The good week for Audis continues with another car that’s frankly rare to find in reasonable condition anymore; the B4 Audi 90 quattro. The 90 was a bit long in the tooth in 1995 and slated for replacement by the updated A4. However, squint a bit and you realize that outside of the reshaped bumper covers the A4 shared many design cues with the B4 Audi. It’s a handsome car, and like the ’95 A6 I wrote up the other day it’s extremely competent. The V6 was coupled to the venerable but updated quattro all-wheel drive via a 5-speed manual transmission. While not the fastest car out there, the B4 focused on more luxury at a time when all of the major manufacturers seems to be backing away from sport just a bit. You won’t confuse this car with an M3, but that said it’s a fair bit more quiet, refined and quicker than a 4000 quattro. However, the car was a veritable sales flop compared to the 4000 – Audi only sold about 3,330 of the B4 90 quattros in the U.S. in total, compared to the nearly 16,000 4000 quattros sold. Rare? You bet:
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On the surface, the C4 Audi 100/A6 quattro wasn’t a very exciting car. Compared to the turbocharged inline-5s that the V6 cars replaced, they seemed a little vanilla and uninspiring. Sure, on paper the V6 put out more power with more instant response than the venerable turbo units, but as an enthusiast it just felt like Audi gave up. Over the run of the non-turbo C4, Audi changed several items; the nomenclature changed from the longstanding “100” to the new “A6″ nameplate in 1995. That change, as with the similar S6, accompanied new bumper covers, projector beam headlights, revised badge language and new 16″ wheels. The changes were subtle versus the earlier 100, but all in all the changes made the A6 feel more upscale and polished than the 100 had been. The motor and drivetrain didn’t change though, with virtually all of the non-S C4s being sold in automatic and quattro form. The A6 seemed to be the workhorse of a subset of luxury buyers who had left Mercedes-Benz and just wanted the confidence of all-wheel drive without the inconvenience of having to move your right arm and left leg often. Every once in a while, though, someone specified a 5-speed transmission, and it’s worth sitting up and taking note – especially when it’s improbably low miles and near perfect condition:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Audi A6 2.8 quattro on eBay
For a good number of years, the Porsche 968 was a rather nice, if unorthodox, way of sidling into the P-car club at a more affordable level than a 911. However, as the last of these water-cooled sports cars ages, the want is strong for many enthusiasts. Outlets such as flüssig magazine have been singing the praises of the 968 for quite some time, helping to cultivate interest and motivate those new to the marque to preserve them for future generations. This first year 968 Coupe for sale in North Carolina is equipped with the 4-speed tiptronic automatic and painted in a rather unique hue of Violet Blue. This certainly isn’t the way most of us would want our 968, but is there a place in the collector market for such an oddball?
Click for details: 1992 Porsche 968 on eBay
The 993 market is red hot right now, and few cars stir the emotions of enthusiasts quite like the Turbo models. Of course, this car wasn’t originally a Turbo, but the nameplate on the front and rear more than makes up for that shortcoming – it is the 1995 Ruf BTR press car for the U.S.. Converted originally by Ruf Auto Center, this car has continually risen in price over the past few years. Since November, it has moved from Texas and it’s original $129,000 asking price to Missouri – an expensive move, apparently, since the asking price is now $149,888. Now, I haven’t shipped a car between states, but knowing some people that have (and the type of cars they ship…) I’m pretty certain that’s not a $21,000 trip. It equates to $29 a mile, if you’re counting. Does $150,000 sound like too much for a non-original, but documented history converted Ruf car?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Ruf BTR on eBay
The below post originally appeared on our site November 25, 2014:
The allure of a Cabriolet is fairly obvious though I do think it is difficult to accurately gauge that appeal until you have spent a warm afternoon enjoying a winding country or mountain road behind the wheel of a fantastic sports car. No doubt, there are negatives to owning a convertible, but there also is a way in which the reality of those near perfect drives easily exceeds whatever preconceived notions we might have had regarding what makes open-top motoring so popular. And right now I want nothing more than to take one of those drives. I have a few variants of the 993 I plan to feature this week, but I will begin with this beautiful, very low-mileage, Cabriolet. Here we have an Aventurine Green Metallic 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in San Diego, with a mere 3,200 miles on it. It’s anybody’s guess how such a wonderful 993 saw so few miles residing in San Diego, but here it sits in pristine condition ready to join someone else’s collection.