1991 Audi Coupe Quattro

The third generation Audi Coupe had big shoes to fill. The first generation 100 Coupe S, while not a big seller and not available in the U.S., is generally regarded as one of the more attractive German car designs in recent memory. Then there was the second generation Coupe, which in GT form was voted one of the best handling GT cars of the 1980s and was also an attractive design in its own right. But of course, both paled in comparison to the legendary Quattro, its impact celebrated universally now and rightfully afforded a place amongst the best and most influential cars in history. The replacement for these cars, then, had to be pretty special – and in many eyes, it just wasn’t – especially in U.S. form. Sure, the 20V normally aspirated engine was a great motor – but it was saddled with too much weight and the styling was rather bland compared to the fluid looks of the 100 and the angular awesomeness of the B2. Consequently and coupled with Audi’s image issues following the 60 minute debacle, not many of these Coupes sold in the U.S.. In spite of that, as there were with nearly every Audi model there was a devoted fan base that saw through the expensive pricing, the so-so performance and not particularly exciting styling to what was a quite competent highway car, capable of carrying a much better load than the cars it replaced with the new hatchback configuration, and as ever a snow machine. As these fell into second and third ownership, many turned towards the much more potent European versions for inspiration on how to correct the car that Audi sent to the U.S., and for good reason – the Euro versions were hands down better looking in either B3 or B4 version than what was sent here. Two decades on, the styling of this GT has aged pretty well compared to some of the contemporaries’ styling and these are handsome coupes overall. Today’s example is the last of the run for the U.S., but has been refreshed with Euro goodies and some paintwork that help it shrug off its many miles:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Audi Coupe Quattro on Quattroworld.com

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Afternoon Accessories: Audi C4 S4/S6 Winter Wheel Speedline Options

Like yesterday afternoon’s B5 optional factory Speedline wheels, today’s Speedlines were also optional with all-seasons on the Audi C4 S4 and S6. They weren’t often selected as an option over the high-performance 16″ wheels that came standard, and unlike yesterday’s wheels these measured in at at full width – prior to 1992, the largest wheel Audi optioned any of their sedans with were the 15 x 7.5 BBSs, and these Speedlines were the same width though slightly higher offset. Take a look at some rare to see Speedlines:

Year: 1992-1995
Model: S4/S6 Speedline Factory Option
Diameter: 15″
Width: 7.5″
Bolt Pattern: 5×112
Offset: ET 40
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $299 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Audi C4 S4/S6 Factory Option Speedline wheels on eBay

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Afternoon Accessories: Audi B5 S4 Winter Option Speedline 16×6 Wheels

I’m not really sure entirely why, but I’ve got a thing for rare wheels, especially when they’re wheels you don’t often see. Such is the case with today’s accessory – ultra rare in the United States factory option winter wheels for the B5 S4. Specially offset to clear the brakes yet narrow to support thin snows, these Speedlines are some of the prettiest factory winter wheels ever made in my mind. They’re elegant and while they’re narrow and small compared to what most people want, in my mind there is something immeasurably cool about wide fender cars sitting on narrow snow tires.

Year: 2000-2002
Model: S4
Diameter: 16″
Width: 6″
Bolt Pattern: 5×112
Offset: ET 40
Condition: Used/Reconditioned
Tires: Not Included
Price: $629.99 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Audi B5 S4 Winter Speedline wheels on eBay

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1985 Audi 4000S Quattro

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s record breaking 1985 4000S Quattro that sold for $12,655 we find another 1985 Audi 4000S Quattro. This one is in the equally familiar Tornado Red this time around, a color that always looks great on these cars. Unlike the last example, however, this car is not offered with a full and careful detailed history or photos. Rather, we see some light modifications and some great pictures of engine components but little overall detail. But what does not make a good museum candidate may make a worthy driver, and this might be a good example of that for you:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Audi 4000S Quattro on eBay

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1994 Porsche 968 Turbo S replica

There are rare Porsches, and then there are rare Porsches. Like the 944 Turbo Cup Paul wrote up recently, today’s 968 Turbo S replica is a car that very few will ever get to see and a fair amount of Porsche enthusiasts in the U.S. don’t even know exists. The ultimate streetable front engined Turbo coupe from the end of the run, the Turbo S took the 2.5 8V turbo inline-4 to new heights of power by utilizing the newer S2/968 3.0 block with the earlier 944 Turbo S bits on top. Power reached over 300, a healthy bump over the existing 944 turbo and 968 16v. But there were only a handful made – around twenty between racing and street versions, making it one of the rarest Porsches ever made. This means you’re not likely to see one anytime soon – making the prospect of owning this replica much more appealing:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 968 Turbo S Replica on eBay

