Barn Find: 1983 Audi Quattro

Sometimes when opportunity knocks, you need to answer the door. If you haven’t been following the trends of all of the mid-80s metal on its way up the charts, pretty much every single one of our favorite cars has quickly been appreciating over the past year or two; many upwards of 100%. I’ve called it the “E30 effect”; I’m not sure if I coined that phrase or I picked it up somewhere – I don’t think so, but lack of sleep and a screaming two year old blur the lines time to time. But regardless, I don’t really think it was the M3 that started this all – I blame the early 911 trends from about two years ago. Suddenly those 911s crested and blasted past $100,000, and enthusiasts looked towards the next fun, race-bred and good looking transportation; the E30 M3 was a natural choice. Because of M3 appreciation, suddenly everything around the M3 is being pulled up, too – the 944 Turbo, the M5, M6 and 500E, and of course, the Quattro. But as I’ve covered previously, finding a good, clean and well sorted example with reasonable miles can be exceedingly difficult. Audis woes in the late 1980s and early 1990s meant that many examples fell into disrepair; at one point a few years ago, I was even offered a Quattro for free if I could take it away. Opportunity knocked, and I didn’t answer the door – though it’s a long story and you can blame General Motors for that one. In any event, today on Ebay a barn-find, low mile and all original Quattro has popped up and once again there’s a knocking at the door:

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1990 Audi 90 20V Quattro

While the Audi 100 Avant I wrote up the other day was certainly a treat to see, for most late 1980s and early 1990s Audi enthusiasts, the cars that they’re interested in are the quattro all-wheel drive models. There are certainly many popular ones to choose from; recently we’ve seen the 4000 quattro and S4 quattro really take off, but the 200 20V quattro and Coupe quattro also grace these pages on a regular basis. One car we don’t see much of, though, is the 90 20V quattro; effectively the same car as the Coupe underneath, these 90s were rare when new and are more rare today. Featuring the awesome 7A 20 valve 2.3 motor and the legendary quattro drive system, unlike the earlier 4000s they were galvanized, meaning at least some could survive life in the environment which they were designed to conquer:

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Double Revisit: Early and Late 4000 Quattros – Which would you choose?

Two of the 4000 Quattros I wrote up in December are still on the block. Which of these all-wheel drive wonders would you choose? The first of these cars is a Zermatt Silver 1984 example which needs some love, but is now available at a much more realistic price point – less than half of what the asking price was in December.

The below post originally appeared on our site December 6, 2013:

-Carter

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White Christmas Sunday: 1987 Audi 4000CS Quattro

Last week’s 1985 4000S Quattro was a death toll in the days of the affordable clean 1980s Audis. There was a point in the not-too-distant past where you could buy clean examples of Coupe GTs or 4000 Quattros for under $3,000. But those days, like most of the decent Type 85s, are long gone and if you want to play in the early Audi market it’s going to cost you. While we’ve seen really clean 4000s and GTs push up towards and over $10,000 in the past few months, the trend is pulling up even the less-pristine examples. Such is the case with today’s all-white 1987 4000CS Quattro; a car with high miles but some potential for the right buyer. Will it be a White Christmas for you in this 80’s snow icon?

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4WD Week: 1985 Audi 4000S Quattro

You know, it’s funny; we can seem to go months without seeing a clean 4000 Quattro, and then suddenly there is a wave of 5 or 6 in a row. Without a doubt, last week’s time capsule 4000 Quattro was the nicest of the bunch, but the asking price was enough to scare many folks away. That car was certainly also a rare color combination, and while today’s Alpine White 1985 4000S Quattro gives that 1987 a run for it’s money in overall condition, it’s not nearly as rare a color combination. Despite that, it’s much more appealing to me for one important reason; I bought the near-twin of this car as my first car back in 1996. It’s hard in some ways for me to believe, but this is about as identical to my first car as you can come nearly two decades later. Mine was also Alpine White over brown cloth with nearly the same mileage as this car when I originally purchased it. For me, then, even though we saw arguably a better condition “Time Capsule” 4000 with lower miles only a few days ago, this is the car that brings me back.

