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Volkswagen Scirocco II

IDING piggyback atop a truck, cloaked only by the dawn, a sunflower-yellow Scirocco arrived in Westmoreland County, Pa. a 1970’s ripple through the The ’75 Volkswagen may not have into town quite the desert wind for which it was but at least one driver out at 5:30 took note. Some kid in a hot red pulled up beside the truck, and it like he was going to break his the way he was staring at the car, said Hill, the Sirocco’s new owner. the Hondas, these were he explained.

Mr. Hill, 34, acquired his on eBay after placing a $5,600 winning bid, made an overnight trip to St. to haul it home. The more I at it, the more I wanted it, said Mr. who runs a garage specializing in and owns and operates Subway franchises. He figures he has owned than 100 Sciroccos and, at the of the eBay auction, had three (if you the sandblasted 1975 carcass against a wall of his garage). But he resist the yellow coupe. its unblemished dashboard, a swinging-70’s plaid interior, unworn pads and a dealer-installed AM/FM/8-track he said it was the most nearly Scirocco he had ever seen. For $1,000 he

plans to make it stock-perfect. a first-year car, he said. seen four of them in my He owns two of those four.

When the Scirocco arrived in showrooms in 1975, it was a distinct from VW’s previous coupe, the rear-engine, rear-drive, Karmann Ghia. The Scirocco was a front-drive, water-cooled design. In America, it was marketed as a car with engineering and Italian style a nimble performer that guzzle gas and looked good. by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Scirocco had quad headlights, a hatch and a wedge shape. But the Scirocco was a big seller in the United States, only about 230,000 from 1975 to 1988. (In the period, more than 1.5 Toyota Celicas hit American Still, the car has maintained a devoted and may be on its way to becoming a collector’s car.

In 1975, the Scirocco, priced at $5,000, was not inexpensive. Its roomier sibling, the Rabbit, also in 1975, was cheaper at $3,300. the Rabbit had a bigger debut, 98,000 cars in the United that year. Only Sciroccos found buyers.

The Scirocco — officially the Mk1 — was sold in the United from 1975 to 1981 few major changes. The next Mk2, was a few inches longer and had headlights, a more powerful (including VW’s first as an option in 1986) and softer The Mk2 was available in the United States 1982 to 1988.

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First-generation Sciroccos were rust buckets. Of the Sciroccos in the United States, 150,000 Mk1’s and 80,000 were and it is far easier to find examples of the still on the road. And though fans are devoted to the cars, have yet to push prices the stratosphere. Today, a decent-running can still be found for less $1,000. For $6,000 you can buy a pristine even an Mk1 if you’re patient and

I don’t think people see cars as collectible yet, Brett Van Sprewenburg, 36, who operates a comprehensive enthusiast Web site, and is a engineer for Eastman Kodak in He added, Cars are not a good unless you’re buying

Scirocco enthusiasts admire generations. If you’re a Scirocco you tend to like the Series 1, but the of Scirocco 1’s brings you into the Scirocco 2, which has to the same feel, said Ryzerski, 33, who owns a swimming company in Bedford Hills,

That distinctive feel has a lot to do its weight. They’re very cars by today’s standards, Mr. Van said. Indeed, a Scirocco Mk1 is 20 inches shorter than one of smaller cars, the 2005 Civic Coupe.

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