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4WD Week: 1991 Volkswagen Golf Country

You’d be forgiven for thinking that we were excited to run over to German sites to check out all the cool all-wheel drive cars you couldn’t get here, because some of the most fun we have is looking at those cars we didn’t get. Falling squarely into the “Coolest Volkswagen Ever” top 5 has to be one of the many Volkswagen Golf models that failed to come to the U.S. Well before the SUV and Crossover craze grasped American’s taste, Germans were trying their hardest to exercise their sense of humor when they created one of the niche-iest Golfs – the Golf Country. As I said in the Golf Variant Syncro post, I was pretty floored in my visit to Germany in the late 1990s when I saw these jacked up Golfs rolling around Freiburg. Featuring big brush guards, an external spare tire for additional rear ground clearance (of which there was a lot!), some great looking Speedline wheels and the iconic Mk.2 Volkswagen hatchback body, the Golf Country was an instant legend among VW fans. Coveted even in their home country, many are still in great shape and come up for sale today on German Ebay, such as today’s Tornado Red example:

Year: 1991
Model: Golf Country
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 138,000 km (85,749 mi)
Price: €6,900 ($9,516.48 today)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Volkswagen Golf Country on eBay.de

Vehicle description:
Interior blue,

Alloy Wheels

A vehicle which can not be compared with the others, as the paint is not faded and in very good condition. Driver’s seat is not torn and only shows light daily use. / / * EXCHANGE, TRADE-IN YOUR VEHICLE OR MORTGAGE LENDING, AND FINANCING POSSIBLE! * Changes, mistakes and prior sale reserved.All information without guarantee

You can find more offers on our website: www.derfaller.de

More details on the car can be found here
Contact:
the faller + co. impex euro cars OHG
Phone: +49 (0) 7131 941 060
eMail: faller@mobile.de
Contacts:
the faller + co. impex euro cars OHG

Neckarsulmer Str 21
DE-74076 Heilbronn

Phone: +497131941060
Fax: +497131941062
eMail: faller@mobile.de

Commercial register: Heilbronn / Neckar
Location Trade:. HRA 103587

VAT ID. according to § 27a sales tax law:
DE811601230

Authorised representative: Stephen Faller / Edwin Urs Mallets

Tornado Red has to be one of the rarer colors on the Golf Country, as many were black or period toothpaste-green. If you caught our Facebook teaser photo yesterday, you saw the parts that made up the Golf Country – more than just a few brush guards, it included revised springs and shocks, frame rail protection and skid plates and more – a total of 438 parts. That resulted in a pretty high price for the Country – but that didn’t seem to deter buyers. This particular example doesn’t have the heavily bolstered sport seats but otherwise is fully equipped and looks to be in stellar shape. Still a few years from legal importation, these are high on the VW Mafia’s hit-list to grab as soon as the government says “go” so expect prices to crest around 2015-2016 when they start coming over. For now, they’re still not particularly cheap – $9,500 will buy you most any Golf model you want in the U.S. – but none of them will be a Golf Country, and for some folks there is no substitute.

-Carter

Tuner Tuesday: 1995 Porsche 911 RS Tribute

They say God is in the details, and if that is the truth than this car must certainly be holy. For 993 fans, it may just be the Holy Grail – a car that was never offered in great quantity or in the United States at all. Similar to yesterday’s 993 Carerra RSR, the Supercup version of the car had a roadgoing derivative as well – the Carrera RS and RS Clubsport. While the RS took the normal “add lightness” route, the RS Clubsport was an out-of-the-box race car, replete with roll cage and all amenities removed. Not content that these cars should remain out of U.S. hands, several copies of the RS and RS Clubsport cars have been made, but perhaps none as exacting as today’s Riviera Blue 1995:

Year: 1995
Model: 911 RS Clubsport
Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: “1” mi
Price: $145,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Porsche 911 RS Clubsport Replica on eBay

1995 Porsche 911 993 Carrera RS Clubsport “Tribute”

The 993 Carrera RS Clubsport is the ultimate of all naturally aspirated air cooled 911′s. There are even fewer Clubsports built by Porsche than the RS it is based off of.

