Build or Buy: Scirocco Week!

It’s Scirocco Week on VWvortex, and we’re starting out strong. If you’re in the market for a fun-to-drive coupe, here are two Scirocco’s (Scirocci?) in need of new homes. So do you build or buy?

Argument: Build
Article: 1986 Scirocco 16V

To start, this ’86 appears to be a lot of car for the money. It has a new head gasket so it runs, it drives, it stops, and it’s only $2,650. The ad doesn’t have a lot of detail, but there’s not a lot of “build” here. In fact, the bulk of the work needed appears to be cosmetic. The bumpers need to be painted. The overall finish looks a bit worn and faded. The engine bay is, well, filthy. And the interior needs a deep cleaning.

But for less than $2,700 you get a car that you can start driving now, not later. Check out the (brief) craigslist ad. This 1986 Scirocco 16V is in the Seattle-Tacoma, Washington area.

Argument: Buy
Article: 1987 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V

I’ll just put this out there right off the bat: don’t let the color combination and wheels distract you from a very solid car. Some of our readers may like this set up (hey, to each their own). But if you look past the… interesting paint job, you’ll see what looks to be a well-restored example.

To start, the black leather interior is in great condition. The driver’s seat bolsters show no wear. Nor does the steering wheel (with a somewhat rare “Scirocco” center pad). Next, take a look at the engine bay: clean clean clean. Keeping those intake runners blemish-free is challenging. The rubber hoses have a nice shine without being too shiny. And there are no random wires out of place. The exterior body panels appear to be straight and true. And there’s not a spot of rust anywhere.

For $6,500 you can have a very well laid out 16V ‘Rocco. And if there’s money in your budget, a respray of the body kit, the roof, and the hatch shouldn’t be too expensive. Take a look at the craigslist ad for this ’87; it’s near Poughkeepsie, New York.