Heap of the Week: 1980 Volkswagen Scirocco S

After touring around Portugal for the past week and seeing a few of the newer Volkswagen Sciroccos on the street, it had me thinking a lot about the first and second generation of Sciroccos and what made them popular stateside. Introduced as a replacement for the Karmann Ghia in the early 1970s, this fastback wore smart, chiseled bodywork penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro. Based on the recently introduced Mk1 Golf architecture, this car adhered to the old formula of taking a rather ordinary car and making it look extraordinary. Early Mk1 Sciroccos are getting hard to come across in good nick, but this 1980 Scirocco S for sale in Florida is a good baseline for someone looking for a mild restoration project.

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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.


1986 Volkswagen Scirocco with 59,000 miles

While it doesn’t do much for me in pictures, the last few times I’ve been in Europe and seen the current Volkswagen Scirocco in the metal (especially in white), it’s captured my imagination. While Volkswagen fears this car might compromise GTI sales, I tend to disagree. Back in the 1980s and 1990s, we had a glut of good looking, reasonably priced sport coupes and hatchbacks. Of course there was the original Scirocco, which was replaced by the Corrado at the outset of the 1990s. You also had cars like the Ford Probe, Mazda MX-6, Honda Prelude, Nissan 240SX and Toyota Celica, just to name a few. Now what do we have? The Honda Accord and Nissan Altima Coupes? Somehow these two-doors don’t capture the magic of that golden era of affordable coupes.

It’s been 25 years since the Scirocco was last sold new on these shores. Every now and then, we come across the errant low mile, preserved example, such as this one for sale in North Carolina sent to us from a reader, John. While it’s not the 16 valve version that was released during this model year, it does have a 5-speed manual and is showing under 60,000 miles on the clock.

Year: 1986
Model: Scirocco
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 59,331 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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Time capsule! Survivor! 1986 Volkswagen Scirocco 5 speed with low miles and no rust, and in super condition. Amazingly clean interior, seats look awesome. Really must see it and drive it to appreciate. Purchased in Charleston SC. History report verifies its a 2 owner with no accidents. Paint looks to be original, has a few places where the clearcoat is worn and some VERY minor hail dings that can only be seen if you are really looking for them. Otherwise, body is straight. Tires are at least 80%. Wheels look super as well. Timing belt looks to have been replaced in 2003 at 34k miles. Due to the age this car was purchased “miles exempt” (typical of cars this age). Miles appear to be correct based on the cars condition and the history report, but I cannot be certain as I am not the original owner and will be selling it the same way it was purchased.

These are getting near impossible to find in this condition with any miles so bid to own it. Please feel free to inspect the car, have it inspected by your mechanic or call with questions prior to bidding. Selling for a friend and am easy to work with. All sales are finally. $500 deposit due within 48 hours of auctions end, balance due within 7 days of auctions end, no exceptions. Shipping quotes can be arranged, but shipping is the responsibility of the buyer should you go that route. However, I will be glad to meet with your shipper within 20 miles of Asheville, NC. Or drive it home, either way is fine with me. Just please communicate and lets not waste each others time. I will be respectful of you and the buying process, but not looking for game players or strokers. This is a great VW in one of a kind condition. That said, it is also 27 years old so if you are expecting Barrett Jackson, please go find one there and don’t bid on mine. Best of luck and again, call 828-243-2791 with any questions, I will be glad to help. Thanks and good luck!

Carter featured a 1988 Scirocco 16V last month that sold for $2,500. That car had 114,000 miles on it, which isn’t unreasonable for the year. If the seller is realistic, the reserve on this car is probably somewhere between $3,500 and $4,000. In the end, if this car brings close to $4,500, it wouldn’t surprise me. The paint looks a little dull in spots and there’s a few trim items, such as the missing shifter boot, that need attention. However, you would be hard pressed right now to find one as good as this.


1980 Volkswagen Scirocco

When talking about the Volkswagen Scirocco, most enthusiasts seem to forget the first generation and concentrate on the more angular Mk2 that was designed in-house by Volkswagen. Perhaps that is due in part to it not being the best performing car, or more likely because most succumbed to rust far too early. Despite not being very old, in the “everything must be a straight line” 80s the Giugiaro design quickly looked dated. Age has proven the merit of the design, however, and in my opinion it has matured much more gracefully than the Mk2 and many of the styling clues reappeared in the Corrado. Still, it’s fairly rare to find a clean original Scirocco, and that’s why it’s especially pleasing to see one pop up on the market, like today’s stealthy black 1980:


Year: 1980
Model: Scirocco
Engine: 1.9 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 88,500 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

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Well maintained and cared for Scirocco Mk1. I’m 2nd owner and have had it 26 years. Always starts and drives amazing. Always garaged, never seen winter. 88k miles. Only occasionally driven the last 10 years. Have had 7 watercooled VWs but never sold this one! I am now up to 6 cars so it’s time to thin out the fleet.

