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.

-Paul

1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16v

The Volkswagen Scirocco 16V needs little introduction. In the U.S., this was as hot as the A1 VW chassis ever got. If you really hoped that Doc was going to tell you to kick it to 88 mph and you were 18, this was as close to a DeLorean as you were going to get. But the 16V wasn’t just about 80s door stopper styling; it had some good for the day performance in the form of the DOHC 1.8 stuffed under the hood. Remember when cars proudly displayed their DOHC and 16V stickers? Okay, so it was a bit overdone, but it was sort of like a Boy Scout badge of speed. The Scirocco 16V was no exception to the rule even though it wasn’t the quickest wedge on the block. Still, most were thrashed and trashed so it’s not often a nice one comes around for sale, like this splendid Tornado Red example:

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Year: 1988
Model: Scirocco
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 114,350 mi
Price: No reserve auction

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This is the nicest 16 Valve Scirocco you will find, it runs like new. Rust free, a great collector car. It is perfect in every way. It really drives like a new car, tons of power and the motor sounds great. Need sunroof shade and sunroof a little faded. Other than that it really is perfect. It really should be in a new VW showroom. If you have any questions please call 518-229-7280, Shane. Look at pics, they show you how amazing the car is.

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Okay, the good first. Seriously, it’s just very difficult to find an unmolested 16V Scirocco. Red is a great color for that car – I always seem to see black or white ones, and Tornado Red suits the design well and stands out from the crowd. It looks to be in very good shape and all there. You’ve got a blank canvas to do as many or as few mods as you’d like (may I suggest Euro lights and bumpers, pretty please?) The bad? Well, at 114,000 miles, I’m pretty sure it’s not a museum piece or showroom worthy. I can spot quite a few flaws from the not greatly detailed photos, so there are probably more to be seen in person. There is no mention of major service history. Many of the 16Vs had transmission issues and electrical problems – what VW from the 80s didn’t? I’m having a hard time stomaching those Testarossa side decals, and depending on how long they’ve been on there that could be a larger paint issue. Finally, it’s in New York, and try though they might, I’d be wary about rust issues if I was serious about collecting this car.

All of that said, it will be interesting to see where the value ends up on this specimen. The low mileage 83 I wrote up a few weeks ago cleared $13,000. I’d be really surprised to see the value of this car go that high, even though it’s arguably a much more desirable version of the platform – it just doesn’t appear to be as nice and has over 100,000 miles on the clock. As Audi Coupe GT and Volkswagen GTI values continue to climb seemingly by the month, it will be interesting to see if this car is snapped up by someone who is speculating the market will be driven higher, or someone who’s been looking for just this clean of a 16V. Either way, I would think of this car more as a very clean driver, and enjoy that ride up with tachometer rather than stick it into a garage. What would you do?

-Carter

1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

Probably like a lot of people out there, I have a neighbor with a Karmann Ghia sitting in his driveway, rotting away. It’s a sad sight that I walk past everyday. I’ve asked him what he’s doing with it and like many, he plans to rebuild it “someday.” All too often, though, “someday” never comes and these project cars change hands – the lucky ones eventually may be rebuilt and live to see another day, but many fade into a distant rusty memory. Occasionally, though, you find someone who’s “someday” has already come and gone and they’re looking to move on. Such is the case with today’s Karmann Ghia, a nicely resto-modded red example:

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Year: 1970
Model: Karmann Ghia Coupe
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: “1,000” mi
Price: $12,000 Buy it Now

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Up for sale is our very special 1970 Volkswagen (VW) Karmann Ghia. This car has a lot of sentimental value for my wife and me. It was the car we built and drove off on our wedding day. This car was completely rebuilt from the ground up. It had been in storage for over thirteen years and a few years back my uncle and I took on the task. Not only is it special because it was a family project completed by my wife, myself (Gulf-War Veteran), and it was also worked-on by my uncle who is a disabled mechanic (One missing arm). We are only the second family to have owned this car and it is solid. I have driven this car all over the state of Florida without any trouble whatsoever. Unfortunately due to rising medical bills and all other problems that come with life, we need to sell the car in order to maintain more important things.

Not long ago I had a new engine completed and installed. The new engine has less than 1,000 miles, and it does not leak a drop of oil, and it turns on without any trouble. If you have not noticed or are not familiar with these cars, notice that I have tried to keep the car looking as much as possible to earlier model Ghias. I have changed the large front turn signals to late 60’s model nipple turn signals. I have also omitted the large rear square reflectors and the dash has been redone. I took off the lower black padding and the wood grain sticker that used to surround the dashboard. All of the padding holes have been sealed and the dash painted the same body color.