Year: 1985
Model: 4000S Quattro
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 112,000 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

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You are looking at (and possibly bidding on) an absolute time capsule. I will try to give an exhaustive description of the car to encompass all that I would want to know if I were perhaps considering the purchase of a car sight unseen. Here goes: I own an operate a premier German repair shop in Denver. Look us up on the internet–we are Paddock Imports. We predominantly work on German cars, with a special interest in BMW, Porsche, and Audi. This Quattro has been under our care since 2007, when the second owner bought it. Roger was a meticulous owner, and attended to everything we ever recommended on this car. He brought this car to us twice yearly and let us know that it was an “open credit card” situation. As such, we took meticulous care of his beloved Quattro. The mileage on this car is low because Roger also owns a Porsche, an E39 BMW M5, and a Ford F250. This Quattro was a little hobby car for him, and as such, it got driven sparingly. Eight months ago, Roger told me he was selling the car to make room for a collector Saab he bought. After I got over the shock of him buying a Swedish car (better him than me) I jumped on the opportunity to buy this Audi for my son. Caleb turned 16 last year and I had been looking for a reliable car for him to drive to school and hockey. I therefore bought the car and went through every single nook and cranny to make it mechanically perfect. Heres the list of what we did to it 8 months ago: timing belt, spark plugs, distributor cap, distributor rotor, drive belt, timing belt roller, water pump, water pump seal, brake master cylinder, brake proportioning valve, expansion tank, expansion tank cap, camshaft seal, drive belt, coolant antifreeze, new door handles, all new fluids, and new battery. Parts alone (I did the labor myself) totaled almost $2000. Suffice it to say, the mechanical condition of the car is virtually flawless. I would get in this car and drive it to Connecticut tomorrow. The only reason we are selling it is that Caleb has to drive himself and two of his teammates from school to hockey, and quite honestly, the car isn’t big enough for these boys and their gear…not even close. We therefore bought Caleb a BMW 528 wagon. So the Audi goes to the next steward. Here are some bullet notes:

Mechanical: Absolutely flawless–it doesn’t leak a drop of anything. not a single spec. starts in the bitter cold and runs flawlessly.

Glass: perfect–not a scratch or chip in any of the original Audi glass.

Clutch: plenty of life left in it–engages low and has great feel.

Body: not a single spec of rust anywhere on this car. It has been a Colorado car it’s whole life and we do not use salt here–hence no corrosion. The paint has tiny chips here and there commensurate with its age, but you have to look hard to find them. I drive a brand new BMW M5 and this car honestly gets more thumbs up.

Interior: Indistinguishable from new!! The dash is perfect with no warping or cracks, the old school felt seats are perfect with no tears, the seats are firm and supportive, the door cards look new, the headliner is perfect, and the original floor mats still look amazing!! Interior is by far and away the most amazing part of the car—a true time capsule.

Tires: 85% and balanced perfectly…I know because I did it myself.

Electrical: absolutely everything works–even the sunroof. the passenger front window is going up and down slowly, but I will attend to that before the auction closes.

Heat: blows very warm and strong

Radio: my son had me install an Alpine deck with Pandora and iPod hookups. I also installed Fosgate speakers for him. Sounds really nice.

I am sure I forgot many things, so if you have questions, please feel free to call me on my cell phone. Doug Paddock at 303-807-1863.

Bottom line, you are bidding on a super low mileage, pedigreed Audi, that looks and runs perfectly. It will give some lucky buyer years of faithful service. I am positive that I will never get all they money out of it that I put into it, but you know the old saying: One man’s dream…another man’s bargain. My family now officially has 4 cars and a 3 car garage, so the Audi is now at my shop. I am therefore selling the car at NO RESERVE. That’s right. High bid takes her home. I will be happy to help with shipping arrangements.

