1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V – REVISIT


Our reader Larry noticed the nicely restored 1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V we wrote up earlier this month is back up for auction, with a Buy It Now price of $5,000. At that price, you couldn’t replicate the condition of this model and it looks like a good deal. If yesterday’s mint black Scirocco 16V got you excited but is too rich for you, here’s a cheaper way::

The below post originally appeared on our site April 11, 2014:

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Last week, Nate wrote up a great Tornado Red Scirocco 16V, and while I disagree with his claim that it’s more attractive than the Audi Coupe, otherwise we see eye to eye – these are great little performance hatchbacks that can be run on a budget. Unfortunately, nearly everyone in the VW world already discovered that and finding clean, unmolested examples is quite difficult. Nate longed for some teardrop wheels on his example, and I’m happy to oblige with today’s super clean example, replete with the nicer Euro-bits, too:

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1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V

Last week, Nate wrote up a great Tornado Red Scirocco 16V, and while I disagree with his claim that it’s more attractive than the Audi Coupe, otherwise we see eye to eye – these are great little performance hatchbacks that can be run on a budget. Unfortunately, nearly everyone in the VW world already discovered that and finding clean, unmolested examples is quite difficult. Nate longed for some teardrop wheels on his example, and I’m happy to oblige with today’s super clean example, replete with the nicer Euro-bits, too:

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1986 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V

It’s been about a month since we last wrote up a Scirocco 16V, a neat economy hatchback with plenty of 1980s character and styling. The 16V was and still is a perennial favorite of the VW crowd, who generally modify them to make them better performers and turners. Few seem to remain in pristine, original shape anymore – and this isn’t one of them, but it is a first-year model with some tasteful modifications that might be a good canvas for the VW loyal:

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1978 Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel L

When one talks about dream Mk.1 Volkswagens, the Rabbit Diesel L usually doesn’t come to mind. Typically folks want an early gas model or the GTi, but this diesel may just sway a few people. Period correct (and back in vogue today) respray in brown over tan interior with a cabriolet body kit, this diesel looks neat and is sure to save you lots and lots of money at the pump. If Volkswagen was still importing Rabbits to the U.S. in 1991, this is what they would have looked like:

Year: 1978
Model: Rabbit Diesel L
Engine: 1.6 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 59,566 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

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I am selling my fully restored 1978 VW Rabbit Diesel. Runs and drives perfect.

The engine was replaced with rebuilt 1.6 L diesel engine and 5 speed manual transmission. New water pump, timing belt, bearings, piston

rings ( GOETZE brand), and new injectors. 59400 miles on the car, but only 500 miles on the rebuilt engine.

New battery, and heather core. No A/C.

New clutch, and clutch cable.

New (Brembo) front brakes and pads. new rear break shoes and wheel cylinder. New master brake cylinder, and emergency brake cable.

New struts (Sachs) and struts mounts on front, and new rear struts. All new wheel bearings (front and rear).

Nice 14″ aluminum wheels taken from 1990 Jetta with good used tires. Alignment and tire balance done.

Custom bumpers, grill, and double euro headlights (replacement H4 bulbs).

Car painted.

Interior looks great. New brown carpet, with original tan headliner, and clean tan leather seats. Two small cracks on dashboard (see picture).

Original radio, new door speakers. GTI console with gauges oil, temperature, and voltage.

For additional information call 330-328-4178

There is no doubt that a tremendous amount of work went into this L, and that’s pretty atypical. A careful buyer should be willing to pay a premium with all of this work done – with an engine overhaul, all the bodywork done, and a neat interior, if you want an earlier Rabbit that’s both show-worthy and an economical driver, this car suits the bill perfectly. I love the combination of the cabriolet pieces onto the 4 door Rabbit; I think it works perfectly without looking out of place. The teardrop alloys also fit perfectly, again looking correct without being out of place. As a period resto-mod piece, this car just strikes me as awesome. Reserve is still on but as of writing bidding is low; I’d expect the reserve is in the $5,000 – $7,000 range considering the amount of work that’s been put into this; at that price, it’d be well worth it.


1987 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V


Last month Paul wrote up a pristine white Scirocco 16V that shocked all of us when it hammered for $15,000. That, we’d like to remind you, was substantially more than it cost originally and as far as we know the most money a Scirocco of any sort had changed hands (minus some really cool Group 5 racers). Now we’ll get to see if that was a fluke or where the market is headed on these clean Karmann coupes, as a second pristine Scirocco has appeared with even lower miles than the white one. This time around it’s in the arguably more desirable Tornado Red – take a look at this time capsule survivor:


Year: 1987
Model: Scirocco 16V
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 66,280 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

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1987 VW Scirocco 16 Valve 66K

Hello eBayers! I am very excited to show you this new listing! This is a 1987 Volkswagen Scirocco 16 Valve 5-Speed finished in Tornado Red. This is a real car. Original paint, with the exception of the hood and bumpers, and 66,280 original miles. It comes with its original window sticker, all of the records showing the low mileage through the years, and service manual too.

