1978 Volkswagen Scirocco with 27,000 Miles

Edit 11/28/2017 – though it reportedly sold for $17,700 this car has been relisted at $17,495 HERE – $2,000 more than the original listing’s Buy It Now option.

Normally I write fairly verbose introductions, covering the history of a particular model or some interesting tidbit about its history. Sometimes they’re my personal connections to the cars. I’m sure on more than one occasion you’ve wished I’d just shut up a bit so that you can get to the car. Today’s that day, because the presentation and condition of this 1978 Volkswagen Scirocco are so staggering I was literally left mouth agape looking through the photo reel. Enjoy:

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Wild or Mild? Double Take: 1978 and 1980 Volkswagen Sciroccos

A few weeks ago I took a look at a pretty wild, and fairly famous, first-generation Volkswagen Scirocco. Replete with period details and a Callaway turbo kit, it was a hit for sure as it was when it was the signature car for New Dimensions.

First Dimension: 1978 Volkswagen Scirocco Callaway Turbo

While in some ways the mods took away from the beautiful simplicity of the Giugiaro design, it was still a trick car and brought strong bids, selling finally for nearly $15,000. That money is quite close to the 1981 Scirocco I looked at last year. Completely original and very pristine, it sold for over $17,000. Clearly, the market for these cars values both stock and well modified examples highly.

1981 Volkswagen Scirocco

In light of that, today I have an interesting comparison to consider. First we’ll take a look at a fully original, very clean and proper survivor 1980 Scirocco, then we’ll gander towards a full-on show car powered by a R32 VR6 and a claimed 400 horsepower – about five times what it came with originally. Will the bids follow the historical trends?

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One-owner 1981 BMW 528i


I love my E28 and it’s still the generation for me, but the earlier BMW model lineup intrigues me, piqued by the Bavaria down the street I bike by every day and ranging from the 2002 to the E9 and E12. Today’s example of the first BMW midsize sedan to truly be a 5er is impeccable, even after 130k miles thanks to one careful owner. The interior’s leather and wood combo looks fantastic over three decades on. There are a few bumps and dings, reflecting that it is a real car that has seen real use, but overall it shows the kind of love and attention that I wish all classic car owners would give to their autos, from the well-maintained engine bay to the impressively-clean tool tray. With no reserve and a low starting point, this could be a cheap entry into a great mix of classic luxury and sportiness.

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50k-mile 1988 BMW M5 for sale

The market for E28 M5s is pretty stable, but the tail pulling up the rest of the mean is low-mileage examples. As the ur-M5 grows older and common examples continue to acquire miles and wear, the unicorn of low-mileage grows ever more rare and tempting. And while bidding has been fierce with 30 bidders on this 52k-mile M5, I’m actually surprised to see the price at just under $16k. With 2 days left on the auction, it will probably push up into the 20s before all is said and done.

1988 BMW M5 for sale on eBay

Unfortunately brief description from the seller:

This is a rare chance to own a 1988 BMW M5 sedan. The car has only 52,617 miles. It runs and drives new. The a/c blows ice cubes. Paint is like glass. Interior is beautiful.

While the mileage and cleanliness speak for themselves, I’d want to get some more information on provenance and maintenance thus far (though a quick visit to MyE28.com and RCBMW would probably give a verdict on the history). It certainly looks the part as an entirely-original M5 that has covered about 2k miles per year. Someone who wants an original beauty to pamper is going to rise to the top of the auction and give a great new data point on low-mile M5s, which usually change hands for $20-25k.


1980 VW Scirocco

MK1 Sciroccos have always been a favorite of mine. When searching for a second car a few years ago, my decision was between a ‘77 Scirocco, and the ‘84 GTI that I ultimately bought. The biggest challenge in buying an old car in New England is rust. Finding a clean rust free example in this region is like snapping a picture of Bigfoot having tea with the Loch Ness Monster.

If there were a list of harshest climates for cars to live in, New England would have to rank somewhere near the top.  So how does a 32 year old car like this Scirocco in Presque Isle, Maine stay so clean? With 47K original miles, it’s easy to see this car saw very little road time, and I’d be willing to bet no winters during it’s live in Northern New England.



1980 VW Scirocco on thesamba.com

This is a very rare, original 1980 Scirocco with just 47,000 miles. The car was originally sold in Manchester NH and somehow avoided suffering the same rusty fate as virtually all other New England Sciroccos. I don’t have the exact story, but it was stored for decades. A Samba member told me that he looked at this car in 1998 and it had been stored in a garage for the previous 10 years at that time. A business owner and collector in Hartford CT eventually acquired the car several years ago and performed a mechanical restoration to make it his sunny day daily driver. The car is now in perfect running condition with new belts, hoses, water pump, starter, brakes, Borla exhaust, battery, struts and tires on perfect original wheels without any curb rash. The fuel injection system was also sorted as the car had not been driven for an extended period. That also included a new gas tank, injectors, pressure regulator, fuel distributor, fuel pump and more.

Holiday timewarp: All-original 1984 VW GTI for sale

I enjoyed Aaron’s GTI earlier this week, but agreed that it was a bit of a wildcard. While today’s 110k-miles are more than the claimed 30k of Aaron’s, they’re legit. The rest of the car is legit as well, most of it looking like it had just rolled off the showroom floor. Clean inside and out and with modest mileage, this is the kind of Mk1 GTI to buy.