Over my ownership, my appreciation for the stout 4000 Quattro grew and I’m not alone in that. I paid around $2,500 for mine in about identical condition to this car 17 years ago, and sold it with around 140 on the clock and a bunch of improvements 10 years ago for…you guessed it, $2,500. Since then clean 4000s have started up the appreciation chain, cresting $5,000 just a few years ago, and now serious buyers are talking about $10,000 to get into a clean one. That comes as a bit of a surprise to the enthusiast community that has followed them all along, but like so many cars we feature here on GCFSB it’s a simple matter of math; you can’t find a clean example and return it to the condition of a car like this for $10,000. Does that make the car worth $10,000 plus? Well, for the right person, it just may. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, either – just look towards the E30 market and even the quickly appreciating 944 market to see where these cars that were once throwaway second-hands are going. If you’re interested, don’t wait too long; we’re not quite to the buy a shot one to restore point on the 4000 Quattro, but when clean prices start to head towards $15,000 start expecting it. There’s the secondary issue of what else you can buy for that money, but like many other cars – the A1 Golf, the E30 BMW, and many others, that argument doesn’t hold because if you want the platform, you don’t really want anything else. Want a 4000 Quattro? This is the car to buy, folks.

-Carter

Motorsports Monday: 1989 BMW 325is Track Car

With all of our posts about perfect 325s, crazy money M3s and import-status Tourings, it seems only fitting that Motorsport Monday should have a worthy E30 as well. Building a track car is like catching a virus; it makes you sick, it wipes you out, and afterwards you come out the other side saying that you could’ve done without it. A much smarter way to enter the track arena is to buy a car that’s already been built and sorted; yes, it costs more up front, but it you can find the right car it saves you a ton of headaches. Sure, you can buy a lower mileage E30 than today’s example and then spend a ton modifying it to the level of this car, only to be afraid to drive it at the end because it may be worth $100,000 some day in the distant future. Or, you could ante up and buy this one:

Year: 1989
Model: 325is
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6 stroker
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 225,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 BMW 325is on eBay

1989 BMW E30 325is Street/Track Car w/ M20 Stroker

Drivetrain:

-Fully built bottom end with forged internals

-Reworked ported and polished head with 288 cam

-Turner/Conforti 173-300 chip

-Shorty ceramic coated headers (These are not cheap)

-Two into one custom 3″ exhaust

-Redone Getrag 5 speed with short shifter

-.410 limited slip diff

-228mm clutch w/ clutchstop

-Optima red top battery

-Cross Drilled and Slotted Rotors w/ Stainless Lines

Suspension:

-Ireland Engineering Spec E30 Racing Front and Rear Sway Bar Set

-Ireland Engineering Stage 3 Race Springs

-Ireland Engineering Front Strut Brace

-Aluminum M3 Front Control Arms

-Offset Urethane CAB’s

-Billet/Urethane Rear Shock Mount Set

-Urethane Motor Mounts

-New Nexen Tires

Interior:

-Half race cage

-Corbeau Race Seat

-Schroth Harnesses

-Crack free dash

-Aftermarket head unit/wired for amps

-Gauge pod with oil pressure, oil temp, and air/fuel meter

This is one well done purist build that runs and handles better than any e30 I’ve ever driven. It has also passed Tech Spec at Road Atlanta and was checked out recently at German Autowerks Atlanta. It also sounds incredible.

Here’s the kicker, the A/C is cold. The windows, sunroof, and power antenna all work. It has 15% tint. You can drive this to the track, thrash, and drive home in comfort. There is probably over seven grand in the motor alone not to mention all the suspension setup. The body is very solid. The paint isn’t perfect but in good condition. The front lip and rear spoiler could use a respray.