The Porsche 911 Carrera RS Clubsport is a lightweight variant of the Porsche 993 Carrera, and a lighter version of the RS. This RS version in particular is a track-oriented Carrera RS Clubsport with only limited road usability. It features a naturally aspirated 3.8 liter engine with 300 hp. On the outside, it is easily distinguishable by a special non-retractable rear wing, small front splitter and 3-piece 18” aluminum wheels. The headlight washers were also deleted for additional weight savings. On the inside of an original Clubsport, the rear seats were removed, carpet removed, all power functions including radio, power locks, have been removed and two racing seats and flat door panels were installed. Sound proofing was eliminated completely.

The Porsche 911 Carrera RS Clubsport was produced in model year 1995 and 1996. It was street legal in European and many other countries, but was not exported to the US.

This Porsche 993 Carrera RS Clubsport Tribute Re-Creation started off as a base model 993. This vehicle was the perfect candidate to convert into a rare sought after clubsport; the shell / tub is in great condition with no previous repairs or damage.

All parts used on this specific build are all original Porsche parts. Since many items from the 993 RS Clubsport are very hard to find or NLA, tracking them down was not easy. Every bolt, nut, washer, clip, hardware is brand new from Porsche Germany. Not one single component was left used or untouched. The vehicle was completely stripped down and rebuilt new with 0 miles. This vehicle is a rebuilt title due to previous water damage before the build up, the tub is clean with no accident or body damage history, it was never touched. View the project page on our website tunersmotorsports.com to see the before and after including the media blasting process.

The original 993 RS Clubsport was built mostly for track use, and were never imported to the US for street legal use. This RS Clubsport recreation however is intended to be used both on street and track, giving the owner the opportunity to enjoy this vehicle anywhere!

This Clubsport Tribute started off as a clean, base model Porsche 993 Carrera 2 Coupe. The entire vehicle was stripped down to its bare galvanized frame and built from the ground up. All parts on this vehicle are original Porsche Carrera RS parts, giving it a true “tribute” title to it. It took many years to gather all of the original parts from all over the world to complete this vehicle to near exact specifications that the factory would deliver back in 1995. Not one nut, bolt, seal went un-touched. The entire suspension was overhauled with original RS components, JIC Cross RS Coil overs, factory cup adjustable sway bars and every nut and bolt was replaced with factory new. The engine and transmission were reconstructed with new components; the engine built into a 3.8L and the transmission assembled with steel synchronizers, a lightweight flywheel and racing clutch. This RS also sports a super cup exhaust system, custom x-pipe, and original exhaust manifolds modified to eliminate heat exchangers. The brakes were upgraded to the “big reds”, 322mm front and 299mm rear, steel braided lines, cross drilled vented rotors and Pagid pads.

On the exterior of this tribute, the vehicle features a functional original rear plastic wing, original front lower spoiler, original RS side rocker panels, original front aluminum lightweight hood, original lightweight European doors, original lightweight rear thin glass and door windows. The RS Clubsport has been painted Riviera blue, a color from the era, in a single stage paint. The front and rear bumpers were converted to original European with the added original RS front air ducts and clear lenses, and European amber tail lights to compliment the rear. The roof panel was also removed during the build, and a light-weight carbon fiber panel was installed. Take notice as well that this RS has original center lock system installed, with original Speedline cup center lock wheels for Porsche, a rare find.

Getting to the interior of this vehicle; the original RS Clubsport from Porsche came naked, no carpet, no accessories with a full weld-in 6 point roll cage. The roll cage is to near-exact specifications that Matter cages installed into the original vehicles in the 90’s. This RS followed the same concept, but instead it was opted to have a lightweight RS carpet installed for a more “street-able” feel. Two Recaro Pole Position seats with alcantara centers and blue stitched leather match the blue stitched leather center console with original RS 6 speed aluminum and leather shifter and a blue stitched alcantara dashboard. The roof liner and side panels were done in alcantara as well. Vehicle features a completely functional original A/C system for hot climate areas.

This RS Clubsport is as close to an original RS from the time as you can get. The feel, looks and overall quality of the build resembles factory new.

