1973-1988 SCIROCCO MKI

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Volkswagen At 80 -

WHY WE LOVE IT Named af­ter a wind and kicks up a storm! The Scirocco was built on the Golf’s floor­pan and run­ning gear – even though it pre­dated it by six months. Styled by Gior­getto Gi­u­giaro and as­sem­bled by Kar­mann, this was ef­fec­tively a con­tem­po­rary fol­low-up to the out-dated Kar­mann-Ghia and a po­ten­tial ri­val to the then-all-con­quer­ing Ford Capri.

The three-door hatch­back coupé is of­fi­cially a four-seater, though there’s lim­ited space in the rear. If you can find a good, affordable Scirocco GTI MkI – which shared its in­jec­tion en­gine with the Golf GTI – you’ve done very well. The same can be said of a high-spec Storm model from 1979.

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS EN­GINE 1588cc/4-cyl/OHC POWER 85bh­p5600rpm TORQUE 92lb ft@3800rpm TOP SPEED 110mph 0-60MPH 8.5sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 24-27mpg TRANS­MIS­SION FWD, four-speed man­ual BUY­ING TIPS

It may rep­re­sent a new gen­er­a­tion of Volk­swa­gens but the Scirocco still at­tracts plenty of old style rust. In fact, if it is re­ally rough just walk away as sadly it re­ally won’t be worth­while tak­ing on.

There were spe­cific in­te­ri­ors for dif­fer­ent years and much of the orig­i­nal trim in good con­di­tion is now dif­fi­cult to source.

WHAT TO PAY CON­COURS £7000, GOOD £3000, AV­ER­AGE £1500, PROJECT £1000

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