1973 NSU Ro80

While the NSU Ro80 wasn’t a car of any particular firsts, it was the combination of advanced technology that made it seem out of this world upon its introduction in 1967. Yes, you read that right. 1967. While it looks like it could have stepped out of a design studio in the current decade, this is a 45 year old design we are dealing with here.

First and foremost, the engine was the centerpiece of the Ro80 equation. A smooth, twin rotor Wankel that displaced just under one liter powered the car through its front wheels. The transmission was a three-speed semi automatic, similar in concept to Volkswagen’s automatic stick shift. Other forward thinking touches included four-wheel disc brakes, four-wheel independent suspension, power steering and a low coefficient of drag as a result of its streamlined look.

It was unfortunate that so many Ro80s were scrapped due to teething problems with its rotary engine. With the technology available to us today, issues such as apex seal wear can be easily remedied. This particular Ro80 for sale in the Netherlands has been lovingly cared for by one owner over its lifetime.

1973 NSU Ro80 on Anamera

Rare, beautiful. Had only one owner. No rust, Wankel engine excellent, bodywork excellent, semi-auto transmission excellent. Unique car, collectors item, good investment.

Almost $25,000 USD for an Ro80 is about the top of the market for one of these. Realistically, one in good shape should command anywhere between $10,000 and $15,000. These cars have seen values creep up a bit, if not to the same level as that other avant garde sedan from the period, the Citroën DS. These were the last vehicles to wear the NSU badge, with the last ones rolling out of the factory at Neckarsulm in the Spring of 1977. For all their faults, NSU certainly went out with a bang with this car. I’ve always been a fan of the Ro80 and hope that they continue to get their due respect for years to come.

To get a flavor for what the Ro80 is like in action, check out the following clip from Top Gear:

-Paul

749whp 2000 Audi A4 Avant

Last week, I posted an E63 AMG wagon, and while it’s an amazing grocery getter, it pales in comparison to this car on basically every front. Needless to say this is not your grandma’s grocery getter, the owner of this mind blowing A4 has spared no expense in making this one of the fastest, if not the fastest A4 Avant in the states.

Starting with a VR6 swap from a VW, and redoing…well…just about everything, this 749whp monster is the definition of sleeper.

749whp 2000 Audi A4 Avant on Audizine.com

I am putting for sale my 2000 B5 Avant with a VR6 swap. I don’t need to sell this car at the moment, so please don’t kick tires if you’re not serious. Also, if you’re gonna get sassy, save it. It would not be possible to replicate this car for the price. I know what I have into it, and I know it is way way more than the asking price. Currently located in Buffalo, NY. The car is originally from Virginia (lived there until this past October) and has never seen a Buffalo winter. Let me be clear with that up front. The underside of this car is rust free.

I’ve been piecing this car together over the past few years, and it has been through a number of renditions/setups. This setup makes almost 300WHP more than it did last year. I recently dyno’d at Innovative Tuning in April/May and made 794WHP at only 32psi. This turbo setup can be pushed into the low-40psi range as shown by a few drag VR6 cars around the US.  As it sits I ran a 10.9@ 137-138mph in the ¼-mile with me driving. If you’re a better driver, you will go faster. I am just a crappy drag racer, and also got booted from the track for not having a cage. It runs a 2.07 FATS time, which isn’t in this cars powerband at all. It runs these times with full interior, as it is driven on the street and on street tires. 3700lbs of fury. The car runs and drives like a stock car would, within reason. I say within reason because it has firm mounts etc so you do feel the engine, but its not overbearing at all.  

It cold starts just fine, and you can drive away as soon as you fire it up in the morning. There is no need to wait for it to warm up etc. Thought I suggest not pinning the throttle until oil temps come up, for obvious reasons. The exterior of the car is not perfect. It’s a “15-foot” car, not a show car. It still looks really good, but it does have flaws. However, a good paint restoration would go a long way in improving it. There are 2 small door dents on the passenger side, and 2 dents in the hood. Also, the drivers door has slight bubbling paint in one area that was there when I got the car. It has not spread at all, but you can pick up a new door for about $50 if it bothers you. Comes with High boost E85(32psi), Low Boost E85(22psi), and 93 octane maps. The 93 octane map isn’t for making power, it’s in case you find yourself unable to fill up with e85 in an emergency. Car can be re-tuned for C16/Q16 etc as you see fit, also. Has Launch Control, full electronic boost control with failsafes for overboost, IAT failsafe, Coolant temp failsafe, cold start rev-limit failsafe, boost-by-gear, no-lift shift etc. All 100% configurable. I know I’m forgetting tons of stuff, and am missing tons of little things in the parts list but I will add as I think of it. If you have any questions about the car please feel free to ask. I do not care to answer questions such as “how did you do the swap?” etc. There’s more than enough documentation around to figure that out.