While you are looking at these pictures keep in mind that we built this car to drive on a daily basis and enjoy it, not just keep it as a trailer queen. It does not have Air Conditioning (AC) but I did place a fan that resembles an AC unit and blows hard. Whatever minor flaws the car has are not very notable on it, so feel confident you are getting a good car. I will welcome any independent person to come look over the car. I have been around Karmann Ghias since 1986.

I will also provide you with all the pictures of the car before, during, and after the restoration as well as all the paperwork to document the maintenance and new parts to the car. Call or Text Marcos at 786-338-1679, just email me. I can also email you any additional pictures that you request. I will post all questions asked, so fell free to write and bid with confidence.

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While not the best driving car the world has seen, the Karmann Ghia offered boatloads of style at a budget price. It may not have been a sports car like its Porsche cousins, but if an alien landed in front of a Karmann Ghia parked next to a late 356, you’d have a hell of a time explaining why the Porsche is worth five to ten times what the Volkswagen is. Today’s model is a perfect example of how it’s much easier to buy a car that’s been restored than to try to do it yourself. Sure, you could buy a cheaper car and spend a bunch making it right, but unless you have a very different vision than what this car is, this is a better and cheaper way to get there quickly.

The seller not only has a great story to go with the car, but also shows genuine love and, at least in my mind, did all of the right things to make this Ghia stand out. It looks splendid in red with tan interior, and while it looks good enough to pop into a show I’m glad it’s a driver and can be used. Aside from changing the steering wheel, I’d like to know how many miles are on the chassis, although I doubt that would be a deal breaker. The seller undoubtedly has much more money into the car than the $12,000 asking price even without counting the sweat equity. Top it off with a set of stories that will captivate the crowd at the local car event when they ask where you got it, and you’ve got yourself a well bought classic.

-Carter

1985 Volkswagen Scirocco Storm

The Volkswagen Scirocco is one of those cars I miss. True, they are selling a new version elsewhere in the world, but I still have fond memories of this fastback, which seems to have all but disappeared from today’s roads. Every now and then I’ll come across one in decent nick and this Scirocco Storm brought over from the United Kingdom caught my attention. For sale in Pennsylvania, it’s a right hand drive model, which could pose a problem in certain driving situations stateside. But for the Volkswagen enthusiast who has everything, this modern classic would raise some eyebrows at the next club meet.

Year: 1985
Model: Scirocco Storm
Engine: 1.8 liter inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 164,270 miles
Price: $5,700

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My Scirocco Storm is up for sale. It’s a registered in 1985 Scirocco Storm, one of 600 total, and of 300 made in this colour. It has factory electric windows, matching blue interior (leather seats/door cards/carpet/dashboard/trunk cover etc), headlight washers and the awesome 112hp European Golf GTi 1.8L 8v non-catalyst and manual CIS injection engine. Everything works well, the windows, speedo, etc etc, although the MFA is hit-or-miss with what it want to display. Obviously it’s full European Spec so Euro bumpers, headlights, turn signals, taillights, body kit, etc.

It does have the original Storm logos on the front and rear. This was important to me when buying it. You can see more details on the well known special edition here: http://website.lineone.net/~dr.dub/mk2ext.htm. I imported it personally, with all federal importation paperwork completed. It has a standard Pennsylvania title in my name, which will be transferred to the new owner. I am asking $5,700 with the recently fitted coilovers and a set of standard wheels or BYOW). The 15″ European market forged Castellettes with good 165/45/15″ tires can be included for a additional $500.

The car has 160k miles on it, and has a recently fitted exhaust, water pump and other parts. It drives very well, and has been driven all over the East Coast when the weather’s been good. It was used by the assistant editor of Performance VW magazine for his trip to H2Oi last year, and was quoted as being the reason he sold his MkV and got into a older VW, which I thought was pretty cool.

I would describe it as a survivor – the original paint has clear issues on the horizontal surfaces (a-pillars, fenders, roof), and the roof paint has obvious imperfections too. The hood and cowl have been repainted by a previous owner. The interior is similar – it’s all original spec but the dash and leather wheel are showing some cracks, and the front seats have been re-dyed (they actually look quite similar in person). There is a spot of rust showing on the passenger door, and other small spots, underneath looks good. It’s ready to drive and maybe to show, and I do personally like it with age related slight-patina, but overall it’s very solid. You can see various scratches and marks on the body in the photos, but it has somehow stayed relatively ding free.

Test drives are welcome, on the passenger seat with no money, or you can drive if you’re serious and bring money. If you just want to do so because it’s a right-hand drive car, please be honest with me though. It is currently registered as a Antique vehicle in Pennsylvania and is on a classic insurance policy with a agreed value substantially higher than my asking price.