Please check out all the pictures and two videos here

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I went pretty extreme when I built my Audi track car, and it now sports a suspension that only can loosely be described at held up by “springs” and “shock absorbers” – more properly, they’re shock transmitters. Luckily, I opted to put in the lightest Kirkey race seats I could find; they’re aluminum with a 1/4″ of fabric covering them. Needless to say, driving my car to the track isn’t the most enjoyable thing these days. This car looks to be not-so-wildly suspended, and with the added bonus that the A/C is intact it’s sure to be a much more enjoyable ride. As I sank farther down the spiral of track building, the innocence of the occasion was lost in preparation for the event – getting the truck and trailer ready, tying the car down, tires and wheels and tools everywhere. Now, twenty years after I started going to the track, all I wish for was a car that I could pop in and drive there – have fun all day – and drive home. Well played, Mr. 325is.

Value? Well, you can never get build dollars back out of anything short of some exotics or ultra rare cars. With four days to go the reserve is still on and the bidding is in the mid-$3000 range. With 225,000 miles and a select group it would appeal to, this car isn’t likely to pull anywhere near the numbers we’ve been seeing on E30s. I’d guess reserve in the $6,000 – $7,000 range and if it stays there, this could be a fun and reasonably priced classic that can be driven as it was intended. Just please, get rid of those horrid black wheels and slap on something like these Team Dynamics wheels:

-Carter

1999 Alpine White BMW M3 Coupe

The 1999 E36 M3 was the pinnacle of BMW performance engineering at the time. The 1999 model year was the last and most revised version of the E36 M3 and remains a favorite among E36 enthusiasts. Tastefully ‘upgraded’ M3s are becoming somewhat of a relic these days. For every stock or lightly massaged M3 for sale there seem to be five that have some awful body kit, spoiler or turbo kit. Here we have a low mileage 1999 M3 Coupe in gorgeous Alpine White that has a few desirable upgrades.

Year: 1999
Model: M3
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 29,500 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 BMW M3 Coupe on eBay

This is a super clean and rare 1999 BMW M3 with only 29K miles. With the addition of some very tasteful mods it makes this car a perfect M3. The cleanest 1999 BMW M3 in white for sale on the market. Own one of BMW’s rarest treasures, the heart of the “M” program.

Factory & Aftermarket Options:
This unique BMW M3 is loaded with a lot of factory options such as power windows, power seats and more. Aftermarket options are: Rogue Engineering Short Shift Kit, Alpine Head Unit, Halo Headlights w/ HID, Rear Spoiler, Solar Adaptive Window Tint, Active Autowerkes Exhaust, ST Coilover Suspension, Hamann Wheels and more.

From an aesthetic stand point, this M3 is done just right. Alpinweiss is the sharpest color for the E36 M3 and the stance is perfect thanks to those Hamann PG3s. The carbon M-wheel really pops against the white “Vader” seats making the inside of this M3 as appealing as the exterior. Other visual cues like the Active Autowerkes exhaust and the upgraded HID Halos give the M3 a touch of modern but don’t make it look tacky like LED strips on every Corolla or Jetta you see cruising around town. You can tell these upgrades were finely chosen to enhance the vehicle and not just thrown together as “cool mods.” I see bidding breaking the $20K mark but would be willing to guess the reserve for such a fine example of Munich’s mid-size muscle car being closer to $25K.

-Ben

1990 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 16V

A dying breed, an unmolested pre-93 Volkswagen is a rare find. An unmolested 16v GLI is even rarer. A favorite of VW enthusaists, the 16v GLIs and GTIs are the top level of performance offered in the MK2 (at least in the US). The 1990 model sported the 134 bhp 2.0 16v (it was 1.8L on earlier GLIs) mated to a quick ratio 5 speed gearbox making these cars are a blast to drive. The GLI also offered Recaro sport seats, BBS RA alloys and a GLI trim package that differentiated it from your every day GLI.

