Silver Narrows: 1985 Audi Coupe GT and 1986 Audi 4000CS quattro

Though they share many components, each different variant of the Audi B2 chassis took on a character that made them all feel quite unique. Obviously the big headline for the chassis was the turbocharged Quattro model that has gained much more notoriety and respect in the marketplace over the last few years. However, the narrow-body variants still remain very affordable and entertaining options for enthusiasts. Today I’m going to look at two similarly priced 2nd tier options, both in Zermatt Silver Metallic. Let’s start the throaty 5-cylinder up with a KX-code 1985 Coupe GT:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Audi Coupe GT on eBay


Year: 1985
Model: Coupe GT
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 198,400 mi
Price: $4,499 Buy It Now

1985 Audi Coupe GT

-198k miles – although you wouldn’t know it by looking at it – shows very well

-Interior is in Excellent Condition

-Upgrade Modern Stereo System

No Rust.

-Exterior is in great condition – only showing minor wear – pictures tell the story

Engine:

The car does not have any fluid leaks – starts up first time – every time, drives beautifully. Car is routinely serviced and well maintained.

Clutch feels strong and very positive feeling.

A/C works well.

The car is an absolute blast to drive.

If there are any questions about the car, please do not hesitate to call or text – 504-957-2970

As is often the case when they’re properly maintained, nearly 200,000 miles on these B2 Audis looks like they’re just getting broken in. Now, to be fair, this doesn’t look anywhere near a new car, but overall the condition is very good. The Zermatt Silver Metallic paint look shiny and large-blemish free, the neat tweed interior is in great shape, and all of the various trim bits look in place. 1985 4000S and Coupe GT models are easily distinguished as they are the only updated exterior cars that carry the “fuel injection” badge on the right side of the trunk, plus obviously they have no third raised brake light. After a protracted discussion with the B2 faithful, there’s some confusion over exactly when the flush-mount centercaps became standard; in typical VAG fashion, some ’85 spec cars came with them as seen here, and some came with the octagonal black centercap “nuts”. The only disappointments here are fixable: the radio looks out of place, the rear spoiler has been bent and will need replacement, and under the hood needs some good detailing. For under $4,500, this GT looks pretty tidy though it’ll take someone familiar with the front-driver to really want it at that price (for example, me!). Were it high 3s I think someone new to the brand might be more likely to snap it up.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 4000CS quattro on eBay


Year: 1986
Model: 4000CS quattro
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: TMU mi
Price: $4,900 Buy It Now

Partially restored 1986 Audi 4000CS Quattro. Pretty rare and amazing car and 5 cylinder, 5 speed! Perfect for the Audi enthusiast like myself or anyone that wants and really cool car. Runs great and is my reliable, any weather car. Has AWD, power windows and locks! I am the third owner and have only had the pleasure of driving since December of last year. I bought this car because it wasn’t being used for the past few years and I thought it deserved to be back on the road. The paint was in terrible shape so I had it repainted by a professional paint shop. The battery, spark plugs, major fluids, some vacuum hoses, water pump, and timing belt all were replaced by a local shop. The valve cover bolts and other bolts needed to be tightened. Some oil was leaking from the valve cover but hasn’t since the bolts were tightened. The drivers side window regulator and 2 door handles were also replaced. The AWD and locking front and rear differentials work great. Transmission and engine are solid. A few things I didn’t get around to yet are the wiper stem, the sunroof, and the odometer. The wiper stem is broken off but the wipers are fully functional by using the broken off part still connected. The odometer is stuck at 119,337 miles and according to the last owner was only broken for a few low mileage years. According to Experian AutoCheck, the last owner purchased the car in 1996 with 80k on the odometer. I have only used it around town and have probably put on about 3k. The sunroof motor needs a hand as its not really strong enough anymore. The heat and AC work. The original seat are in pretty good shape. No major rips or tears, just some of the lining is stated to come up. I will include the Yakima cross bars, but will be taking off the Thule ski racks. Please look at all the pictures and ask any questions you may have before bidding. Thanks and good luck bidding!

Disclaimer: For a 30+ year old car, I think it is in great shape. There may be small things that I may have overlooked. I encourage anyone interested to come look at it and drive it in person if possible.

Mechanical changes between the KX-engined GT and JT-motored 4000 quattro are pretty slight north of the transmission. The engines share all internal components with only the exhaust changed, making 5 horsepower more in the quattro. However, the quattro gains a fair amount of weight and even shorter gearing can’t make up for the difference in the dry. Independent rear suspension makes less difference than you’d expect, but hit a bump at speed in a corner and you can tell the difference from the Panhard rod rear in the GT. But mechanical differences aside, how about this example?

Just like the GT, it’s better preserved than an average 4000 quattro at this point in history. However, the current owner has tried to dress this one up a bit as it clearly hasn’t enjoyed the lifestyle the front-driver did. The repaint looks generally good from a few feet away but there are no closeups which show the quality. The car sports a fair amount of trim bits which can be hard to find intact; the lower bumper grills, the reflectors even if they’re missing the outer plastic, and the door map pockets are missing a fair amount of the time. Still, there’s a lot of work to make this 4000 a bit nicer. The seat covers are hiding some issues, the radio is again out of place and the car is suffering from typical rear spring sag. I’d believe that the seller has a fair amount of the asking price into current repairs, but I’m not entirely sold that this is a $5,000 example. I’ve seen some cleaner and original paint examples come up for less, but you may trade off things like working A/C (as this one is claimed to have) for better condition overall.

Which is the winner? The Coupe GT is clearly in better original shape and a nice survivor compared to the 4000, but the seller of the quattro has headed down the right path trying to fix it up. Still, I’d prefer the preserved condition and the 9 month driving experience of the GT over the quattro having owned and spent a considerable amount of time in both. Negotiate the price down a hair and you’d have an entertaining budget classic.

-Carter