The first-generation Scirocco only gets better with age, the classic Giugiaro design combining rectilinear lines with personality in a way that would characterize German cars for the next two decades. From the low, snub-nose to the glorious, mantis-like C-pillar window frame that exaggerates the Hofmeister Kink to an extreme. Original examples have their own charms, but today’s is just about perfectly done with a ground-up restoration and OEM+ modifications throughout. Some clean Euro retrofits on the exterior combine with an interior that will remind you every day that this car is from the 70s; the plaid makes the Mk1 GTI’s classic fabric look subtle. The 16v 2.0-liter completes the package, making this a looker and a mover – and about as good as VWs get.
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Engine: 2.0 liter 16-valve inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: “50” mi on rebuild
Price: Reserve auction
1976 VW Scirocco Resto Mod Build
Original appearance car w/ sleeper performance.
6 year, down to bare metal, then ground up restoration.
Every part as reassembled is new, mint or refurbished.
The challenge with this build was the unavailability of replacement parts.
A build of passion, not for return on investment, as this is a nicer replica of my first car.
Practically a brand new, old car.
Drives tight, is very quick and handles like a slot car.
Glass out, bead blasted to bare metal, then new Wurth undercoating & painted Porsche GT Silver.
All new or mint glass, rubber & refinished metal window trim.
Original early chrome bumpers w/ Euro tuck & caps, and OEM duckbill spoiler.
Rare Euro “TV” square headlights & grill (OEM US grill & lights included)
Restored BBS RS189 Wheels w/ painted centers
All new turn signals, taillights, marker lights & flag mirror.
New headliner, upholstery w/ GTI plaid, & carpet from Germany.
Rare crack free dash, NOS instrument cluster, and rare OEM 3 spoke steering wheel.
Rare, uncut rear parcel shelf w/ matching German carpet.
Most hardware is new or plated thru-out.
Freshly rebuilt 2.0, 16V engine w/ ported head & Schlick euro cams.
Rebuilt MK2 5 speed trans w/ Sachs clutch disc & euro spec flywheel.
CIS Fuel system w/ new braided fuel lines & new tank.
MK2 4 Wheel disc brake conversion w/ braided lines & red painted calipers.
All new suspension components including, control arms, bushings, Bilsteins, & H&R springs.
Custom strut brace, X bar & rear sway bar.
Although the car is a reliable driver, some minor wiring needs completing:
Wiring for fuel gauge, turn signals, side markers, wiper, plate & dome lights need completion/correction. All other electrical is working.
More detailed build pix available
The low mileage and unfinished electrical bits unfortunately make this seem like a project that is being abandoned at 99%. As long as the rest of it was done with as much attention to detail as the overall build shows, this may be my favorite Scirocco ever and a great toy for the next owner. Bidding will likely approach $10k, which seems reasonable for such a clean classic. On the road or at a VW show, it would be hard to distract me from this.