Driving this car is like a trip through time. I have not seen an original survivor Scirocco like this in years. It is the car that I wish I had in high school but honestly never did. I had a few Sciroccos back then, but never a 16 valve. This is a non –sunroof version and the headroom is far better in these. Also, this car has manual roll down windows and Air Conditioning that blows ice cold.

The Scirocco is tight and clean and absolutely rust free. Not a trace of even surface type rust anywhere. It has lived its life in a garage, warm and dry. The original paint is still beautiful and bright. The weakest part of the finish is the hood that looks to have been re-sprayed 20 years ago and is not holding up as well as the rest of the car. Also, there is a small crease in the driver’s door. I almost had a dent doctor see if he could make the small crease go away with the magic they do but did not get a chance. Original cars are sad to paint, but the door may need to be repaired and the hood is an easy job, it is original to the car. Paint always fell off the bumpers of these cars and this one was no exception. They were repainted, but look great. The “16V” badge is missing from the rear, I hope it is making a nice necklace someplace.

The interior is in really good and original condition. The drivers bolster needs to be repaired but that is as bad as it gets. Carpet, headliner, dash, door panels, all beautiful. No smells or odors or surprises.

The car runs great and drives great too. No leaks or smoking or hard starts. The clutch is strong, the shift linkage is tight. The brakes stop straight and true and the VW goes straight down the road at any speed.

I hope the pictures demonstrate how nice this car really is. It could be perfect with the few cosmetic issues repaired. I wanted to showcase the car exactly as I found it. I didn’t even have to wash it. It has always been loved and cared for.

This VW has all of the vintage 80s appeal and will surely be one to hold on to for future appreciation.

I am setting the reserve very low and I know the Scirocco will sell the first go around as long as we all play by these rules.

#1. Only bid if you have intentions to buy.

#2. Ask any and all questions before bidding.

#3. Please contact me BEFORE BIDDING if you have zero or negative feedback.

#4. This is an AS-IS sale. I have done my best to describe it exactly as I see it but it has no warranties or guarantees except a clean and clear legal title after payment.

#5. I will not accept Pay-Pal for the balance payment of the VW. Pay-Pal for deposit only, balance must be paid by certified check or wire. Legitimate and legal buyers only please.

Just be real and genuine and I will make sure that the winning bidder is happy with his or her purchase. I have 100% positive feedback and I plan on keeping that. Also, I will end the sale for the right offer so don’t wait till the last second and worry about missing out. Just call me and we will work out a fair price..

I’m Justin my Phone number is 503-969-5127

Impressive is the one word I’d sum this car up with. Tornado Red is a hard color to keep looking great over time because of the lack of clearcoat – you really have to stay on top of it to keep it looking sharp. While the hood and bumper were resprayed the rest of the car looks immaculate, as do the hard to keep clean teardrop wheels. This was a base 16V, with roll up windows and no sunroof but taller folks not into older VW electrics will appreciate both of those items. The shots of the underneath of the car are downright impressive; coming from someone who lives New England, you just don’t see cars that look like that around here.

There are a few minor details that are in need of attention in a car of this caliber; the 16V badge is missing from the front, the hood rod catch is broken, and most notably the seat bolster on the driver’s side is ripped. However, I doubt any of those items will stop a die-hard Scirocco fan from loving this car. The Pacific Northwest has been a recent hotbed of rare Audi and Volkswagen finds, all of them commanding strong money. With this Scirocco in a reserve auction, will we see it come close to the 15K mark set by the white car? If any one can do it, this might just be the one.

Hat tip to our reader Nik for sending this one to us – thanks Nik and great find!


Generation Gap? 1988 VW GTi 16V v. 1998 VW GTi VR6 (edit)


In my recent Jetta GLi post, I took a look at two late model Jettas that were around the same price as an earlier A2 Jetta GLi 16v. In that post, I claimed that the Jetta was the red-headed step-child of Volkswagen. Well, if that’s the case, here is the good son – the GTi. Acclaimed as the original of the “Hot Hatch” market, the original A1 GTi gained weight before it even hit U.S. shores and never stopped eating. Each generation gained weight, options and complexity – and to make up for that, VW kept upping the power. From the simple 1.6 8V the original sported, it was up to 1.8 liters by the time it hit U.S. shores – then a few years later, gained 8 more valves, than another .2 liters in 1990, and finally made the jump to the narrow angle VR6 with its mighty 2.8 liters pumping out nearly double the horsepower of the original. Despite the changes, each generation has been revered by it’s own group of enthusiasts, and it’s rare to find original condition GTis over 10 years old. Today we have two examples that are pretty original from two very different generations -a 1988 GTi 16v and a 1998 GTi VR6. Let’s start with the 1988:


