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Heap of the Week: 1995 Audi S6 Avant

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:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Audi S6 Avant on eBay

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1986 Audi Coupe GT

Despite praise from critics when it was new, a great design by Giugiaro and a motorsports legacy second to none, the Audi Coupe GT has remained since new a fringe car in the United States. Compared to the E30 2-doors, Audi produced less than half the total production of BMW’s venerable small coupe with only around 170,000 made over its 8 year production run. Of those, many less were imported to the United States and even fewer survive today. They’re downright rare to see running around anywhere – the legacy of poor residual value more than anything. Those that have owned them love them – a great looking, unique coupe with awesome handling that is both at home on the highway and back roads. It’s easily capable of carrying a sizable load of adults and luggage since, like the E30, the GT shared its platform with a sedan – but where the GT differed was in drivetrain layout and the slinky roofline that has helped the car age particularly well. On paper, the GT doesn’t make a great driver – a big iron lump hanging out entirely ahead of the front axle line to allow for the all-wheel drive system we didn’t see in the GT on these shores, an open differential and a slightly heavier curb weight without much more power than the coupes from Volkswagen. But statistics don’t tell the whole story, and GT is a great example of that. Extremely well balanced and neutral out of the box, the longer wheelbase provides excellent stability while the equal-length driveshafts eliminate torque steer and help to put power down better than the Volkswagens. The package is refined and shows why the GT was successful in its own right as a racer in Europe. Plus, you get that wonderful off-beat, throaty inline-5 providing one of the more unique soundtracks from the 1980s:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Audi Coupe GT on Hemmings

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Redefining “Beater” – 1995 Audi S6

This 1995 Audi S6 has been through the email chain a few times over at GCFSB; our reader John first spotted it and sent it to me. The original ad had no pictures and a somewhat vague “needs paint work” line in the Craigslist ad. Since it was a low mile, all original S6 in claimed excellent shape, we both took note and agreed to keep our eyes on it. A few weeks later, pictures were posted in a new ad, and unfortunately it didn’t look good. I had guessed it was going to be a typical clearcoat failure case; typical with most of the Audi metallic colors that adorned these models. But I was wrong; hail damage had obviously taken its toll on the exterior – in many ways, it was a huge disappointment and we moved on. But then it popped up again, this time on Ebay with even more pictures. The pictures displayed even more damage then the original advertisement had suggested, and Paul sent it over to me for my thoughts. I initially dismissed it once again, but then started thinking – you know, what if this was just the perfect winter beater? Instead of mechanically beaten, this car just looks a bit ratty outside – perfect for snowy conditions where you’re concerned about paint damage. After all, it comes pre-beaten:

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10K Friday: A44ordable Audis – 5000CS quattro Avant v. 5000S quattro v. V8 quattro v. 100 quattro

The Type 44 Audi was an impressive advance for German automobiles, a huge leap forward for Audi in a new marketplace – but also nearly the cause of its demise. It was an aerodynamic, futuristic sedan when both BMW and Mercedes-Benz seemed to be producing cars stuck in the 1970s. It was the blueprint for most modern luxury sedans from not only German companies, but many of the advances were copied by the Japanese, Italians and Americans for their large sedans. Yet, by 1990 Audi nearly pulled out of the American market thanks to some creative journalism from 60 Minutes, who in their effort to prove Audi was at fault for some unintended acceleration cases nearly killed off the company entirely. In part as a result of their efforts, it’s become quite rare to find clean examples of them today – but it’s also because they were such good, long-lived and solidly built machines that few have lower miles today. While I recent featured a few 20V turbocharged examples in the 20V Turbo comparison, today we’ll look at a few of the lesser appreciated examples, starting with a clean 5000CS quattro Avant in Canada:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Audi 5000CS Quattro Avant on Hemmings

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2003 Audi RS6

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.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 Audi RS6 on eBay

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