Early water-cooled Volkswagens are really beginning to stretch their legs in value. That’s especially true for survivor cars; those untouched by the hand of times and hands of the traditional Volkswagen crew. It’s unusual to see a Scirocco at all these days, but one in pristine condition? Yeah, play the lottery when that comes across your field of view. And because of rising values, you’ll have to play the lotto. Case in point? How does $37,000 after fees sound for an ’87 16V? So let’s take a look at this ultra-clean ’85 to see where the value lies.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Volkswagen Scirocco on eBay
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 127,350 mi
Location: Fort Meyers, Florida
Price: $17,900 Buy It Now
Selling this super clean 1985 Volkswagen Scirocco. This is a ‘windows out’ repaint in it’s original Arctic White. It’s a clean CARFAX Florida car with 127,400 miles and comes with original manual and window sticker. The snowflake wheels are in good to excellent condition with some minor imperfections and have brand new tires mounted on them. Much of the exterior rubber has been replaced. The interior is in very good condition. The original dash was replaced with one that is crack-free – a common defect with the Scirocco. The steering wheel was replaced with a near perfect one. The factory sport seats are free of wear with one small repaired rip and the worn bolster foam was replaced. The headliner is perfect as is the rear seat. The rear parcel shelf was replaced due to warpage. Custom black with grey edging floor mats were installed. The factory stereo was updated and four new speakers were installed. Mechanically the car starts, runs, shifts and drives like new. Everything works as it should including all lights and gauges. The shift bushings were replaced and shifter adjusted. Both axles are new as are the front brake pads. The injection system was cleaned and control pressures adjusted. New plugs and wires were installed and the timing set. Oil and filter were changed. The a/c system was converted to R134 and is blowing cold. Overall, this is an excellent example of an 8-valve Scirocco that is sure to get attention wherever you go.
Like all the cars I sell, I try to accurately represent them to avoid wasting anyone’s time – check out my Ebay seller Feedback. `I’ve personally owned and restored 9 ‘83-‘84 GTI’s and this is the first Scirocco I’ve worked on, but the platform is basically the same. You can find out more about me at volkswagengarage and you can contact me with any additional questions at 239-292-2370, my name is Mark
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I’m not going to bother going down the ‘remember when’ path with pricing on these cars, because the reality is that there are enough people with nostalgia and liquid assets to price these cars at really high levels right now, today. VWs have been consistently hitting very high numbers on BaT over the past few months, and this one looks to be the equal of most high-achieving numbers. Outside of the color name, which the seller says is Arctic but I believe should be Alpine White (L90E), it all looks great. The secondary questions are 1) is it as desirable and 2) what else could you buy?
To answer the first, I think the response is ‘no’. 16Vs and all-original survivor GTIs are what are really bringing the strong money. That said, this one is priced at only 50% of the recent high-level sales of VWs on BaT. So judged in that light, and given the condition and presentation, the pricing isn’t all that bad comparatively. The second question gets more tricky. What else could you have? A lot, as it turns out, but you already knew that. Would I rather have a 944 Turbo, or a Audi Coupe GT, or a E36/E36 M3, or R129 500SL, or a Supra Turbo, or….well, you get the point. Sciroccos are really neat cars in the VW world and certainly today are very rare to see. I personally wouldn’t pay top dollar for one, but I can understand the rarity of seeing something like this today – and in the current collector car climate, rarity empties bank accounts.