1st place winner peoples choice 993/964 class

3rd place winner Judge Concours 993/964 class “wash and shine”

at the 50th anniversary PCA Gold Coast Region Mandarin “Porsches by the Bay”

ENGINE / TRANSMISSION
3.8L Naturally Aspirated Air Cooled Engine
3746 cc, stroke 76.4mm, bore 102mm
aluminum crankcase and cylinder heads
GT2 / TT Connecting Rods and hardware
dry sump lubrication system
964 Cylinder Heads with some extra attention to get the most out of them
RS Spec camshafts
sequential multi point-fuel injection
two stage resonance intake manifold, one central inlet air duct
dual spark ignition
Crankshaft balanced
6 speed G50 transmission with steel synchros
limited slip differential 40/65%
Engine control management flashed to RS 3.8L
Lightweight flywheel, performance clutch and pressure plate
Original 993 RS / Cup 72Liter Fuel Tank

Modified exhaust manifolds (heat exchange delete)

Custom X-Pipe (no catalytics)

Fabspeed SuperCup Exhaust

SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Original Porsche RS Suspension (control arms and links)
Original non-power assisted steering rack from the 993 Cup car
JIC Cross Adjustable Coilover Suspension w/Front Camber Plates
Front / Rear Adjustable Sway Bars
Complete corner-weight balance for maximum weight distribution
Porsche Brembo Big Red Brake Kit, Front/Rear with Pagid Brake Pads
Steel braided brake lines, fluid flushed with Castrol SRF
993 RS ABS Pump
993 RS Brake Master Cylinder Assembly

INTERIOR
Complete FIA approved design cage, 6 point weld-in (993 Clubsport Style with single door bar)
Original RS Lightweight Door Panels with red pull straps
Original RS Lightweight Carpeting (black)
Carrera RS Embroidered front floor mats
Original RS Crank windows
Original RS 6 speed shifter
Original RS Radio delete plate
Original RS European Glove Compartment
Two Recaro Pole Position Seats (manual sliders), blue stitched leather with Alcantara Suede centers
6 point red Sabelt Harnesses (hans friendly)
Original 993 Seat Belts (for street use)
Center console wrapped in blue stitched leather
Dashboard wrapped in blue stitched Alcantara Suede
Roof liner wrapped in black Alcantara Suede
MOMO Suede 350 steering wheel with SuperCup Series center cap
This vehicle DOES have Air Conditioning, Original parts
Original 993 RS Cup Manual Extinguisher

EXTERIOR
Single stage urethane Riviera Blue Paint (interior / exterior)
Original 993 RS Cup Center Lock Kit
Original 993 RS Cup Speedline 18” 3-piece center lock wheels
Original Porsche 993 RS Cup Aluminum Hood
Original Porsche 993 RS Cup Rear Plastic Spoiler
Original Porsche 993 RS Cup Side Skirts
Original Porsche 993 RS Cup Front Splitter
Sunroof deleted, Carbon Fiber roof panel installed
Halogen headlamp assemblies
Original Porsche 993 RS Front Brake Air Dams (fog light delete)
Original Porsche 993 RS Side Marker Lights
Original Porsche 993 RS Front White Side Lamps
Original Porsche 993 RS “thin” rear glass
Headlamp washer system removed
European windshield washer reservoir

VIDEO WALK AROUND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOZ6hRfXtkA

See the entire project build from day 1 to completion here: http://tunersmotorsports.com/?portfolio=1995-porsche-993-rs-clubsport-re-creation

The level of detail on this car is pretty impressive – all OEM parts or at least OEM replicated parts means this was both an extensive and expensive build. I’d recommend visiting the TuneRS Motorsport link to see where the car came from and how it was built; it is certainly impressive. Really the only item which is out of place but not unwelcome are the Supercup-spec center lock wheels. They’re great looking and suit the design perfectly, though the original came with 5-bolt versions of the wheels as seen on the Turbo 3.6 in the U.S.. Price? If you have to ask, it’s going to be a lot, and $145,000 for a 993 generation Porsche sure seems like a lot. However, real RS Clubsports hover in the 180,000 Euro range and getting them to the U.S. would certainly be difficult. Further, though I haven’t priced out the parts listed here my guess is that a solid chunk of the asking price would be eaten up just by ordering them all. Just as with the 4000 Quattro from yesterday, then, you’d probably be silly to try to replicate this vehicle as I’m not sure you’d come out significantly better off for all of your aggravation. That, and this one is achingly beautiful. Hats off to TuneRS for making one heck of a piece of Porsche art.

