1973 Volkswagen Type III Squareback

So, you’d like to buy an old air-cooled Volkswagen. Great! But the Beetle is just too common for you. The Bus is just too hippie-chic and expensive to get a good one? Don’t want the etch-a-sketch styled Thing? Karmann Ghia I found for you a little too pricey, you say? Have a thing for wagons? Well, I have the car for you then, if you insist on being different than everyone else. Welcome, my hard to please friends, to today’s 1973 Volkswagen Type III Squareback.


Year: 1973
Model: Type III Squareback
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 95,135 mi
Price: $6,000 Buy It Now

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1973 Volkswagen Squareback Type III … 95,135 Original Miles
Bosch Electronic Fuel Injection
Engine: 4 Cyl, 1.6L
Transmission: Auto
VIN: 3632016210
Exterior: Red
Interior: Grey
Body Style: Wagon

This very rare, ONE owner, California Wagon has automatic transmission, original VW radio, factory rear defog and electronic fuel injection.

Engine is in good shape, does not smoke, does not leak, nice and quiet. Runs very strong. Transmission feels perfect, shifts without any problems, without delay, and without noise. Suspension is in excellent shape, car tracks nice and straight. There is no evidence of any electrical problems.

The exterior is in Excellent shape for a 1973. Leather seats, carpet floor and glass are all in great shape. There is NO rust anywhere on the car. Interior of this car is Nice and Clean. This Wagon has four matching tires that are mounted on good straight rims. It will be sold with a clear title and it will be sold as-is, where-is.


Now, I know what you’re going to say. “But, it’s an automatic!”, you’re screaming at your screen as you furious type comments questioning my sanity. But stay with me for a moment, if you please. You’re not buying a sports car. You’re not even buying a sporty car. You’re looking at a neat, rare older Volkswagen. Seriously, I see Beetles on a regular basis still (even in the rusty North East), and as I mentioned in the last post my neighbor has a Karmann Ghia sitting in front of his house. A VW Bus is never far away from anyone. But when was the last time you saw one of these things out cruising? The “automatic” badge proudly displayed on the flanks reminds us that there was a point where this was a valued option on these cars. In terms of style, this car evokes memories of some older British Austin wagons, or even a scaled down Volvo 122 Wagon, and to me, that’s a good thing.

I know, it’s not for everyone, and that’s fine – but we like to show all sorts of cars, some of which you may not even realize exist, and this car fits right into that mold. It looks to be in fantastic “survivor” condition, and is priced appropriately in un-restored condition at $6,000. I’m willing to bet you could buy this car, drive it on Sundays and to shows with the family for a few years, and sell it at a small profit having done very little to it. Sure, a few people may snicker and question your sanity as well, but I’d wager a few more will appreciate seeing something you just don’t see every day anymore.


1983 Volkswagen Scirocco Wolfsburg Edition

The water cooled Volkswagen crowd was, for many years, a fickle bunch. If it didn’t say “GTi”, “GLi” or “16V” somewhere on it, it just wasn’t really considered to be very cool. In the past few years, though, things have changed and appreciation for the broader range of models has increased. While at one time if you didn’t have a GTi you weren’t part of the “in” crowd, the VW shows have increasingly filled with more obscure models as owners try to find more unique survivors to stand out. This 1983 Scirocco Wolfsburg Edition is the perfect opportunity to show up your friends at the next Volkswagen meet:


Year: 1983
Model: Scirocco Wolfsburg Edition
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 6,484 miles
Price: No reserve auction

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This is quite possibly the finest original, unmolested 1983 scirocco left in existence. This rust free car has 6,484 actual miles! The car runs, drives and smells like the day it was new.

The car was purchased new 30 years ago in July of 1983, driven very little, then stored for 26 years. I purchased the car from a collector in Los Angeles 4 years ago with 4,700 miles on it. The original factory window sticker and owners manuals are with the car as well as the original spare tire and tool kit which has never been used or out of the car. The cigarette lighter and ashtray are in unused condition as well. A new set of P185/R60-14 Toyo Eclipse tires and a new battery were installed in the last year as well as a fresh oil change this month. The car needs nothing. The car has never been detailed and does not need it, It has never been dirty.

The interior is impeccable! It shows no sign of cracks, wear or fading. The only flaw is on the right side of the hood near the windshield where something hit it and left less than a one inch crack in the paint. All the rubber moldings are soft and pliable with no cracking. Both AutoCheck and Carfax are clean, the car has never been hit or in a accident of any kind. It still retains all of it’s original paint and look great! The car starts and runs great with NO oil or other fluids leaking from car. It came from the factory with A/C and it blows ice cold. If you Google “1983 Volkswagen Scirocco Wolfsburg GT” on the internet it will pull up more information and pictures on THIS CAR. If I can answer any questions or to set up an appointment to see this incredible car, please call Mike @ (406)-360-1288.

Remember a car like this is only original once, and you could not restore one this nice!

I have been collecting nice, honest cars for the past 25 years and will be selling off about a dozen of them the next few months so check back. Thank you.


Much like the 924S I covered recently, the “Buy it Now” price – $13,500 – is at the highest point for this particular model. Also like the 924S, this isn’t in general the most desirable Scirocco, which is usually reserved for the first generation and 16V models. However, it’s simply impossible to replicate the condition that this vehicle is in or low miles that are on the clock. As a survivor, it stands alone as a near museum-quality piece of Volkswagen history. Is it worth $13,500? That’s a hard question to answer. Harder still will be to answer what you do with it – keep it in a climate controlled display area as one of the last of its kind, or drive and enjoy it? I think if you could get the asking price in the $8000-9,000 range you’d have a fantastic weekend warrior to enjoy both at the show and on the go!


