1985 Volkswagen Scirocco GTI for Sale

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.



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9 Comments on "1985 Volkswagen Scirocco GTI for Sale"

  1. Bob says:

    That car is a great deal if it is as unrusted as it looks. Great find Aaron. I’d bet they are a blat to drive and drive hard. You can sell that for what you paid if it does not deteriorate.

  2. Kevin says:

    I don’t even think it’s a 1985 model. Volkswagen switched from full-size spares to space saver spares in the middle of the 1984 model year. The pictures of this car clearly show a full-size spare.

    It’s hard to pass judgement on a car without putting your eyes and hands on it, but this one seems to raise red flags. However, I’m sure it’s worth $2K in parts and an in person inspection might address some of the concerns.

  3. Kevin says:

    Allow me to back up. I bumped up the resolution on my screen and it is indeed a space saver spare. So, 1985 is probably right.

    The Autocheck results are something to be concerned about.

  4. Mark says:

    I do recall that in Europe there was a Scirocco GTI. Here is photo of one…. http://www.flickr.com/photos/fruttan/5017868765/

  5. Mark says:

    Euro only Scirocco GTI and GTX: http://www.scirocco.org/53b/history.html

  6. Larry says:

    This car has been previously listed elsewhere, and relisted on eBay at least once already.

    Sciroccos were always relatively good performers, particularly in 16V form, and there were always plenty of good aftermarket mods available.

    No big mystery with the Euro Scirocco GTI badge – it was a relatively popular emblem to attach to US Sciroccos, even though the GTI version wasn’t offered here.

    The upgrade list on this car is pretty extensive – the Euro lights and bumpers alone are worth a chunk of cash.

    Well-maintained Sciroccos are becoming relatively-scarce. Many were used and abused, and/or modified in less-than-tasteful ways. Therefore, Scirocco prices are holding up reasonably well for 25-35 year old hatchbacks.

    That said, $3500 is on the high end for a non-16V car, even with relatively low miles. Considering the numerous upgrades, and assuming it’s been well-maintained, the price is fair. If the seller can hold out for the right buyer, he’ll get his asking price.

  7. acarr260 says:

    This car was used for Nice Price or Crackpipe on Jalopnik this morning. I think he’s asking a bit too much as there are quite a few things that jump out as warning signs on this car.

  8. Larry says:

    Auction ended…item NLA. I guess he sold it.

  9. Lee says:

    I read the comment about VW not making a Scirocco GTi with interest, seeing as I own one they obviously did! The MK1 Scirocco Storm was the car the Golf GTi was based on…. with the MK2 launch came the Scirocco GTi, first with the 1.6 fuel injected unit then in 1983 it was uprated to 1.8. In 1985 it was again rebadged as the Scirocco Storm so it was only around for a few years and is now very rare.
    Just thought you should know.