10.95@137 Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGwknEU5-Gs

794whp dyno pull Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6MmXpNeI_A

3rd Gear Highway Pull Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYJPhkPK4NM

Idling walk-around Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wGh_yUxYMg

AAA 12v VR6 Engine: Full Port and gasket matched Cylinder Head. Ports are very oversized the entire length of the port Ferrea 1mm Super Alloy Intake and Exhaust Valves w/opened up valve seats Schrick 268 Cams Dual HD Valve Springs Brand new lightweight lifter set Integrated Engineering Tuscan Rifle-drilled Rods w/ARP Rod Bolts JE 9:1 82mm Forged Pistons ARP Main Studs ARP Head Studs ACL Race Bearings All new Seals Billet Crack Pipe Custom Coolant lines Custom AC Lines (AC works) External Oil Cooler Turbo Setup: Precision Ball-Bearing Billet 6766 T4 turbo Kinetic Exhaust manifold Tial 44mm Wastegate 3.5” 304 Stainless Tig Welded downpipe 3” 304 Stainless Tig Welded Exhaust w/2 Magnaflow straight-through mufflers Treadstone TR-10 intercooler w/custom piping Tial Q Blow off Valve 4” Intake w/Filter Drivetrain: S4 01E 6-speed transmission S4 rear differential, axles and driveshaft ClutchMasters FX850 Twin-disc clutch w/aluminum Flywheel USP Braided stainless clutch line with ClutchMasters FCV200 Flow Control Valve Stern Engine Mounts Stern Transmission Mounts AWE DTS Bar A8 Brake Upgrade w/ slotted rotors Koni Coilovers Brand new Front control arms 034 Billet Rear Diff Carrier Rota Grid 18×9.5 ET 20 38 Falken Azenis RT-615k 225x40x18 Tires Comes with: Spare S4 differential, Spare Axles for all 4 corners Fuel: Dual Bosch 044 Fuel Pumps Injector Dynamics 1600cc Injectors 034 VR6 billet fuel rail -8 Fuel Feed and -6 fuel return line Aeromotive Fuel Pressure Regulator Swap parts: Custom Intake manifold w/75mm Mustang 5.0 Throttle Body Custom Engine Mounting Brackets (Keeps AC and Power Steering) OEM Transmission Adapter Plate OEM Longitudinal Oil Pan 034 Starter Ford Windstar OEM coilpack and Bosch 7-pin Ignition Module (Better Spark) Interior/Exterior: OEM RS4 Grill OEM RS4 Front Bumper w/Grills S4 Sideskirts RS4 interior door pulls MK5 GTI shift knob Dice iPod Converter

The most impressive thing about this car is that it didn’t come out of a high end race shop, rather it was built by an enthusiast in his garage using the best of the best parts, and a whole lot of know how, and a touch of imagination.

This is another one of those car that you just can’t put a price on, as a plain old 2000 Audi A4 Avant, this car is worth around $7000, add in the impressive parts list, and the $24,500 sale price is a bargain. It is practical, nope; would it make you giggle like a little girl on a regular basis, definitely.

-Brian

1993 Audi S4

Since the early ‘90s, Audi has utilized the “S” to signify its high performance production vehicles. The inaugural S car was the C4 bodied S4. Based on the Audi 100 sedan, the S4 featured a 227 horsepower turbo charged and intercooled 2.2 liter five cylinder power plant, and legendary Quattro AWD.  The combination of power, and all weather capability quickly became a thing of legend.

This clean Black over Ecru example for sale in Layton, UT is a very well kept example of the car that started it all.

