No, the Golf County pictured above isn't one of those garage-built crossovers that we find from time to time on eBay. This is a rare, stock to the bone model that was built in a limited run of around 7,700 units from 1990 to 1991. See, well before the Tiguan and Touareg SUVs came to fill the void in Volkswagen's "off-road" range, the German automaker tried to create an innovative hybrid-offroader based on the second-generation Golf model.
Unlike many of today's faux-crossovers, the Golf Country used VW's Syncro all-wheel drive system combined with a heavily revised suspension and higher road-clearance to offer the vehicle true off road capability.
Other features included a skid plate to protect the engine area along with front and rear guard rails plus an externally mounted spare wheel carrier.
In Europe, the Golf MK2 Country was offered with either a 115HP 1.8-liter 8v gasoline engine or a 75HP 1.6-liter turbodiesel. This particular example found on eBay, is a '91 petrol model that is said to have been exported to Japan before finding its way to Canada in 2008. If you're interested, the 'Buy it Now Price' is US$7,200.
Thanks for the tip Alex! Link: eBay