Buy­ing Guide: The rak­ish VW Scirocco MkII

Coupés were big busi­ness in the 1980s, and the Scirocco was one of the very best. De­spite this, it has a sur­pris­ingly low pro­file – here’s how to grab a good ex­am­ple while prices are still low

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling - WORDS Richard Dredge PHOTOGRAPHY Magic Car Pics

‘A hand­ful of 16-valvers made it to the UK from Europe’

The orig­i­nal Volk­swa­gen Scirocco of 1974 was much ad­mired for its svelte Gi­u­giaro-penned lines, but by the time a heav­ily re­vised model ap­peared al­most a decade later it was long over­due; a more re­fined, bet­ter pack­aged car was des­per­ately needed and the Scirocco MkII didn’t dis­ap­point.

Now, a quar­ter of a cen­tury af­ter the fi­nal MkII was made, the model has started to fade into ob­scu­rity, even though the name is still a part of the cur­rent VW range. While the Scirocco en­joys a cult fol­low­ing, the Ger­man coupé has a lower pro­file than many more es­tab­lished clas­sics so val­ues are still ridicu­lously low, al­though good, un­mo­lested ex­am­ples can be hard to find.

The Scirocco is one of those cars that will be­come al­most ex­tinct at some point – and only then will clas­sic car fans who may have been con­sid­er­ing buy­ing one re­alise that it’s too late. If you want prac­ti­cal­ity, style and strength in one af­ford­able pack­age, then few cars de­liver like the MkII. Less rust-prone than its pre­de­ces­sor, the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion Scirocco is also com­pletely us­able in the cut and thrust of mod­ern traf­fic. For every­day use, it’s best to seek out some­thing with an in­jected 1.8-litre en­gine; UK cars got only an eight-valve ver­sion of this but Euro­pean buy­ers were of­fered a 16-valver too, a hand­ful of which made their way here. While some Scirocco MkII s are now cher­ished – and as a re­sult have cash lav­ished upon them – there are many ex­am­ples out there that are hang­ing on by a thread. And al­though any Scirocco will go twice round the clock if it’s looked af­ter prop­erly, many have been heav­ily abused over the years and more still have been clocked. Try to buy a car with a thick his­tory file and cher­ish it, be­cause sur­vivors are get­ting rare.

Func­tional in­te­rior is sim­i­lar to the Golf Mkii’s, but trim avail­abil­ity for some mod­els is poor.

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