Motorsports Monday: 1986 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V

Motorsports Monday has become a bit predictable. First, I am apparently the only one interested in it. Second, it probably involves a Porsche or BMW. And lastly, that means that it boils down to generally two models – the 911 or M3. Yet every week I still type “Race Car” into the search function of eBay, resilient in the belief that eventually something new will pop up. Every once in a while I’m rewarded with a GTi or very rarely an Audi that has been set up for track duty, but today’s feature is a pretty unique beast. Apparently raced since new, this Volkswagen Scirocco 16V was constructed to compete in IMSA. Normally the domain of Group C/GTP prototypes in the 1980s, IMSA had support series such as International Sedan (IS) and Radial Sedan (RS) race series, later to become the popular Showroom Stock class populated by more domesticated beasts you generally would see on the road:

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Year: 1986
Model: Scirocco 16V
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: Not Listed
Price: No Reserve Auction

. 1986 IMSA RS/INTERNATIONAL SEDAN VW SCIROCCO Strong running 1.8L 16 valve motor, mechanical fuel injection, MSD 6 ignition,15×7 MSW wheels, 205-50-ZR15 Hoosier slicks, Sachs racing adjustable coil overs and front struts, 5 speed short throw transmission with locked differential, full instruments, on board fire suppression system, period Momo steering wheel, fabricated aluminum pedal assembly, Tilton adjustable brake bias, Oberg oil filter, oil cooler, ATL fuel cell mounted in center of car-new foam ,new 15″ Kirkey aluminum intermediate road race seat, new 5 point belts, new(not rebuilt) euro 924 fuel distributor and base plate, rebuilt Willwood 4 puck superlight’s(F) and rebuilt Girlings in rear, front and rear vented rotors, new Tilton remote brake masters. All steel body with painstaking effort to lighten all body parts.( 1,750 lbs with fuel/without driver) with a professional fabricated welded cage. Car is scaled, race prepped with complete nuts and bolts, Brad Penn racing oil, fresh synthetic gear and diff oil. ATE dot 4. A professionally built, well-constructed period car wearing the same livery as it left the track in 1991. IMSA tech stickers still on the front hoop. No SCCA cage number or books as always run in the IMSA series ( RS/Firestone /IS) consequently sold on Bill of Sale. A welcome addition to any vintage event. Classified for group 8 SVRA.

A $500 deposit will be required within 24 hrs. of sales end. Payment of balance within 7 days(not business days) of auction’s end by cash or confirmed wire transfer. Wire transfers must be received by Friday before close of banks business day as opposed to the following Monday. Enclosed storage for a reasonable period of time can be arranged provided that payment is made in full within the time specified. Bidders with 0 history shall have their bids cancelled unless prior approval is given by seller

Please note this is a race car and therefore no representations express or implied can be made as to the structural soundness of the chassis or mechanical systems for the purposes intended. The sale of the race car being auctioned is “as is”/where is .Costs associated with the pickup or shipping shall be the sole responsibility of the purchaser.Good Luck

While the build isn’t new or fresh, most of the items here were about as trick as you could make one of these Volkswagens to compete in period. What is really staggering, though, is the weight. My very light Audi GT, mostly gutted and prepared for track duty, weighs in at around 2,400 lbs – or about what the seats in a modern BMW, Audi or Mercedes-Benz weigh. This Scirocco is claimed to hit the track an amazing 650 lbs lighter, and though down on horsepower to my 2.3 liter 20V inline-5, my guess is that I’d be unable to keep up with this 16V after a few laps and my tires started to get toasty. A few details have changed over its life – sponsorship stickers most notable, but the cool front air dam is also gone, it would appear. That this car has maintained its mostly-original configuration and colors is pretty rare as many have suffered from neglect or rebuilds into newer series specification. That leaves a car ready to hit the vintage track, but unlike most it should be quite affordable to run. The purchase price isn’t very outrageous, either, for a vintage racer, with an opening no-reserve bid of $7,500 taking it home. Few are likely to be interested in such a package, but if you want affordable, entertaining vintage track racing on a budget but still with some period credentials, this is an unbeatable opportunity.

-Carter