You know how post on a Corrado here on GCFSB, we comment on how great it is to see unmodified examples? Well, here’s why. Like the clean lines of a forward-thinking, early-90s German sports car? Why not totally obscure them with a two-toned paint job and lots of vents! Like that sports car with the utility of a hatchback? Why not fill the whole trunk with two 12-inch woofers! Like being able to step into your car like a normal human? Why not throw some Lambo doors on it so you have to contort and squeeze in through half the normal aperture! Everybody’s got their own tastes, some just include underbody neon lights.
From the seller:
93 Volkswagon Corrado LAMBO DOORS
hey well sad to say i have my volkswagon for sale with a baby on the way i have to part with it and get more of a family oriented car. I have had the car since 06 i got it with 86,000 miles on it. The car now has 118,000 miles on it the car was just painted last summer with black metalic on top and red on the bottom. The interior is pretty much stock but i have racing buckets seats that will be included in this auction along with the original set of rims and tires. I have put around 13,000 to 15,000 into this car i have receipts for absolutely everything i not only made it look amazing but i have also maintained everything along the way.
list of upgrades
new paint black/red
high performance exhaust
carbon fiber hood with working hood scoop
rims black and silver 18′ with three new tires the one didnt need replaced
bucket seats red and black have not been put in the car but come with the auction
kenwood flip screen dvd brand new
underbody red lights and interior red lights that have sequence lighting
euro tail lights
euro fog and turn signals
2 12inch square kickers with 1,000 watt kenwood amp
k and n air filter
I have tons of odds and ins for this car if you need more i can get more
all mechanical stuff is done by a foreign car mechanic in southern IL name of the mechanics shop LAZY 8 i can get all the receipts for the thousands of stuff i have maintened over the last couple years.
With everyone pouring over ridiculous Cayennes and Panameras these days (yeah, I just went there), we all forget about the simpler times at Porsche. This was a lineup filled with 911s and magnificently balanced front engined GTs. Here’s a really clean, two owner 968 cabriolet. And thankfully, it has three pedals.
The seller states:
Very nice 2 owner car. Only 60K miles, 6 speed, new clutch, Service are up to date, power top in excellent condition, Silver blue with gray leather and blue top.CD , Cold AC, climate control, Runs and drives excellent. Clean title, no dings and dents, carfax certified. Non smoker. Good tires. Good brakes.
I could think of a lot worse ways to spend $14,900. This car got me thinking that I could have had a Porsche for the price of my Cooper S. Granted, my Cooper S is newer and has less miles. Nevertheless, with 60,000 miles and a robust 3.0 liter four, this Porsche would be a solid investment and a lot of fun for someone in a more temperate climate. They are one of those early to mid 90s German classics that are becoming a rare sight on the roads today.
I used to be more enamored with the Corrado. It’s a great looking car, a clean and worthy successor to the Scirocco. It’s supposedly a hoot to drive (Car magazine named it one of the “25 Cars You Must Drive Before You Die,” I haven’t yet) and came with the then-powerful VR6 or G60 supercharged 4. All in all, a pretty great package. Unfortunately, its small production numbers and pioneering appeal as a European ricerocket have resulted in examples for sale falling into two main categories: beat to hell, or highly modified. Some bridge the Venn Diagram and are highly modified AND beat to hell. A dearth of clean examples has made me sadly disinterested in finding these cars as they are, at their core, truly special. Today then, a breath of fresh air in the form of a daily-driver special, not beat to hell and not modified within an inch of its life.
1993 Volkswagen Corrado for sale on Craigslist Seattle
Brevity from the seller:
Dark green with tan leather. VR6 5 Speed. 130K miles. Runs well- daily driver. Power items all work fine: windows, sunroof , mirrors, retracting belts, door locks, spoiler, A/C & heated seats. Recent replacements include: clutch, transmission, starter, timing chains, serpentine belt, heater core, engine mounts, wheel bearings, ignition lock, battery. Upgrades include stereo w/custom sub & amp installation, MP3 player cable, Eurowires headlght harness, billet coolant pipe, and Curt trailer hitch. Includes clean title, receipts, & Bentley shop manual.
Stock wheels, ride height, and a beautifully clean interior make this the Corrado equivalent of finding a dealer-stickered Porsche 356 in a barn. The permeating normalness of this Corrado is what makes it special, and with 130k miles and all of the recent work done, it’s deserving of its $4800 pricetag. Not cheap, but it, like all clean Corrados, deserves a little more respect.…
When inspecting a car to write up, the “cool car!” tipping point is usually reached at the sight of a monster engine, clean exterior or modifications, or low miles on a desirable car. Today, then, is the first time when it was the interior that pushed me over the edge and really showed this car to be the total package. The seller took a clean, if mundane, 318i sedan and has made it into an unassuming but amazing car. Using Lotus as inspiration and working to “add lightness” while keeping it functional and classy, he supercharged the robust M42 1.8L to get M3 power in a lighter package.
Selected thoughts from the seller:
This is a very special, Downing Atlanta Supercharged E30. The inspiration for this car was to be as light and fun as my Lotus Elise but with more practical use and without all the attention. After the death of a dear “Car Guy Buddy” a few years ago, the search was on for a clean 91 318i sedan as I thought a bit of garage therapy was exactly what I needed. Long story short, the project was a huge success, being a very livable car on the street and a total blast when play time comes.
