With Toyota making unintended acceleration popular again, let’s check out the car that started the whole craze back in the 1980s: The Audi 100/200. After the 60 Minutes episode aired claiming sudden acceleration led to deaths and injuries, Audi’s US market share fell drastically, almost leading to their demise in this country.
All of this aside, these Audi were very futuristic upon their debut in 1982 and lived on with a cult following in Japan, as the Audi 100 was rehashed as a mid size executive sedan by FAW (First Automobile Works). Here we have an example of the rather rare Avant, especially given it is equipped with a manual transmission.
1991 Audi 200 Avant 20V Turbo
* 5 speed manual transmission
* Locking differential
* 5 cylinder turbo motor DOHC
* TAP ECU upgrade
* Vehicle is in very good condition inside and outside
* Motor runs strongly with no unusual noises
* Synthetic oil changes
* Service history records
* Smoke free
The car needs a fuel tank repair. A temporary patch is in place now. The mid muffler needs to be replaced due to a small hole.
This car is extremely solid. It runs great; the turbo charger makes good boost and pulls hard. The buyer will not be disappointed.
For a car with 180,000 miles, it seems pretty well looked after and could prove to be a useful and cheap hauler for someone, provided the repairs can be taken care of economically.
So, you’ve got $32k and you’re ready for a new car. You want fun, but somewhat sensible. You like AWD and its many virtues. You’re inclined to enjoy the German flare for speed, class, and impeccable engineering. From these hints, I could point you to a brand-new VW R32. Fun car, all-season capability with AWD, German quirks and perfection abound.
Or you could go big. And I mean REAL big. 450-hp, earth-wrenching big. The Audi RS6 is one of the few RSs that we Staters have been blessed with, and man do I love it. It’s subtle, but the aggressive bits are there in the wheels, fenders, and front and rear fascias. It’s hiding a total monster of a twin-turbo 4.2L V8. And now, 7 years after their introduction, they’ve come down in price. Way down, like 50-60% down. There are 2 nearly identical examples on eBay, each in the 50k mile-range and in exceptional condition. One has a Buy-It-Now of $32k, one is under reserve at $16k.
Yes, yes, I know these will be more expensive to maintain than an R32 (but maybe not that much…), and that a used car is not equal to a new car. In my mind, getting a lot more car for your money is well worth it instead of going on the depreciation rollercoaster that is new-car buying. It’s a tough decision between these two, but something about the white interior seems a little more special, so I’d sit on that auction and try to get it at a good price. If it could come in under the $32k of the other one, all the better. But seriously, one of these beasts under $40k is still a ton of car per dollar.…
If you’re looking for a car that can do it all, you’d be hard-pressed to something more versatile than the Audi Allroad Quattro. Though still sold around the world based on the newer A6, we only got them in the US from 1999-2005, but I consider us lucky for getting it at all. Based on the classy C5 A6, it was imbued with inherent luxury with a great interior and commanding presence. There was plenty of sportiness to tap into, with the 2.7L twin-turbo V6 shared with the S4 providing ample, if not earth-shattering, power, and an adjustable suspension that could lower enough to mimic a sport-package A6. Speaking of that adjustable suspension, it could also lift the Allroad to create 8 inches of ground clearance. The advanced suspension combined with the legendary Quattro allowed the Allroad to be the only car-based SUV to complete an official Land Rover off-road course, which I think is totally awesome. So, it’s sporty, luxurious, quite capable off-road and has tons of wagon-space. Yep, awesome.
This clean example on eBay used to be a corporate car, and has thus covered only 78k miles. It has a few dings and scratches, but they’re all minor and quickly fade away when you see the Buy-It-Now of just $8500. That’s less than a fifth of what it sold for 7 years ago.
I think this is a total steal. You have to be careful with these Allroads for electrical problems and issues with the fancy suspension, but still: you are getting a ton of car, and an impressively multi-faceted car at that, for a great price. It being a corporate car, it’s probably been well taken care of. I’d prefer the manual, but those are extremely rare, and I’m just getting nitpicky. …
I was driving behind one of these the other day and was reminded of how cool these funky little coupes are. Depending on the angle and mood, they can look like bloated space pods or excitable rally monsters. Sightings are rare as only 1730 came to the US, and this is an great example with a mere 55k miles covered.
It’s not perfect, but the pearl white looks really good here, and a few small upgrades (wheels, suspension) would make this a very attractive little car. The interior and engine compartment are in great shape and the low mileage is a huge plus, but asking nearly $10k is a bit much. The last one I posted was half that, albeit with twice the miles. I’d much rather spend $5k on a 110k mile car than $10k on a 55k mile car.…
I’ve given the BMW Ms a lot of love recently, but the Audi S series offers a deliciously different flavor of Teutonic speed. The first post I wrote for this site was an S4 Avant, though this is a much nicer example. Lots of space, Quattro, two turbos and six ratios, and easily accessible aftermarket speed make these one of my ultimate DDDs (dream daily driver, that is). A rear collision gives this example an apprehension-inducing salvage title, but it’s too good looking and reasonably priced to overlook.
Cons: 87k miles is right about the time things can start to go wrong. Salvage title sounds like it was from a minor accident that’s been properly taken care of, but should be investigated. Engine bay is oddly dirty.
