January 9th, 2014

bull nose

VW Corrado

Dang. I can't even remember the last time I posted an ad here. People reminiscing about their old VW's in a recent post got me to thinking about the Corrado.

I was in college in 1989 and my family was stationed in Germany, so the Army paid for one trip a year to visit them.  I flew over for Christmas and New Years.  My dad's picked me up in a loaner car because their Mercedes was in the shop.  He asked if it was okay to stop off at the dealership on the way home to pick up their car.  My dad was good friends with the two brothers who owned the Mercedes/Porsche/VW dealership in Augsburg.  While we were there, one of them came out and said he was one of the first in the country to have gotten the new VW Corrado in stock and would we like to take it out for a drive.  My father drove it out on the highway and I (having just flown from Austin to Dallas, to London, to Munich) took it back on the snowy back roads.  That car took curves like it was on rails.  It's still probably the most fun car I've ever driven.

When the Corrado was finally sold in the US, it didn't have the 'big' supercharged 4 cylinder engine it had in Europe.  It was a lot less powerful.