2001 Audi S4 Avant 6-Speed

2001 Audi S4 Avant 6-Speed

Nate is one of our new authors on the website and this is his first post. Please welcome him and leave a comment! -dc

All-wheel drive.  Twin-turbo V6.  Six-speed.  Wagon.

The B5 S4 Avant holds a special place in my dream stable.  Understated sexiness and a wide range of capabilities make other dream cars seem unnecessary.  A grocery getter?  Sure.  A backroad blaster?  Definitely.  Mountain monster?  Born for it.  The twin-turbo V6 means it’s lighter, more efficient, and more easily tuned than the B6/7 V8 or the newborn B8 with its supercharged 3.0.  Add in a rare 6-speed, and this 2001 S4 for sale on eBay is what dreams are made of.

This example looks clean and well-loved.  It’s no spring chicken; these cars are coming up on being a decade old and it has the miles to prove it, but it should still have plenty of love left to give.  Upgraded brakes and suspension are intelligent and prudent modifications.

There isn’t much else to say other than I wish this had been under the Christmas tree this year!

-Nate…

Dampf-Kraft Wagen DKW / Auto Union 1000SP

Dampf-Kraft Wagen DKW / Auto Union 1000SP

Here is a a unique opportunity to own the German equivalent of the 1955 Ford Thunderbird. Great looking little coupe at a $22,400 buy it now. The Thunderbird does have it over the DKW in terms of power, with this engine being a tricky 3 cylinder two stroke powering the front wheels. I wasn’t sure what to expect soundwise from an engine like this, two-strokes can really sound awful, but check out the videos online from inside a 1000SP on the road. The 3-2 combo sounds great, you get the sense that you are going a lot faster than you actually are.

The seller provides some good history and promotes the rarity of the vehicle. The seller says this one is # 202, so it is an early car, out of the 5000 built. This one has just over 1,000 miles on the engine, no mention of how many the rest of the car has traveled.
If you want to stand out with out being overly ostentatious at your local car show this is the car for you. Plus you Audi guys have to like the four ring logo on the trunk. It is hard to say what the investment potential here is. At this point I’d guess most all the good 1000SPs left driving are probably being well maintained so numbers shouldn’t shrink anymore. The early production # may make this an appealing collector piece if fully restored as the seller suggests.
This car appears to be in good company as that looks like a Euro Mercedes silbergrün 450SEL lurking in the background in some of the pictures.

~Evan…

Cash for Clunkers Weekend Reading

Cash for Clunkers Weekend Reading

You may remember my “spirited” post over the Cash for Clunkers program a little while back.

Well as a follow up here is the official government list of  cars sent to their deaths through the program.

Of note are the 63 BMW 6 series cars, including 13 635csi models, a 850i, a M3, and a M5.

Mercedes suffered as well, can you imagine over 100 560SEC s crushed? That is literally tons of usable parts from one of the greatest Benz engines gone. Looks like 11 Merc V12 engines also have made their last trip. No wonder parts are so expensive. A pair of AMG cars, a C36 and a C43, were sent away too and gasp a 500E.

A number of high end Audi models also are on the list and a sprinkling of Porsches.

Most surprising, though not German, on the list is the 1997 Bentley (listed as a Rolls Royce) Continental R and great oogley moogley a Buick GNX, listed under ASC. If that was a true GNX it could have been rolled and burned and still probably brought more than the CFC allowance.

Post your thoughts or interesting finds after you peruse the list.

~Evan…

1981 Porsche 928 Strosek Widebody, Low mileage 928, & Audi 200 Trans Am

1981 Porsche 928 Strosek Widebody, Low mileage 928, & Audi 200 Trans Am

I see a good deal of 928s for sale, there are two reasons for this. One, Porsche made them for nearly two decades and two, because I look for Audi S4s so every time I search for S4 I come across Audis and Porsches. Because there are so many in the market picking one up is not very hard. $10k will get you a plenty nice one. Just remember that, while they looked fairly similar over that long run, the options changed over the years. Flavors of engines included 4.5, 4.7, 5.0, and 5.4, liter V8s.
Transmissions could be had in 3 and 4 speed auto or 5 speed manual.

