VW Scirocco

EN­GINE 1781cc/4-cyl/OHV POWER 112bhp@5800rpm TORQUE 112lb ft@3500rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 122mph 0-60MPH 11sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 22-26mpg TRANS­MIS­SION FWD, five-speed man­ual MoT May 2018 ODOME­TER 86,961 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Chris Hope

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

Fuel is fed by a car­bu­ret­tor, rather than fuel in­jec­tion, so while the en­gine sounds fan­tas­tic as the revs build, it doesn’t feel overly quick. The auto-choke takes some time to set­tle down, but the en­gine does even­tu­ally idle at around 1000rpm once up to tem­per­a­ture and de­liv­ers what power it has smoothly and with­out any hes­i­ta­tions. There are no clunks from the driv­e­train and the sus­pen­sion is spot-on, the car feel­ing re­ally planted when ne­go­ti­at­ing cor­ners. The unas­sisted steer­ing re­mains heavy even at speed, though it cen­tres nicely. A sog­gi­ness to the gearchange im­pedes progress be­tween ra­tios; we sus­pect that the link­ages re­quire some at­ten­tion. The brakes were over­hauled a cou­ple of months ago, but fur­ther fet­tling is re­quired be­cause the pedal’s travel is too great; maybe the sys­tem hasn’t been bled prop­erly.

BODY­WORK CHECK

Fin­ished in He­lios Blue Metal­lic, this Scirocco cer­tainly im­presses with its con­di­tion, even un­der close scru­tiny. In fact, hav­ing checked the metal around the sills that isn’t ob­scured by plas­tic trim, plus the door bot­toms and the lip of the tail­gate, we can con­fi­dently say that it’s a solid and rot-free ex­am­ple with good panel fit. The nose and vul­ner­a­ble front split­ter are free from stonechips and the colour-coded body kit is part of the Scala spec, as are the 14-inch Avus al­loy wheels, though the off­side front has been kerbed. The bot­tom-right corner of the wind­screen is be­gin­ning to de­lam­i­nate, too.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

The sports seats are taut and free from wear. Re­pairs have been made to the driver’s seat base, but it’s been done pro­fes­sion­ally. The car­pets and head­lin­ing ap­pear to be in great con­di­tion and there are no scuffs or scratches to the dash­board top. The only grum­bles con­cern a miss­ing fuse­box cover and piece of trim around the near­side door re­lease, plus slightly tired door han­dle leather trim.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The in­ner wings and front sus­pen­sion tur­rets are free from cor­ro­sion and haven’t seen any re­pair work. Check­ing the fluid lev­els re­veals fresh oil and coolant, all of which are up to the cor­rect lev­els. The bat­tery ap­pears to be a new, re­cently fit­ted item.

THE CCW VIEW

It seems odd that a car that’s so much more at­trac­tive than its Golf sta­ble­mate isn’t any­where near as sought-af­ter. The good news is that this means you don’t need to spend a lot to get a good one – like this Scala. Sort out the gearchange and brakes and you’ll have some­thing you can re­ally en­joy. Tackle its mi­nor cos­metic nig­gles while you’re at it and you’ll have some­thing you can be re­ally proud to show off.

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