Build or Buy: Can You SLC Yourself in One of these VR6 Corrados?

Is that turbocharged four-cylinder not cutting it anymore? Are you looking for some grunt and torque? Those piped-in engine sounds got you down? Well you, my friend, are craving some VR6 action. And what better car to experience it in than the low-slung Corrado coupe. But now it’s time for the ultimate question: buy it ready to drive, or wrench on it yourself?

Argument: Buy
Article: 1993 Corrado SLC

What we have here is one fine looking and well maintained ‘Rado. From the description on thesamba.com ad, this Classic Green coupe was owned by “mom and dad who longer drive.” It’s not clear if it’s the seller’s mom and dad and therefore a one-owner car, or is it just a generic “mom and dad” and so this is a two-owner car.

Regardless, this ’93 has 161,000 miles and is in very good condition. The exterior looks very good, the interior is clean, the beige leather seats have no split seams. This is just a fine survivor car.

It’s in Willows, California, which is north of Sacramento. But if you’re leaning towards “buy” note the steep asking price: $14,000.

Argument: Build
Article: 1993 Corrado SLC

At a quick glance, this looks like an identical car. It’s also Classic Green with beige leather, it has the original “Speedline” 5-spoke wheels, and it runs and drives. But that’s where the comparison ends.

You’ll see this ‘Rado, located in Landisville, Pennsylvania (between Harrisburg and Philadelphia), has some additional needs to make it as nice as the “buy” fastback. First, there’s some valve tap from the VR6, the ABS isn’t working, and there are a few other minor mechanical issues. Cosmetically, well, it needs a paint job, and the interior is complete but worn.

On the plus side, this Corrado has brand-new Kumho tires, Koni springs, Neuspeed bits, and more. And, as the eBay ad states it’s a “damn fun car to drive.” ‘Nuf said.

The best part? The price: $4900.

So if you’re in the market for the iconic Corrado SLC in one of the most 90’s color combos, you have a tough decision to make.