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1995 VOLKSWAGEN Corrado VR6 Storm

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1995 VOLKSWAGEN Corrado VR6 Storm

Background

Although the Volkswagen Corrado was the spiritual successor to the Scirocco - being a coupé based on a Golf platform - it came into production at the same Karmann factory in Osnabrück nearly four years before the Scirocco’s demise.

The Corrado was based on VW’s A2 platform and, VR6 aside, all variants used the same underpinnings, suspension and running gear as the Mk2 Golf.

Initial engine options were both four-cylinder units, a 1.8-litre 16V and a supercharged 1.8-litre 8V, delivering 134bhp and 158bhp respectively. In 1992 the 16V engine was bored out to 2.0-litres (with no real power increase but more torque) and it was joined by a 2.9-litre 12V VR6; the latter gave the car 188bhp and the ability to reach 62mph in under 7 seconds with a manual ‘box.

To help handle the extra power and torque the Corrado VR6 used the suspension components and most of the front and rear axle assemblies from VW’s A3 platform (Mk 3 Golf).

For the UK market only, VW introduced the Corrado VR6 Storm. As well as special badging and a colour-keyed front grille, the Storm had BBS wheels and many previously optional items, such as leather upholstery, as standard. Only 500 Storm models were produced: 250 in Classic Green with cream leather and 250 in Mystic Blue with black leather.

Although criticised at the time by some as being too expensive, the VW Corrado was hailed by Auto Express as “one of VW’s best ever driver’s cars” and the VR6 as being “by far the most desirable version”.

The Corrado's stylishly muscular looks partly explain its enthusiastic and passionate following. Visually, it feels like it’s in the same neck of the woods as the Audi Quattro or the Lancia Integrale.

It was built by Karmann, and so has a coherent design aesthetic. And it was engineered by VW, so it’s screwed together properly. As far as we can tell, there are just 16 VR6 Storms left in the UK and 10 of those are SORN’d. This is one of the remaining 6 still out and about on British tarmac and it’s the second time that it’s appeared on The Market; its previous owner having bought it from us four years ago.

It is of course, one of the finest examples available.

The Vehicle

“I owned one back in the day when it was current,” explains vendor Steve Glynn. “But longed for another and searched for a long time to find one that I was prepared to go for. It wasn’t just a low mileage car I wanted – there were others out there with similar mileage – but both the history and condition of this car were exceptional.”

The first owner of this example had it only for a short time, before it spent most of its life with the second. “He then sold it to the third owner, and I bought it from him after one year. At the time it had a few minor cosmetic jobs and one mechanical job to do, the headlining had come loose, the sunroof seals were gone and the sunroof itself didn’t open. I knew what I was buying, though – as it was a quality example.”

Steve quickly rectified those, and it joined the rest of his collection. “I’m someone that looks after these cars and pampers them. Since I bought the car, it’s been serviced by a garage local to me and myself. I’ve used it regularly to keep it in good working order but haven’t put more than a thousand miles on it.”

Having recently had his bidding fingers enticed by an Audi RS4 Convertible on The Market, the VR6 Storm is now up for sale. “It’s such a great example and it’s definitely a reluctant sale; I still love it, but unfortunately it has to go.”

Steve’s reshuffle means that one of the finest remaining VR6 Storms is ready for fresh adventures, and with a new owner at the wheel.

On the Outside

Take a look at our video below, which shows the VR6 sitting in the sunshine in all its glory – it’s mesmerising. We have a soft spot for Storm models, but if it comes down to a straight choice then we’d plump for Classic Green every time. It’s stunning.

The body is absolutely straight (no dinks, scuffs, or otherwise) with stunning, almost flawless paintwork; the lustre itself is showroom quality. FM Detailing carried out a paint correction at a cost of £260,00 on January 6, 2019, which explains why it’s in such good condition (invoice in history file).

We’ve pored over it and the most we could find was a tiny stone-chip on the nearside three quarter panel – that’s us being picky in extremis. Never has the Corrado’s pugnacious shape looked better. It’s like a coiled middleweight ready to enter the ring and do battle.

