VW Scirocco

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Andy Tal­bot

EN­GINE 1781cc/4-cyl/OHC POWER 95bhp@5500rpm TORQUE 105lb ft@3000rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 112mph 0-60MPH 10sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 28-34mpg TRANS­MIS­SION FWD, five-speed man­ual MoT May 2018 ODOME­TER 41,604 miles WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

The GTX’s in­jected en­gine fires up con­fi­dently from cold and idles steadily and qui­etly. The unas­sisted steer­ing is re­spon­sive and cor­ner­ing is se­cure. Gear se­lec­tion is pre­cise with no slop and the clutch isn’t too heavy. Brak­ing is bal­anced and con­fi­dence-in­spir­ing. It’s still on its orig­i­nal dampers, but the ride is a good com­pro­mise be­tween com­fort and stiff­ness for sporty cor­ner­ing.

BODY­WORK CHECK

The Flash Sil­ver body­work is ex­em­plary. These cars of­ten suf­fer from rust and poor trim fit, but this rare sur­vivor has very good body­work with no cor­ro­sion, bub­bling or scrapes. The pan­els are all prop­erly aligned and free from any scratches, while a look un­der­neath re­veals it to be clean and rust-free. The rare Pirelli P-slot al­loy wheels – hard to find and of­ten miss­ing their cen­tre caps – are un­marked and shod with good 185/60 R14 tyres all round; Nexen N Blue Ecos up front and Event GL695s at the rear. Front fog lamps are the cor­rect type and un­dam­aged. The body kit fits cor­rectly all round, sug­gest­ing that it has never been re­moved. Some of the paint at the front of the car has been re­fur­bished but there are no colour mis­match is­sues.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

There is min­i­mal fad­ing on the tops of the grey seats and a slight split in the side pip­ing of the driver’s seat, but the bol­sters are in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion. There are no cracks in the dash­board and the orig­i­nal dealer-fit Blaupunkt Cam­bridge ra­dio/cas­sette player still works, as does all of the other switchgear, in­clud­ing the MFA dash com­puter and dis­play. The head­lin­ing and car­pets are fresh and the hardto-find rub­ber boot liner is in great shape.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

It’s a very orig­i­nal bay, with some ac­cept­ably aged com­po­nents, such as the rocker and tim­ing belt cov­ers, which have slight sur­face rust. Coolant, oil and fluid lev­els are to the cor­rect lev­els and the hoses are free of splits. The ra­di­a­tor is in good con­di­tion, with no dam­age to the fins or any signs that it may have leaked in the past. Most of the fac­tory la­bels are still in place and the whole area looks cared­for and orig­i­nal. The ex­haust is a re­cent re­place­ment. The car also comes com­plete with a wealth of pa­per­work, man­u­als and a stamped-up ser­vice book.

THE CCW VIEW

The Scirocco may lack the Golf GTI’s ul­ti­mate de­sir­abil­ity, but the pedi­gree is still there at a frac­tion of the price. A low-mileage Scirocco GTX in this sort of con­di­tion is a rare find and likely to be on the radar of any col­lec­tor of clas­sic Volk­swa­gens in years to come. It of­fers com­fort, sporti­ness, prac­ti­cal­ity and GTI her­itage, all wrapped up in a stylish Gior­getto Gi­u­giaro shape.

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