1973-1988 SCIROCCO MKI
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