Yes, exactly! Volkswagen did not make a Scirocco GTI, that would be like Toyota making a Celica Camry. Give someone a glue gun and an emblem found on eBay and they think they are god.
What we have here is a Scirocco body cobbled together with a bunch of other parts in a non-factory color. This car is like that aging waitress at your favorite pub. Sure, she has seen better days and you know all those parts are not original but after a few beverages if you squint your eyes she starts to grow on you.
Or maybe that is just me…
From the seller –
“I’ve been holding on to my beautiful ’85 Scirocco for a number of years despite the fact that it has been extremely impractical to do so. At this juncture, between graduate school and law school, I’ve decided that it’s finally time to sell the car in order to fund my education and to simplify my life.
I bought the Scirocco in 2005. After seeing the ‘Rocco advertised on eBay and realizing that the seller was located about 25 minutes from where I lived at the time, I couldn’t resist checking it out. Then I couldn’t resist buying it. At the time of purchase the odometer read 73,750, and it currently reads just under 84,500, meaning that I’ve driven the car under an average of 1,800 miles/year since I bought it. The truth is that for the past 4-5 years I’ve driven it far less, as it has been housed in my parents’ garage in Pennsylvania while I have resided out of state. Nevertheless, the car is kept meticulously maintained, covered and stored in a weatherproof facility, and all service records from the time of purchase have been retained.
Prior to my ownership, the Scirocco had changed hands a few times after having undergone an extensive partial restoration and engine swap in 2002. This “ABA conversion” was professionally conducted by NGP Racing’s shop in Maryland. Work done at this time included covering the exterior, under hood and hood jams with Graphite Black Metallic paint, installing color matched European bumpers, a Kamei grille, and a set of European headlights. After eight years the paint still shines brilliantly, with very few blemishes from road debris. Overall, I’d rate the body at 9 out of 10, accounting for a few imperfections, which are visible in the accompanying photos.
In addition to the bodywork, extensive performance modifications have been made to this pristine Mk II Scirocco. These include:
- OBDI ABA 8V motor from a 1994 Jetta, rebuilt from the ground up (all bearings, seals, rings, con rod bearings, pistons, oil pump, water pump, gaskets replaced).
- 1.8 JH solid lifter head with extensive port and polish work.
- High-lift valve springs.
- Autotech sport cam (286 degree of lift).
- Port matched VW Fox intake manifold, MkII throttle body, European injection.
- Techtonics downpipe, empty cat, 2.25” Techtonics exhaust system, Magnaflow muffler.
- Rebuilt 9A 5 speed transmission with 8V disc, 16V pressure plate, lightened flywheel.
- Neuspeed short shift kit.
Suspension, Wheels, Tires:
- FK Konigsport coilovers, adjustable for ride height & dampening.
- Neuspeed upper stressbar in engine bay.
- Neuspeed rear interior stress bar.
- Wheels are ATS type 10’s (15”) with Kumho tires (80% tread remaining).
- Sparco shift knob, pedals, and steering wheel.
- Recaro A2 racing buckets with matching re-upholstered rear bench.
- Alpine AM/FM CD player with two Polk 3-way 6×9 speakers in the deck lid & a pair of Pioneer 4×6’s in the doors.
- Autotech “Scirocco” floormats.
- Headliner, carpet, console, door panels, etc. in excellent condition.
Overall, this is an excellent example of a low-mile, partially original Mk II Scirocco, a car with enough high quality time and labor invested in performance modifications to keep you smiling for years to come. As can be expected with a 26-year-old vehicle that has not been restored from the frame up, it has a few minor issues. These are:
- Three small cracks in the dash; these are purely cosmetic and do not affect the functionality of the vehicle.
- A small blemish on the driver side front fender flare (see photo)
- Power mirror switch not working.
- A/C needs a recharge to blow cold, and vents could use some cable re-working.
Other than the few issues mentioned, this car is in excellent condition, and performs mechanically flawlessly with a broad, torquey powerband and autocross-capable handling. With 84,500 miles on the chassis and approximately 37,500 miles on the rebuilt engine, this Scirocco represents an excellent investment, and has potential to be either a show car or a rally car, depending on the tastes of the new owner.”
Every time the seller calls this car pristine I die a little bit inside. It has rust and the gaps look to be all wonky. AutoCheck thinks this is a GTI which leads me to believe the VIN tags have been swapped at some point.
But under all that lies a fun little driver. It would be quite possible to fix the rust and drive it until the wheels fell off, which could be sooner versus later. Once that happened part out the good stuff and recoup your investment. Between the GLI interior, the built motor, body kit, and wheels you could part if for the cost of the entire package.
Bidding sits at $1,800 with a buy it now of $3,500, pretty reasonable given how “pristine” it is.