-Carter

Motorsport Monday: 1997 Porsche 993 RSR 3.8

In the mid to late 1990s, you had to be a pretty die-hard fan of endurance racing to still be watching. Long gone were the Group C battles and while racing was on the verge of another revolution with the “stock” GT1 cars from Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, it would be another few years until the zenith of that as well. Quietly in the background, if you were paying attention, another chapter in endurance racing was coming to a close with the very last air-cooled Porsche factory cars being produced. They went out with a bang, too – with the monster 993 3.8 RSR and GT2 Evo turbocharged models being some of the fastest non-silhouette 911s ever produced. They didn’t make many of them for sure and they’re quite rare to see, but today one of the last is for sale, and reported to be the only black one ever produced:

Year: 1997
Model: 993 RSR 3.8
Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: N/A mi
Price: $ 265,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 Porsche 993 RSR 3.8 on Race-Cars.com

This is one of a few 1997 Porsche RSR 3.8 race cars that were shipped to the U.S. in 1996. This car was delivered to Atlanta in December of 1996. This car is number 13 and is the only black RSR made. Since it is the only black car ordered Porsche made this car last. This car was also ordered as a narrow body. We have all of the papers from the time we ordered the car. The car raced at the Daytona 24 Hr. in 1997,98,99 and 2000. Raced in the Sebring 12 Hr. in 1998. The car now has been mechanically rebuilt and track ready. Engine and trans was rebuilt by Jerry Woods Ent. in anticipation of racing in another 24 hr. race. Don,t miss out on a chance to own one of the last air cooled Porsche Built race cars.
History
Daytona 24 Hrs;1997,1998,1999,2000 Sebring 12 Hrs;1998 LasVegas;1997 Pikes Peak International;1997

Performance Data

Class: GTU,GT3
Weight: 2600 lbs

Engine

Engine Builder: Porsche
Type: RSR
Displacement: 3.8
Horsepower: 400
Induction: Fuel injection

Fuel System

Fuel Cell
Manufacturer: Fuel Safe
Age: 1996
Capacity: 28 Gal
Fuel Pump: Bosch
Fuel Type: Racing

Oil/Water System

Radiator: Porsche

Electrical System

Ignition: Porsche

Transmission

Manfacturer: Porsche

Rear End

Manufacturer: Porsche

Body

Construction: Steel tub,roof and rear fenders,Fiberglass front fenders and bumpers
Color: Black
Condition: original, patina

Chassis

Type: Tub
Builder: Porsche
Front Suspension: 993
Rear Suspension: 993
Brakes: RSR,993 turbo
Steering: Power
Wheels: BBS,Speedline
Tires: Pirelli

Interior

Color/Finish: Black
Fire System: Front to rear
Restraints: Original 5 point
Guages: VDO Porsche RSR
Steering Wheel: MOMO
Condition: original

Spares

Speedline wheels with rain tires
Every thing we have for this car goes with it.
BBS wheels with dry tires
All original RSR parts from doors to pistons.
Refueling rig.

The car has been modified both from it’s original delivery configuration – narrow RS body to RSR, and then again from the original colors it ran in 1997. That’s not surprising given that most of these cars change hands a few times once they’re not the latest and greatest. The condition overall appears good, though no mention is made of major crashes or damage, something if you’re into one of these you’d want to know. It is nice that despite the modifications all the original RSR parts go along with the car as that’s a fair amount of the value. As this car wasn’t particularly sucessful, that it does not appear in it’s original configuration probably has less impact on the value than it would if the car were a proven race winner. Still, for a non-winning car the asking price is steep; $265,000 would allow you to pretty easily replicate this car, though you wouldn’t have the factory Porsche Motorsport history. Perhaps that doesn’t matter to you, but it will undoubtedly matter to the individual who buys this car and will be willing to pay close to ask price.

-Carter

2008 Audi TT 3.2 6-speed

A few weeks ago, I wrote up a R32 Showdown in which I came to the conclusion that I didn’t really want either vehicle. I was mad at myself for coming to that place, but it was the reality of the platform. For me, what was missing was the manual option and 4 door option from the Mk.5 chassis car. It’s something that, generally, I associate with not being available on the later cars. Of course, what I was completely missing in that equation was the briefly available second-generation TT, which could be ordered with a 3.2 coupled to a 6-speed manual. For a while, this was the quickest of the Golf-platform cars you could buy. If you’re not into turbocharging and love the VR6 power delivery, these remain a great option to the R32; if anything, slightly more stealthy, much better looking and an impressive package all around:

Year: 2008
Model: TT
Engine: 3.2 liter VR6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 89,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Audi TT 3.2 V6 on eBay

AWESOME 2008 AUDI TT 3.2L COUPE 6-SPEED MANUAL!