A early 80s twenty thousand dollar 928 would normally have even fewer miles on it then the 46,000 on this machine. This one has reason to be an exception. It appears to have a super clean body kit, custom interior work, and performance engine tuning including cams and headers. Not to mention the seller says he’ll throw in $15,000 worth of extra goodies like a GPS nav, to tune up, detailing and more. Seems reasonable to me.

If 46,000 miles is a bit too high for you why not make an offer on this 1,484 mile 1978. Offered at $35,000 (reserve not met), this can only be for a collector. Great interior and even has the original window sticker. Knowing that every time you drove the car you’d be decreasing its value is tough.…

1985 AUDI UR Quattro Turbo Coupe For Sale in the PNW

1985 AUDI UR Quattro Turbo Coupe For Sale in the PNW

Here’s a rare find, a 1985 Audi urQuattro with 117k miles for sale in Portland, Oregon for $20k:

quote from seller’s Portland Craigslist ad:

I am selling one of the RAREST Audi Cars Available. Not one for sale in the USA this year. Audi only shipped 73 to the US in 1985 as the car cost $49,000 to buy. This one was shipped over here in 1992 from Germany. Has the Euro Chip with over 200BHP. Nardi wood steering wheel and shift knob. Fiberglass deck lid was new for this year as well as newer wiring and updated leather interior. This is the only one in the USA like this one. ZERMATT SILVER Paint. Perfect interior and dashboard and Carpet. No rips in anything. New Sunroof Seal. New 215/50/15 v rated tires. Has original Rally Ronals. NO Dents. No wrecks.
THESE CARS WERE HAND MADE IN GERMANY!!!!
YOU cannot find these cars. If you do they wont sell them. I hate to sell this one!!!
Just had timing belt, fuel injectors, water pump, Fuel Filter done. Perfect compression. New Ansa Muffler and powder coated cam cover and timing belt cover and pulley.
An Absolute Gem. This is the nicest one I have seen and this is the rarest year for this car and the rarest Color. Not even sure they shipped Zermatt Silver as a color in 1985, only in germany.
paint is extremely nice for original paint. there are some scratches and the front and rear bumpers need a new paint job.
117,000 Miles.
Do not waste my time. ONLY SERIOUS buyers!! This is a very valuable and rare car. The last one i saw sell was a 1983 for 20,000 nearly a year ago. No rust, door jams, everything is perfect.
I have pictures of everything for really interested buyers.

2001 Audi S3 Euro-Import: Be the King of Your Audi Club!

2001 Audi S3 Euro-Import:  Be the King of Your Audi Club!

I’ve only seen one other Audi 8L bodied car for sale in the U.S., and it was an Audi A3, not the S3. This would be a seriously fun ride and one that most Americans never had a chance to experience.

2001 Audi S3 Gray Market import on Portland Craigslist:

quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:

It is registered and titled as a 2001 Audi S3.

Car is a late model 2001 Audi S3. The late model S3’s had major upgrades over the earlier S3’s, such as the revised front end with better Xenon Headlights, Full Factory Recaro interior, revised climate control systems, better airbags, etc.

Includes the 210 BHP engine, Haldex based Quatrro System, basically this car has a R32 drive train except for the engine.

When I check the ETKA Audi VW Parts system it has the same brakes (down to the same part number), shocks, etc.. I am pointing this out because getting service parts for this car will not be an issue, its as simple as knowing the right Audi (TT 225) or VW (R32) to cross reference too.

When I bought this car I put about $10k into it. That’s right about $10k. I literally rebuilt the car to new car specs.

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New Instrument cluster in MPH. I did this for two reasons, one I wanted a speedo in MPH, makes it easier to know how fast you are going, second, anyone who has owned a newer Audi knows the FIS of the Audi clusters eventually die, since I knew I would be installing a factory Audi DVD Navigation system, I wanted a perfect cluster for it to work with , the Nav info shows on the center instrument cluster also, so having one without dead pixels is very important

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At $25k, you’ll have to be a hardcore Audi enthusiast to make the leap — but if you are, the exclusivity is bar none with this car.…