1993 Audi S4 on eBay

 RARE RARE RARE 1993 Audi S4 5 cyclinder turbo!!!!!! This is truely an amazing  car. This was one of Audi’s best. If you know Audi then you know how amazing and rare this car is. This car runs and drivs great. Turbo boost really well and the engine pulls hard. The 5 speed manual transmission shifts extremely well. This car is truely a blast to drive. Automatic door locks, automatic windows, sunroof, leather, Quattro, turbo.
The features this car has is endless and well ahead of its time. More importantly  than features is the engine. Its a great engine. Have original owners manual and sticker. Now this car isn’t new or I would be asking much much more. Will need front brakes. Alternator bearings  are making noise. A/C blows cold but only from top vents. Its a ’93 and for the year has way low mileage and is honestly in great condition.

This is a car that I’ve lusted after for years, and is certainly one that is near the top of my bucket list. With 148K miles, and great looks this car would be great for a collector, or someone looking to make a powerhouse. Average retail on these cars is in the $5,000 area, and taking in to account the cleanliness and low mileage (relatively speaking) of this car I think it will sell for every bit of that $5,000.

While the low mileage and unmolested mechanicals are highly desirable, these cars are not without their problems. But as needy as these cars may be, you’ll quickly forget all about it once the snow falls, because that’s where these cars shine.

-Brian

 

 

1986 Audi 5000 CS Turbo Quattro

To say that the Audi 5000 has an interesting story is an understatement. When introduced to the US market in 1983 it was the top of the market in aerodynamics, achieving some of the lowest drag coefficients to date. With flush mounted glass, tight body gaps, and simple (yet slippery) body panels, it appeared as though the car of the future was here. With the legendary 2.2l turbo 5, Quattro AWD, and great styling, the future looked bright.

This all came to a screeching halt when Audi issued a series of recalls on the 5000 citing instances of “sudden unintended acceleration”. Owners were complaining that the car would accelerate, even under breaking, which resulted in a 60 Minutes segment, and several law suits for wrongful injury and even death.

Audi later eliminated the 5000 name plate all together, with the C4 generation leaving it only as a fond memory for Audi nerds all over.

This 1986 5000 CSQ for sale in Brooklyn, NY sent to us by one of our readers is a great example of why these cars are so beloved.

1986 Audi 5000 CS Turbo Quattro on eBay

I have tons of spares for this car that are also for sale.
The car has 221k on the clock, runs very well, does not consume oil and is a very solid car. I wouldn’t hesitate to drive this car across the country. If you’d like to run a carfax, the VIN is WAUHE0449GN051010 Since purchasing the car this past february I’ve …

  • flushed the cooling system with g12++ (everything came out super clean from the flush).
  • Replaced the thermostat and fan switch with low temp (80 degree) units.
  • replaced the radiator, and upgraded the fan to a quiet s-blade unit with seven blades.
  • As of this week the suspension has been overhauled, and all reused parts were cleaned and painted (including the spring hats that you can’t even see).
  • The car sits on bilstein sports and H&R springs that provide a 1.4″ drop from what you see in the photo below.
  • New control arms.
  • sway bar bushings
  • strut bearings
  • front and rear upper bushings, dust boots, etc….
  • the car sits on 16×8 A8 monoblock wheels with new Kumho’s that though “modern” still look like they could be period correct.
  • Ben Swann Software w/ a 2.1 bar wastegate spring.
  • the K26 is in perfect condition and feeds into to a two piece downpipe.
  • the diverter valve feeds a samco hose to keep things in check when you let off the accelerator.
  • very clean boost and air/fuel gauges installed in center vents, center vent modified and still works!
  • The car has a new alternator and battery as well.
  • Rewired all harnesses that go to driver’s door controls with factory repair wire and correct harness tape.
  • i also replaced the wiper blades. 😉

On the highway I get 31.5mpg all day long.
additional work which will all be addressed before the car changes hands:

  • the car came with a lifter tick due to stuck cam followers/lifters, rebuilt lifters will be going in.
  • i have a vacuum leak in the heater control that prevents the vents from blowing hot air, this will be fixed. the previous owner replaced the heater core, and i think the unhooked vacuum line was just a byproduct of that job.
  • the previous owner pulled the headliner fabric (i assume it was sagging), so i can pull and re-trim the headliner and (perfectly working) sunroof.

work that i can do, but won’t mess with unless you want me to.

