The Volkswagen Corrado is an unusual enthusiast car that has been largely forgotten by the general public, but far from forgotten by VW enthusiasts. Today’s Autotrader Find is one of the nicest examples you’ll find; a 1994 Volkswagen Corrado SLC with only about 39,000 miles on the clock.
What Is the VW Corrado?
Great question. I’ve read the Corrado described as a “liftback coupe,” which I guess is accurate. It has a similar roofline as a liftback sedan, but with a shorter, stubbier body than something like an Audi A5 Sportback. The back opens up like a regular hatch, so you wouldn’t be out of line to call this a hatchback.
Whatever we want to call this machine, it’s a bit of a hodgepodge of Volkswagen components. It rides on the Volkswagen A2 platform shared with the Mk2 Golf, but the 1994 model shared a 2.8-liter VR6 engine with the Mk3 Golf GTI and similar suspension components.
The SLC models powered by the VR6 engine is the most sought-after variant of the Corrado. These cars have been praised for their agile handling and lively engine giving it a driving experience similar to a GTI, but with a more interesting look.
It’s a car that was not a commercial success in North America when it was new for a few reasons. For starters, look at the thing. Its unconventional look was never going to attract a mainstream audience. Also, it was kind of expensive in its day and it would’ve been easy to argue that a GTI was a better value.
$40k For a Used VW Hatchback?
This is, quite simply, the ultimate Corrado. It’s a clean, unmodified, final-model-year SLC model with a manual transmission and pretty low mileage. All of those factors make the asking price of $39,995 sound about right as long as the right buyer comes along who has been looking for the perfect Corrado.
Sure, there are lots of new cars you could buy for $40k, but what is there on the new car market that’s anything like this? Find a Volkswagen Corrado for sale