1980 VW Scirocco

MK1 Sciroccos have always been a favorite of mine. When searching for a second car a few years ago, my decision was between a ‘77 Scirocco, and the ‘84 GTI that I ultimately bought. The biggest challenge in buying an old car in New England is rust. Finding a clean rust free example in this region is like snapping a picture of Bigfoot having tea with the Loch Ness Monster.

If there were a list of harshest climates for cars to live in, New England would have to rank somewhere near the top.  So how does a 32 year old car like this Scirocco in Presque Isle, Maine stay so clean? With 47K original miles, it’s easy to see this car saw very little road time, and I’d be willing to bet no winters during it’s live in Northern New England.



1980 VW Scirocco on thesamba.com

This is a very rare, original 1980 Scirocco with just 47,000 miles. The car was originally sold in Manchester NH and somehow avoided suffering the same rusty fate as virtually all other New England Sciroccos. I don’t have the exact story, but it was stored for decades. A Samba member told me that he looked at this car in 1998 and it had been stored in a garage for the previous 10 years at that time. A business owner and collector in Hartford CT eventually acquired the car several years ago and performed a mechanical restoration to make it his sunny day daily driver. The car is now in perfect running condition with new belts, hoses, water pump, starter, brakes, Borla exhaust, battery, struts and tires on perfect original wheels without any curb rash. The fuel injection system was also sorted as the car had not been driven for an extended period. That also included a new gas tank, injectors, pressure regulator, fuel distributor, fuel pump and more. This car has the optional 5-speed transmission for relaxed highway cruising, a solid 35 mpg and very precise shifting. I’d drive this car cross-country tomorrow without question. It starts instantly, pulls strong and smooth, and doesn’t make any funny noises, smells or hesitations. I had forgotten how much low end grunt these cars have. The exhaust has a really nice note to it with Borla dual pipes from the rear muffler. The car runs and drives like new. It’s tight and feels just like I remember from decades ago…it has a certain buzziness. I had also forgotten about the reclined driving position in the Scirocco. Even though I’m older and heavier than 30 years ago, it’s still comfortable. This car doesn’t have the sunroof, so there’s ample headroom for tall guys like me.
When I acquired the car, the paint was totally original, but had enough flaws that I decided to paint both sides in the original color. These flaws included some door dings, a stain under the fuel cap, clear coat peel and some surface rust along the bottom of the doors. This work was done professionally. I left the remainder of the paint intact. The color is L98G, platinum metallic. In case I haven’t been clear, there is no rust on this car and there is no filler. There has not been any collision repair. The doors fit perfectly and have that nice quality “thunk” when closed.
I mentioned that there’s just 47,000 miles and the odometer does work. I don’t have a trail of paperwork, but I’ve had a lot of cars and the interior of the car truly supports the odometer. The red vinyl seats have absolutely no wear…not even on the bolster where you get in and out. They really look and feel new. The pedal pads look right for the mileage with no wear. The red carpet looks like new with no decades of ground-in dirt and stains. The headliner looks new. The steering wheel looks and feels new. The cargo area looks new with none of the usual scratches and scuffs…especially on the black cardboard pieces and the painted areas. Even the carpet on the top of the cargo cover isn’t faded! There’s no rust under the spare tire. The door panels have never been cut for speakers. All of the rubber seals and trim are excellent. That’s the advantage of northern cars. Rubber and trim gets baked in the South and West, but not in northern New England. The only letdown is that the obligatory dash cracks are there. However, I’ve never actually seen a used Scirocco Mk 1 without dash cracks. I have to wonder if such a thing exists. The radio was updated to a modern Kenwood unit, but period VW AM/FMs are easily obtainable. All in all, the interior is so nice and original, I think it’s as close as anyone will come to having the same sensation felt on the showroom floor 32 years ago. It’d be nice to detail the engine compartment, but it has the original cosmoline all over everything. It’s original and it’s a royal pain to remove, so I left it as it came from the dealer. There are no leaks at all.
If you want a well sorted original Mk 1 as you remember from decades ago, this is the one. It really is low mileage, it’s not rusted or wrecked, the interior hasn’t been baked or mildewed, and it never suffered from under-financed youthful ownership (i.e. neglect and modification). These cars will probably increase significantly in value during the next 10 years as there’s a lot of people with fond memories and high regard for the Mk 1…and they are very hard to find. The price of this car should be cheaper than buying a tired $1-2K example and performing a time-consuming restoration. Another consideration is to use this car as a daily driver. At this price, it’s half the price of a new entry-level car and won’t depreciate if maintained well.


While the market for vintage water-cooled VWs is definitely on the rise, this Scirocco is priced a little too strong, even for an original low mile car like this.  With the usual issues that come with age, deteriorating interior, and the usual wear and tear.  While replacement parts for these are hard to come by, they’re out there, which makes this car a few internet searches away from being perfect.

With high retail on these cars at $5,500, all things considered, this car is worth $6,000 all day long, and with the low mileage, I’d even be willing to stretch to $6,250.  Whether or not it can be had for that, will all come down to how motivated the seller is.



Super Low Miles BMW e30 M3 For Sale

BringATrailer spotted this 4k mile e30 M3 earlier this summer and I blogged it as well on my old blog. It’s an interesting discussion piece as it’s likely one of the nicest survivors in the world, and carries an absurd asking price of $55k.

I post it again here for those who haven’t seen it yet and because my memory was sparked when a thread on VWVortex showed up and a lengthy discussion ensued concerning this car.

What’s your take?


Update: This listing is pretty out of date. Consider one of these early e30 M3’s instead!

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