  • fix a dent above the rear bumper below the trunk from when the previous owner got tapped in a parking lot
  • fix another small dent along the bodyline just below the rear right wheel opening from the same tapping
  • repaint the car

photos detailing any of the cars flaws (minimal) will be provided up on request.
the car will be thoroughly detailed inside, outside, and underhood before delivery. you’ll be able to eat off of it.
currently there is a properly and well installed Zex nitrous system on the car, big bottle, very full. I can include this kit with the car, or uninstall it, depending on what the buyer wants to do.
Full specs of the car can be found here http://www.audiworld.com/model/5000/86-5000.shtml

Anyone that has driven one of these knows the definition of a tank. The heavy weight, ample power, and Quattro make these cars virtually unstoppable no matter what mother nature throws at you. The owner of this car has done extensive maintenance, and has turned this 26 year old car in to a solid daily driver. With a BIN price of $3800, this car is priced to sell, average retail value on these is $4200, and with all of the maintenance, clean interior, and solid body, this is well above average.

-Brian

 

Theme Week: 2009 Stasis Supercharged Audi R8

When ridiculous isn’t enough, sometimes you have to take matters in to your own hands.  That’s exactly what the previous owner of this car did.  Enter STaSIS Engineering, one of the premier Audi tuners in the world.  The STaSIS supercharger kit adds 120hp to the already impressive 420hp of the 4.2l V8, and all with a factory-matching 4-year, 50,000-mile warranty.  This of course doesn’t come cheap, the supercharger kit for this car is $30K…you read correctly $30K.

This Ice Silver Metallic R8 for sale in New London, CT is not for the faint at heart with 540hp, and 435lb/ft it’ll certainly plant you in the seat.

2009 Audi R8 on AutoTrader.com

Amazing Audi R8 4.2 Manual, STaSIS supercharger, STaSIS exhaust. This car is in show condition and has won many awards, many, many upgrades, navigation with CD changer, carbon fiber mirrors, side blade, spioler, front diffuser and more. This is a must see vehicle! Guarantee this special internet price by bringing a copy with you to our dealership. Satellite feature, Bluetooth wireless, daytime running lights, bi-HID Headlamps, side intrusion door beams, dual front knee airbags, LED daytime running lights, dual-stage front airbags with occupant sensing for passenger side, seat-mounted head-thorax side airbags for front seats, 3-point seat belts including belt tensioners force limiters, crash sensor including fuel supply shut off, battery disconnect, doors unlock. 4-wheel vented disc brakes, tool kit, electronic differential lock (EDL), Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, 4.2L DOHC FSI 32-valve V8 engine, Servotronic electromechanical power steering w/speed-dependent power assistance. Dry sump lubrication, front/rear 4-link suspension, Audi magnetic ride adaptive damping system, auxillary power outlet in trunk, auto-dimming rearview mirror w/compass, homelink garage door opener, leather/Alcantara seat trim, driver info system w/on-board computer, micro metallic gray trim w/aluminum accents, storage compartments in doors, 10-way power heated seats

 

At $100,000 this car is about $3,000 over average retail, but factor in the upgrades, that makes the price more than reasoneable, if you’re in the market for a modified super car.  The upgrades to this car are top quality, and with the STaSIS warranty, you know that you’re protected even though the factory warranty may be void.

With all of that said, would I buy this car?  In short, no.  This car was local to me, and was part of the VW/Audi scene here in New England, so I’m pretty familiar with it.  From what I could see, this car had a pretty rough 18K miles, being smoked in, and abused, not just driven hard, abused.  It’s certainly a shame, as no expense was spared in modifying this R8.  So if the history of the car is of no consequence to you, then this is a smoking deal on a true rocket ship.

-Brian

Theme Week: 2003 Audi S6

For years if you owned an Audi S car, you had something that few knew about, and fewer owned; you were an aficianato.  The C5 Audi S6 Avant represents the point right before S cars entered the main stream radar, and became a performance staple along with BMW M, and AMG.

