The MkII Scirocco never was considered as mainstream cool in North America as it was in Europe, but a fair number of the things still made it to these shores. Nowadays, of course, many months can go by between MkII Scirocco street sightings. In California junkyards, however, it’s still possible to find Sciroccos in high-turnover wrecking yards. Here’s one that I spotted in the San Francisco Bay Area a few weeks ago.
By 1986, VW was having a tough time competing with the Japanese for the hearts of West Coast buyers of sport compacts, and Chrysler was siphoning away a lot of the remaining shoppers with their inexpensive turbocharged machinery.
This one is a run-of-the-mill 8-valve model, no doubt used as a gas-sipping commuter.
Not quite 200,000 miles, but respectable for a 1980s car.
The Scirocco was one of the better-looking machines of its era, which explains this zero-information advertisement for the ’86.