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1994 Volkswagen Corrado SLC

When it launched in the late 1980s as a replacement to the ancient Scirocco, the Corrado was (once again) Volkswagen’s attempt to appeal to the Porsche crowd. With the supercharged G60 motor that may have been somewhat farcical, but when VW dropped the narrow-angle 2.8 liter VR6 into the nose of their 2-door coupe it became more of a reality. Though on paper it didn’t have much more power, the VR6 was better suited to the design and weight of the Corrado. Zero to 60 plummeted nearly a second and top speed went up to a then-impressive 137 mph. But it was the all-around flexibility of the motor that proved the winner; torquey at low revs yet happy to head towards the redline, the Corrado finally fulfilled the promise of being a budget P-car.

Unfortunately, there was a price to pay. The base price for a Corrado in 1992 was nearly $22,000. Add a few options in and you were paying more than you did for a Porsche 924S four years earlier. To put it into even more stark perspective, the base price of a much quicker, nicer, more efficient, better cornering, better braking, more technologically impressive, and significantly safer GTI today is only $32,000 some 32 years later; correct for inflation, and you understand how expensive these hot hatches were. As a result, Corrados and especially the SLC have always held a cult status and higher residual value than the rest of the lineup. Today’s market loves them, as well.

1994 Volkswagen Corrado SLC on eBay:

From the seller:

Up for sale is my 1994 Volkswagen Corrado. 1994 was the last year of the US production and the most scarce with approx. only 1,500 units rolling off the production line. The car has 143,051 original miles on it. The car is mostly all original with a few minor tasteful changes, which are the following; the car has been lowered about 1 1/2 inches for a better stance, the side marker lights and rear taillights have been darkened for a better appearance and upgraded brake calipers, other than that this is an all original unmolested car. The car drives excellent, it does not drip any fluids or smoke whatsoever. The following services have been performed; new battery, new plugs and tune up, oil change, complete new bushing kit for the transmission shifter and new fuel pump. Everything works in the vehicle with exception of the sunroof, the sunroof motor works but the sun roof track itself seems to be in operable The car sports about 80% of its original paint which is in above average condition with the following areas repainted in its factory Bramble Red; both driver and passenger mirrors, front and rear bumpers and rear tail. The rear tail works perfectly, goes up at 45 mph and down at 12 mph, the manual switch for the tail works as well. The wheels are the factory Speedline 5 star rims and tires have approx 60% tread left on them . The a/c works and blows cold but not super cold, possible could use a recharge . The car is a nice driver, it could use minor improvements , the driver’s seat shows ware, the sun roof headliner shows some staining, the leather has some minor ware around the door locks and arm rests…… All gauges work correctly. Overall a very fun car to drive has been in climate controlled storage for the last 9 years. Winning bidder to paypal a non refundable $500.00 deposit within 24 hours of auction end. the rest of payment due in cash, wire transfer or cashiers check with a 5 day grace period. International bidders welcome Email with questions Thanks

Mileage certainly isn’t low here, but the condition appears to be good for one of these today; a fair amount are complete basketcases or have been modded within an inch of their lives. The seller wants $17,000, which is not small sum; BaT sold a similar one with far fewer miles for $4k less, for example. $13k feels more appropriate considering that high teens is nudging up again Caymans.

-Carter

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