1986 Audi 80 Sport

It’s easy to get lost in the world of cars that didn’t come to the United States. Enthusiasts in the U.S. swoon over supermodels that never came here; the M5 Touring(s), the Rallye Golf and Audi RS2 name just a few of the many high performance headliners that seem to pop up nearly daily as examples of the arbitrary rules that dictate what comes in to the U.S. market. However, what always tickles me is seeing the lesser known models, and amongst Audi and Volkswagen products there are a plethora of models that are relatively unknown to U.S. enthusiasts. In part, that’s because the U.S. model range did not always mimic what was for sale in Europe – not only in name, but at some points in chassis as well. The Audi B2 is an excellent example of this – to U.S. fans, for example, say “Coupe Quattro” when referring to the B2 chassis and immediately lesser versed individuals will assert that it never existed without a turbo and flares. Of course, they’re wrong – but there were many other models that we didn’t get from the small Audi lineup as well.

In Europe, 1986 was the last year of the B2 Audi 80 sedan – in 1987, it was replaced by the all-new B3 which wouldn’t be seen in the U.S. until 1988. As with U.S. models, the B2 was refreshed in late 1984 with new and more aerodynamic body bits such as headlights and bumpers. Visually, the differences between U.S. and European bumpers – for most of the lineup – was gone at that point. True, underneath there were differences; European cars received integrated fog lights where U.S. cars had blinkers (and the blinkers moved to the reflector blank area for U.S. cars). Now, I say “for most of the lineup” because there was a model which was really part Type 81 and part Type 85 available to Europeans – the Audi 80 Sport:

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Year: 1986
Model: 80 Sport
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 114,923 mi
Price: GBP 2,995 Buy It Now ($4,643 Today)

1986/C AUDI 80 SPORT : Finished in metallic Amazon blue with a fantastic contrasting check cloth sports interior trim, she comes with radio casette tilt and slide sunroof alloy wheels., This 1 PRIVATE OWNER CAR PLUS SUPPLYING DEALER is as close to a near perfect barn find you are going to find, She comes having an extensive FULL SERVICE HISTORY having 17 service stamps to the service book, along with a service portfolio the size of a house containing old mots and service bills No expense has been spared on the up keep of this awsome car

This car is virtually mark free that said on a car that is 28 years old theres going to be the odd age related mark here and there , She drives simply perfect and takes you back to the 1980`s.

***JUST PASSED HER YEARLY MOT NOW MOTD TILL OCTOBER 2015***

She also comes all HPI clear with both a Report and a certificate, Id like to have a bet that this model The Audi 80 Sport B2 will become as collectable as the MK1 VW Golf GTI has become now. So grab yourself a fantastic classic car with a fantastic pedigree before the prices soar and soar they will if you put this car in the garage we envisage it be worth in only a few more years to be close to the 10k mark.

Call me today to make an appointment to view this one in a million car.

