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1984 Volkswagen Scirocco Storm

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  • Mileage~98,377
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine1.8L
  • LocationSt Mawes


1984 Volkswagen Scirocco Storm

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The Mk2 Scirocco was many people's first car with a bit of power! This example is looking really original and in excellent condition.

Based on the Volkswagen A1 platform, this Scirocco Storm is a limited edition model, with only 600 Storms being produced in 1984. 300 were painted in Cosmos Metallic Blue and 300 were painted in Havanna Brown Metallic. According to, there are only about 15 cars taxed on the road with around another 50 on SORN status so their condition cannot be guaranteed/verified.

When producing the Storm model, the design was entrusted to Karmann, famed for their work on the earlier Karmann Ghia. The special body kit which was added to the fairly bare early Scirocco shell impressed the powers that be in Volkswagen so much that later models of the Scirocco were also made with the body kit although, it has some differences.

This particular Storm drives very well and has had a recent engine replacement ( standard 1781 cc fuel-injected DX code engine ), and at the same time, many other new components were added to the renovation including; a new clutch, a complete overhaul of the cooling system, suspension, and brakes. Everything was kept as close to original as possible.

During the car's 36 year life, it has had 2 long term owners and two short term owners.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Frank, the owner, having photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

Frank has been an enthusiastic owner of Sciroccos, Golfs and Audi types since the early 1980s and presently also owns an early ( 1985 ) Mk 2 Golf GTI.

Frank, the owner of this Storm, as well as also having a Mk 2 Golf GTI, has another 2007 Golf 1.4 TSI, two automatic Polos (his wife's cars) and a 4X4 Skoda Yeti. Much as he loves the Storm, he really needs to downsize the fleet and at least two of the fleet need to go, hence the sale of the Storm.

The car has had three previous owners, the first two owned the car as far as he can ascertain for approximately 17 years each, The second owners were an elderly couple and used the car very little in the latter years. Frank noted that the V5 registration document had the vehicle class as “ Disabled”, so possibly one of the reasons the car was used so relatively little in their ownership. Apparently, the car's battery was flat on one occasion when they came to use it and have had a neighbour jump start the car, were advised it would be a good idea to let the engine run for a while to re-charge the battery. Unfortunately, they left the car running unattended, and a hose blew, the coolant was lost and the engine overheated and seized. At that stage, a friend of theirs, who knew of the car, offered to buy it from them and hence he became the third owner. Another VW enthusiast, although, his penchant was Corrados. Unfortunately for him, he then had issues with one of the Corrados he owned and decided to sell on the Storm to finance getting the Corrado back on the road.

At that stage, Frank became the owner of the car, bought as a non-runner project for a not-insignificant sum.

A replacement engine DX code was sourced from a GTX car with approximately 105,00 miles on the clock. This was shipped down to Cornwall and the rebirth of the Storm started.

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The MKII Scirocco Storm received a style redesign, less drag and more headroom.

Wheels and Tyres

The Storm edition had its own special edition alloy wheels, often referred to as “beer bottle top alloys“. They are in fair condition, one is as new, two are good and the fourth has some paint flaking as can be seen in the 'Exterior Review' video ( rear right wheel ).

Budget tyres on the wheels have more than the legal tread all around. For show purposes, it would really be good to get the wheels refurbished and a set of new tyres, possible outlay around £400, Frank estimates, although the car is most driveable and safe as it is being presented for sale.


The 3 door sports coupe has a revised and more streamlined body shape compared to the Mk 1 Storm. A slight increase in headroom and luggage space resulted in making it a practical day to day tourer as well as a long-distance touring car. A sliding and tilting metal sunroof was standard fit on Storm models, one of its extra features.

The 'Exterior Review' video shows the condition of the bodywork and a couple of small flaws are highlighted.


As already mentioned, Mk 2 Storms were only sold in the two colours, Cosmos Metallic Blue, and Havanna Metallic Brown (300 of each). Only Storms had the Karmann badge on the door pillar, other Sciroccos carried a variety of other badging.

Frank has had some paintwork done to front wings and bonnet, that was suffering from the usual stone chips accrued and the wings were both done at the same time to aid blending in the paintwork. Frank has a number of pictures of the car showing its condition pre-painting and it's obvious there were no “nasties” being covered up. The door panel was possibly also painted at some time, but that was before Frank owned the car.
However, overall, the car looks very good, the paintwork positively shining on a sunny day.

Glass and Trim

The Storm model benefits from having electric front windows and these work perfectly on this Storm. The car also came fitted with green-tinted glass, all of which is in good condition and has been security etched with the registration of the vehicle, a common anti-theft procedure back in the ’80s. The rear screen is also in excellent condition.

Other trim is generally in good condition considering the age of the car, but please refer to photos.


Featuring a brown leather interior, this car just gets better and looks to be all original.

Seats and Carpets

The Storm models benefit from having full leather interiors, sports seats and door cards, etc. Again there has been no restoration of the interior of the car and the leather seats are free from any tears and carry a distinguished patina of their 36 years service to the owners. Seats slide freely on their runners and with no rocking, whilst the tilt mechanisms are in perfect working order.