I purchased this car new in August of 2007 from Flemington Audi in Flemington, NJ and it is in beautiful condition. It has always been kept in a garage, always filled with name-brand gas, always dealer-serviced and nobody has ever smoked while riding in it. It has never been in an accident of any kind. Its exterior color is “Brilliant Black” with dark grey leather/Alcantara interior. You can pick through the equipment list (see the picture of the window sticker) but here are some highlights:

3.2 liter 250 hp engine, AWD (obviously)

6-speed manual transmission

18” wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus Tires (replaced 20,000 miles ago at 69,192 miles on the Odo) (Lot’s of tread left- see pic).

Bi-Xenon Adaptive (steering) headlights

The car has a build in Bluetooth voice-dial system which works great with my iPhone 4s. It allows me to dial numbers and names by voice command and works really well. The phone conversation sound through the car stereo is excellent.

ESP, ASR, ABS, TPS

LED turn signals, turn signals built into side mirrors

Heated 10-way-motorized sport seats (awesome!)

9-speaker, 140 watt sound (and it does sound very good!)

Auto-dimming mirror, automatic windshield wipers

2+2 seating and fold down rear seats (I have no problem putting skis or my full-size road bike in this car with the front wheel off)

Lot’s of airbags (never needed, thank goodness)

This car came with a really lame “iPod Interface” which I paid $250 for and is basically worthless. I have had a harness installed that plugs into my iPhone and lets me charge and play music, podcasts, etc. through the stereo. I have also designed and built a flexible “stalk” mount to hold my phone, but I’m taking that with me. You get to keep the cable harness for your phone. I will cover the four tiny holes I drilled with four small black screws, so that will look fine.

I have all documentation (including manuals, the window sticker and service records and these will be turned over to you

I’m pretty fussy about all of my stuff, so this car has been kept up pretty meticulously.

I have included pictures of the odometer reading and VIN number.

I have gotten up to 28 mpg on the one or two long highway trips I have taken with this car. Its main use is for daily commuting to work- 30 miles each way- and I usually get about 21 mpg. The original EPA rating was 17/24 (see pic).

Current mileage (as of 11/15/2013) is 88,931 miles. VIN # TRUDD38J681011195

Why am I selling it? Because I am a manual transmission fanatic. If I wait another couple of years before buying my next car, there may be no more manuals left. As it is, I could no longer replace this car with a new manual TT. (The ONLY manuals left in the US Audi line are the base level A4, the R8, and the S4. And yes I am replacing this car with a new S4. You might have noticed that I have become a pretty big Audi fan).

Here’s what works on this car: Everything‼

Here’s what you should know is not perfect:

Yes, I have scuffed the wheels a few times against curbs. I’ve tried hard not to, but you know how that goes. (My wife says it just looks stupid to leave the car 3 feet from the curb). It’s pretty minor- see the wheel pic for a typical scuff.

There is a small ding on the passenger-side door at the crease right below the mirror. If you look closely at the pic, you can see it.

There is some scuffing on the corner of the rear bumper below the crease. I tried to get it in the photo but it really doesn’t show.

There is some minor road rash (white specks) along the front bumper as there would be on any car that is 6 years old

There is some light scuffing damage on the edge of the driver’s side seat leather. This is from me sliding against it every time I get into the car. (see the picture). It probably could be polished back to new by someone who knew what they were doing.

It is due for a routine service (basically just oil-and-filter and a bunch of checking). Factory service was done at Flemington Audi every 10,000 miles per requirements.

Repairs that have been done on this car:

The dealer fixed a minor windshield rattle under warranty
the was a recall/fix involving the fuel tank
a dead audio amp was repaired under warranty
a bad ESP sensor was repaired under warranty
a headlight bulb was replaced
a serpentine drive belt self-destructed and damaged a pulley and tensioner (at 62k miles)
the driver’s side window mechanism was replaced (at 65k miles)
front brake pads and rotors were replaced at 76k miles. I believe brakes were also replaced earlier but I can’t find a record on that.
routine dealer servicing was performed every 10,000 miles up to 75,000 miles

I am a straight-shooter, and you can bid with confidence. I have bought and sold on EBay many times over the years (including a couple of cars) and I have never received any real negative feedback whatsoever. (I once received “negative feedback” for not posting feedback on an item that I bought, but EBay does not allow that kind of nonsense any longer.)