Original paint. Car looks original but with some intelligent enhancements. Car lightened to under 1950lbs (mainly the euro-spec bumpers) but still has the factory A/C. Starts, idles, runs, drives and stops as it should.

Have to drive to fully appreciate; this car is just plain Fun to Drive! The engine is very responsive at any RPM or gear! The CIS injection runs well and very reliable.

Engine / Trans
• 1860cc Techtonics Tuning “Big Bore” kit, 10:1 compression, very torquey
• Head fully ported, cc’d and big valves by Tim Conolly.
• This engine pulls hard from 1200 to 7000 yet is very streetable with excellent drivability.
• Freshened about 10 years ago when head work done. New pistons, rings, belts, clutch, water pump… Probably has 2-3000 on it.
• Intake and exhaust manifolds opened and port-matched to head
• VW Euro-GTI camshaft
• Techtonics Tuning dual-pipe exhaust system
• Audi oversized throttle body
• Later model factory oil baffles added to oil pan and cam cover
• 5 speed transaxle (left over spare part from VWmotorsports rallye team) shifts better than my Miata
• F&S clutch/pressure plate, lightweight flywheel, done same time as head
Suspension, brakes, steering
• Front and rear sway and stress bars
• Ground Control adjustable height coilovers w/Eibach springs. (Can easily re-install the stock springs.)
• Recent Tokico adjustable struts and shocks.
• New (not re-builds) Ate brake calipers, hoses and master cylinder
• Powdercoated period rims w/new Yokohama tires. Alternate choice of Rabbit GTI wheels w/Yokohama tires
• Original factory paint (exc. front fenders)
• Lightweight Euro bumpers and mounts (70lbs lighter!), period Kamei Spoiler (have original too)
• no rust other than a few paint nick/stone chips, always stored for winter, hasn’t seen rain in years.
• Rustproofed when new. I scraped off a lot of it from engine bay but still goop in corners and other places.
• Original except for upgraded radio and speakers. Original Blaupunkt included
• Gas pedal widened to aid heel-toeing
Also included
• Many spare and additional parts including original parts removed to reduce weight (rear wiper, washer bottles, horns, trim…)
• Folder with parts and maintenance receipts.
Known issues
• Heater fan stopped working couple years ago after winter sleep. Haven’t bothered to inspect since not cold when driven.
• A/C probably needs re-charge. Was serviced 15 years ago but not used lately since fan switch not working to engage it. I have R-12, will look into charging it.
• Lost the little noise clips for the front brake pads so they rattle on bumps.
• Some cracks in the dash.


The owner of this car has been committed to it for quite some time, and I appreciate not only his dedication keeping it alive, but also a series of tasteful modifications. The engine should be a pretty serious upgrade over the stock unit, and it has some substantial running gear upgrades to deal with the extra power. At a reported 1950 pounds, it is sure to be entertaining on the back roads. The period mesh wheels aren’t my favorite, but certainly look unique on the car. The best addition has to be the great looking Euro-market bumpers. It’s nice to see the owner kept a most, if not all, of the items he removed for lightness, and they’re included in the sale.

I expect this car will probably fetch between $8,000 to $10,000 given what it is, and it may even go higher. That’s an awful lot of money for an old modified Volkswagen, but this is a pretty rare example of such a beautiful car and it’s probably worth it. Given that the less desirable (in my mind) Mk2 models are selling above $10,000 now, it may even be a bit of a deal for a classic design. So, at that price, what do you do with this car? You find your nearest back road and enjoy the ride, that’s what you do! When you’re done wringing its neck on those roads, park it near a window at your local coffee spot, order up an espresso, sit back and soak in what a beautiful design Mr. Giugiaro penned. These cars are sure to continue to appreciate over the next few years.


1988 Volkswagen Scirocco Scala

It seems there’s always more decent examples of the Volkswagen Corrado on hand at any one time than its predecessor, the Scirocco. While other markets are enjoying access to the third generation Scirocco, it has been over twenty years since a Scirocco last sat in a Volkswagen showroom. That’s a shame, because while this Giugiaro designed sports coupe built at Karmann’s factory in Osnabrück might have not been the most powerful sport compact out there, it was capable, practical and provided a bit more flash for the owner than on the Golf which it was based.