1984 Volkswagen GTI for sale on eBay

An asterisk-happy but otherwise modest description:

***The Original “Hot Hatch” That Started It All

***Only 2 Owners Since New

***We Purchased The Car From The Second Owner Who Also Worked At The VW Assembly Plant

***Original Assembly Line Build Manifest Included

***Only 110k Original Miles

***Immaculate & Original Blue Cloth Cockpit

***Original AM/FM Cassette Radio Still Intact

***Air Conditioning

***Original Rabbit Floor Mats

***The Tires Are Almost New

***100% Stock & Unmodified Adult Owned Car

***No Known Accidents, But It Has Been Repainted. The Paint Job Is Good, But Not Great

***Super Clean Body With Minimal Rust Issues

***Fires Right Up & Runs Strong

What scares me is knowing how rare GTIs this clean are going to become over the next bit of time. I sure hope there are some left when I have a stable big enough for all my wants. Being over 100k miles, I’d maybe look for this price to be a little closer to $5k than its $5900 asking price, but it’s not out of the question. Wherever it lands, it’s an all-original example one of the greatest cars ever made.


Unrestored 1970 Volkswagen Squareback

Just before I was born, my dad had a yellow Squareback. Once I was born, the affinity for wagons continued with a Peugeot and a few Subarus, but I’ve always been disappointed that I didn’t get to enjoy the Type III. This 1970 model jumped off the page at me, looking like it’s ready for a Hot VWs photoshoot or the classics section at a Dubfest. My jaw dropped when I found out that it’s not an expensive restoration or detailed show car; this thing is original. It is in full, unrestored glory with only 86k miles. There are small modifications like the tires and roof racks as well as a CD player, but beyond that this a 1970 German Time Machine.

What the seller has to say:

This is a beautiful one of a kind unrestored 1970 VW Type lll Squareback. It would be hard to find a 41 year old type lll this well kept. The vehicle has always been garage kept and maintained. At 74,000 the heads were redone, tune up, and new belt / alternater. Lite modifications have been done, the car has been kept close to it’s original condition. New Coker Tires and crome rims were added last year, along with a roof rack. The interior was left completly stock. New seat covers were recently installed. A CD player was hung under the dash with carefull attention not to damage or modify the dash.

This car is a weekend driver, but could be used as a daily driver. I would drive this car from coast to coast with out any fear of a mechanical break down. Bid with confience, this car looks and runs like a 6-8 year old car, not a 41 year old car.

I love the tan, and the clean chrome, and the old school interior.…

Clean 1976 BMW 2002

Found this beautiful little 2002 on eBay today.  It’s extremely clean original with just 116k miles.  The ad seems to suggest that it’s all-original, from engine/tranny to interior and exterior.  If true, the exterior is amazing for its age.  The paint made me think it was a respray at first glance, but the more I look, I think it might just be really well taken care of.  There are some little issues such as a bare trunk and some upholstery work needed, but those details seem minor in how clean the rest of the car is.  With a Buy-It-Now of $7500, It’s on the higher end of 2002 prices, but well under our $10k budget week limit.  In my opinion, worth it for the originality and condition.  Now just find some Euro bumpers…

1983 Volkswagen Scirocco Wolfsburg GT With Only 4700 Miles!!

I am a long time Scirocco nut. I had a ratty 77 that I beat up thoroughly in high school (class of 92). It took tons of abuse, but the willing little 4 cylinder and light weigh was a lot of fun for a kid my age to be driving back then. But my car was a heap compared to the MKII a friend’s older brother owned. It was black with black striped interior. And it was lowered on Momo rims, low profile tires (when 50 series was considered low profile!), an Alpine CD player and huge subwoofer in the back. It was one of the nicest modified cars at our school without a doubt. I even remember my Dad, who frowned on modified cars typically, remark, “That is a beautiful car. A high school kid owns it?!”

Seeing how nicely preserved this car is reminds me of that MKII from high school. The black on black is of course very familiar (though his seats were no where near as awesome as these leather ones!), but also because you just don’t see well preserved Scirocco’s anymore. Anywhere! And with only 4700 miles, this one takes the term survivor to extremes under the circumstances. These were all passed through the hands of high school kids, several times over, and each one wanted to modify it — ultimately killing most of them.

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quote from the eBay listing:

INCREDIBLE survivor – totally original and un-molested with only 4700 miles – absolute time warp car!!!

Original 1983 1/2 Wolfsburg Edition Scirocco with 4700 original miles. Quite possibly the finest example anywhere!

The car was purchased new in July of 1983, driven very little, and then stored for the majority of the past 26 1/2 years.

1984 Rabbit GTi with only 517 Miles For Sale

1984 Volkswagen GTi with 517 Miles For Sale

Saw this on the Autoblog feed this morning and my jaw dropped. That’s no typo, this car only has 517 miles on it!


quote from seller’s listing:

This 1984 GTI Rabbit is my father’s car. He is the one and only orignal owner. He bought this little slot car in Jan 1985 brand new from the dealer. It was driven home and later driven to CMC Stereo Center to upgrade the stereo to a Blaupunkt stereo and four Alpine speakers, this was top of the line back then. The car was later rustproofed with the LATEST WAX treatment in his garage by a persponal friend. We have ALL documentation. Within two weeks my dad had back surgery. The car sat in his garage for months hoping to fully recover from surgery.Years went by….two more surgeries, 25 years later it is time to sell. He simply can’t drive a stick shift anymore.My father had owned a Shell Service station for 50 years, he knows how to maintain a vehicle LOL and is quite the perfectionist.

You won’t find a newer GTI like this anywhere. It still smells new inside. It should be in a VW museum somewhere. This car is truly a “TIME CAPSULE”. All original, original owner, all original documents, blue car cover in trunk, 515 original miles, nothing needed but a set of license plates. We have put three new batteries in the car over 25 years , second set of tires . We have started this car monthly . All rubber is like new! Everthing is like new. Never driven in the rain snow or anywhere as a matter of fact. We garantee you will not find a newer one than this.