SLIGHTLY MODIFIED! This is one of these old classic cars that is fairly straight and in good condition for its age. If you’re going to pay good money for a used project car, this is the smart way to do it. Any intelligent car guy will tell you that. I purchased this car as a toy project to turn into a 16v and not intending to sell. Then I serendipitously found a 16V in good shape a few months later! (This is my 3rd Rocco over the past 27 years.) So now I don’t need this really fast and semi built up 8V Rocco and I just don’t have the time now. I bought this from another Rocco enthusiast, Kiznile, in Sacramento, CA and drove it back up summer of ‘08. So it’s passed the more stringent CA smog test! I think I am the 3rd or 4th owner of this great car. I would love for this car to continue to go to another Rocco enthusiast rather than someone that just wants a car or to turn this into a drag racer. Kiznile has got some great restored projects on CarDomain. There’s been some great modifications done to this JH code big valve engine and close ratio 9A tranny = GTI setup! This car is fast and nimble but she still needs an eventual paint job and new upholstery. Sold to my buddy Ed so I know she's in good hands and still in the family!. She shifts fast and sure with the EMPI rabbit shifter and Eurosport weighted short shift kit. Already quick and nimble in her time, the horsepower and low end torque has been quite improved but I don’t have any dyno stats. Less than 10k on the rebuilt motor about 177k on the car. Stock is about 90HP and I would guess she’s currently around 105 – 110HP now – about a 14% -18% increase! An early 80’s Porsche 944 hits 0-60 in about 8.7 seconds. She should hit 0-60mph in around 7 - 9 seconds! That’s due just to an Audi 5000 throttle body, Autotech Tri-Y Header, Techtonics (TT) Cat and Cat back and TT sprockets! The adjustable cam sprocket is tuned right now for a bit more power in the high end. Just add an Autotech cam should bring you up another 13HP to about 118HP – 123HP for a 24% - 27% amazing increase! The next step is to lighten and balance the flywheel, crank (maybe knife edge it as well) and rods for quick response and more energy efficiency. Do a bit more of the suggested simple mods here or put in a 16v and you’ll beat the Porsche! A turbo and/or different engine could be the next project. Throw in an Autotech cam with matching springs, Megasquirt or TEC ignition/fuel management system, port and polish the intake/exhaust manifolds and make her come alive even more! Next thing you know, you’ll have a 150HP -170HP screamer w/o turbo.