Year: 1988
Model: GTi 16v
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 169,700 mi
Price: $6,950

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1988 VOLKSWAGEN GTI, black, must see to appreciate. Very rare to find a GTI in this condition. runs and drives excellent. Alarm system, stereo abs brakes, air conditioning, alloy wheels, anti-lock brake system: 4-wheel abs, body style: hatchback 2-dr, cargo volume: 17.50 cu.ft., cassette player, curb weight-automatic: 2653 lbs, curb weight-manual: 2565 lbs, driver airbag, engine type: 2.0l l4 sohc 8v, front brake type: disc,front headroom: 37.50 in.,front hip room: 51.60 in.,front legroom: 42.30 in., front shoulder room: 54.00 in., front spring type: coil, front suspension: ind, fuel economy- city: 22 – 24 miles/gallon, fuel economy- highway: 29 – 31 miles/gallon, ground clearance: 4.80 in.,manual sunroof, maximum payload: 1072 lbs, maximum towing: 2000 lbs, overall height: 56.20 in., overall length: 160.40 in., overall width: 66.70 in., passenger airbag, passenger volume: 86.80 cu.ft.,power door locks, power windows, rear brake type: disc, rear headroom: 37.40 in., rear hip room: 52.10 in., rear legroom: 31.50 in., rear shoulder room: 54.60 in., rear spring type: coil, rear suspension: ind, rear window defogger, standard payload: 1072 lbs, standard seating: 5, standard towing: 2000 lbs, steering type: r&p, tachometer,tank: 14.50 gallon,tires: 195/60r14, track front: 57.50 in., track rear: 57.00 in., turning diameter: 32.80 in., wheelbase: 97.40 in., 169,700 miles, VIN: 1vwdc0176jv036393, Don’t miss our Big April Spring Cleaning Sale April 4-7th! Huge discounts on over 150 cars and trucks! Experience Cars at 2500 North Carson Street in Carson City; Experience the Difference!

This car is pretty interesting – it has the bumpers and headlights from a later model (1990 up) but is listed as an early car, which would mesh with the lack of automatic seatbelts. The bumpers are easy enough to swap, but most people don’t swap the fog lights in too. However, that attention to detail may indicate that the previous owner was a fanatic or enthusiast which is verified by the condition of the car – certainly better than most that you run across despite the mileage. The dealer offers little information but does claim ABS, something that didn’t appear until the Mk.3 GTi, but then they also say it’s an 8 valve when it clearly has double that. That may raise some warning flags, especially considering the price of the car. If the price and peaky 4 cylinder of this car are enough to push you away, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence; in this case, more Tornado Red in the form of this VR6 GTi:


Year: 1998
Model: GTi VR6
Engine: 2.8 liter narrow angle-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 151,270 mi
Price: $2,595 Buy It Now

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Fun little car that can save you money at the gas pump.

I have to thank the dealer for the overwhelming amount of information on this one. It appears from the Speedline-made wheels and shift knob to be one of the more desirable “Driver’s Edition” GTi VR6s. 1997 GTis were the only Driver’s Edition, while 1998 received the DE bits. It seems that A3 GTi VR6s are hard to come by in good original condition, but this one appears to be so. This is made even a bit more special by being one of the limited edition. Typically these cars are either heaps or heavily modified so it’s neat to see a clean original one, even if the miles are slightly higher. These are fun cars to drive, are fairly easy to work on, and reasonably cheap to keep running. The A3 doesn’t enjoy a reputation for being the most trouble-free Volkswagen ever made, but my experience overall owning a 97 Golf also in Tornado Red was pretty positive. There were some issues to overcome, but it was a great driving car and this one would be all the better with that sweet VR6 note these put out.

At half the price of the 16V, even taking into account the 16V is a harder car to come by in this condition, I’d have to go for the VR6. I do love the 16V GTis, but were I in the market I’d probably hold out for one in a color I’d prefer as this car is priced towards the top of the market. The VR6, on the other hand, looks great, is a great color, and is priced at the sweet spot to jump into ownership without too many concerns. Complaints about the Mk.3 compared to the Mk.2 were the same from Mk.2 to Mk. 1 – too big, too heavy, too complicated; these factors lead enthusiasts to claim VW lost it’s way and the original intent of the GTi. But looking at the fairly lightweight Mk.3 in comparison to the heavyweight Mk.4 and Mk. 5s, it’s downright tiny and relatively simple.

Which one would you have?