Volkswagen Scirocco Mk2 | Spotted

Here's a blast of super-cool wind from the past…

By John Howell / Monday, 4 July 2022 / Loading comments

Now, some (many) people have said that I am full of hot air. I am not sure if they meant metaphorically, in that I talk a lot of guff, or literally, but, you know, I do talk crap and like baked beans – and we’ve all seen the camp-fire scene in Blazing Saddles. The truth it’s probably both, then. But when it comes to hot air, I am certainly partial to a Volkswagen Scirocco. If you’re like me, you’ll have a collection of cars in your head that you always thought you would own at some point, but, somehow, the stars haven’t aligned. Well, this is one of those for me.

While I admired the later Corrado, it never really grabbed me like the Mk2 Scirocco did. The Mk2 looked fantastic from the moment it appeared in 1981 and was still looking tidy when, over a decade later, production ended after a near-300,000-unit run. And unlike all the cars that seemed pretty in their day but look ungainly now, the Scirocco still hasn’t succumbed to the ravages of time. It’s never looked anything other than sensational. Just look at it for a moment: do you, like me, see the silhouette of a DeLorean in there? Just without the flappy doors and a flux capacitor? Is this one taking you blissfully back to 1985? It is me.

Weirdly, despite the uncanny resemblance to the DeLorean, the Mk2 wasn’t styled by Giugiaro. Giugiaro penned the Mk1 Scirocco, but in the early 80s Herbert Schäfer was installed as the head of Volkswagen’s newly formed design studio at Wolfsburg. Rumour has it he didn’t much appreciate Giugiaro’s original effort and penned the Mk2 himself. Like the Mk1, production continued over at Karmann, but the Mk2 was a big improvement over the original in few areas. It was much more refined, had more passenger space, a bigger boot and it slipped through the air better, thanks to a much lower coefficient of drag.

While it’s a mini-DeLorean to look at, finding bits will be a hell of a lot easier than it is for anyone with one of those stainless steel rarities. Underneath the Scirocco’s sexy lines sits the everyday front-wheel-drive A1 platform and running gear from a Mk1 Golf GTI. As a result, you’ll almost certainly be able to keep this Scirocco going for buttons. Fair enough, we’re talking the price of antique silver buttons, but if it needs a new exhaust, Euro Car Parts will sell you a centre section for £80. A clutch or an alternator is less than a tonne, too, while a new radiator is your for under forty quid.

Because it’s Mk1 Golf GTI underneath, it’s also a proper car to drive. By modern standards the Scirocco weighs about the same as a handful of fabric buttons, so it’s as agile as an in-form winger. This also means it doesn’t need bundles of power to feel peppy, so even though this isn’t one of the most powerful 16-valve iterations, its 112hp, roused by a five-speed gearbox, is plenty – providing it hasn’t lost too many horses over the years, we’re talking rest to sixty in about eight seconds. That’s all you need really.

So, let’s reflect on this for a minute: you get DeLorean looks and Golf Mk1 GTI performance and handling, Yet it’s not a DeLorean or a Mk1 GTI, so you this car’s yours for less than half the price of a half-decent Mk1 GTI. Just under £8,000, which is remarkable when you think it’s usually the coupé versions of something that get everyone clamouring. It does rather make me feel that the Scirocco is undervalued, and the market may well wake up to that at some point in the future, leaving the buyer of this one sitting as pretty as the car does. Being a GTX is comes with all the right bits and bobs, including the tasteful rubber wheel arch and sill extensions, a chin spoiler at the front spoiler and spoiler on the boot to balance that out. The alloys look the part, too, as do the bolstered seats with stripped inserts. From the photos, it all looks like it’s in smart order as well.

According to the advert it’s just had a service, cam belt, water pump and tyres, which points to it being mechanically sound as welll, and it comes with an MOT well into next year. I had a trawl through this car’s MOT history, and I think there’s potentially more good news lurking in that. Back in 2016, at 114,000 miles, the car failed it’s MOT on a few items, but the list of advisories was eye-opening – it reads like the terms and conditions on a nuclear sub. Many of those things were still being reported on in 2018, but since then the list has been cut to couple of easy fixes. Now, call me Sherlock, but that points to all the work being done. So, to sum up: here’s an often-overlooked car that’s based on a very sort after car that looks like a rare, 80s supercar. And it appears to be in fine fettle. I don’t know about you, but in my book that means it has an awful lot going for it.


Specification | Volkswagen Scirocco 1.8 GTX

Engine: 1,781cc, four cylinders, naturally aspirated
Transmission: 5-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power (hp): 112 @ 5,800rpm
Torque (lb ft): 111 @ 3,500rpm
MPG: N/A
CO2: N/A
First registered: 1985
Recorded mileage: 124,000
Price new: N/A
Yours for: £7,995

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