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1986 Audi Coupe GT with 3,390 Miles

If yesterday’s 76,000 mile Audi Coupe GT was impressive, today’s example is close to unbelievable. Yet here it is – a 1986 model with a scant 3,390 miles showing on the odometer. You’re probably used to seeing very low mile Porsche 911 models, and occasionally we see similar time capsule Mercedes-Benz or BMWs – but nearly never an Audi. Once again, it would be simple to default to the ‘broken odometer’ argument, but the evidence does seem to mount that this might be a fully original example. Welcome, then, to what is as close to a museum-quality example of a Coupe GT as might exist in the U.S.:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Audi Coupe GT on Charleston Craigslist

Year: 1986
Model: Coupe GT
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 3,390 mi
Price: $12,000

Excellent condition Audi, but needs new tires. All original parts. No dents or scratches. A really nice barn find.

Despite the complete lack of back story, any specific history of the car or even highly detailed photos, there’s reason to believe the mileage claim. First, the odometer isn’t stuck in the normal on-the-fly rollover. See a ‘OOO-‘, and you should be skeptical. That’s not the case here. Second, the exterior appears to be near perfect. There’s no curbing on the wheels, no scratches or dents depicted. The Ly3D is completely unfaded, as is the trim, window surrounds and rubber spoiler. And then there are the badges – in their original brushed-metal look. Most people assume they were always supposed to be black, so infrequently are they seen silver with teh shadow highlight. You can find some with remnants of that original paint today, and when I had my 4000CS quattro I replaced the badges around 2000 for a fresh look. But those badges have long since been NLA, so unless someone went through great pains to attempt to feign the condition, they’re likely original. Still not convinced? Step inside, where what appears to be the WB Brazil Brown Kensington Velour appears virtually untouched. Outside of restorations, I do not recall ever seeing a driver’s bolster look that perfect. It’s just not really possible. Under the hood, while the plastics have yellowed slightly there are still the telltale markings of a car just never driven. The brake booster is perfect with original stickers, the hoses still have their Audi markings, all the heat shielding is in place and appears pristine on the radiator; even the fuel distributor banjo bolts, so often rusty on East Coast examples, look new. And in this case, it’s not a car that’s been soaked in Armor All so you won’t see the faults. There is literally almost nothing to nit-pick.

Are there any notables? The car has what appear to be guards on the trailing edge of the doors and some aftermarket front mud flaps. I wish there were better shots of…well, everything, but especially the interior. The car had a plate holder originally which is now gone, leaving the two exposed screw heads. And in the rear, it’s got a foam (rather than mouse fur) trunk liner that I associate with the ’85 models rather than ’86s, but my February ’86 model with digital dash could be an aberration. But above all, I’d love to know the story behind the car; it wasn’t a cheap model, but it also wasn’t outrageously expensive – so how did it survive 31 years traveling only to the corner store and back once a trip around the sun? The price for what appears to be legitimate perfection on this GT is steep for a Type 85, but not territory which is unheard of or unreasonable. In all honesty, if I had not purchased the M3 two years ago I would seriously consider selling the GT(s) that I have to get this one – and if it were Oceanic Blue Metallic, I’d probably try to do it anyway.

Thanks to FSTNTQ, the Small Audi Chassis FB Group, and Alan our Facebook follower for the link!



  1. ace10
    ace10 August 6, 2017

    I emailed the seller for some more basic info on the car yesterday. Didn’t hear back.

    The location is about twenty miles past the middle of nowhere.

  2. Cory
    Cory August 6, 2017

    Seller is unresponsive.

    @ Carter – Considering how obsessed you are with these coupes, I’m shocked you didn’t buy this one on the spot.

  3. Carter
    Carter August 7, 2017

    @Cory: Funny! I am a bit biased on these cars. But I don’t have the disposable cash and if I’m really honest, it’s not my favorite color combo. Picky, I know!

  4. ace10
    ace10 August 7, 2017

    I received an email reply last night. I had asked three basic questions. Got a quasi-answer on one of them. He ignored the other two.

    I don’t chase sellers.

    BTW, if I read between the lines of his reply, the car was last moved in 2005. And there are zero service records other than some sort of inspection at the time.

  5. Christian
    Christian August 9, 2017

    Has anyone been able to talk to the owner to verify if this is legit? I would love to own this car as a museum piece. But price is a little more than I have freed up at the moment.

  6. Carter
    Carter August 9, 2017

    @Christian, fans on the small chassis page ran the Carfax and the mileage claim, at the very least, seems to line up.

  7. John Bowen
    John Bowen October 26, 2017

    I have this car my possession it’s everything that it supposed to be perfect one My son is the owner

  8. Christian
    Christian October 26, 2017

    Excellent, good to hear it found a home. If you have any info/pic posted on forums, please link here, I am very curious about the car. Miss my CGTs so much.

  9. Carter
    Carter October 27, 2017

    Glad to hear John, we’d love to do a reader ride on it. Consider me jealous – I wish either of my GTs was even half as nice as this one!

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