Before going on prime time, as they say, it is preferable to get your ducks in a row, and make sure that you have fixed everything that can be fixed beforehand. This can maximize your chances of success, and of wooing your audience! In the case of Volkswagen, the audience is worldwide, and prime time is the VW Golf, which Volkswagen introduced with great success in 1976. They used the 1974 Volkswagen Scirocco Mark 1 as a test-bed, but never imagined it would have the success it did! Styled by Giugiaro, it was based on VW’s A1 platform, and replaced the venerable Karmann-Ghia in the line-up. It was meant to prove that a potent, successful low-end sports car could be based on a regular chassis.
Despite its sports car looks, the Scirocco wasn’t really a racer. It performed well enough when equipped with the larger, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, as the car was tuned to provide a sportier feel, despite its family car origins. The best acceleration that could be hoped for was 10.3 seconds to 60 mph, with a top speed of 103 miles per hour.
The Scirocco Mark 1 enjoyed remarkable success. and remained in production until 1982. It was followed by two other generations, the latest one being introduced in 2008.