The original carpets have no nasty stains or tears. Both the front and rear sets of carpet are in very good condition.


Another Storm feature was dashboards which were colour coded to the paintwork of the car, hence this Storm has a light brown dashboard and is free from any cracks or damage.

Sciroccos are notorious for Dashboard cracking so it is well worth keeping the car's dash covered if left parked on a hot sunny day. At the very bottom of the dash and in the middle is an MFA ( multifunction annunciator ). The latter instrument gives a variety of information but this dashboard has a bit of a duff MFA as the readings for oil temperature and ambient outside temperature are stuck at ridiculous values.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The standard VW steering wheel of that era benefits from being a leather-clad example on the Storm. It is in good condition and the horns work as they should.

The 5-speed manual gear stick should also have a leather-clad gear knob, but the leather has worn off and is now just a standard knob, the leather gaiter is in good condition, however. Obviously, leather gear knobs are available from the likes of eBay, but they originally were all part of the leather gaiter, Frank thinks. Most Storms have apparently suffered the same fate.


The swapped engine and mechanical repairs makes this an excellent and rare example.

Engine and Gearbox

As already mentioned, Frank bought the car as a non-runner. The 1.8 fuel-injected engine was replaced with another DX code engine, again sourcing an engine that was the same as an original specification for the Storm. The engine was given a thorough inspection and clean up before installation into the car. A new clutch was fitted at the same time and to be on the safe side a new radiator was fitted along with water pump, header tank and thermostat. Cambelt and alternator drive belt were replaced at that time too.

The cars 5-speed gearbox is working very well and synchromesh works smoothly and faultlessly on all forward gears.

Suspension and Brakes

All the braking system on the car has been changed, new callipers and discs on the front, new wheel cylinders and brake shoes on the rear for the drum brakes. Front wishbones replaced. Macpherson struts replaced and probably the only slight mod done to the car is the fitment of an Eibach spring suspension kit although, the standard set of Storm springs will be sold with the car. The car sits about 2 cm lower than standard and the ride is not too hard despite the slightly lower stance.

The underside of the car has been wax/spray coated in the past. Hardly mint underneath but no nasty holes or excessive corrosion to speak of as can be seen from the pictures provided. However, again bear in mind this is a 36-year-old car that has not had a full-blown restoration.

The Drive

The Storm feels like a sports car when you sit in it, low to the ground and with comfortable fitted Recaro style leather seats to keep you in place, the car drives well and pulls responsively through the gears.

The DX 1781cc engine was, and still is, one of the best engines produced by VW in Franks opinion having owned Mk1 Golf GTIs' and also early Audi 80 Sports with this power unit. Fast and yet capable of the surprising economy. A fun car to drive and always getting admiring looks from passing motorists and pedestrians.

Electrics and Other

All the cars electrics work as they should apart from the reluctant MFA in the instrument cluster as already explained above.

The standard-fit Blaupunkt Montreal MR23 Cassette Stereo radio was U/S when the car arrived. It was sent to a specialist repair company in London who have got the radio working as it should, but advised spare parts for the cassette player are no longer available. The electric aerial has at some time been replaced with a manual version.

History and Paperwork

With a friend, great care and work ethic, the Scirocco Storm was reborn.

Careful detective work from the limited-service history with the car has enabled Frank to piece together quite a lot about this little Storm, obviously a much-loved car by the elderly owners who had it for a large portion of its life. Frank assures us that all problems with the car have been remedied now. Frank was lucky to have a good friend, a semi-retired motor engineer who he was able to work with during the re-commissioning of the Storm.

The car came with service book partially stamped up and the normal VW pack containing the cars handbook as well as all the fitting and repair manuals for the Blaupunkt radio. A few invoices for a starter motor and a battery from their ownership. Frank has a file about a 1cm thick of all the parts and bits incurred in renovating the Storm. A loose-leaf folder will be provided with the car as well as an original Sales Brochure for the Storm model which has the full specifications listing the cars extras….quite a lot back in 1984.

V5 and MOT present and the car is eligible for Classic Insurance which in most cases will be well under £100 / year.

An affordable and delightful Classic car which can only appreciate in years to come if looked after properly.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
12.02.2020 MOT 98,272
18.05.2018 MOT 98,211
24.05.2017 MOT 98,138
Key Details
  • ModelScirocco Storm
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date11.08.1984
  • CC1,780
  • Mileage~98,377
  • HistoryPartial
  • ColourBrown
  • Interior ColourBrown
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #WVWZZZ63ZEK037410
  • Engine #DX109181
  • MOT02.2021
  • HPi ClearYes - Checking in Progress
  • Former Keepers3
  • # of Keys2
  • VisitedSelf-Consignment
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Key FeatureRarity

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£3,500 bid by dubz 04.08.2020 @ 19:02:13
£3,000 bid by dubz 02.08.2020 @ 22:15:16
£2,000 bid by dubz 02.08.2020 @ 22:13:52

Hi Henry , yes there is , but set at a figure somewhat below the guide prices. Cheers, Frank

Henry Dubois
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Is there a reserve on this


Hi Henry, yes there is but set at a figure somewhat below the guide prices, Cheers, Frank

£1,000 bid by dubz 28.07.2020 @ 20:01:02

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