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1978 Volkswagen Scirocco

Last week#8217;s Euro-inspired 16V converted Scirocco was a car that I really enjoyed looking at as it was tastefully and fairly subtly modified. But as big of a fan as I am of the second generation Scirocco, I have to admit that I really find the first generation to be a much better looker. Finding clean original Sciroccos is pretty hard these days, but since I#8217;m not the only one who really likes them there are a few that pop up from time to time for sale in good condition.

Like the 16V car, today#8217;s example has undergone some desirable modifications to make it a better looker and more enjoyable to drive while still retaining most of the simple, clean and good looking original design. Take a look at this British Racing Green 1978 model:

Engine . 1.8 liter inline-4

Transmission . 5-speed manual

Mileage . 150,000 mi

Price . No Reserve Auction

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Available is my 1978 VW Scirocco, offered with No Reserve. I have acquired a Porsche 912 project, #038; I can’t allow either of these to be rained on. I must make room, #038; the Scirocco will be sold to the highest bidder.

My VW has been an excellent classic, and a joy to own. The car has been drama free, which is rare with classics. Just get in, turn the key and enjoy an afternoon on your nearest country road. I don’t want to write a book as the car speaks for itself.

The biggest issue I find with the car is everyone wants me to stop and discuss it with them. I’ll just comment on some of the main topics of the deep refurbishment/sorting the car has undergone.


-Body was stripped to shell “please review photos”

-Car was thoroughly probed for rust, and taken to bare metal in many locations to insure the integrity of the body. This is as solid Mark 1 as I have seen.

-Professionally painted with glass out in BRG. Using PPG products

-Large amount of money #038; time spent reinstalling glass with brand new gaskets, suspension systems, fuel systems, mechanical systems, sorting etc.

–Nice period correct Zender body kit with matching front spoiler “these are almost impossible to find”

-Body is very straight, and the paint has a deep gloss. People love the car


-As you can see from the photos the interior is very well put together

-Recaro seats, full leather from scirocco “S”. These make the car a much better driving experience over the average scirocco seats.

-Very hard to find “NOS” carpet kit sourced

-Door cards look as new

-Dash does have some cracks, has custom made suede dash cover

-All interior gauges work as new, even the original clock works, and all gauge lighting works

-Rear leather seats look to have never been used

-The entire suspension has been overhauled

-New KYB shocks all for corners-Fresh Eibach springs

-New bearing all 4 corners

-Rebuilt calipers all 4 corners

-OEM ball joints and tie rods

-Upper strut mounts with bearings.

–Brand new Falken Tires

-A arm bushing’s, and much more I cant remember. Drives very straight #038; tight

Drive Train:

-Original 1.5 #038; 4 speed have been removed. Replaced with low miles 1.8 JH with 5 speed.

-The Bosch CIS was replaced by a very simple Weber/mechanical fuel pump set up. This makes the car a breeze to own with pure reliability #038; simplicity. I have the complete CIS and would be easy to refit if needed.

-Stainless long tube header with all new exhaust

-Motor was refreshed with new timing belt, water pump, and several gaskets before install

-With the 1.8 and 5spd the car is a joy to drive, maintains excellent mpg “30+”, and is pretty quick (much quicker than my 2.0 914 or 912). Cruises down the HWY at 70 all day

-Larger radiator fitted from latter model Jetta, runs very cool.


-As with any classic there are few negatives that have never bothered me in the least. I know the potential buyer may have the car shipped so I want disclose these so the buyer knows exactly what they are purchasing.

-The passenger seat adjustment “forward #038; back movement” adjustment gets stuck. Never bothered me as the passenger always prefers that seat to be all the way back. Driver seat adjustments works well.

-Front windshield has typical fogging in the lower corners. Not a big deal, caused from light delamination between the glass.

-Painted over a year ago, looks great, but has occurred one small door ding from parking lot, and maybe a few very light scratches.

-Original Radio was sourced for the car and does work. Never bothered to hook up as the new owner will likely upgrade anyways “wires are marked for radio”

-Horn is missing under hood, never got around to finding one for the car

-Previous owner noted he performed a rust repair to passenger side floor. The repair was not noticeable from the top side of the floor. It is noticeable from underneath the car as a portion of the box beam was replaced. This repair is located under the passenger seat #038; was the only rust on the car.

It was caused by a leaking rear quarter panel window #8220;reason for all seals being replaced during paint#8221;. Looks to have been a strong solid repair so I did not bother with it and neither will you.

In summary this MK1 Scirocco is a rare find. The vast majority of these have been hacked up or simply rusted away. I would love to keep the car, however both of my Porsches require attention.

This is by far the most reliable classic I’ve owned, and should serve its new owner very well. Please keep in mind you are not buying a brand new car. The car has seen extensive work, and is well sorted, but it is not brand new #038; does have minor flaws. I hold a clean title in my name. I welcome calls but do not call to #8220;just discuss#8221;, only if you plan on bidding on the car (503-369-0459).

Thank you for viewing.

Non refundable deposit of $500 due with in 24 hours of auction end.

This car seems pretty honestly represented #8211; there are some things still to sort though they#8217;re minor, and a vast majority of the big expenses both bodywork wise and mechanically have been taken care of. This is the best way to get into one of these if you like the color combination. There is obviously a tremendous amount of work that has gone into sorting the car. The green is offset nicely by the #8220;S#8221; red striping, though all indications are this wasn#8217;t originally an S. As a period piece it#8217;s quite nice; I could do without the Zender kit and would probably change the wheels to something a little different #8211; such as these neat Momos up on Ebay now (click the picture to link to the auction):

Otherwise, it seems ready to enjoy and is offered at no reserve. The GTis and second generation Sciroccos we#8217;ve shown lately have varied greatly in price, but I would expect this car to end up between $4,000 and $6,000. At that price, it#8217;s a future classic that can be really enjoyed on a budget!

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