SOTW: VW CORRADO VR6
This week Shed picks out a cult classic rather than a bestseller
You see, back in 1995 (before I was able to legally drive, but long after I'd started avidly devouring any car magazines I could get my grubby little mitts on), I persuaded my father, precocious youth that I was, to pick a Corrado VR6 as a company car.
As an impressionable child, I felt it was my duty to make sure one arrived on our family's drive. So when M610 VMU turned up one May evening in 1995, I was pretty much over the moon. And the chunky black coupe did not disappoint.
I loved the body-hugging seats, the great curved wall of dash and the growly V6, while the Karmann badge (for it was the Osnabruck coachbuilder who manufactured the car for VW) stuck just in front of the gearlever made it seem that little bit more exotic. And of course my 12-year-old self thought the spoiler that rose automatically at, if I recall correctly, around 60mph was just bloody brilliant...
But for some reason, perhaps because VW hardly had a strong reputation for producing premium sports coupes, perhaps because the chunky styling wasn't exactly en vogue, the buying public never really took to the Corrado; VW sold fewer than 100,000 of them worldwide during the car's seven-year life.
As a result, the Corrado has been pretty much erased from VW's official history; when it resurrected the small coupe theme in 2008 it brought back the Scirocco name - and barely acknowledged the existence of the Corrado in its press material.
On the other hand, it's got plenty of kit, 12 months MOT, and it is pretty much half the price of the next cheapest VR6 we could find out there.
ANd at £995 it's surely a bargain for one of the greatest front-drive chassis ever...
Advert is reproduced below
Volkswagen Corrado VR6 1995 - N (1995)
157,000 miles £995
P/X to clear
A slightly tatty N-reg Met Blue,Corrado vr6 in need of some body work mainly respray, the car starts and drives very well with a very smooth gearbox - lots of service history and bills.
Vr6 2.9 12v dohc model
Electric windows and mirrors
remote alarm,power steering,front fogs,abs, Alloy wheels,sunroof, adjustable rear spoiler and steering column.
Now with 12 months MOT...
Ideal for someone who likes to tinker...
Priced to sell...
07799475219 Supercoupes team.