Clean lines, a powerful punch under the hood and a completely new, young target group in its sights: The Volkswagen Scirocco I caused a stir on the market in the early 1970s. “It rather cheekily rushed into the void,” says Eberhard Kittler, Director of the Volkswagen AutoMuseum Foundation. “At the time, vehicles from Volkswagen were regarded as rather dull and sensible,” says Kittler, “so the first Scirocco was absolutely a small revolution that upended all the conventions.” And with resounding success. More than 500,000 Scirocco I units were sold worldwide through 1981 – the “desert wind” (Scirocco is the Italian word for the hot wind from Africa) was extremely popular and quickly achieved cult status.
Cool cult coupe
It was billed as the first “fun car” from Volkswagen for the younger generation: The Scirocco desert wind conquered the hearts of fans in the early 1970s with a combination of Italian design and a completely novel technical concept. Amongst its fans was German rock star Udo Lindenberg.