Right Hooker Week: 1983 Audi 200 Turbo

After yesterday’s South African 500SE, this 200 Turbo is an interesting counterpoint for several reasons. First, if the age is correct, it’s from the very beginning of Type 44 production. In fact, it wasn’t until September 1983 that the turbocharged variant of the new Type 44 – the 200 – was available for the marketplace. So this car represents the beginning of the run compared to yesterday’s run-ending 500SE.

What’s amazing to me is how little change there was in that period. Outside of the interior refresh, a slightly different exterior color and some small details, the 1983 and 1990 model years could pass for contemporaries. Try that in other model ranges today! Of course, one other reason this car is interesting is the turbo. This would be an early 2.1 liter unit, rated nominally at 182 horsepower – a healthy bit more power than the late NF motor (130 horsepower). What’s unusual in this case is that it’s mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Of course, these were the days before the quattro drive setup moved into other models outside of the halo Quattro, so you’re stuck with a front-driver only.

Oh, and one more oddity? Well, it’s being sold in the U.K., but it’s left hand drive.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Audi 200 Turbo on eBay.co.uk


Year: 1983
Model: 200 Turbo
Engine: 2.1 liter inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 88,600 mi
Price: GBP 5,900 ($7,672 Buy It Now)

Hi have for sale AUDI 200 2,1L TURBO, Petrol in Original condition.
20 years been only driven in summer, always kept in dry garage.
Gear box perfect, engine Perfect, Body work stuning.
Only 88660miles on Clock. 63 years old men was keeper for 20 years.
For more info best text me on ebay, please, on holiday atm for couple weeks. Regards.

I love the blue Velour sport interior, and it’s a very neat car to look at even if it’s not the most desirable model in the Type 44 lineup. As a U.S. fan, it would be both cool to have a pre-importation model; when the 5000 Turbo debuted here for the 1985 model year, it retained the launch 4-quad headlight setup, was heavier and had less power. From that angle, if you want a neat front drive turbocharged C3, this one is quite appealing. Is it worth $10,000 to import it here? Probably not, so like the 500SE, we’ll move along.

-Carter

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3 Comments

  1. That’s funny right hook coming from the left, but I’m loving the theme. And, like yesterday, I always find it odd the way they painted the black portion of the bumper aprons on the cars outside of the US.

  2. Fwiw, there was an ’84 turbo in the States. I was the proud owner of one….sapphire blue with blue cloth also….until getting drilled in the left front corner by an unwitting teen, which led to such a big repair bill that my insurance company threw in the towel. Loved the car, and think the type 44 shape is truly timeless. The 3-speed slushbox was not an enthusiast’s friend, but such were the days / times. I then had a zermatt silver ’86 (with the name change to 5000CS turbo) that had more ponies (162 vs 140?). I’d love to find one in pristine shape but I think the odds are declining….

  3. @JM, great catch on the ’84 Turbo, my mistake!

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