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Jasssssson. Love the way the dude loves cars
Jason, Thanks for taking me on your humble ride across the ages. Its very nice to see someone who is passionate about his/her car that isn’t worth a mint. (not thats its not worth that to you) It shows you know a lot more about your VW than most people know about their own ride.
Thanks for sharing Jason, and hope you can inspire VW to make a batch more fenders for you guys who drive these. Very cool story.
Ah…yes. Sweet memories! Had the earlier model, which I visually like better.
A diesel cam improved engine performance a bit. Loved this car. It was like driving a go cart!
Beautiful road, great car.
Thanks for a fantastic Video and story. I enjoyed the HELL out of watching this. I miss my 86 16v Scirocco in Guardsman Red to this day. Fun to watch this and recall a fun car:)
Great story. I had a 1983. I loved my scirocco and it is the reason that I got into cars, especially German sports cars. I’ve had a few modern Porsches (997, 991) and classics (I own a 1964 356). This story brings back great memories and makes me miss my old car …
As a 31 year old who grew up on Audi 80/90 Quattros and feels literally the exact same way about those cars, I have to say this is a wonderful piece. Also as someone who’s dad has every single issue of Road & Track dating back to the 80s in his basement, it is even more awesome to have this coming from Cammisa.
Right there with you man. I really really miss my old car and nothing will suffice. I really wish it was easier to find/get parts for.
Also.. Jason, there is hope for parts in 3D printing! Try to find some blueprints for every single component ever..
I started my VW journey with my 55 barn door that I bought when I was 13, I’m now 46. I still have that barn door. After the bus I got myself a 77 Rabbit. It was 1987 and I had just started college. After the Rabbit I picked up a 81 Scircco S. That Scircco S to this day is still the best car that I’ve ever owned and I’ve owned many great cars. I made the mistake of trading it in for a brand new 16V. Two trouble laden years later I sold it for almost nothing just… Read more »
Its always fascinating for me the difference in point of view what is exotic by your US standards and here in Europe. I live in Poland send me a grand and I’ll find you 2 or 3 spares cars that should fix your concerns for spares for life. They wont be concourse but complete :). In Europe there is a huge scene for vw and vw tuners and I mean enormous and golf and sirocco are right at the top of it. You can still buy some parts in normal car stores You Really shouldn’t worry :). I am not… Read more »
Nice video. I really enjoy cars from the 80’s and early 90’s, so this hits the spot. I completely get the fear of no spare parts. And living in California, its more than just body and mechanical… its also the electronics. People in other states can move to stand-alone ECUs and get better performance, better gas milage, and cleaner emissions. But in Cali, you can’t touch any emissions related systems on cars newer than ’75. Expecting engine electronics to work for 40+ years is pretty crazy.
Had a Snake Green 76.’ Was the first car I had, and ended up putting over a 100k on the odo and it had 77 or so when I go it in 1986. Got rid of it (regretfully), didn’t pass smog (had to pay 100.00 to get one) due to the dual Dellorto carbs, header, no cat and on and on for every mod I could get. Plus it was beat. Lived in nor cal so we had plenty of awesome roads to pick from just outside Sacramento. In about 20 minutes from there we the Sierra foothills and tons… Read more »
Great vid, made by someone who truly loves what driving is meant to be about.
I feel exactly the same about my Pug 205GTi (no power steering, 800Kgs) pure joy. Modern car manufacturers MUST drive more of these 80s classics. There is a very simple and sound reason why the E30 M3 still is the greatest drivers car ever made.
I’ve always loved these cars (and the MKI). The 16V was the most gorgeous though. Funny this popping up as on Monday of this week a red 16V turned in front of me and I was instantly filled with lust all over again. Then I did a quick Craigslist search to see what was out there and discovered yet another red 16V. I’m trying to behave and not grab it up. Oddly, this installment made it a little easier to resist. It’s interesting how some cars developed a dedicated following and some didn’t; some have built incredibly broad aftermarket parts… Read more »
This is funny, Petrolicious founder, Afshin Behnia is soon to become father too, right? I’m in the same situation and while looking for a 4 seater with proper seat belts on the back, fun to drive I had the same idea about 80ies VW 🙂 a couple of weeks ago
The funny thing is that I had to convince my wife Kika that we need a more modern, safer car for the baby. She insists on using our Giulia Berlina!