This clean Alpine white GLI for sale in Columbus, OH looks like a nice clean slate for a driver, modified car, or a collector piece.

Year: 1990
Model: Jetta GLI 16v
Engine: 2.0 liter inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: N/A
Price: $1,000

Click for Details: 1990 Volkswagen Jetta GLI on Craigslist

BBS aluminum alloy rims, Recaro seats, needs work. $1000 obo. Please call or text to 614-216-2107.

I’ve always been fan of the GLI 16v ever since a highschool buddy of mine rolled up to track practice in one. It was quick and sounded the business when he masheded the gas. While the seller doesn’t offer a whole lot of detail on the car, it’s hard to go wrong with a $1000 price tag. If I had the space, this is yet another car I’d add to the corral.

-Brian

2002 BMW 325iT Sport

Welcome to another installment of “Cars I want in my driveway.” Today we have a beautiful and pretty rare BMW 325iT Sport. This car checks all of the right boxes on my wish list. Alpine White…check, black leather…check, wagon…check, and a manual transmission…CHECK. As I’ve said before, these cars are a dying breed and clean well kept examples offer a great opportunity for manual wagon buyers (all 32 of us) to put off the inevitable extinction of the 3rd pedal for at least a few more years.

Enthusiast owned and maintained, this car appears as though it will not disappoint.

Year: 2002
Model: 325iT Sport
Engine: 2.5 liter inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 68,850 mi
Price: $14,000

2002 BMW 325iT Sport on bmwcca.org

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Much of the important information is in the title, but here they are again: 2002 BMW 325iT Alpine White over Black Leather 5-Speed Manual Transmission. Currently below 69k miles, but is daily driven. Sport Package, Cold Weather Package, Aluminum Trim, No Sunroof, non-Powered Seats, Harmon Kardon Hi-Fi Sound

Modifications: OEM ZHP Front Bumper, OEM ZHP Full Leather Steering Wheel, OEM ZHP Style 135 Wheels, OEM ZHP Weighted Shift Knob, Dinan Throttle Body, Dinan Stage 2 Software, Dinan Carbon Fiber Front Strut Bar, Dinan Muffler, AFE Cold Air Intake, Perfectly Matched Amber Illuminated VDO Gauges (Voltage, Oil Pressure, Temp), UUC Short Shift Kit, BMW Aluminum and Rubber Pedals/Dead Pedal, USA Spec iPod Integration Kit (Much better than DICE IMO), OEM e46 HIDs with Clear Film Protection (On corners and fogs as well), 30% Pinnacle F1 Ceramic Tint, Bavarian Autosport Ultimate Reflector Windshield Sunshade, OEM All-Weather Mats and Cargo Liner (Original Carpeted Mats as well) Mechanical Condition: I have all records from my ownership, and some from the previous owners.

The following things were done within the last 18 months and 17k miles: – New Continental DWS tires, 225/40×18 & 255/35×18 (54k) – New Brembo slotted rotors, pads, SS lines (53.3K) – Oil Change (65k) – Cooling System Flush w/OEM BMW Coolant (65k) – Transmission Flush w/Red Line MTL (65k) – Differential Fluid Flush w/Amsoil Severe Gear 75W90 (65k) – Brake Fluid Flush w/ATE Blue (65k) – Power Steering Flush w/Amsoil Synthetic ATF(65k) – Fuel Filter (65k) – Serpentine Belt and Hydraulic Pulley Upgrade (65k)

I’m the third owner and it was garage kept prior to my ownership. No paintwork (besides the ZHP Bumper) or accidents to my knowledge. It has been hand washed and detailed by me during my ownership. This is a used car, so please expect wear and tear commensurate to it’s age, but I sincerely and honestly think it is in above-average condition. There are currently no issues with the car; everything that’s supposed to work does. It is truly turn-key; buy this car and drive it home anywhere in the country.

