Junkyard Find: 1982 Volkswagen Scirocco

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1982 volkswagen scirocco

These days, most of the older water-cooled VWs you see in American pull-yer-part wrecking yards are Golf Cabrios and the occasional ancient Malaisewagen. I see a second-gen Scirocco every now and then (the first-gens have long since disappeared from the junkyard ecosystem), and today’s Junkyard Find caught my attention with its distinctively early-80s paint color.

When I see a Scirocco of this era, I always think of it as the car that genius cartoonist Robert Armstrong gave his lovable-dirtbag Mickey Rat character when The Man brainwashed him into becoming a solid citizen; a very yuppie machine in its time.

Mechanically speaking, the Scirocco didn’t differ much from the Golf. 74 horsepower in 1982 for US-market Sciroccos (which were more fun to drive than that figure suggests).

These cars aren’t worth much in rough condition, so once one falls into the hands of a city tow-yard or an insurance auction, the junkyard is the likeliest next stop.

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  • Bufguy Bufguy on Jul 29, 2014

    I prefer the Mk1, I own the last year, an 81 Scirocco S...mint

  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Mar 14, 2018

    It looks like Colibri Green, the color of my '78 Audi Fox. Confession: I still have a long-dried-up bottle of Colibri Green touch-up paint from the dealer, in the little box it came in.

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