Can you believe the VW Corrado is 30 years old!
Volkswagen is celebrating the Corrado's 30th birthday this weekend at the Bremen Classic Motor Show. So, would you buy a classic Corrado?
For the first time ever, Volkswagen is presenting a display dedicated to the Corrado in its own right at this weekend's Bremen Classic Motorshow (February 2-4) in Germany.
The Volkswagen Classic display celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Corrado, with two special Corrado models: a prototype with a 210bhp 16V G60 engine, produced by Karmann in Osnabrück in 1989; and the last left-hand drive Corrado to be manufactured – a 190bhp VR6 in classic green pearl-effect paintwork, which rolled off the production line on 6 July 1995.
The Volkswagen Classic Parts stand also presents select spare parts from the Corrado parts range – featuring everything from model lettering to an entire side panel.
The Corrado was introduced in 1988 and was originally planned as the successor to the Scirocco II, but the latter continued to be manufactured alongside the Corrado until 1992. Production of the Corrado ceased just three years later, in 1995.
The Golf II served as the technical basis for the Corrado. When introduced, the coupé had a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, with a mechanically-powered G-Lader supercharger – this G60 engine boasted a power output of 160bhp.
Two further engines were added to the Corrado range in 1991 – a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with 136bhp and the top-of-the-range 190bhp 2.9-litre VR6 engine that accelerated the Corrado to up to 146mph. In 1993 a model was added with a 115bhp 2.0-litre engine.
A specific feature of the Corrado, which was made in Osnabrück, was the rear wing that was raised automatically to improve the vehicle's roadholding at high speeds. In addition to being delivered within Europe, the Corrado was exported to the USA and Canada.
Want to join the Corrado party? Here's the AutoClassics Corrado buying guide.