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.
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.