Friday, April 22, 2016

Like The Wind: 1985 Volkswagen Scirocco

Volkswagen launched their second generation of the front-wheel-drive Scirocco in 1981 with updated styling by Herbert Schäfer, but the name was still tricky to spell or pronounce. See-rock-o?  Sree-rock-o? See-rr-ah-ko? See-roo-koo?  It doesn't really matter, because what Scirocco meant in plain English was "sporty looking Golf".  Find this 1985 Volkswagen Scirocco here on eBay bidding for $2,600 and buy-it-now of $3,800 with 2 days to go.

 Searching for a Scirocco on craigslist is one of those things that requires patience -- because you can't just type in "Scirocco" and expect to find them all in a few searches (like searching Camero for instance), you need to try all manner of creative spellings "Sirocco" "Scrocco" "Skirockies" etc.

This Sriracha had its 1.8 liter 8V 4-banger rebuilt in 2007 with an ABA 2.0 bottom end swap and runs a ported/polished head with street/sport camshaft.  The car is far from perfect, but with some elbow grease (and a bit of luck) it could turn into a zippy little driver for minimal cash.

See another way to drive like the wind?


  1. Always loved this body style, but despite owning A2 GTi's and GLi's in the late 80's/early 90's, I've never owned one of these. They were hard to find in good shape even back then.

    Gotta say though, if I got one now, it would have to be a 16v variant.

  2. Kaibeezy: shuh-ROCK-oh

    Cambridge University: /ʃɪˈrɑː.koʊ/ (no one likes a smartypants) : it's an Italian word pronounced cee-ROH-co (which is fine in Italy, but how should Muricans pronuonciate it?) S-IHRAAK-OW (srsly?)

    anonymous commenter on Autoblog: there are multiple ways (OK); I say SERA-ko (no way)

    CTRnutter on Sir Rocco \shə-ˈrä- kō, sə-ˈrä- kō\ (\ə\ as u in abut; \ä\ as o in mop; \ō\ as o in go)


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