A true sleeper on the streets, the C5 S6 is can barely be distinguished from the A6 Avant at first glance.  Look closer, and you’ll notice the bulging aluminum front fenders, larger wheels, brushed aluminum mirrors, and aerodynamic lower door trim.  The differences are not just skin deep, the S6 boasted the all aluminum 4.2L V8 with 335bhp, 5 speed tiptronic gear box with paddle shifters, upgraded aluminum suspension, and bigger brakes.  Even with a curb weight of 2 tons, the S6 was a surprisingly nimble grocery getter.  This one owner, Ming Blue on white leather S6 for sale in Bedford, OH is a great example of utility, and performance in one package.

2003 Audi S6 on autotrader.com

 

This Audi is equipped with the following features (but are not limited to): a power tilt/sliding moonroof, Xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, Bose premium sound system w/in-dash 6-disc CD changer, dual power/folding mirrors, power tilt/telescoping steering column, dual power seats w/driver memory, trip computer, rear manual/window shades, dual zone digital climate control, woodgrain interior trim, fog lights, electrochromic rearview mirror w/digital compass, On-Star ready, homelink universal garage door opener, 17 aluminum wheels and remote keyless entry. This Audi has been reported to be a 1 Owner vehicle. Auto World USA Inc is proud to present to you this 2003 Audi S6 Quattro with only 92,240 documented miles . We are located at 500 Broadway Ave in Bedford, Ohio, just 15 minutes southeast of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. This fine pre-owned automobile has been engineered with a 5-speed automatic transmission powered by a 4.2L DOHC SMPI 40-valve V8 aluminum alloy engine that produces 340hp . The Aqua Blue Pearl Effect exterior is very well conditioned for its year and mileage, and is complimented by Silver Leather interior which is also in overall satisfactory condition. CARFAX and Autocheck history reports indicate that this vehicle has not had any accidents. Our vehicles are sold AS-IS (NO WARRANTY EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED).

 

This car represents the subtlety, that many have grown to love in the earlier Audi S cars.  This car has great eyes, the Ming Blue on white leather is one of the classiest color combinations Audi offers.  With 92,240 miles, this is well below average miles for its age, and the condition of the paint and interior reflect that.  Mechanically this car offers the stout audi 4.2 V8, which aside from the 034 code inline 5s is Audi’s longest running, and most reliable engines.  The greatest concern I have with this car, and VAG cars of this generation is the tiptronic gearbox, some variations have been known to have valve body issues resulting in quirky shifting, and even failure.

With an asking price of $14,500, the seller took the price straight from NADA.  Given the condition of this car, the one owner status, and the rarity of these wagons, I’d say that the $14,000 ballpark is reasonable for the buyer that wants the ideal sports wagon for all seasons.

-Brian

 

Theme Week: 1982 Audi Quattro

Of all the cars throughout Audi’s history, the one that made the biggest splash on the automotive scene was the Ur Quattro in 1980. Four wheel drive technology applied to a car built for the street was nothing new. Jensen was the first to market with the FF, which employed a four wheel drive system from Ferguson Research. Audi, however, perfected the all wheel drive concept for non all terrain vehicles and used competition as a showcase for the technology, winning the World Rally Constructors’ Title in 1982 and 1984. This Ur Quattro is for sale near Audi’s home of Ingolstadt, Germany.

1982 Audi Quattro on eBay Deutschland

Here in a rare Audi Ur Quattro. Built in 1982 with her original 140,000 km. Previous owner installed a new turbocharger about 25,000 km prior. The exterior paint is original spot color from Audi. The Ur has three letter entries, original letter is available. Rust is only on a sill at the seam and can be seen on the surface, otherwise I have not seen anything.

Paint still looks very good since the car was always dry in the hall. Of course there is the odd scratch or bump. Features: steel sunroof, electric windows and electric door mirrors, original radio, aluminum 8 x 15 wheels. Since the last drive the front brakes have frozen. This Ur should be taken with a trailer due to the condition of the brakes. They may be gone already but a long distance ride should be taken at your own risk. Delivery in the vicinity is possible, but please ask beforehand. Car can be seen in the vicinity of Ingolstadt. Three small, about 3-5 mm in diameter rust bubbles noticed on the roof and the side panel. Sorry it was not noticed before. The car is current being inspected due to a snapped cable under the bonnet.

