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1985 Volkswagen Scirocco

Designed as a replacement for the Karmann Ghia, the Scirocco was a sharp edged, sport compact styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro and built at Karmann’s Osnabrück assembly plant. Based on Golf mechanicals, the Scirocco was actually introduced a few months before the Golf debuted to help iron out potential teething issues. While they never sold as many as their performance counterpart, the GTI, it didn’t stop Volkswagen from marketing their new sport coupe, the Corrado, on these shores. A high price and badge snobbery stood in the way of the Corrado making a splash and it eventually disappeared from the US lineup after 1994. Apparently taking heed from prior attempts, Volkswagen has stated they have no desire to sell the current, third generation Scirocco here in the US, much to the dismay of the Volkswagen faithful. Good Sciroccos are hard to come by, but this 1985 model for sale in Tennessee is a tempting piece.

1985 Volkswagen Scirocco on TheSamba

1985 VW Scirocco, 5-speed trans, 4 cylinder 8 valve engine. Very good on fuel and looks, amazing you don’t see many of these cars any more and especially in this condition. This car runs and drives great always stored in doors same owner since 1988. Engine runs strong A/C works but needs to be recharged. Clutch is solid transmission shifts through all gears smooth. New fuel pressure regulator. New fuel accumulator. Recent tune up and oil just changed. The tires and battery are fairly new. $6,500 or best offer. Title in hand, oot me an offer some ones going to get a real nice car.

The seller’s asking price isn’t way too out of line, given the condition, however, factoring in an A/C recharge and what that will cost, $5,500 to $6,000 may be a more realistic offer. But, there’s certainly a limited number of unmolested Sciroccos like this out there, so the seller may get his asking price. It’s a shame this isn’t a later 16 valve model, but either way, this should appeal to a lot of Volkswagen enthusiasts out there.



  1. KevinR
    KevinR September 6, 2012

    Yet another example of how NOT to sell a car. The owner is asking a fairly steep price and fails to give even the most basic of information. Since it is advertised as a one owner car, I would expect more. For example:

    How many miles are on the car? Is the odometer accurate or is it Total Miles Unknown?
    Does the car have owners manuals, 3 keys, original window sticker?
    Are service records included with the car?
    Has the A/C been converted to R-134 or is it still an R-12 system?
    Does it have a clean CarFax?
    Is this original paint or a repaint?
    How and when did the Scirocco 16V body parts and wheels end up on the car?
    Is there any rust?
    What else has been modified from stock?

    The car looks good in the pictures, but the seller is going to have to put forth more effort if he wants to get his asking price.

  2. Larry
    Larry September 6, 2012

    I want to meet the buyer that pays the seller’s asking price for this car. I want to sell him some stuff too. Maybe some fresh, high quality dryer lint.

    Sorry to disagree with you on this, Paul, but the only way this is even remotely close to a $5500-$6000 car is if the seller gets lucky fishing in the shallow end of the buyer gene pool. If it was a good quality 16V with reasonably low mileage, then OK. But it isn’t either of those things.

    Kevin raises many good questions. But this ad sucks, so it doesn’t answer any of them. And it pisses me off every time a seller claims “the A/C works but needs to be recharged” No, it doesn’t work, and no, it doesn’t just need to be recharged. Either the seller is an idiot, or they think I am. Either way, it pisses me off.

    I love Sciroccos. I’ve owned several. They are light, tossable, fun, good-looking little cars. With a 16V engine, they are even reasonably quick (not fast by modern standards, but entertaining enough that you don’t care). They were also much better built than the comparable Rabbits and Jettas, and you can still get good aftermarket support.

    Due to the relatively low production volumes, and the fact that most have either rusted away or been used and abused and modded to death, nice ones are fairly rare these days. Of course, because it’s so poorly presented, we don’t know how nice this one really is. Regardless, it’s still not worth $6500.

  3. Miek
    Miek September 6, 2012

    absurd asking price.

    The seller needs to realize this in a 1980s medium condition fwd volkwagen. He clearly doesn’t know that yet. If this was mint or simply better SURE 6500 no problem.

    For $6500 from the mid 80s there is a lot of greatness to be had at that price. Not a mediocre quality Scirocco.

    I could pick up a good condition E28 535i or maybe even an is for $6500 easy if we stick to strictly german cars. There are cars from around this year you could pick up for perfect condition at this price too like a 280zx turbo for example or an Alfa Romeo GTV6 or 75. Hell you might be able to fun an unmolested AE86 for $6500 or a celica alltrac which is far more rare than a Scirocco especially considering the collectability of Japanese cars have risen by leaps and bounds in recent years.

    Enthusiast owned near-perfect 535is $5k, high milage on the M30 which, if it does die, costs only $300 to replace.

    Why would I spent $6,5 on this car when that is available?
    Euro 323i $5,500
    Medicore condition ’71 240z with 280zx turbo engine swap + 5 speed, needs repaint. Would say its in the same condition as this Scirocco except its an overall better car.
    Several late model Triumph TR7s for this price or less with upgrades such as webers,etc and sorted out electronics.

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