The Audi C1 may have introduced the United States to the concept of a large, luxurious…well, Volkswagen…but time hasn’t exactly been kind to its legacy. Every time one comes up for sale, immediately stories will emerge of how one caught on fire, or left someone stranded, or was difficult to maintain, or just plain broke and was left to die. From a generation where cars rarely reached 100,000 miles before their untimely death, the 100 was an interesting addition to the range of German cars available to the public, though not particularly memorable for anything innovative, unique, or superlative. Yet they signaled a new direction for Volkswagen’s range, and would go on to be an important part of establishing Audi’s foothold in the market.
The new B-range and C-range cars ostensibly replaced the NSU offerings like the 1967 TT, and Neckarsulm plant formed the backbone of the new production. Because of their visual similarity to the storied Mercedes-Benz W123, many often believe Audi just copied the Daimler design; however, when the W123 rolled out for production, the C1 was nearly done and due to be replaced with the C2 only two years later. Married with Porsche dealerships, the new Audi products sold remarkably well, especially considering their pricing. At nearly $8,000 in the mid-70s, you weren’t far off the established norm of American luxury cars like the Lincoln Continental. But this car didn’t have the features, or the ‘Murican V8, of those hulks. Still, Audi dealers managed to sell an impressive 146,583 before the new C2 5000 took over in the 1977-1978 model year.
Few of these 100LSs have survived the test of time, because for so long they’ve been considered an also-ran. So it’s nice to see a lovely survivor pop up!
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1975 Audi 100LS on eBay
Engine: 1.7 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 101,000 mi
Location: Morristown, New Jersey
Price: Reserve Auction
Selling my one owner barn find 1975 Audi 100 LS mechanical fuel injection. Parked since 1986 in original garage from original owner. Car now runs and drives and stops everything works except the AC. clean title in my name. Entire fuel system has been rebuilt. Fuel injection system rebuilt. Fuel Tank refinished. rear seat was sitting on truck for 30 years and left an imprint. Please contact me with any question.
Wow! What a find. Not only do we have a lovely example of the 100LS, it’s a four-speed manual, with a sunroof, and with air conditioning! Sure, the latter doesn’t work, but everything appears to be there, and it was apparently mechanically sorted. The condition inside and out appears to be remarkably original, and the 100LS offers an interesting alternative to the normal Mercedes-Benz classic German sedans.
Bidding has reacted, and this one’s already over $6,000 with the reserve unmet. Frankly it should sell for a lot more, but it’ll be interesting to see if it makes reserve. These have long been unappreciated, but are so rare to find like this that this one may spur some interest.