Throughout my involvement here at GCFSB, one car that is often revered by current and former owners is the Audi Coupe GT. While the Coupe GT is overshadowed a bit by its four-wheel drive sibling upon which it’s based, the Ur Quattro, the non-turbocharged, front-wheel drive versions have merit in their own right. They have a distinct eighties flair about them and offer up a bit more uniqueness than other German offerings of the period.
A reader of ours, Jeffrey, contacted us a while back, as he is on the hunt for a later model Coupe GT in good condition. They are hard to find, but a few are still out there. First up we have a 1986 Coupe GT for sale in Oregon with a shade over 160,000 miles but looks like a great basis for a minor refresh.
Model: Coupe GT
Engine: 2.2 liter inline five
Transmission: 5-speed manual
I’ve got an ’86 Audi Coupe GT that im looking to sell. Car is in VERY NICE SHAPE, runs great, drives really nice. Car has had the clutch replaced 2-3k miles ago. Also had a tune up at the same time. Again, I am looking to trade this for another VW or Audi. Looking for the best cash offer. I need to pay off court fines, and tickets, so i gotta sell a car or 2. Let me know what you have to offer up as a partial trade? Would be interested in ANY Mk2 VW as a partial trade.
162,xxx miles, ODOMETER WORKS! Fresh cluch, good tires, clean inside and out, have big flat hub-caps and small octagonal caps. Car is SUPER CLEAN. Doesn’t leak either. Heater works well.
For the price, this Coupe GT appears to be a pretty decent value, as the bodywork looks straight and the interior isn’t worn out. The ad is a bit confusing, however, as the seller is looking for the best cash offer but is also looking for trades? Nevertheless, if the seller is open to offers, someone might be able to get into a modern classic for cheap.
Now over to our next vehicle. I’ve found a lot of great classics in Europe this week, and here’s another one. This late model Coupe GT with the 1.8 liter engine is for sale in Ebersbach, Germany, which is on the border with the Czech Republic. It is an amazingly preserved example that was owned by the original owner until 2009.
Model: Coupe GT
Engine: 1.8 liter inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 60,300 km (~ 37,468 mi)
Price: €6,990 (~ $9,099)
The Audi Coupe GT was in an edgy, sporty, timeless shape in the showrooms – a challenge to most sports coupes on the market at that time. The thought of conquering the luxury car class also played with this car very much. The outstanding workmanship and quality finishes distinguished this car. In order to meet the quality standards, the GT was equipped with sport seats, dashboard instruments, rear spoiler and many other options. It should be noted the popularity of the coupe is partly a result of the legendary Michéle Mouton, who achieved great success with this same body in rallying.
We offer you a truly exceptional, beautiful vehicle that belongs in collectors and lovers hands. The car was delivered in 1988 in Germany to the first owner and remained in his possession until 2009 (the second owner had the car for six weeks and the next owner from March 2009 to present). The interior is almost like a year old car just like the paint, for the large part is still original. Electrics and mechanics work fine. We have serviced the car, all fluids changed, new timing belt, battery, brakes, etc. HU/AU is also done again and is now no more work for your for approval. On request, we’re also happy to offer a G-Cat upgrade with green environmental badge for €500 including installation. We are sure that it would be impossible to find a vehicle in this state. In five years, this car will be a Youngtimer. We urge you not to be fooled by the 88 HP, because at just 950 KG (~ 2,094 lbs) this sport coupe is certainly travel fast.
As with a lot of cars here in GCFSB, it’s such a shame this Coupe GT is for sale on the other side of the pond, as it has benefitted from long ownership and is simply one of the cleanest, most original examples I’ve come across. It’s not surprising the seller is asking close to $10,000, which is right about the top of the price range when it comes to this car. Even the best examples in the like this one in the US might bring $6,000 to $8,000. I have to think, though, that this Coupe GT might be one of the most original, best preserved examples left worldwide.