All body plastics remain fade-free, as do all light clusters – it’s that good. It sits on the correct 15-inch BBS ‘Solitude’ alloy wheels. “That was important as some cars don’t and people struggle to find them; replacements, i.e. reproductions, are available, but these are the originals.”

It’s not just our younger members of staff that the Corrado’s visuals have had craning their necks; a few of our older ones have done the same and elicited an accompanying ‘ooh’.

On the Inside

We shouldn’t show favouritism. I did myself a disservice in my previous statement regarding Classic Green versus Mystic Blue. Come on though, bring the Light Biege and Black interiors into play and it’s a no-brainer!

To quote Britney Spears: ‘Oops, I did it again’.

There’s no doubt that the combination of Light Biege and Classic Green works incredibly well – again, take a look at our video and then flit down to the comprehensive photographic gallery. I dare you not to be enticed – it’s impossible, like a siren drawing you to the rocks.

It’s also in tip-top condition inside. The leather has a light patina that’s pleasing to the eye; carpets are good with minimal wear to the pile and door cards and dash and centre column plastics are generally unmarked.

The Alpina head hides a cheeky little secret, because Steve has secreted (see what I did there?) around £2k of high-end stereo equipment in the Corrado’s cabin. “It’s discreetly hidden. There’s a sub amp, pre amps, and speakers; it looks just like a standard Alpine head, but it’s not and it sounds majestic.”

All electrics work, as they should, and that includes the sunroof that Mark had rectified on purchase.

It’s a lovely cabin.

Underneath

“It drives fantastically,” says Steve. “And goes round bends like nothing else. The handling is spot on, with no rattles or shakes. The engine pulls like a train.”

We’ve had the car here at The Market’s Abingdon HQ for a little while now and, having taken it out for a spin or two, can confirm the above – it’s a brutal and efficient bit of kit.

The car has just passed its MOT test with no advisories, as it has done each year in Steve’s ownership. “It’s a genuine mileage and the history takes you through to my point of ownership. It’s also an honest car and drives and presents like one with 20k miles on the clock.”

The engine bay presents scrupulously clean; you’d be happy to pop it up at any show. Some of the heat insulation on the bonnet underside is just starting to fray and come loose at its edges, so that could be something that the next owner chooses to tidy up.

The underside looks to be in fine fettle and remains very well protected. It’s a picture of health.

The car also has a full tank of super unleaded petrol.

History Highlights

You’ll find a large number of documents in the VR6’s history file, but without doubt the most important is the service book. This shows a whopping 19 service stamps from a combination of Volkswagen and Audi main dealers and independent specialists.

These end in 2016 when Steve took stewardship and also took over the servicing responsibilities himself, alongside the garage that helps him to look after his collection. However, he has helpfully written down all services (including his own) and noted the mileages at which they have taken place.

You’ll also find a large number of invoices and expired MOT test certificates, which demonstrate the outlay that previous owners have made on the car. The original handbooks are also included, as is the V5C certificate and two keys.

What We Think

Surviving Storm variants of VW’s Corrado VR6 are becoming exceedingly scarce on the ground, and for the finest examples that applies doubly (or perhaps trebly).

Several top examples have passed through our auction door over the last few years (including this one), and this is easily up there with the best of them.

Condition is tip-top, and it drives like a bloomin’ beast. Factor in a superb and comprehensive history, and it’s a no-brainer – if you’re after a VR6 Storm or have always fancied one then you’ll kick yourself if you allow this opportunity to pass you by. Only 6 of 16 registered cars remain on UK roads!

As such, we think Steve’s car will sell for somewhere between £20,000 and £28,000. Anywhere in that price band should prove to be good value for what is a serious piece of modern classic machinery.

A Storm is approaching? You betcha.

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  • Location: The Market HQ, Abingdon, United Kingdom
  • Odometer Reading: 63900
  • Chassis Number: WVWZZZ50ZSK002518
  • Engine: 2861
  • Gearbox: Manual
  • Steering position: RHD
  • Colour: Green
  • Interior: Cream/Leather
  • Estimated Price: £20,000 - £28,000

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