BUT I CAN AF­FORD A VOLK­SWA­GEN SCIROCCO

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Dream Cars For Bargain Money -

JAMES SADLIER I’ve wanted a DeLorean ever since my mother took me to the Haynes Mo­tor Mu­seum to see one. I couldn’t be­lieve a car could look so good – I al­most didn’t care how it drove. Its sleek, an­gu­lar lines and brushed stain­less steel fin­ish just made it a work of art in my mind. A cou­ple of years later I was leav­ing the cin­ema after watch­ing Back to the Fu­ture Part II and a sil­ver Volk­swa­gen Scirocco MkII whizzed by. I im­me­di­ately saw sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the two and saw it as an af­ford­able al­ter­na­tive.

It is un­canny that both of th­ese fine clas­sics were both launched in 1981 and are very sim­i­lar in per­for­mance and styling. Even their top speeds are the same. The DMC-12 might be faster away from the lights, but the fuel econ­omy of the Scirocco would make it less painful to my not-so-bulky wal­let!

Nei­ther car dis­ap­points when it comes to the drive. The DeLorean has more street-cred, but I’d have to cham­pion the fun that the Scirocco de­liv­ers. You can have a laugh on the B-road and it’s ro­bust enough to han­dle daily driv­ing. Yet an­other plus point about the Scirocco is that pro­duc­tion ran for 11 years, with 291,497 mod­els built, some­what more than DeLorean man­aged. There­fore, there should be plenty for sale to choose from, plus good parts avail­abil­ity.

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