Last month we featured a 1984 Scirocco Wolfsburg Edition that sold for just over $4,600. That car had about 50,000 less miles on the clock. This Storm has the rarity factor going for it and I like the fact that it has been left fairly untouched cosmetically. You will, however, have to get used to driving a right-hand drive car in a left-hand drive country, which could be fun…until you get to a drive-thru window.

-Paul

1990 Volkswagen Corrado G60

The Corrado always gets a lot of love from the Volkswagen faithful and has been recognized as an up and coming classic in various automotive media outlets. However, when people fawn over this sports car for regular volk, more often than not its the VR6 engined Corrado that gets all the attention. The earlier G60 model, with it’s G-lader supercharged four cylinder engine gets a bit overlooked. Has the time come for these early model Corrados? This G60 for sale in Illinois is a two owner vehicle with a shade over 80,000 miles that looks rather fresh with a recent repaint.

Year: 1990
Model: Corrado G60
Engine: 1.8 liter supercharged inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 82,400
Price: $6,500 Buy It Now

1990 Volkswagen Corrado G60 on eBay

I am selling a 1990 Volkswagen Corrado G60. This uniquely rarely seen car runs great, is extremely clean inside and out, and is in very good condition. It has just over 82,000 original miles and I am the 2nd owner of this car. The 1st owner maintained this vehicle well and kept good records. It has a 1.8-liter 5-speed manual supercharged engine, 158 horsepower, 4-wheel disc brakes, 15-inch wheels, an and active rear spoiler which extends automatically when the car reaches 45 miles per hour. Standard features include power windows and mirrors, power door locks, air conditioning, rear window defrost, fog lights, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, an AM/FM/cassette stereo system, and a sliding power sunroof. Everything works on this car and is a blast to drive.

The car has been recently upgraded with:

new paint job
front brakes and rotors
new battery
plugs and wires
new tires
new heater core
new A/C compressor, condenser and radiator

Please read up on this car by doing a search on the internet before contacting me. There’s plenty of info available if you want to know more about the history of Corrados. Serious inquiries only please at roland1231@prodigy.net.

Corrado G60 prices have always trailed the VR6 model, unsurprisingly. If this car is as good as it looks, $6,500 isn’t too far off the mark. Between $4,000 and $6,000 is about what you can expect to pay for a G60 in decent shape. The only problem is that cars such as the BMW E36 M3 or a nice E30 325is can be had for not much more money. The Corrado certainly has its merits, but if it were my money, I’d be gunning for the M3 (or a VR6 engined Corrado).

-Paul

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.

-Paul

1993 Volkswagen Corrado

The Corrado is one of my favorite VWs of all time…in theory. Ever since I saw a Nugget Yellow G60 in Car and Driver circa 1989 I was bitten. Then the VR6 SLC came out and it was all over; the noise that those cars make is one of the best. Over the years Corrados have popped up for sale and for some reason or another I have passed, and I’m not sure why. Part of me thinks it’s a subconscoius defense mechanism keeping me safe from problematic cars or maybe I just like the idea of the Corrado more than the car itself.

The Corrado was a VAG developed and Karmann built sports car that was originally intended to be the successor to the aging 944, however that never came to fruition and it was released under the VW marque. Based on the VW MK2 Golf chassis, the Corrado was originally offered with the Supercharged 1.8l 4 cylinder G60 engine and later with the legendary VR6 narrow angle V6 powerplant. In both variations the Corrado was a quick and fun little car to drive, but the reliability left alot to be desired.

Year:1993
Model:Corrado
Engine: 2.8L VR6
Transmission: 5 speed manual
Mileage:109,000
Price:$5300

1993 Volkswagen Corrado on craigslist

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This is a 1993 Volkswagon Corrado in Very Good condition. Good luck finding another as clean as this one is. It has a V6 VR6 and a 5-speed manual transmission. The car has a CLEAN title and only 109,000 original miles! Ice cold A/C and warm heat! This car is loaded with power windows, locks, mirrors, sun roof, premium sound, and very nice leather! As you can see this car has been taken care of extremely well and never neglected. Only asking $5,300. Call March: 602 330 5309

While generally plagued with reliability issues, mostly of the electrical persuasion, the Corrado has a love/hate relationship with VW enthusiasts. More often than not these cars ar an electrical nightmare, with the trick rear spoiler and sunroof being two of the most common failures. These are items to certainly keep in mind with looking at these cars. With over 100K miles, it is also good to look at the timing chains and tensioners. It’s a bonus if they are already done, as it’s a pricey fix.

All in all this Corrado looks like it’s well kept, and with reasonably priced at $5,300. For anyone in the market for a Corrado, this would be a great pick up.

-Brian

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.

-Paul