMod’d two-door Audi 80 from the mid-’80s, has got be our favourite yet.
Photos: Nick Williams

We’ve always been drawn to cars modified in a more subtle fashion. Big, brash and garish just doesn’t do it for us. We’re far more into cars that keep delivering the more you walk around them and start to delve a little deeper inside. Martin Barker’s latest creation is the perfect example. While ‘less’ may appear to be ‘more’ on first inspection, you soon begin to realise there is far more going on behind that near stock bodywork than meets the eye – far more than a nice set of rims with a killer stance.

It’s safe to say there has been something of a run recently of old-skool barn-find cars that have been unearthed, given the once over, MoT’d, bagged with a nice set of wheels then job done. Now don’t get us wrong, there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s great to see old cars given a new lease of life. However, from a magazine article point of view, the story can begin to get a bit repetitive or boring after a while. Thankfully the project we’re here to talk about today is a little bit more involved. Okay, a whole heap more.

As with most of Martin’s cars there’s far more going on behind the scenes than first meets the eyes. You only need clock the size of the spec panel to appreciate exactly what has gone into the RestMod makeover of his 1985 two-door(typ81), 1.6-litre, automatic Audi 80.

Imported from Germany in 2007 the poor thing can’t have known quite what hit it after Martin and its original UK-owner (non-other than Steve Denton of Stylehaus fame) got their hands on it. After quite some time under the knife, it appears the modding stick has been kind to this 30-year-old classic which has been brought up-to-date in the most complimentary way possible.

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Welcome to the Cool Britannia issue. The UK scene continues to push boundaries, bring out ideas and develop trends and put simply, blow our collective minds. So we thought it was about time we put together a special issue packed full of some of the UK’s finest cars to drop over the last year. With the flawless execution of Martin Barker’s restomod’d two-door Audi 80 to Jim Offord’s impeccable Mk2 G60 and Carl Levy’s homegrown Mk1 Caddy we’ve got the old school covered. And with Shaun Lewis’ ever-evolving T5 and Craig Levens’ incredible Mk5 we’ve got the new school wrapped up too. We haven’t forgotten the smaller Dubs either, Jamie Jackson’s 400bhp Lupo is a real giant-slayer and Jake Belfied’s carbed Mk2 Polo Coupe proves you don’t have to build a Golf to take the showfield by storm. Like the cars themselves, PVW magazine continues to grow, push boundaries and hopefully, inspire people as it goes. We’re in this together, and it’s a great place to be, Enjoy the issue.