Introduced in 1988, the Volkswagen Corrado was the latest in a long line of sporty coupes that traced their lineage back to the original Scirocco. Volkswagen opted not to call the coupe Scirocco because it was heavier and more powerful than the second-gen model. Story has it the Wolfsburg-based automaker initially planned on offering the Corrado as a standalone model positioned at the top of its lineup and developing a smaller and less expensive successor to the Scirocco based on the mk2 Polo platform.
Interestingly, Volkswagen wanted to continue its wind-inspired naming system and it briefly considered naming the Corrado Typhoon. The name was tossed out because a typhoon is generally associated with violence and destruction, a fact that didn’t stop GMC from using the nameplate on the other side of the Atlantic.
As history shows, Volkswagen’s two-pronged plan to replace the second-gen Scirocco did not pan out so the Corrado was launched as the indirect successor to the Scirocco. Over the course of its production run the Corrado was offered with a wide array of engines ranging from a 1.8-liter four-cylinder rated at 107 horsepower to a 2.9-liter VR6 unit that generated 190 horsepower at 5,800 rpms and 180 lb-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpms.
The Corrado was phased out in 1995 after 97,251 examples were built. Its spot in the Volkswagen lineup was left empty until the current Scirocco debuted at the 2008 edition of the Geneva Motor Show.
A look through the local classifieds reveals a Corrado can be purchased for as little as a few grand. Clean examples are particularly hard to find because many Corrados were ravaged by the tuning crowd in the late-1990s and early-2000s.
Will the Corrado go back up in value, or will prices stay low?