It’s tempting to stick with vintage, but many modern child car seats don’t even work with older cars. But I like the way you think!
@Afshin , finally just got last night a 1990 BMW 325i Convertible, picking it up next Tuesday.
I think a child seat should work with the back seat belts of the E30 and it’s defo more modern and roomier than our MGB GT or the fiat 500, so my wife Agnes likes the idea. Still have to find an hard top for winter, but we got a few months to go.
Will send you a pic if the child seats fits well
Congratulations on the new purchase! Yes, I think a 1990 car is modern enough to be compatible with just about all child seats today. The car Kika had in mind for using as a family car is our 1969 Alfa Berlina. Not so sure about that one 🙂
Enjoy the E30!
Looks like you live in the Bay Area. For parts, especially for old cars, Rancho Cordova’s vast junk yards are your friend.
Very interesting and not an obvious choice of car in my opinion. It was good hearing Jason’s view on the Scirocco as normally its not a car I would have even given a second thought whereas now I will look at them under a different light.
Glad to see I’m not the only fan of this last (oops, they DID bring out a new one finally, didn’t they!?) Scirocco! Wanted one soooo bad when this car was brand new! Would be great to own one of each generation! If I ever got to build my poor man’s car collection, these cars would be pretty high on the list.
Thanks for sharing and for being proud of the way you feel about a car most people don’t ‘get’ 🙂
“raw enough”, that’s it for me, as someone who will need a ‘tasteful’ car to be road registered because that’s where I drive, not a track, a car that offers rawness, the test for every Petrolicious driver?
Really glad to see someone else appreciates this little gem. I am the original owner of a 1983 1.8v Wolfsberg with approx.
124,000 miles and have driven it everyday since i purchased it. It mostly original except for regular everyday maintenance parts
which I try to find mostly original.
Im very much like Jason in that I learned to wrench because of my mk1 VWs. Ive owned about a dozen different mk1 VWs whether its a Rabbit, Jetta or Scirocco and I absolutely agree that the connection to the car cant be matched in almost any other car. I currently own a E30 and it has all the things I loved about my mk1 but just seems to be better in every way. Im sure a big part of that is because I purchased the 84 318 model with no power windows, locks, sunroof, etc. I feel so connected… Read more »
As a kid growing up I always wanted one of these when I was old enough to drive, although the RHD UK was denied the 16V version of the Scirocco. My best friend in school ended up getting a Mk1 Scirocco Storm which was lovely until he wrote it off in an enormous accident.
I think the saviour of these old cars as far as parts is concerned will be 3D printing. The tech is still in its early stages but give it a few years and I suspect it will possible to recreate most parts.
Parts availability is concern for the tens of us who love 1980’s and early 90’s hot hatches. These were the last light cars, the bridge between the simple, old, carbureted past and the all-electronic, vari-valve wizardry of today. Yes, the 80’s had digi-dash madness and Poke-gami styling but there were some real gems among the cubic zirconias. I’m hoping 3D printing will make bespoke parts easier to acquire. David Czy, it’s good to hear Wolfsburg is still supporting these old Dubs but the sick few looking for Ford EXP Turbos (yeah, I said it) may be out of luck for… Read more »
Nice! I used to have one, too, 1.8litre 16v. It was one of the favorite VWs of mine till Corrado VR6 came out. I didn’t know parts for those things are so rare now. I wouldn’t worry about 50 years from now though…we’ll probably be forced to brew our own gasoline from bones of sardines from a can, and the dent on the fender probably would be the least of our concerns…
WOW! Thank you Petrolicious. Finally a video on VW’s. Jason, ” I get IT”. My buddy had 3 Scirocco’s when we were teenagers in the early “90’s. And he used to tear up the roads up here in Ontario, Canada. I couldn’t get the smile off my face either, or stop laughing…..and I was only in the passenger seat. Your Scirocco is a real beauty and looks absolutely mint. Try Rockauto.com for parts. They seam to have everything for every car. Even the hard to find parts. Another one might be to try ECS Tuning. I’ve loved VW’s (and Porsche’s)… Read more »
i live close to wolfsburg and i thing he does not have to worry about spare parts. you can order original spare parts directly fron volkswagen classic parts for nearly every vw model. besides, it is a awesome looking car. even here it keeps the people turn their heads, when it is driving down the road.
all the best…
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