There is nothing quite like a BMW that is owned and cared for by an enthusiast. They are certainly a breed of their own when it comes to meticulous care and maintenance. This car is no exception; the seller has put together one of the finer examples of an E46 Touring that I’ve seen in a while. With a scant 69k miles (by todays standards), the ever important 3rd pedal and an asking price well within reason, this car would make a great daily for anyone that loves the wagon as much as I do.

Sadly, it appears as though there is already a sale pending on this car according to bimmerforums.com, however as we all know it’s not sold until the title changes hands, so this car is definitely worth investigating further.

-Brian

1997 BMW M3 DINAN

Any German car fan has watched the prices of E30 M3s shoot through the roof, while their availability dwindles. So what’s the next logical step for collecting a modern BMW? The E36 M3 is the go to for many, and the prices as of late reflect that shift. The E36 M3 was equipped with the 3.2L inline 6 that produced 240bhp, and 236lb-ft of torque, and could run to 60 in 5.5 seconds. While the power numbers are impressive for a car of its size, the M3’s handling is a thing of legend.

This beautiful Alpine White over tan M3 for sale in Pleasantville, IA at EuroWerkz is a great example of BMWs finest from the ’90s.

1997 BMW M3 DINAN at  eurowerkzlc.com

 

 

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Here is a car that is getting harder to find every day. We get inquiries about these M3’s every week, so here now, is your chance.

A low mile, lovingly cared for, over serviced, BMW E36 M3. This car is a gem and we know this first hand because we sold it to the last owner in 2007 at 24k miles and have been taking care of it since. We are also a DINAN dealer  so we did all of the high performance upgrades on the car in 2007 as well as everything else that has been serviced or updated on the car. And that is a long list.

This car is Alpine white with very rare Modena/black two-tone interior and is a 5 speed manual. It has most all available options except Harman Kardon sound and automatic transmission. This car was born a luxury package car but has been treated to the front sport lip spoiler and regular lower grill. It has a long list of small popular tasteful upgrades like a European steering wheel and airbag upgrade, rear lip spoiler, clutch stop, BMW X brace, and hard wiring for an Escort radar detector. (Most original parts are also with the car including 2 sets of BMW mats) The major upgrades include the full Dinan Stage III engine package including the intake system, throttle body and software with the cat back Dinan exhaust and Strut tower brace. This car was cared for to the extreme and has been serviced more than regularly. It also has had the complete cooling system upgraded since 2007 with a new water pump, thermostat and housing, radiator and tank. The service is up to date including the 60k mile Inspection II where we just completed the transmission, differential, and brake fluid flush along with various filters not previously serviced. The car had new rear rotors just installed along with 4 new BFG comp 2 tires. This car is 100% ready to enjoy in every area and a truly beautiful example.

Cosmetically the car is approaching mint and it is certainly way above Excellent for these cars. It also won its class in the National BMW CCA Oktoberfest Concour in 2008. The front seats show some minor patina and wear on the bolsters but that is really the only flaw on the car. The car has a clean 2 owner Carfax and has all VIN number panel decals attached. It has been maintained with Zymol and Sonax products to the point of obsession and it looks like it everywhere you look.

Yes, we expect a top of the range price for the car. But when you realize what you are looking at and that these E36 M3’s are done depreciating, this then looks like a lot of car for the money. And if the M3 market continues on its current path this car may well increase in value if well cared for. Just look at what the BMW E30 M3 market has done. Regardless this is a beautiful car and we are proud to offer it again and you can be the new owner of one of the nicest E36 M3’s in the country.

This car is a beautiful example of the next great collector quality BMW, and the asking price reflects those aspirations. At $19,000 this car is aimed at the BMW enthusiast that is truly looking for a collector quality M3 to tuck away, and this car will deliver just that. With Dinan upgrades, and under 60k miles this car has the makings of a future garage ornament.

All that said, I feel like the $19K is steep, but considering where the market is for low mileage E36 M3s, this is priced well.

-Brian