Again, the theme of this project was to add lightness but still keep the car luxurious and streetable. Perhaps the car we car guys WISH BMW would build today. To this degree everything I deemed dead weight (like a big heavy battery and the antique airbag system including wiring) was tossed. However, I gave a nod to creature comforts like a decent, modern audio system with bluetooth and Ipod, plus heated seats and so forth.
The starting point was perhaps the most overlooked BMW ever built.
I’ve strayed from the strong affinity I felt for the Corrado in the early days of my VW obsession. Not because they aren’t great; I’ve just been busy discovering older, weirder, and/or faster Germans to focus on. Yet there’s always something striking about this little bulldog of a Volkswagen, a car more aggressive than they seem to be interested in making these days. It pulls you back in with promises of affordable, ethereal driving magic. Maybe this one is the good one…
1993 Volkswagen Corrado VR6 for sale on Craigslist SF
You’re just gonna have to be careful on these and get it thoroughly checked out. That said, this one isn’t overly modified or beaten to hell. No cream puff, but that helps out the affordability factor, bringing this in at $4000 OBO. If you can handle a few visual imperfections and fixing the sunroof, I think you could make a good deal and have some fun miles beyond the 140k it’s covered so far.
The late ’80s and early ’90s produced some of the greatest hot hatchbacks of our time. Cars like the Honda CR-X, Acura Integra and Mazda MX-3 are lameted these days, due to the increase in size and weight of all vehicle segments. Taking the place of the Scirocco, the Volkswagen Corrado was a welcomed German addition to this once sizable segment. Unfortunately, many of these great machines have been torn up and modified over the years, or just plain neglected. Here we have a nice example of the later VR6 engined Corrado.
The seller states:
1993 VW Corrado SLC VR6, 5 speed, silver w black leather, only 55,979 original miles! Bilstein struts, new pads and drilled rotors, cold air intake, Neuspeed exhaust… otherwise, stock from the factory! Slight clear coat peeling on right side in a couple smaller areas.
As of writing this, there are no takers at the $7,500 starting bid. Others in similar condition that I’ve seen in the past year have been going in the $5,000 to $6,000 range, so this asking bid may be a bit optimistic in enthusiasts eyes. The only thing that would detract a buyer in my mind would be the non-standard exhaust pipe (looks a bit ridiculous sticking out that far) and the added audio equipment. Other than that, this is a chance to own an unmolested example of Wolfsburg’s (well, Karmann’s) finest.
I’m still learning my early-90s Audi history, so a little review:
Right after sudden-acceleration problems in the 80s, and right before the A-nomenclature transitioned Audi into the modern era, there was a weird middle ground. The 100 begat the S4, which became the A6, which gave birth to the S6. The Ur-S4 was a good-looking German sedan, bridging the gap between Audi’s square years and the first A4s and 6s. One great thing about the original S4 is its use of a turbocharged 2.2l inline-5, an engine configuration that is pretty much synonymous with Classic Audi to me (and a great inclusion on the new TT-RS). In the S4 the engine produced 230 hp, a pretty healthy amount for the time considering the contemporary and venerable E36 M3 had just 10 more. All in all, a pretty great way to start the S-sedan lineage.
Today we have an Ur-S4 nearly as beautiful as the day it rolled off the lot. It’s covered a moderate 100k miles and comes with the manual transmission. The bonus part of the 5-speed is the automatically-biasing Torsen differential it came with, while autos came with transfer boxes. It’s looking fine on chunky 5-spokes and sprayed in that trademark Audi Pearl White.
There’s plenty of (deserved) pessimism when it comes to maintenance on older Audis, though I don’t know much about the 2.2l’s reputation in that regard (if you do, please share in the comments!). Regardless, 101,000 miles is attractively low on a 17 year-old car, moreso when you see how well this car has been taken care of. The interior is shockingly nice, and who knew they were doing carbon fiber trim in the early 90s? It looks great, especially with the white leather, but makes the old-school Audi steering wheel a bit anachronistic. …
I found a couple of turn key BMW racers ready to go for the new season. First is this 325i with a 26,500 mile M50 engine. The car has been stripped and upgraded, weighing in at 2900 lbs. Headers, short shift kit, adjustable shocks, Borla exhaust, and safety equipment. The owner states the car was last raced in 2006 so a new owner if they want to race it in recognized series will likely have to run through everything to make sure it meets current code requirements. The seller wants $12,000. Car doesn’t come with spare parts like you usually see these do, but does include several sets of rims and tires.
Race history includes:
2002 Cannonball One Lap of America
2003 BMW Club Racing (JPClass): Three 1st & One 2nd place finish
2004 SCCA: Five 1st, Five 2nd, Three 3rd place finishes
CMP Track Record (8/2004) SARRC Championship
2006 PBOC: Two 1st place finishes (R6 Class)
For the Superbowl I thought this car was appropriate.
A 1993 Mercedes 500SL formerly owned by NFL player and broadcaster Pat Summerall. I don’t really think there is much value added in the former owner status though, no offense to Pat.
67,000 miles is not much at all. With so many of these 5.0 Benz engines out there parts should not be outrageous. The seller says the car has a brand nw convertible top and another $1600 in recent tuneups. I kind of like the blackberry color on this car.
It is nice that it comes with both tops as I think if you aren’t going to drive topless the hardtop on the SL is a much better look than the softtop.
The $11,700 ask should have some play in it if the owner wants to sell.