When opportunity knocks, sometimes you should answer the door; this may be one of those cases, especially if you’re a fan of fast Audi wagons. The Audi S6 Avant has been a cult classic since new; near bullet-proof engines capable of monster power, all-wheel drive in a slick package, a manual gearbox and room to carry enough to satisfy even Hannibal’s trips to Italy, the S6 is a unique package that relied underscored Audi’s mission in the 1980s and 1990s – they were different than everyone else, but in a very good way. Sure, if you want pure driving bliss on switchbacks or near-silent Autobahn cruising, BMW and Mercedes were better options in those specific cases – but as an all around package, the S6 Avant had no peers in the marketplace. That didn’t translate into overwhelming sales – but the exclusivity has if anything bolstered the legend of the Avants and artificially increased demand. How much has demand increased? Take a look at the bidding on this S6 Avant – at time of writing with 4 days left and the reserve still on, it’s $8,100. That may not sound particularly shocking until you find out that the motor is blown:
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The words “affordable supercar” often results in eye-rolls and smirks, as such a combination rarely exists. But when a car of impressive pedigree comes up for grabs at a reasonable price point without hundreds of thousands of miles on the clock (and years of neglect), it’s hard not to give it a closer look. No one will tell you that an RS6 is an affordable car to own, especially if it’s going to be serviced largely by specialists – but if you’re considering a $40K 3-Series, please, step away from the dealership finance officer and take a look at this specimen. The big selling point here is that the previous owners tackled some of the biggest maintenance hassles, including the timing belt and a replacement transmission installed at a tick over 60,000 miles. The interior looks fantastic, and I’d see if you could negotiate wheel re-finishing into the final purchase price.