BUT I CAN AFFORD A VOLKSWAGEN SCIROCCO
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.