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1990 Audi V8 quattro

Back in January, I took a look at a really nice ‘survivor’ 1990 Audi V8 quattro:

1990 Audi V8 quattro

That car was in pretty decent condition overall, and one of the nice (and somewhat rare to see) options it had was sport seats. Today I’m back with another ’90 V8, once again in the optional and expensive Pearlescent White Metallic. This one has similar mileage, a similar lack of disclosed history, and is in generally similar condition, though it does not have the sport seats. Let’s take a look:

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Year: 1990
Model: V8 quattro
VIN: WAUKE5449LN048802
Engine: 3.6 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 104,500 mi
Location: Murrysville, Pennsylvania
Price: $8,500 Buy It Now

This is a beautiful 1990 Audi V8, finished in Audi’s unique Pearl White Metallic with a Platinum Gray interior.

The odometer is currently showing approximately 105,000 miles.
Equipment includes the Comfort Package, leather upholstery, wood interior trim, heated and power-adjustable front seats, power windows, locks, and mirrors, a Bose audio system with cassette player, and more as detailed below.
No modifications, all bone stock
The Audi V8 is a large luxury sedan built as the company’s range-topping model. Although the vehicle is based on VW/Audi’s C3 platform, the V8 model features standard quattro all-wheel drive and a 32 valve, DOHC V8 engine with a four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. The V8 closely resembles the 100 and 200 models, although a unique grill design, extended wheelbase, pronounced wheel arches and larger wheels make it unique. Only ~3,800 cars were sold in the US and this may be the only of a very few remaining in an operating condition
tPower comes from a 3.6-liter V8, rated at 247 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque. Output is sent to all four wheels through a 4-speed automatic transmission.


Anti-theft vehicle alarm system
Drivers frontal airbag
Three-point seatbelts front & rear
Procon-ten safety system
Child safety door locks
Two-side galvanized bodywork
Automatic climate control system
Electronic cruise control
Dual power side mirrors with electrically heated defog
Power windows with rear window disable
Power central locking system
Trip information computer (6 function)
Auto check system with radio function display
Expandable storage/ski sack
Rear window defogger
Interior lighting courtesy delay
Illuminated vanity mirrors, trunk engine compartment, glovebox, lighters and ashtray
Audi/Bose eight-speaker music system
GSM cellular telephone with hands-free feature (built in armrest between front seats)
Walnut wood trim, woven wool carpets
Power front seats with 4-position driver memory
Electrically heatable front & rear seats
Aerodynamic halogen headlamps with wiper/washer system
Front wipers with intermittent mode and heated windshield washer nozzles
Front & rear fog lights
Known Flaws

Paint peeling off on the plastic bumper – front and rear (see pics)
A/C needs recharged – I haven’t used it since I got the car
Small rip on the back seat (see pics)
Headliner repaired with pins (see pics)
Dash clock works but runs slow
Driver-side seat heating doesn’t work for some reason

Unfortunately, though it’s really neat to see these survivor V8 quattros, it’s hard to see why this one is worth double the asking price of the last example. It has non-function air conditioning, the headliner is shot, and there’s no record of engine, transmission, or hydraulic repairs. The photos aren’t great but it appears to be in good shape overall and certainly worth saving, but you really need to factor several thousand dollars of potential repairs in on top of a revolving fund to keep it going, which is increasingly difficult given the availability of parts on these cars. It’s a lovely sedan that time, and Audi, have more or less attempted to forget – which is interesting given their recent roll out of the V8 DTM for Ken Block. Perhaps that video will spur more interest in these cars?



  1. John
    John October 20, 2021

    Always love seeing the V8. But demand is so thin for the 3.6. Will take awhile to find the right buyer at half the price.

  2. Brad
    Brad October 20, 2021

    Several years ago I saw lots of these in junk yards. Now even those are crushed. This is a nice one, and it exists.

    A/c recharge likely means system rebuild, i.e. hey, the compressor and condenser are not even there, wow!

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