We’ve featured a few Ur Quattros here at GCFSB, the last one being a lower mileage example that was selling for $17,500. With the fixes this Quattro needs, I’d suspect bidding to inch close to $15,000 USD, but not much beyond that. With a tidy exterior and interior, this is a landmark car that is worthy of the few fixes it needs to return to its former glory.

-Paul

Theme Week: 1995 Audi RS2

The RS2 was built on Audi’s 80 Avant; it was Audi’s first “RS” vehicle, and the first of their long line of high-performance wagons.  The RS2 was a joint effort between Audi and Porsche, and represented some of the best efforts from both camps.

While most of the car came from the Audi parts bin, the mad scientists at Porsche transformed the 230bhp Audi 2.2l inline 5 cylinder turbo engine in to a 311bhp fire breather with the addition of bigger turbo, larger fuel injectors, a hotter cam, and remapped ECU.  The power was planted to the road through a 6 speed gear box, and Audi’s legendary quattro with locking differential.  The suspension was revised with Bilstein shocks and larger sway bars.  To bring this monster to a halt, Porsche donated the brakes from the Porsche 968 Club Sport.

These cars are extremely rare, with only 2891 examples built from 1994 to 1995.  For the longest time, to own one in North America was merely a dream for Audi enthusiasts, but that did not stop the RS2 from developing a strong cult following over here.  Luckily there are enthusiasts like the owner of this Volcano Black beauty for sale in Quebec, Canada to bring cars like this to our shores.

1995 Audi RS2 for sale on vwvortex.com

Hello Folks,
Here is a 1995 AUDI RS2 all original partially restored with 84 000km on the clock (paperwork to prove it).
Car has the famous 5cyl 2.2L turbo engine which has 315hp (tuned by Porsche with bigger turbo just for thr RS2). Car has a 6 speeds manual gearbox with locking rear diff.
Everything in the car works except for AC which will be taking care of eventually before sale.
Only 2981 RS2 were ever produce and only 400 came with that specific color which is call Volcano Black.
Things that were restored over the last 3 months are:
Front and rear bumper repainted All 5 wheels refinished with new tires installed Brakes all redone with refinished calipers New OEM front upper strut mounts New OEM thermostat New OEM engine coolant temp sensor New OEM passenger side molding New front RS2 badge New steering wheel badge New OEM coolant expansion tank New OEM front bumper turn signals Head liner redone Door cards redone A lot of new clips,bolts,screws and what not that were all missing.
Car needs nothing but safety which I manage to get done for Quebec since live in Qc but wont do for Ontario if car get sold to somebody in ON or any other province for that matter. Those who know me on here know I dont screw people around so when I say car needs nothing it litterally needs nothing!
This car is a piece of history on his own and will surely never depreciate as years goes by.
I only know 5 other RS2 in Canada so this is definitly a car you wont see everyday.
Asking price: 32 000$

Have a lot more pictures of the restoration if futur buyer wants to see, I will be glad to show them.
Any other question about the car, feel free to pm me or to call @ 819-329-3443
Thanks for looking

 

 

With less than 3000 built, and having never being offered in North America this car is certainly hard to come by, and even harder to slap a value on.  This beautiful example has only 84,000 kms (52,195 miles) on the clock, and the owner has lovingly restored this car to great original condition.  On most cars of its age, these are great selling points, but this is an Audi RS2…in North America, if you want one of these, it’s not like you can just move on to the next one.  This car is for sale for $32,000, and to be honest, this car is worth every penny.  This is a car that I absolutely would love to own, which makes me wonder…what are kidneys selling for on the black market these days?

-Brian

 

 

Theme Week: 1998 Audi Cabriolet

The Audi Cabriolet was a rather unremarkable vehicle in the history of Audi, but nonetheless one worth highlighting. Seemingly as generic as its name implies, the Cabriolet was based on the B3 chassis, which was introduced in 1987 and featured design language that would carry Audi into the next century. Sold in some markets until 2000, this 1998 example represents the last year the Cabriolet was sold new in the US market. With its 172 horsepower, 2.7 liter V6 engine mated to a four speed automatic, it never set the world on fire with performance, but it struck a restrained, handsome pose. Even though Princess Diana sported one for a while in the 1990s, few people stateside took notice of Audi’s open roofed offering, opting for more exciting versions from companies like Saab and BMW at the time. As a result, these open roofed Audis can be had for not much cash, this example for sale in Long Island being one of them.

