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1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V

We’ve featured a few clean Scirocco’s on GCFSB lately, but for some reason, I think this particular one will be hard to top. Purchased new in September 1988, this car left the showroom towards the very end of the Scirocco’s run in the US. A two-owner car, this 16V is original in many ways, right down to the paint, floormats and unmarred teardrop alloy wheels. While white is a popular color nowadays, this hue lends a decidedly eighties flavor to what was already a favorite of those times. For those who have been on the hunt for a clean, late model Scirocco, your search might be over.

Year: 1988
Model: Scirocco 16V
Engine: 1.8 liter 16V inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 79,711 mi
Price: $15,000 Buy It Now

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Absolute time warp 16 Valve Scirocco, “Stunning.” You just do not find these left in this condition, collector owned & cared for. Every reciept, all documentation, & books from date of purchase (Sept 1988). Two owner car. Original paint & interior, immaculate. Timeing belt just done, all fluids done in about March of this year. Brand new set of orig factory OE teardrop rims along with new set of Michelin tires “just” put on the car. New teardrops are nearly impsossible to find with the center caps intact. I was fortunate to find these. Factory orig OE black VW badge added back to front grill. Interior dash, carpets, moldings, fittings, headliner, everything is absolute mint incredible condition. Orig spare tire, jack & tool kit completely intact in perfect mint cond. Four sets of orig keys. Orig 16V mats. All orig glass. Paint & factory OE body kit in phenominal condition. You will look long & hard to find a car as nice as this & as well maintained. Stainless Bosal muffler. Period correct Blaupunkt Heidelberg just finishes off the interior with a real retro look & feel. The car won several VW Concourses back in the late 80’s & 90’s & the trophies are included with the car.

This is for the collector looking for the very best. Please call for an appointment to look at the car in person. Larry 310-339-6517

At $15,000, this is decidedly heady territory for a Scirocco, but I’m having a hard time finding fault with this one. Sciroccos are not usually on my radar, but this car gives me that serious “want” feeling. Sometimes a car like this will look clean on the surface, but when you inspect further, you’ll come across things like a worn bolster here, a tweaked or scratched bumper there, or a tacky aftermarket stereo. This VW has none of this. Many Sciroccos have a warped dashboard on the passenger side around the glovebox door. This flaw is also remarkably absent. The folks who owned this car certainly did a good job in looking after it. Will someone bite at $15,000? I doubt it. But something tells me if this car was up for sale at around $10,000 to $12,000, one brave soul may have already snapped it up. Even at that price, it’s reaching for a Scirocco, but when you consider how many good ones are left like this, could this be the next big thing on the collector scene? It’s something to consider while Volkswagen toys with US Scirocco fans by withholding the current, third generation car from our market.



  1. Carter J
    Carter J September 11, 2013

    Impressive in every way, including the asking price.

  2. Larry
    Larry September 11, 2013

    Despite my dislike of white cars, they seem to be rather trendy right now, so it’s probably a good time to try to sell a fairly uncommon, super-clean white car like this. And yes, this pristine, nearly-stock Scirocco 16V wears it’s white paint rather well. But 80K miles isn’t super-low mileage, and less than $5K will buy a good driver quality Scirocco 16V (albeit probably with somewhat higher mileage). A seriously impressive example with low miles could approach $10K. But there’s just no justification for a $15K Scirocco 16V – no matter how awesome I think they are.

  3. KevinR
    KevinR September 11, 2013

    Great looking car! There are a few non-original parts on it, but nothing that looks out of place or that would be hard to set back to stock form. Can’t really find a lot of flaws otherwise. If my memory is correct, white is the rarest color for 16V Sciroccos.

    I seem to recall that they were about $15K or so when new 25 years ago; I’m not sure if the world is quite ready for that price again…

  4. Larry
    Larry September 12, 2013

    You’re correct, Kevin. The MSRP on my 1988 Scirocco 16V’s was about $17,100 (with leather and sunroof), so this car (with power windows and sunroof) would have been about $16,500. For perspective, I paid a less than this car’s BIN price when I bought my car new.

    For that model year, there were 4 colors offered in the states: silver, black, red and white. I believe white was, in fact, the most uncommon color.

  5. Jeff
    Jeff September 12, 2013

    So it’s the same price of a base model 2014?

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