Feature Listing: 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC with 37,000 Miles

Having now written up my fair share of cars on this site, I’m asked from time to time “what’s the next E30 M3?” Certainly the trend that created demand on the M3 would have been hard to predict; while it’s a desirable package for certain and has an illustrious race career, I’ve also outlined how very similar cars haven’t achieved such notoriety. The Audi Quattro and 190E 2.3-16V, for example, though noted for their importance and with strong fan followings just don’t command the premiums of the M3. The Volkswagen world has been similarly fickle; the original GTi has certainly taken off in value, with prime examples now pushing well past $10,000 in today’s market, while other models that are arguably better cars don’t command the values of the GTi. Perhaps part of that appeal lies in the few that remain in good, original condition – especially with lower miles. But if you ask me what I think the next big thing in the Volkswagen market will be, I’d have to answer that the Corrado SLC has to be up there. A popular car to modify, there aren’t many that are left with low miles in pristine original shape. Couple the dwindling good examples with what is acknowledged as one of the best driving platforms Volkswagen has made and good looks, and the Corrado is sure to be a hot item for years to come. They don’t get much hotter than this example, either – with perhaps the lowest mileage Corrado we’ve seen on the market in the past few years, this Flash Red example is stunning:

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Year: 1992
Model: Corrado SLC
Engine: 2.8 liter VR6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 36,750 mi
Price: $12,000 OBO

Car has about 36,750 original miles – I am the 3rd owner, replaced oil cooler seal & that’s all. Clean Autocheck – no signs of body or paint work. Few knicks & dings, a cracked fog light. Seatbelt fuses in B pillar have been removed, but they along with sunroof, rear wing & everything else is working. short shift kit & sport exhaust are the only non-OEM additions.

If you want a pristine example of a great sports coupe that will really set you apart, it’s hard to go wrong with the Corrado. This example has the great looking striped cloth interior and the correct early-run BBS wheels. The condition is well documented – the seller has photos of the few nicks that are there, but it must be said that the condition of this car is second to none and all-original. This is a very unique opportunity to get one of the best kept secrets in 1990s sport coupes. Keep it in good original condition and the miles in check, and this is as sure a bet for appreciation as any car can be.

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You can contact the seller if you’re interested directly at jimmyzslc@yahoo.com.

-Carter

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7 Comments

  1. Wow, clean! Brought to mind a 2003 Top Gear segment by Richard Hammond on why the Corrado might be a future collectible.

    http://youtu.be/JK4vLkUGOs4

    Good luck with sale!

  2. Yes. In my garage. Next to my 944. Yes.

    But to drive. Not to invest. What’s the ceiling on the value of these cars? Anyone have an idea?

  3. @Bushwick Bob – I think if there was no “L” pretentions in the SLC, if it was like 25% more hard core, it would have more of a cult following. The 190e 16v was tuned by Cosworth, the E30 M3 by BMW M, the Corrado is just kind of its own thing and tried to appeal to a different owner, IMHO (as much as I actually like them).

    The Top Gear clip I linked to is 11 years old (it came out less than 11 years after that car was introduced) and I still don’t think it has ever really taken off…if this jimmyslc guy sells his beautiful example for within 20% of what he’s asking I’d sort of call that the top of the market as it sits, and it might have been worth half that or more 11 years ago? I dunno, future price estimates are pure speculation on my part.

    Turns out the smart money would have been on syncro vans or some such ’80s VW silliness! Ha

  4. This is the closest comp:

    http://germancarsforsaleblog.com/1993-volkswagen-corrado-with-39000-miles/

    eBay lists the car as sold for $14,900. As far as I can figure, that’s the best money for a stock one recently.

  5. Thanks Carter!

    PS – it would be magical if the posts on here that were auctions could have the auction results appended to them on that very page. It might be kind of annoying for you guys, but it would be a sweet archive. It’s really annoying when Google cache might point to an ebay auction that’s gone and vanished, etc, etc. Just throwing it out there… 🙂

  6. That’s basically what we try to do with the week in reviews; it’s much harder to keep up with than you’d assume it would be. I also started a separate spreadsheet to track values on the cars we listed – similarly, it’s just been hard to keep up with. The idea was that eventually we could have a fluid “value” page similar to what Hagerty does (since they don’t track a fair amount of cars we cover). It’s a good idea, though.

  7. I’m the original owner of a 92 Corrado SLC, it is not my only car, but I drive her daily (12 miles round trip) to work and back, she’s usually parked on the weekends, then I drive my 87 911 turbo Slant nose, or the Family truckster (Nissan Armada). But the Corrado puts a smile on my face frequently. She was my dream car (that I could afford) back when it came out. With 178,000 miles, she still starts up first crank and turns heads all the time. I get comments/compliments at least 3-5 times a month, no joke, and that ALWAYS makes me feel good. I always said it should have been a Porsche, and its performance is worthy. I’ve had that car at top speed many times and its right at home, no drama, built for the Autobahn. It still makes me look at the store front glass as I drive by shops, just to get a look at her in motion. Gorgeous!! This car is like a family member to me and I would never sell her. When the minor things that break on this 22 year old car, I get out my Factory shop manual and a little help from the internet, and I fix her myself. Like I said minor things, (door handles, window regulators, fuel pump, etc) Nothing major has gone wrong with my C, and that is part of why I love her, the other part is when I plant my right foot, and she growls, and pulls strong like a thoroughbred.

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