By rights, the VW Scirocco should never have been built. At the time of its development, Volkswagen was busy designing the Golf and had far more important considerations with what would be its most important model since Unoriginal Beetle. The design for the Scirocco was carried out by Guigiaro while styling the Golf, and although VW liked it, there wasn't the money to develop the car further. Unperturbed, Guigiaro went to Karmann, which agreed to engineer the bodyshell to take Golf mechanical components. Ironically, the Scirocco was finished before the Golf and went on sale three months earlier. VWs early concerns were unfounded, as it remained in production for 17 years and sold over half a million units, proving profitable for all concerned. In 1977 the car had a facelift, and a Mk II version appeared in 1981.
VW Scirocco Specifications
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