Maybe you’re lucky, and it’s sunny and warm where you’re reading this. Or, perhaps you’re stuck under a rock – or in the case of Buffalo, several feet of snow. But like it or not, winter is upon us a bit early this year, and if you are in Buffalo you probably need some sort of snow-cat to get to the local store. Hopefully, that’s not the case for most of you but I wondered what sort of all-wheel drive car you could get on a $10,000 budget. As it turns out, you might be able to get a little more than you expected – so here’s a few offerings from the different manufacturers, starting with the folks that started it all:
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Few motorsport images are quite as evocative as the legendary period of Group B; flying machines spitting stones and belching flames as they skirted trees and rocks at breakneck speeds with crowds only inches away. The ever more powerful cars hurtled their drivers in increasingly lighter and more delicate evolutions of cars towards immovable objects – an act which is some cultures would probably be akin to ritualistic suicide. By 1985 the writing was on the wall; it was a deadly sport that needed to be reigned in. But perhaps more than any other period, this is the time that rally fans and motorsports fans in general identify as one of the most memorable and important periods in racing history. Obviously, the big winner of the period from a reputation standpoint was Audi. The car that helped to define and end the period of wild turbocharged excess, the Quattro has obviously been the spawn of many replicas, such as this one for sale today in England:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Audi Quattro “Group B” Rally Car on eBay
I’m not much for celebrity, but throughout television history, it’s been interesting to see the kinds of vehicles that get paired up with the stars. Whether it was the Ferrari 308GTB that was piloted by Tom Selleck in Magnum, P.I. or the Chevrolet Suburban that Tony tooled around with in The Sopranos, producers seem to have a keen way of pairing up a vehicle to match the personality of the protagonist. Recently, a series aired on BBC from 2008 to 2010 entitled Ashes to Ashes. The main character was centered around an officer with the London Metropolitan police who was shot and then regains consciousness in 1981. One of the hottest new cars of the period was the Audi Quattro, and thus, a red example was cast in the series. BBC is now auctioning this very UrQuattro to help their charity for disadvantaged children in the UK, BBC Children in Need.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Audi Quattro on eBay UK
A few weeks back during our “Wagon Week” theme, I wrote up Audi’s last stand in the Avant market; a steadily decreasingly number of offerings in the 2000s. I looked at three nice versions of the Avant that were available in 2008. My unfortunate conclusion, though, was that none of them would be the car that I would want. The S4 Avant was certainly tempting, but the automatic wasn’t the transmission I’d want in there. However, change a few details and suddenly that B7 becomes much more appealing. Add some great option BBS CH wheels and a manual transmission along with a caring owner, and the B7 S4 was a package that really had no rivals. It looked as fast as it went and remains on the best all-weather people haulers made: