Junkyard Gem: 1979 Volkswagen Sirocco

While Volkswagen – after decades of delays has grown further due to huge spending Savings certificate Paying for the origins of the Type 1 Beetle and the Tatra lawsuit – finally began mass production of water-cooled vehicles, shutting down the first assembly line in 1973 Pasat (known as Dasher on our coast). The following year a brand new golf aka Rabbit appeared, and with it came a sporty Giugiaro-style derivative. That car was a Sirocco, and I found one of those first-generation machines at the Denver-area self-service yard.

By 1979, Scirocco had to compete against sporty Japanese coupes such as the Datsun 310GX and Honda Prelude, with no mention of 128 sport hatchbacks from Fiat and even the Brava two-door. American Motors has even offered an AMX-shaped version of the Spirit, beating the Sirocco in price and coming with a high-torque Straight-Six engine. Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person.

It suffers some rust damage on a common scar, in addition to being beaten in general.

This JVC cassette deck dates back to the mid-1980s, so it’s possible that the car has been inoperable since Reagan’s stay at the White House.

The interior looks like decades of rat Detritus, undoubtedly meant by the hantavirus. I looked bad, though- a A lot Bad

The 1,457cc Straight-Four had a 71-horsepower rating in 1979, which was not too bad for a car weighing less than 2,000 pounds.

The German-language fuel-rating sticker is a nice continental touch, although the RON octane rating probably persuaded many American Sirocco owners to use premium gas when they didn’t need it (91 RON equals our 87 octane).

You can get this car with an automatic transmission, but it adds 125 125 to the purchase price (around $ 530 inflation-adjusted 22 2022). It has a base four-on-the-floor manual.

In the early 1980’s, when the brilliant cartoonist Robert Armstrong wanted to show how The Man Mickey Mouse would brainwash rats as a productive member of society, he gave the once rebellious rat a sirocco. It’s stuck with me since I was in high school, so I’m skeptical of Sirocco.

You people know how to live!

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