Similar to the E30 M3 Evan recently posted, today we’ve got an UrQ that has massive potential but is hampered by some warning flags that leave me skeptical. Let’s begin through an optimistic lens: A 63k mile Quattro blew its head gasket thanks to a stuck thermostat in the mid-1990s, and was left to wallow in its injured state for over a decade (garage find!). The current seller, a Porsche/Audi shop, picked it up and swapped in a 115k-mile 20v turbo from an Audi 200 and G60 brakes. The extended rest in a garage left the interior pretty darn clean, but the exterior, maybe good from 20 feet away, needs plenty of work. This is where the skepticism starts.
1983 Audi Ur Quattro for sale on Audifans
My biggest problem with the ad is the amount of hyberbole (“done swaps 100 times more complicated,” “we’ll pull it out in another 10 years when it’s worth $50,000) and subjective comparison (“nicer seats than on my 70k miles 944 turbo”). Just reading it makes me feel like I’m being swindled. The poor UrQ was apparently given a tire-iron exterior treatment by the previous owner’s ex-wife, so it needs a bit of dent work and a paint job. All these issues might make one think they could get a great project Ur-Quattro for a good deal, but the seller sees things differently. He’s asking $17k, based partially on his extrapolation that it will be worth $50k in 10 years (…I don’t think so) and that 2Bennett Audimotive estimates $14,900 for a similar swap. Flags go up here for me as well as to the seller’s logic, because whereas this Audi has a stock 200 20v that once made either 162hp or 220hp, the 2Bennett conversion comes rocking 285hp. Judging by the vagueness throughout the ad, I’d say there’s a good chance it’s the 162hp 20v.…
Here’s a great way to contextualize the amazing Audi Quattro Concept unveiled at the Paris Auto Show. I work about 5 minutes from where this awesome Audi Ur-Quattro is for sale, and I at least have to go check it out (at most, lie/beg/cheat/steal to buy it). Until the Concept becomes reality, the Ur just can’t be beat when it comes to the Quattro. Straight off a Group B stage, boxed fenders and the turbo inline-5 mean serious business. Some title issues and reported damage should be investigated, but 105k miles is temptingly low for the original and irreplaceable implementation of Quattro.
The disappointingly brief seller’s explanation:
1983 Quatrro Coupe, good mechanical condition, just past smog, 5 cylinder turbo, 5 speed, european headlights and grill, white faced quages with additional gauge package, H&R springs, stainless exhaust system, wider Ronnal wheels. Runs good, but needs an alignment due to recent suspension work. Paint is tired but presentable, interior is the same. Some cracks on dash top. Removable sunroof, a/c, power windows, breaks, steering. A/C works, but needs a charge.
This is one of those times when the alignment and title issues fade a bit when you have the chance to pick up a rare piece of history. It’s for sale at $7500; if the issues can be resolved and keep it under $10k, I’ve gotta think that’s a good deal for a low-mileage Ur-Quattro. So close, yet so far away…
While there’s been on/off talk of a new Jetta Coupe for the past decade or so, they haven’t produced on since the Mk2 series ended in 1989. This is a shame as the concept pictures of more modern coupes are quite attractive, and examples from 80s are awesome but rare. The sharp Jetta shape looks better just a little more compact, and this one for sale on VW Vortex is looking great in the Mk1 Mars Red and black. I’ve always wanted this color combo on an early GTI, but the funky rarity of a Jetta Coupe might even be a little cooler.
1983 VW Jetta Coupe for sale on VW Vortex
The list of upgrades is too long to put here, but worth checking out on the listing if you’re interested in VWs. Essentially, this is a thoroughly gone-over and loved Mk1 that’s better than it left the factory without being over the top modified. There are some scuffs and scratches outside but overall it looks great with that color, clean vinyl molding, and decent black wheels. The tweed interior is as perfect as one could put in a Mk1, and the running bits are very well-chosen and sorted. The seller is looking for $3,900, right in the middle of what I consider acceptable Mk1 range: beaters around $1k (or less), showy engine swappers closer to $7-8. The time, energy, and care put into making this a great little coupe makes me think it’s a good price for a fun and funky alternative to more common VWs.
The W123 is quite possibly the most ubiquitous Mercedes-Benz of all time. Revered for it’s build quality and rock solid reliability, both clean and clapped out examples are still a regular site on roads all over the world to this day. Slightly more rare than its sedan counterpart, the coupe, or CD/CE brought the classic MB pillarless coupe style to the workhorse chassis. This particular example, a later turbodiesel variant, has seen just over 90,000 miles. One could consider this slightly broken in.
The seller states:
This is a rare 1983 Mercedes 300CD Turbo coupe. It runs and drives awesome. This is a rust free car. It has 91,371 miles on it. The car is in very nice shape. The A/C blows cold. This car will go a million miles.
After scanning other ads online and pricing guides, it seems as if the value of W123 CDs are topping out around $10,000. If this car had about 50,000 less miles on it, it might be worth it, but unless this car has impeccable service history, it’s a bit overpriced. Nevertheless, a fine example of the W123 coupe in a pleasant color combination.
Here’s a wee beasty, the likes of which you don’t see very often. We all know the magic that surrounds the Mk1 GTI, but this has to be magic turned to 11. A custom steel widebody kit has been grafted on, leaving it with the same classic silhouette but shifting it much lower and much wider. This is no Heidi Montag though, as it comes with content to back up the extremely modified looks.
What the seller has to say:
My 1983 VW Rabbit GTI (Wide body) is up for sale.
This car was fully restored. Has steel wide body hand made. Fender flares are extended 3” each side. This car is in perfect condition runs great. I drive the car to work every day. The reason I am selling this car is because I have another toy. I have no room for this one in the garage. I will be honest with you I have autocrossed with this car and this car is amazing.
Auto tech cams
New stock pistons
Transmission: Euro spec transmission with diesel 5th gear
Gears are heat treated
Transmission is brand new has only about 2000 miles on it.
Brakes: Stock brakes on front
Rear 92′ Jetta GLI disk brakes
Exhaust: Techtonics full exhaust with race downpipe
Techtonics short shifter
Techtonics K bar
Interior: 92′ Rabbit Cabrio dash with center console
Corbeau A4 seats
6 point roll cage
Spare tire area has been removed to make more room for fuel cell.
Momo F1 steering wheel
92′ Jetta GLI gauge cluster with working FMA
Exterior: Euro front end with badgeless grill
Euro tail lights
Rear wiper has been removed
Wheels: 15×8 Sport max one piece wheels
Suspension: Neuspeed race spring with Koni adjustable
That’s a pretty serious upgrade list. …
Keeping with the flavor of my last post on the Gullwing Sbarro I thought this similar aged take on the classic Benz Gullwing take was nice.
Nowadays you see everything from Dodge Neons to Honda Civics running around with cheap poor quality Lambo style door kits.
The gullwing setup on this Merc is a much more involved project since it involves cutting the roof. When you cut this much metal out of the car you have to add significant reinforcement to maintain a safe body.
Styling Garage, SGS, the company that made the modifications, was well known in the 80s for making dramatic visual upgrades to Mercedes cars.
Many SGS tuned cars were given SGS badges out front and custom body work instead of the three pointed star. This one has some AMG body parts, but looks mostly stock. Inside there is some custom guages and nice wood steering wheel.
Original price on the conversion was the same as the price of the car itself.
This specimen has 40,000 miles, and a seller looking for $15,000. It has new paint, but as you can tell from the wood planks holding the doors up there is some work to be done. Lots of depreciation here for a really unique car.
You can read more about the SEC gullwings over at 1000SEL.com
The original hot hatch is still one of the cleanest and most fun, routinely ranking well on “Best Drivers’ Cars” lists. Ever since my hand-me-down 1981 VW Caddy I’ve wanted a GTI. With lines as tight as its handling, A1 GTIs turn my head more than most modern sports cars. Simple, useful, and fun, it just doesn’t get much better. This example has a mere 95k miles on it with a freshly rebuilt gearbox.
1983 VW GTI for sale on Craiglist SF
It shows it’s age in some spots, but the interior looks very clean (great Recaros!), as does the engine. Though less-than-safe, GTIs look awesome without the bumpers. 95k well-documented miles means there’s plenty of fun left, and $3200 is a fine price for this condition. It’d be mine if I had the means/space.
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.
1983 Audi Ur-Quattro for sale on Audifans
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.