Much like its E39 5-series competitor, the C5 Audi brethren were clean with simple designs and plenty of modern amenities without overcomplication, and came with performance variants that were true wolves in sheeps’ clothing. The S6 Avant wasn’t quite up to the M5’s monster benchmark (leaving those duties to the rare, sedan-only RS6), but it was still a full-sized family wagon packing a silky V8 with 340hp. Today’s example is in nice shape and looks just a touch more aggressive with adjustable Bilstein coilovers. There are surprisingly few blemishes after 132k miles and, other than the typical Audi dead pixels in the screens, it’s hard to find any major faults with this car.
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For those of you who follow the blog, my affinity for the Audi Coupe GT will come as no surprise. Few cars embody the “more than the sum of its parts” ideology better than the GT; a competent cruiser, fun to toss around corners, reliability and longevity all coupled with great and unique looks to create a package that was better than its peers. Previously, I’ve covered some of the history of my 1986 Coupe GT 20V; a unique car that’s been with me since 1998. Still running strong and delivering smiles, it is the third of four coupes that passed through my hands. It’s also an interesting example; a non-Commemorative Design car, it was one of the few 1986s delivered with a digital dashboard and in the rare shade of Oceanic Blue Metallic. I’ve also owned a Tornado Red, Graphite Metallic and another Oceanic Blue Metallic example – but there was one I always really wanted; a 1987.5 “Special Build” in Alpine White.
A few weeks ago, I received an email from a friend with the subject line “Coupe for sale”. Of course, I didn’t hesitate to open up the email even though I was on vacation and not looking to buy a car. But the message inside was too intriguing to pass up; my friend told me he could get a whole car minus wheels and radio for free – did I want it? The questions went down the rabbit hole; what color was it? White. What year? 87. And, according to my friend, it looked very solid. With each answer, my hopes increased. I asked for pictures; worst case, I could grab some parts for it. The picture above was the first one I got; there it was, a 87.5. I could tell right away by the white spoiler, mirrors and window trim. The wheels were wrong, but as they were slated to stay with my friend that didn’t worry me. Inside, the interior looked remarkably clean and velour – more on that later. The downside to all of this? It was non-running and an automatic. Still, the images revealed a shocking number of NLA parts for the GTs that were just too good to pass up. The pictures showed a uncracked windshield (European order only these days), both front reflectors (NLA from Audi and trading for more in pristine shape than some whole cars), and the entire compliment of lower grills (also NLA from Audi and hard to find an entire set).
Last week’s 10K Friday Colorful Carriers was a bit of a letdown; sure, the colors were great, but the only manual was the B6 V8 S4 Avant, and while it was a cool package there was no denying the trepidation with which I’d approach that particular package. To remedy that issue, this week I’m again focusing on some haulers capable of hauling; we’ve lost the color pallet but all of these Avants are turbocharged and manual, just the way most like it. So, this time around, which is the pick of the litter?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Audi S4 Avant on Portland Craigslist
Time for another Wednesday Wheels Roundup! This time around I found some wheels I don’t remember previously seeing; and not just one set, but two sets of RW Macho wheels. One set is for Porsches 944 fitment, and the other is for BMW fitment. I also spotted a cool set of Rial wheels in Mercedes/Audi fitment, along with a rare set of Zender multi piece wheels. Lastly, there’s a not often seen set of of third generation BBS RA wheels in 4×100. They’re great looking wheels for 2nd and 3rd generation Volkswagen products and mimic the VR6 wheels offered on the Jetta GLX VR6. What’s your favorite?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Rial 15×7 5×112 Wheels on eBay
Yesterday I had the pleasure of heading out into the hills of Connecticut to Coventry Motorcar to enjoy SFest 2015. It was a beautiful day (if a bit hot and humid) for a drive and a show; the roads leading to Coventry, Connecticut are simply awesome and in spite of the forecast for a bit of rain, the clouds held out. Despite my long love affair with Audis, this was my first trip to the storied event which has been running strong for the past decade and has a dedicated fan base. But instead of being just an Audi-only show, the field a cars that arrived was diverse and interesting. Of course, there were the usual Audi S-cars; mostly S4 and S6 models, but a S8 in my favorite Avus Silver Pearl arrived, along with a few Avants, a ridiculously clean A8L, my Coupe GT, an original Quattro previously featured on these pages, a few Coupe quattros and a 90 quattro Sport.
But there were others outside the Audi range as well, including a pair of cool Porsches – a Martini edition Targa and a 930, as well as a trick Cayman. Then there was a monster CL65 AMG Mercedes-Benz that had us drooling, and an impressively tuned Nissan Skyline GTR. Several Volkswagens made the trip, including an Abt-modified Passat B5.5, a Mk.7 GTi, R-Line CC and a Corrado SLC VR6, plus a super clean E30 M3 and a very clean and low mileage S52 M Coupe.
It was good to catch up with several of the devoted Audi folks, including Marc from EFI Express and a slew of the quattroworld 4000 forum fans. The Coupe GT went for a few joyrides and smiles were plentiful. Although there were only a few of the older cars there it was still fun to get together. Plus, Coventry Motorcar provided some of the best tacos I’ve had in a long time! Thanks to Brian, Scott and Julian amongst others for putting the event together. While it’s not the biggest show out there, it’s a great group of enthusiasts and cars to go see – I’d wager there aren’t many shows that highlight 240,000+ mile daily drivers, and everyone is welcome. If you’re in the Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island or Eastern New York area next year, plan of supporting this event – it’s worth the trip!