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A sporty Rabbit - AMT Scirocco out of box

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A sporty Rabbit - AMT Scirocco out of box
Posted by Faust on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 3:26 PM
Economy and responsibility are great traits for a car to have, especially if you’re the kind who doesn’t like to go far or fast, and views transportation equipment as an appliance. For those with that attitude, the Automotive Dark Ages really weren’t that much of a letdown. Uninspiring econoboxes with poor drivability and no style wouldn’t, and didn’t, bother them at all.  It showed in the bulk of the products on offer in those days, too.
 
 
However, for those who wanted some joy out of their driving, something more was needed. Sure, muscle cars were dead, but there’s a lot of wiggle room between an SD-455 T/A and an Omni hatchback. Thus, the sporty economy car was born to fill this gap. One of the earlier attempts to put some lipstick on some pigs, at least metaphorically, was the tarted-up Rabbit/Golf known as the VW Scirocco. This sporty hatch showed you could be responsible and fun at the same time.
 
 
Amazingly, Round 2 repopped the AMT Scirocco a few years ago. However, about the same time, I snared an original for cheap at a local model show. Check out this interesting little kit at the link below:
 
 
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Posted by LonCray on Thursday, June 24, 2021 8:59 AM

I always liked the looks of the Scirocco, but the original Golf/Rabbit GTI was a genuine blast to drive in a time when cars were slow and boring and really pretty ugly.

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    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, July 3, 2021 9:14 PM

LonCray

I always liked the looks of the Scirocco, but the original Golf/Rabbit GTI was a genuine blast to drive in a time when cars were slow and boring and really pretty ugly.

My very first brand new car was a 1984 Wolfsburg Edition VW Rabbit with 4 speed, AM/FM cassette and a sun roof (old style that rolled back into the roof). No AC so when I entered active duty in that car at Fort Knox, KY in July, it was hot as heck.

Sold it when I got to Germany in 1988 and bought a Mitsubishi Montero.

I've got the original AMT Rabbit I built circa 1984 and bought another unbuilt one a few years back on eBay.

My original Rabbit kit was molded in that same red plastic. My car was silver and it took some work to cover the red.

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, July 3, 2021 9:46 PM

My ex wife's first car was a vw rabbit Wolfsberg Volkswagen convertible.  cool little car. 

Thanks,

John

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    August 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Saturday, July 3, 2021 10:28 PM

If I remember right from having an 024 Omni back in around 81-82, they had the Scirocco engine.

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