Pros: Dead sexy in black with the perfect Audi wheel, the BBS CH. Interior and exterior look nearly flawless. 6-speed Avants are rare and desirable. Modifications are restrained and functional, e.g. aluminum plumbing, short-shift kit, and suspension. Salvage title brings price down significantly, with bidding still under $6k with 3 days left.
If this thing stays under $10k it’s a great deal, and it’s now my mental image for the DDD.
My knowledge of Audis has a pretty large gap between Auto Union racers and the late 70s, so I claim no expertise on this find, but I know it’s cool. Who knew cars could have Four Rings AND finned fenders!? The Auto Union 1000 was made from 1957 to 1963 with 1,000cc two-stroke engines. The 1000Sp was the 2+2 variation with sporting pretensions, made as a coupe until 1962 when a convertible was made available too. This is a pretty cool car as it was the last generation of Audi/Auto Union cars before VW took ownership.
Some background from the seller:
A rare find indeed! This 1960 Auto Union 1000Sp was found in the hills of California. The body panels are straight and 95% of the car is present. There are two separate 3 cylinder, two stroke motors that go with the car, along with all of the parts for under the hood. There is a third aluminum head and a “one-off” custom intake that I was told was to use three Suzuki motorcycle carbs on it. The frame and suspension of the car appear solid and straight. The rear seat area of the floor has rust through as does the entire trunk pan area. Serious attention will be needed in these areas. There is one dent at the seam of the front fender and drivers door, easily repairable. The car currently has the trans-axle in it, however the motor and accessory parts are out of the car and boxed up. The interior parts and pieces are present but also will require much attention. The gauge cluster is present and in good condition. Speedometer is in MPH.
This is a full restoration car, but a good solid start to a rare German automobile.
The Audi RS6 is a very special car. The largest RS-ified car from the four rings, the RS6 was the first RS car to make it to America. It did so in grand style, coming with a twin-turbo V8 mated to the venerable Quattro all-wheel-drive. It subtly announces it’s presence with a little fender flare, some front intakes, wheels, and a trunklid spoiler. These small changes make for an aggressive, if quiet, package, alluding to the massive capabilities that came as the Horsepower Wars really started to heat up. One of these used to prowl the island I grew up on, proving illusive but a rewarding find when seen in the wild. It’s not as extroverted and crazy as the newer RS4 and RS6, but it can tackle most any challenge in style and is a great early-millenium sleeper.
It’s hard to believe these $80k+ cars are under $30k now, and with just 70k miles. That’s a lot of luxury and a lot of speed for a really good price. The interior and exterior are similarly subtle but sexy. It’s too bad they never brought the manual or the Avant to the US, but beggers can’t be choosers, and I’m begging for this RS6.
A very low-mileage Audi V8 Quattro is up on eBay with 20 days left at a Buy-It-Now or Best Offer price of $6500. This was the predecessor to the A8, offering a 3.6L 247hp V8. Weak by today’s standards, but not too shabby in 1990. It was also the only full-size sedan with AWD at time and came with a galvanized body, so rust shouldn’t be a problem.
I think the big selling point here is the extremely low 41k miles. It’s no Ur-S4 or S6, but $6500 for a fun, big AWD sedan is not too bad at all.
Oh, how I love me some box fenders. They are so quintessentially 80s and badass. All the best cars have them… E30 M3s, Golf Rallyes, HF Delta Integrales, and the indomitable Audi Ur-Quattro. The game-changer. As the name suggests (“Ur” means original in German), it was the first application of Audi’s now-famous Quattro system, and what a way to start. Only 664 came to the US, so buying one would put you in rare company. This beautiful red example looks immaculate and is probably one of the finer survivors out there.
The condition of this thing is amazing. Exterior, interior, and engine all look really clean, and it’s got less than 60k miles on the clock. The Euro bumpers and lights are nice additions, as the US bumpers are oversized and throw off the lines. The price is high at $20k, but the car is exceptional and rare, so who knows. A die-hard Quattro fan who wants a near-perfect example may see this as a great opportunity.
Here is an example of the first vehicle in the world powered by the engine Mazda would later popularize, the Rotary Wankel engine. The name Wankel derives from its inventor, Felix Wankel, who was a German engineer. He created the first prototype of his revolutionary engine design in February 1957, and was first presented in running form in a converted NSU Prinz in 1960. The Spider would debut in 1964 and only 2,375 examples were built between 1964 and 1967. The original engine had around 50 horsepower, but it was a very free revving engine and made for a lively package in such a small car with light weight. NSU Motorenwerke AG was purchased by Volkswagen in 1969. They merged the company with Auto Union which later became Audi.
The seller includes a very comprehensive description. Here is an excerpt:
Excellent Condition!! This car has ALWAYS been stored indoors in a heated space and covered with double quilted car covers. The underside is very, very clean. The photos show a very small area of paint peeling above the rear left bumper and below the license plate. These are hardly noticeable. In the driver’s front under tray there is a hardly noticeable repair at the end of the spoiler.
Values can be tough to pin down on such a rare vehicle, but $19,000 seems reasonable for such a revolutionary and historically significant vehicle. Rest assured, you most likely will be the only one at your local car show with one of these. This example does have a few modifications, but these changes can be forgiven due to the scarcity of parts and efforts to make the vehicle more reliable than when it was first produced. This fantastic vehicle has been featured by Jay Leno in a short video on his website, Jay Leno’s Garage:
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