I will require cash or a bank cashier’s check and ID at pickup. I require a deposit of $1,500 by cash, bank cashier’s check, or Paypal within 48 hours after the auction closes. You must pay the balance and pick up the car within 7 days after the auction closes.

The “sunset” pics may be a bit over the top, but I had fun taking them and thought you might enjoy seeing them too!

The TT must be picked up in person in Pennington, NJ. You will have to bring plates to drive it home.

When you come to pick up the car, I will be happy to go with you for a drive on a variety of nearby roads. If this drive shows up any mechanical problems, I will return your deposit and you will be under no obligation to buy the car.

Other than this caveat, however: If you are the winning bidder on this car, you are legally obligated to follow through on the purchase!

MY RESERVE PRICE IS $18,450 ON THIS CAR. I AM NOT WILLING TO TAKE ANY LESS FOR THIS CAR. SURE, IF NOBODY WILL PAY THAT PRICE AFTER ANOTHER LISTING OR TWO, I WILL LOWER THE PRICE, BUT I BELIEVE THIS IS A FAIR PRICE FOR A MANUAL TT IN THIS CONDITION.

If you have any questions, please email me. Good luck on your bidding.

Carl

A few years ago I had a student at a BMW High Performance Driver’s Education that had a second generation TT; in that case, it was a 2.0T front wheel drive. The event was at Lime Rock Park, and the student was doing well and building speed throughout the day. One particularly dangerous corner that catches many drivers out is “West Bend” – a fast sweeper that you can quickly run out of grip and track on. In my track-prepared GT, it’s a max 85 mph curve and that feels pretty scary at that. In my students bone-stock TT, we were approaching the corner at the best part of 90 mph. In my head, I did some quick math, and as I said “brake brake brake” I prepared for the worst; trailing throttle oversteer, and we were going to crash. Quickly I tucked my hands under my legs and hoped as the student turned in to the corner at 90 off-throttle. What happened? Nothing. I felt the car twitch a hair, and the stability management sorted out that we did, in fact, want to come out the other side of the corner, and there it was – the car drove through the corner. It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t the fast way though, but the car saved us from certain impact. To this day, I’m convinced if we were in any non-stability car we would have hit the wall – hard. That’s how impressive this car is in stock form.

For those who suggested the original TT was too tame or not sporty enough, you haven’t been for a ride in a second generation TT. It’s not a Cayman or a Miata, let’s be clear, but it is simply a great drive. Couple that with one of the best naturally aspirated engines Volkswagen made and a 6-speed manual and that’s a recipe for fun. The second generation TT stepped up a more mature styling, which on these 3.2s is nicely set off by the fantastic looking multi-spoke Speedline made wheels. The price for this fun is listed as $18,500 – not the cheapest of these that I’ve seen, but they’re not exactly common. Still, it’s less money than the asking price on most of the Mk.V R32s I’ve seen, and while the package isn’t quite the same I’d have to say I think I’d choose the TT over the R32, all things being equal. If I’m going to pay $20,000 for a used Golf, I’d really like to feel special; the TT does that, while flying lower on the radar and not grabbing all the boy-racer attention. For me, that’s a win!

-Carter

Wednesday Wheels: Abt Sportline A4/A9 3 piece wheels

I’ve always been a big fan of the Speedline-built Abt wheels. For whatever reason, I just think they fit perfectly on Audis. In particular, I think these would look just perfect on a mid-90s S4/S6 or later A4 – maybe in a pinch even on a Ur-Quattro. The three piece, five spoken design is classic:

Year: 2006
Model: Abt A4/A9 3 piece
Diameter: 17″
Width: 8″
Bolt Pattern: 5×112
Offset: ET 35
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $2,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Abt Sportline A4 wheels on eBay

Very Rare ABT Wheels.
ABT A4 (Same as A9)
8×17 5×112 ET35
Good overall condition. Come as pictured.

While it’s true these are quite rare wheels, I just can’t see the pricing being in line with the condition presented. I mean, if you’re going to ask over top dollar for wheels, you could at least clean the backs and throw a coat of wax on the wheels! The fronts also need some work and there is no mention if the centercaps are included or if the wheels are straight; a few too many questions at the ask price in my mind. However, they’re a rare set of neat wheels, perfect for Audi fitment!

-Carter