This late production Scirocco for sale about 60 miles due north of Cologne, Germany has the Scala trim package and (German) celebrity owner history.

Year: 1988
Model: Scirocco Scala
Engine: 1.8 inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 119,000 km (~ 73,900 mi)
Price: €4,990 (~ $6,640 USD)

1988 Volkswagen Scirocco Scala on Mobile.de

Here we offer you on behalf of customers is a very nice Scirocco II. The car is well maintained and in excellent mechanical condition. The wheels and suspension have been recently restored (VW Classic). Owner of this VW is Norbert Heisterhamp (actor/racer/vintage collectors), known from Alles Atze, Tatort, Seven Dwarfs, etc.!

Most folks in the US probably have never heard of Norbert Heisterhamp, star of a comedy program in Germany. Every time a lesser known celebrity is associated with a car that’s for sale, I can’t help but think of Jon Voight’s infamous Chrysler LeBaron. For the condition and mileage, this Scirocco is priced at the high end of the range. For those interested in from US, another few grand would of course have to be added to deal to account for shipping and importation costs. But for the serious enthusiast, it may be a small price to pay for the penultimate version of the original Scirocco.


1979 BMW M1

M. It’s perhaps one of the most powerful letters in the automotive realm. With a history dating back to 1972 to edge BMW closer to the high performance market, their first vehicle to bear the M badge was this car, the M1. Revealed at the Paris Motor Show in 1978, this car came about as the result of an agreement between BMW and Lamborghini to build a car to be homologated for racing. Equipped with the M88 inline six cylinder engine, this 3.5 liter unit with Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection produced 276 horsepower.
After the production of a few prototypes, BMW took over the project from Lamborghini due to financial difficulties with the Italian manufacturer. Only 476 of these cars were built, making them the rarest M car ever. This M1 for sale in New York was produced early on in the production run and retained for promotional purposes by BMW.

1979 BMW M1 on eBay

VIN# WBS59910004301011
Year: 1979
Color: Blue with black leather

The Motorsport division of BMW was set up in 1972 to handle the racing activities of the company. By 1978 the division had evolved to the point where they were ready to produce their own car. The M1 became the first car developed by the M division. The intended use of the M1 was to compete in the World Sportscar Championship. It was designed specifically to be a racecar but in order to qualify for the Championship series 450 M1’s would need to be built. BMW couldn’t use 450 M1 racecars so most of them were built as street cars and sold to the public.

The car came from California where it had resided from at least 1981. It was the eleventh chassis and the 16th car built. It was completed December 21, 1978 and retained by BMW for display and promotional purposes. It has just 23,723 miles. It is fitted with factory air conditioning and BBS wheels which were specially engineered to M1 specification. It looks great and runs even better. It has factory A/C and an upgraded stereo.

For only $195,000

“For only $195,000” may sound absurd, but actually, that’s about close to the average of where M1 values are today. A few M1s have traded hands at auction this year. There was a 1980 M1 offered at Mecum that hammered at $185,000 and another 1980 example that sold at Gooding & Company for $242,000.

To get a bit of a flavor for what an M1 looks and sounds like on the track, here is some footage from the 2009 Nürburgring 24 Hour Classic:


1980 Volkswagen Scirocco

I was looking over Hagerty Insurance’s Threatened, Dangered and Extinct list for 2012 this evening. The carrier examines how many insurance policies it has for a certain vehicle which gives a bit of color on just how rare certain collector cars are becoming. Alarmingly, the 1975-1981 Volkswagen Scirocco made it on the endangered list. While Brian found an impossibly original Mk1 Scirocco on The Samba last week, I thought it would be a while before seeing another Scirocco that would catch my attention quite like that one had. While not original, this Scirocco for sale in California has been treated to some tasteful upgrades and was featured in Eurotuner Magazine back in 2005.

1980 Volkswagen Scirocco on eBay

Super clean and well cared for mk1 Scirocco originally set up to be a track car. Featured in April 2005 issue of Eurotuner Magazine, which I have and will give to new owner. Selling because I just got a promotion and will now be commuting 50 miles a day roundtrip. Have an old Mercedes as well, and need to get a basic commuter instead of a fun toy like the Scirocco. It is a very comfortable car though. Rides smooth and nice, and pulls hard in every gear! Does not have cat on at present but the car would pass smog with a stock cat and if you want to have the car BAR’d you’d just need the stock exhaust manifold for a MKIII VW with a 2.0L ABA and the stock airbox.

1980 Scirocco I 2.0 8V (A1 2 Door)

Mileage: 82,000 and change
Body/Paint: 8/10
Engine/Transmission: 9/10
Reliability: 10/10 (Has never let me down. Driven daily, and up and down CA on several 600+ mile trips)


-Euro bumpers
-H4 headlights w/ French spec high beams
-Zender Rear Wing
-Rabbit small duckbill
-TT antenna
-Smoothed rear wiper, antenna hole, and mouldings
-Glass moon roof
-Red tinted rear blinkers


-Corrado Leather Seats w/ matching re-covered rear bench
-Golf/Jetta A2 fuse box, dash harness, switches, and instrument cluster w/ functional MFA
-Mk1 Scirocco steering wheel and horn button (black)
-Momo pedals
-Custom black vinyl Headliner w/sunroof
-VW snowmats
-Rabbit ‘L’ center console
-Optima battery relocated to trunk with cut off switch
-TMI carpet kit w. dash cover
-Kenwood CD/stereo w. front aux input & Boston Acoustic 5.25″ 2-way speakers

Engine, Trans & Exhaust:

-CE2 engine wire harness
-Bosch EFI (Motronic 5) with GIAC chip
-50k miles on refreshed, balanced and blueprinted ABA block w/ SCCH stage 2 ABA head, TT High lift valve springs, Titanium retainers, Mk4 lifters, Adjustable Cam Sprocket, Custom intake manifold with ABA Throttle body, external oil cooler.
-Eurosport 4-2-1header and exhaust
-Diesel motor mounts w/ poly front snub mount
-New clutch cable 06/2012
-9A tranny w/100m Axles, Missing Links shift linkage, ACT Pressure Plate, ATE Vented/Slotted rotors w/ EBC green stuff pads, New brake vaccum booster

Suspension, Wheel & Tire:

-KW Variant 2 damping adjustable coilovers (needs 2 stripped collars replaced – ride height not adjustable in rear at this time)
-Autotech Solid Rear Swaybar (28mm) (comes with front 19mm off car)
-Eurosport Upper Front and Rear stress bars
-16V Lower Tie Bar
-Poly Rear Axle and Front A-arm bushings
-14×6.5 BBS Basketweaves with 185/60R/14 tires


-Brakes need new pads at some point soon. Not urgent, but at some point in the near future.
-Paint looks very good, but does have rock chips in a few sections. Mainly at front of hood and behind front wheels.

I like the way this Scirocco is done up. Period items such as the Zender spoiler and BBS wheels combined with the Euro bumpers and other interesting touches give this car a fresh look. Oftentimes tuner rides are way overdone and this car is tasteful while different enough to stand out from the crowd. If I had to take a stab, I’d say somewhere between $6,000 to $8,000 is where the final bid will land. Overall, a very nice example of a Volkswagen model that is becoming less and less common.


1993 BMW ItalDesign Nazca

The M1 left a lasting impression on BMW. In 2008, BMW rolled out the M1 Homage Concept at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este near Lake Como in Italy and it got people wondering whether BMW will dabble in the supercar market once again. Back in the 1990s, there was similar chatter after a concept designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro hit the scene with a mid mounted 5.0 liter V12. With only three prototypes built, it certainly isn’t every day you see a Nazca up for sale. This particular one for sale in New Zealand is advertised as a 1993 model and has an Alpina tuned V12 producing 379 horsepower. Three versions were produced, including a Spyder in 1993, this was a departure from the usual one-off mentality that surrounds concept vehicles.

1993 BMW ItalDesign Nazca

One of only 3 ever Produced. Design styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro. BMW 5.7 litre Alpina V12 Engine (Top Speed 203 mph). Blue with Blue Leather. Right Hand Drive. 5 Speed Manual. Unregistered, still new with factory Delivery Kms Only

While this car is advertised as a 1993 model, it is modeled after the 1991 M12 version of the Nazca. This is because this particular example was manufactured by Italdesign for the Sultan of Brunei, who specified the higher horsepower Alpina V12. The pictures don’t do this vehicle justice, as it shows a lot of dust and dirt on the car. I would hope for a better presentation when spending $1.1 million USD on a vehicle. Personally, I would be surprised if this car eventually sells at that price, given the amount of supercar that buys these days (ahem Veyron).