1976 Volkswagen Scirocco

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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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Year: 1976
Model: Scirocco
Engine: 2.0 liter 16-valve inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: “50” mi on rebuild
Price: Reserve auction

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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.

Build details:

Exterior:

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.

Interior:

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.

Drivetrain/Suspension:

Freshly rebuilt 2.0, 16V engine w/ ported head & Schlick euro cams.

Rebuilt MK2 5 speed trans w/ Sachs clutch disc & euro spec flywheel.

Techtonics/Borla exhaust.

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

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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.

-NR

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5 Comments

  1. Cool car– love the classic BBS wheels. But I think I’d lose the “pep-boys” floormats as my first mod

  2. I used to have a 1981 Scirocco S. Bought it in 1982, with 9K miles. Owned it until 1993.
    Cosmos Silver.
    Big Euro headlights.
    Hella 210 driving lights mounted below the front bumper. Huge lights, almost 10″ across!
    Mounted on the top of the bumper, I had 7″ round Hella fog lights. In the winter, I had yellow headlight bulbs for the European headlights. Looked awesome. Like a rally car.
    Painted the bumpers body color. Added a red pinstripe on the bumper to match the one on the side of the car.
    1984 GTI wheels and tires.
    Ansa exhaust
    Weber Big Throat throttle body.
    Kamei front airdam with vent, painted body color.
    Zender hood scoop. This fit over the fresh air intake in front of the windshield. It improved the flow of air into the cockpit.
    Zender side skirts, painted body color.
    Zender polyurethane rear wing, black.
    It was a fun, great looking car. I traded it to a friend for his 1985 Scirocco, along with some cash. The 85 had a lot of performance suspension and engine mods. Very fast. Until it was T-boned by an old lady who was late to a funeral. Almost sent me to mine.

  3. Love this car. I have no idea if its worth the asking price but I always loved these cars back in my late teens when I drove the family wagon and my trusty Suby GL wagon. Thats a cheap fun way to get into the classic car world if you like German cars.

  4. Verified sale for $22,600.

    Buyer got the car they wanted for much less than it would cost to build.

    Well done!

  5. Holy smokes!! I remember when that sum of coin used to buy a pretty nice mid-80s Carrera. Of course, we all know what’s happened with that market

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