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1987 Audi 4000CS Quattro

The less glamorous version of what was a fantastic chassis and engine combination, the Audi 4000 quattro brought rally-bred performance to the masses. You really could think of it as the original “WRX” because while the big-brother Quattro that stole all of the headlines in its day is currently a reasonably good value compared to some of its contemporaries, when they were new the turbocharged, box-flared brother was simply out of reach of most enthusiasts. Original sticker price of the Quattro put it around the same price as a well-equipped Porsche 911; equivalent today to a base model R8. It was therefore very exciting to see a nearly identical drivetrain layout passed down to the more pedestrian sedan version, complete with a similar-sounding inline-5 and locking differentials. You got all of this in a slick-looking 4-door package for around $20,000 – not cheap, mind you, but half the price of the Quattro. For many fans of the Quattro package, it proved to be legendary in its own right:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Audi 4000CS Quattro on eBay

Year: 1987
Model: 4000CS Quattro
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 151,500 mi
Price: $6,250 Buy It Now

Up for your consideration is a Rare and Beautiful


This rare survivor has approximately 151,500 miles and comes to you with a clean and clear NEW MEXICO title.

The car is 100% stock, never raced or modified, and is FULLY LOADED with all the toys from the factory:

Power sunroof
Heated seats
Locking differential
Console-mounted gauges
Power windows
Power door locks
Original AM/FM Cassette player

Absolutely everything in this car, including all things listed above, works fine. Car was never modified or raced, there are no aftermarket parts on it. It runs like new, and is a lot of fun to drive.

The underbody looks amazingly clean; no rust. We had the vehicle serviced at QUATTROHAUS (local Audi specialist in NJ) and they said this car is “brand new” underneath; they haven’t seen a clean one like this in many years. References from Quattrohaus are available.

This 4000 was bought new in Colorado, and lived down South all of its life (registration records show California and New Mexico), it has been in a dry climate all its life, and it really shows. I am selling this off to make room for new items in my collection of classic Audis..

Test-drives and pre-bid inspections are welcome and encouraged.

You can fly in and drive this beauty home, we can pick you up at an airport.

We will also gladly help with shipping the car at a great price.

Please email, text or call Jim at

ALPINA MOTORS of Staten Island

732 – 859 -9442

with any questions or offers

We will gladly end the listing early for a serious buyer

Thank You

As entertaining as the thought and exclusivity of the 1987 Coupe Quattro I wrote up earlier is, this is really a much better buy. For the same money it’s true you get a few more miles, but the condition of this car far outweighs that 25,000 miles. It appears to be in all-original form with shiny Zermatt Silver paint. Critical here is the lack of rust that can be debilitating in these cars. With everything working and cold air conditioning, this is a no-excuses, well priced Audi that will leave the next owner only wishing for a bit more power – but they’re not likely to regret the decision to buy such a fine example. It’s a perfect alternative to the out-of-control E30 market and one of the best that has come up for sale recently.



  1. shmcquilkin
    shmcquilkin July 4, 2014

    Dealer’s site just posted lowered price @ $5,500.

  2. Jayson
    Jayson July 5, 2014

    Great find carter! Are the dif locks in these electronic or vacume line?

  3. Carter
    Carter July 5, 2014

    Scmcquilkin, thanks for the update! Jayson, they’re vacuum along with the door locks and cruise control.

  4. Jayson
    Jayson July 5, 2014

    Cool wasn’t sure.. As you know I’m a big fan, but those bumpers my god, could they be any uglier?!?! Have you ever seen anyone put a pair of 84’s on these? This car is no museum piece so that’s the first thing I’d do if it where possible…

  5. Carter
    Carter July 5, 2014

    I’m pretty sure the sheet metal underneath is nearly the same but te mounting holes for the later bumpers are different meaning you’d have some holes there. The later bumper covers look a lot better when they’re sanded down and smooth painted in my opinion.

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