1998 Audi Cabriolet on eBay

1998 Audi Cabriolet VIN# WAUAA88G4WN001789 Black/Tan. This a very rare super clean Audi Cabriolet with only 86k original miles. The car runs, drives and looks great. Plus it has a Power Soft Top, Leather, Wood Trim, Premium Package and more. And we just serviced (for over $1,300) the car so it’s ready to go for the summer!

I have a soft spot for the Audi Cabriolet, which most likely comes from my attraction to obscure automobiles. Most of these Cabriolets have been driven hard or scrapped by now, so it’s nice to see a clean one like this surface. While it’s missing the Audi badge on the trunk, everything else looks pretty tidy. I’d say almost $6,000 is pushing it in terms of value. About $1,000 to $1,500 less would be just about right.

-Paul

1991 Audi 200 Turbo Quattro Avant

The Audi 100 and 200, known initially as the 5000 here in the US market, was a car ahead of its time when it debuted in 1982. With flush mounted glass, integrated bumpers and smooth body lines, this car benefitted from a low coefficient of drag. By 1990, other manufacturers had caught up, and so Audi decided to send the 200 off with a bang and dropped a 20 valve 5 cylinder turbocharged engine in it, which had 217 horsepower and was good for under seven second 0-60 times. Audi offered this engine in both the 200 sedan and Avant. At the same time this car appeared on the scene, Audi was suffering in the wake of the unintended acceleration scandal which saw it’s sales figures reach record lows in this very model year – around 12,000 cars.

There have been estimates as low as 150 of these Turbo Quattro Avants were brought into the US, some as high as 1,000. Considering some may not be roadworthy anymore, we’re dealing with a rare car here. Quite unfortunate, given how good of a performer the 200 Turbo Quattro Avant was. This particular car is for sale in Oregon and looks great in Lago Blue.

1991 Audi 200 Turbo Quattro Avant on Portland Craigslist

1991 Audi 200 turbo quattro Avant. This is an amazing example of a 1 year only vehicle that is both fun and very practicle. 215,000 well kept miles. Just had the timing belt done, new brake accumulater (bomb), complete tuneup and new battery. This is the first year of the 20 valve turbo motor and with the stage II chip and 3 inch custom exhaust it is running at just about 280hp. We get a constant 20mpg and have seen a best tank of freeway driving of 26mpg. The interior is in excellent shape with only some padding break down in the drivers side bolster of the drivers side sport seat. The factory sport seats are excellent and the seat adjustment memory panel functions great as do the original seat heaters. It also has a high end Eclipse stereo with iPod connection.

The only two things that aren’t operating well is that the sunroof motor is very slow and the airbag light is on due to the clockspring being worn. Other mods include euro lights with relays, H&R sport springs with Koni adjustable struts, upper strut bar for extra chassis stiffness, Porsche big red brake calipers in the front, 17″ Ronal R-28 wheels with low mileage 215/50/17 Toyo Proxes4 tires. The wheels have some slight curbage from daily driving but present well. There is also a set of 16″ Avus style wheels mounted with fairly low mile studded snow tires. The traction of this car with the 4 wheel drive and studded snows is absolutely amazing and this is one of the last cars with the center diff lock and the ABS switch to turn off the ABS. I also have plenty of high quality Mann and Mahle oil filters and the three volume set of factory manuals that will go with the sale.

We have put 100,000 miles on this car with virtually no problems and still have a hard time giving it up since there is very little out there that compares (supposedly less than 200 of these 91 20 valve turbo wagons were brought into the states). This car will pull hard to over 130mph (not that I have done that) gets over 20mpg and can easily carry a family of 4 and a dog in complete luxury in any weather condition and all of that for only $6500 obo.

It’s refreshing to see a Craigslist ad so descriptive and even though this Avant has high mileage, it’s the year to have and has clearly been owned and appreciated by an enthusiast. This same car was advertised back in May at $7,500. Given the mileage, I felt it was a bit steep at this time, but the owner seems motivated to sell and open to offers. If I had to guess, somewhere between $5,000 to $5,500 would probably be a reasonable offer.

-Paul