1990 Volkswagen Corrado G60

While the second-generation Scirocco was a re-body of the first-generation chassis with some upgrades, when it came to the end of the 80s and the launch of a new sporty Volkswagen, they turned to…another antiquated chassis. Prepared for the 1990 model year, the A2 chassis was already the best part of 7 years old and no the the most refined unit out there. Despite this, plans moved ahead at cash-strapped VW to produce two “new” models that were adaptations of the A2 chassis.

The result was the third generation Passat and the sporty Karmann-built Corrado. The design was more VAG evolution than revolution; in many ways, the Corrado’s profile and several aspects mimicked the upscale Audi products. Volkswagen again went to the tried-and-true ‘Operation Copy Giugiaro’ plan that worked with the Scirocco. It looks like a shorter, chunkier Audi Coupe GT to me – especially in its original G60 supercharged guise. While the GTI went to the 2.0 16V and slick BBS wheels making an instant classic, Volkswagen relied on the G-Ladder supercharger that was seen in the European Golf Rallye and G60 GTI for the motivation for the Corrado. But the Corrado wasn’t made to challenge its siblings; it was aimed at the 944 crowd, replacing the 924S as a ‘Poor Man’s Porsche’ rather than just an expensive GTI alternative.

Ostensibly, this made it the top-trump at Volkswagen, what with 160 horsepower and good torque. But the heavy weight and complicated nature of the model meant that the GTI retained greater appeal. It seemed as though Volkswagen hit a home run when they finally slotted the even more potent and better sounding VR6 into the Corrado for 1992, relegating the supercharged model to obsolescence and obscurity. Like yesterday’s Audi 5000 Turbo, this model was thoroughly overshadowed by the VR6 and GTI, so values sunk quickly. Often they landed in the hands of those not able to afford the expensive repairs. And, no suprise, the result is that finding clean G60s is pretty tough today:

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Year: 1990
Model: Corrado G60
Engine: 1.8 liter supercharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 75,413 mi
Price: $5,200 Buy It Now

Up for sale is my 1990 Volkswagen Corrado G60. This is a very honest, rust free, accident free low mileage example. It starts easily every time and runs very well. There is plenty of power and the car shifts smoothly through all 5 gears. It is bone dry underneath with no drips of any kind. I know this because I keep it in my garage on a lift with a very nice TR6 directly under it. All lights and gauges work as does the electric sunroof and electric windows. It has a recent Interstate battery. It has a clean Carfax except the previous owner allowed it to be titled with the title stating “Exceeds Mechanical Limits.” The current mileage of 75,413 is believed to be accurate and is supported by the Carfax mileage timeline. The mechanical limits of the odometer have not been exceeded.

This car has mostly original paint and it is starting to fade. I polished it 6 months ago and it looked pretty good. A couple of panels have been resprayed along with the front bumper and the match is not great. There is a small dent below the right rear tail light that can be seen in the photos.To be perfect, it could use a respray. Although the driving experience is very nice as is. You could fly in and drive it home if you like. I recently took it 200 miles with no issues.

The wheels have been refinished and have recent Dunlop directional tires. The interior is very clean and comfortable with no tears, fading, or unusual smells. The seats and dash look great. The driver’s seat does not show wear but does have a very small circular flaw that is about 1/4″ on the seat bottom. The passenger side window functions correctly but it has some light scratches. A replacement glass comes with the car. The air conditioning is not currently functioning but it is all there. The temp control and blower fan works fine as does the electric cooling fan. This car is ready to be enjoyed as is or taken to the next level. It is a very nice, unmolested Corrado. And they are getting harder to find.

Please feel free to call me anytime to discuss this car. And feel free to come for a personal or third party inspection. Please have all of your questions answered before you bid and please do not bid unless you are prepared to purchase this car. I have maintained a 100% positive feedback rating by being honest with people. I will answer all of your questions as honestly as possible. I require a $500 PayPal deposit within 48 hours of the auction’s end. I am happy to meet a shipper and take picture of the car being loaded if you like.

Thanks for looking!
John 703 623-9424 cell

So what about this one, then? Well, miles are below average and it’s claimed to be accident free. Why several body panels necessitated a repaint is undisclosed and the paintwork is really not the best. Looking at the listing makes me develop a nervous twitch and glance at the home of my orbital polisher; it think with some time and elbow grease, this car’s presentation could be vastly improved. The Tornado Red paintwork is cloudy and turning into the signature ‘Tornado Pink’. Nevertheless, it’s generally clean and looks tidy both inside and under the hood. It’s not mechanically perfect, but again is said to be fully functional outside of the air conditioning. The seller mentions some recent work including new tires and battery. One point of worry is the status of the G-Ladder; while they can be made more reliable, you should assume that if there’s no record of a rebuild you’ll be undertaking one soon and it’ll cost you a pretty penny even when on sale..

What’s not the like? Outside of the poor paintwork, the only real critique is the price. While $5,200 seems reasonable for an occasional car and you would be pressed to get this clean a GTI 16V for the same amount, the issue comes in the form of the later VR6 model. For similar money, it’s possible to find a decent SLC model and therein lies the opportunity cost which has damned many of the G60s. Additionally, as the dollar figures rise the Porsche 944 it was intended to slay looks more appealing. But though it’s not my dream car, I’ll always smile when I see a G60 Corrado like this one. It may have been imperfect, but it was a great poster car for the early 90s Volkswagen generation.

-Carter

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  1. Those godddammm seat belts.

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