In many ways, the Audi 80 Sport was very similar to the Type 81 4000S Limited Edition from 1984. Visually, from the beltline up this car mimicked the Audi 4000S/CS Quattro models in the U.S.; the same single piece lights with corner markers and the same spoiler. However, there were subtle differences; those were not DOT 9004 lights, but H4 headlights. They weren’t the “normal” twin H1/H4 headlights that seem to be synonymous with “Euro” lights, but they were considerably better than the U.S. spec lights. The corner lights were the same and unique to the lower-range 80s in Europe, but shared with U.S. cars. In the rear, the tail lights had a different plate blank in the center than U.S. spec cars that ran across. However, it’s from the bumper down where visually there were the biggest differences from U.S. models. The 80 Sport received special slimmer bumpers, which visually looked a lot like the Type 81 European bumpers had. However, eagle eyed Audi fans will note the lack of corner markers or fog lights in the front bumper compared to earlier Type 81 bumpers. The front airdam was shared with Type 81 models. Inside the 80 Sport was effectively the same as most of the rest of the 80 lineup, though it was equipped with the sport seats. Under the hood lay a GTi-derived 1.8 liter inline-4 as with the later Coupe GTs, meaning this car was actually quicker than the inline-5 quattro models thanks to lighter weight and effectively the same power output. The wheels were standard Ronal R8 4×100 wheels, but unlike U.S. bound models they did not have the flush aerodynamic caps, instead relying on the earlier “nuts” that U.S. fans typically associate with the 1984 models. This car is presented in LY5Y Amazon Blue Metallic; rare to find on a U.S. bound car and usually associated with the Quattro rather than the 4000 or Coupe GT. Additionally we see the rare Quartz Karo Tweed interior. Options are pretty interesting; the buyer opted for the sunroof option, but the car has manual mirrors, manual windows and no air conditioning. Careful eyes will also note in the interior that several of the switches are slightly different than the U.S. bound switches (U.S. cars had no molded finder depress area on the switch, for example, and the binnacle is slightly different). But probably my favorite aspect of this model has to be the “Sport” badge that adorns the rear. The script was, of course, shared with the Sport Quattro, but the badge was unique to this car. The 80 Sport was revisited in the B3 chassis later on, but the short lived B2 model is more rare to see. Does that make it worth $4,500? The condition overall is certainly very good and the car makes an interesting alternative to a Volkswagen Jetta GLi, for example. However, my money would probably go towards either a quattro model or a European Coupe GT if I was serious about importing a Euro Audi. Still this is a cool car to see and a rare bit of kit!

-Carter

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4 Comments

  1. Great find! And a great write up! I really like the hybrid of the variations! I am glad I didn’t know about it when I ordered my ’86 commemorative edition 4000CSQ, it would have made my head explode. In many ways I preferred the earlier form, and still do, but the hybrid of the two designs is really nice to my eye. I do recall seeing them in Europe, but I guess I just considered it one of those cool euro cars that we didn’t get here. And I always had an appreciation for those rare blue GTs and Quattro sedans. I think they only came with the striped grey velour interior in the US? It was great color. If this car were available here, it would be hard for me to walk away from now.

    BTW, mine was an 86 4000CSQ in graphite with red, and I miss it to this day. It was a real favorite of mine in so many ways.

  2. Neat find, Carter! Yet another ’80s Audi of which I was completely unaware!

  3. In the early nineties my dad owned a regular Audi 80 (i.e. not the sport version shown here). If I’m not mistaken, his was also a 1986 on a C-plate, like this one, though it was maroon in color.

    He always said that it was the worst car he had ever owned in his life. It suffered no end of electrical gremlins and let him down or left him stranded so many times that he promptly got rid of it (to be replaced by a Ford Sierra Sapphire which, though it was only a 2.0 standard-spec car, had been kitted to look like a Cosworth). It put him off Audi products for life.

    When he bought an e46 M3 a about 5 years ago, I tried to get him to consider an RS4 and he wouldn’t even look at one because of all the bad memories associated with his old 80. I have no idea whether his was a one off, or whether all their cars from this period were that unreliable.

  4. Hi Craig,

    Having owned now 6 Type 85s, I can’t say that was my experience with any of them. There were moderately annoying electrical gremlins; the window regulators on the Coupe GTs are notoriously a bit flaky and the dynamic oil pressure system sort of, well..sucks, but I have never once been left stranded. Honestly, I don’t think that the electrical problems I experienced were anything that wouldn’t also appear in 25 plus year old BMWs, Porsches or Mercedes-Benz products too – for example, my family had a long line of BMW ownership (633CSi, 635CSi, 735i, M5, 535i, 525i) and they experienced more electronic maladies than my Audis ever did. I can’t tell you the number of times I had to recycle the on board computers in my father’s BMWs because they decided to revert to German for the on board displays. Electronically, my V8 quattro was much worse than the early cars were and I had several really problematic issues; the entire front wiring harness needed to be replaced, memorably, and one time the “convenience” relay malfunctioned, opening all of the windows and sunroof in the middle of a storm. It sounds to me like your father may have had a problem car, because honestly there wasn’t too much to go wrong on the 80s Audis and most of the enthusiastic ownership loves them to this day. Sounds like he may have missed out on the joyous sounds of the RS4’s motor!

    Thanks for chiming in!
    Carter

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