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1991 Audi 200 20V quattro Avant

Update 5/7/19: This time around, the Bamboo Bomber sold for $12,100.

I don’t think there are any young children sitting around pining for the loss of the wagon. It’s hard to imagine a young teen hanging a picture of a Audi Allroad on his wall next to the idealistic Ferraris and Porsches, after all. Say to a average car-obsessed 10-year old “someday you’ll really want a wagon”, and they’ll probably laugh. Then try to tell them it will be beige…

All of this raises an interesting point: at what point does this particular car become appealing? Is it because it’s rare? Certainly there aren’t many 200 20V quattro Avants out there, with most fans accepting that approximately 149 were imported. Is it because it’s old? Now on the verge of being 30, the scant number originally imported has dwindled to the point where I’m sure someone knows them all by name. After all, there were more people in my high school graduating class than 200 20V Avants imported. Is it because it’s powerful? Well, to be honest, the 217 horsepower the 3B turbocharged double-overhead cam 20V inline-5 chucked out originally seems pretty tame today. But at the time, you needed to spend a lot of money to go faster than this 5-door. Is it because it’s beige? Now it gets interesting, as I was frustrated by the drapes-match-the-carpet tones in a recent S8, which otherwise shares most of the characteristics I just mentioned:

2001 Audi S8

Yet here, this rare Bamboo Metallic over rare Travertine in the (you guessed it) rare 200 20V quattro Avant pulls the right strings and becomes quite desirable:

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Year: 1991
Model: 200 20V quattro Avant
VIN: WAUHE5448MN017407
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 143,000 mi
Price: $10,000

I am selling a very nice 91 200 20v wagon zero rust runs and drives great a lot of new parts installed in the past 1000 miles
Bamboo with travertine interior 142.000miles euro lights ,Samco hoses ,stage 1 chip ,H&R and Bilsteins .
New timing belt job( all belts ,water pump ,idler pulley,thermostat ,flush coolant )
New tune up ( magnecore wires,rotor,cap ,air filter ,fuel filter )
New valve cover gasket
All new vacuum lines
New billet throttle cable cam
New head liner .
New Battery
New 034 crank breather hose kit
Also the car comes with refinished 15 inch bbs wheels .
I have the window sticker and the original sales recipe for the car ,also comes with 2 spare keys .
Asking $10000 it�TMs probbaly one of the last nice 20v Avants
Email me for pictures

Not much information is offered, but the condition of this car is impressive. It’s been a long-standing member of the Audi community and has a reputation for being cared for throughout that time. The current seller looks to have continued the love, and the car appears with upgraded European headlights, 16″ BBS Euro-option wheels (though it’s listed as having refinished 15s), upgraded suspension and power and a lot of heavy maintenance lifting done. The leather isn’t quite as good as the exterior, but my guess is that with a proper leather correction from an expert it could look a lot better. The asking price is $10,000 – so how does that compare to others? Back in 2016 I looked at another Bamboo/Travertine example:

1991 Audi 200 20V quattro Avant

With 220,000 miles, it still looked quite clean but not as clean as today’s example. The asking price was $6,800, which was right in line with where it should have been arguably and unsurprisingly it sold for ask.

2017 saw another long-time enthusiast-owned Avant pop up for sale:

Feature Listing: 1991 Audi 200 20V quattro Avant

Again, not as clean as today’s car and with TMU, it traded for $5,200 – probably just slightly under where I would have expected it, but again right in line with the market.

So is today’s car worth twice what the Lago example was? Probably, yes. With a good history, documentation that goes back, fantastic overall condition and an off-beat color combination for one of the most desirable U.S.-bound Audis, this one definitely is in line at $10,000. Just make sure you grab those 16″ Euro BBSs with it.

Thanks to our reader John for the spot!



  1. John
    John January 17, 2019

    I’ve always been a C4 / urS guy but the 200 20v has seriously grown on me. The 80s-tastic tails are amazing. A car that is both capable and super cool.

  2. Brad
    Brad January 17, 2019

    Love it.

  3. Adam
    Adam January 17, 2019

    Looks like a very nice example, certainly don’t see them pop up often. A few other photos showed the driver seat torn, some clearcoat issues and still has UFO rotors that are in need of replacement. But should fetch good money regardless. Will be interesting to see where it ends up.

  4. mygti
    mygti January 17, 2019

    I want this car. It’s desirability to me is not based on rarity, color, or power. Rather, it is almost exactly what I’d want for a winter weapon: killer awd, manual wagon. I suppose it doesn’t hurt desirability that this combo doesn’t exactly grow on trees.

    Those bbs wheels don’t hurt a bit either.

    To be fair, 10 year old me would not have wanted the family Pontiac safari wagon.

  5. John.
    John. January 17, 2019

    Nice find!

  6. Jonathan Linn
    Jonathan Linn January 17, 2019

    I would rather spend $10k on a mid 90s S6 avant instead of this one. No?

  7. Rob B
    Rob B January 17, 2019

    10K seems pretty expensive to me when it sounds like some items still need to be addressed. The only 200’s I have seen fetch near that value had under 60K miles.

  8. Carter
    Carter January 18, 2019

    @Adam – where are you seeing these photos or this information? I’ve looked through the three ads for the car that I’ve found and don’t see anything of what you’re saying.

    @Jonathan – depends on priorities and personal taste, I suppose. Some people would drop $10,000 on a perfect Coupe GT, some would rather spend it on the later Coupe Quattro. Personally, all things being equal I like the looks of the ’91 more than the ’95, but that’s not for everyone.

    @Rob – I don’t think there’s a better example available anywhere for less money, but I could be wrong. Needy ones trade between 5-7K. I haven’t seen the damage Adam describes and that could affect value, but also consider that a equivalent and less desirable sedan recently sold for $7,900: A $2,100 premium for an Avant with some nice mods doesn’t seem out of line to me.

    Thanks all for the comments!

  9. Adam
    Adam January 18, 2019

    @Carter Another forum member had requested additional photos which revealed a bit more. The driver seat is torn, it appears the passenger footwell trim is missing, the rubber trim on the rear windows is warped (common), clearcoat issues as mentioned on the door. The UFO rotors are apparently warped as well. The car was sold late last year needing a fair amount of work, although it sounds like the current owner fixed a lot of the issues. But still needs a grand or two to remove some of the “cons”.

  10. Carter
    Carter January 18, 2019

    @Adam, thanks for the info. Still likely hard to find a better one today, so I’d say your assessment is good. Thanks for chiming in!

  11. fstntq
    fstntq January 18, 2019

    @ Jonathan Linn,
    had both multiple 200 20V wagons and multiple Ur S6 wagons. I’ll take the 20V. More room, better looking, somewhat better parts availability, (UFO’s excepted!) more versatile if you do need a hauler, though I have had 700lbs of hardwood and cement bags in the S.

  12. Rpm
    Rpm April 23, 2019

    Rarity alone, that’s a $10k car.

  13. KrautHammer
    KrautHammer April 24, 2019

    Epic. 10k all day. If you have never drivin a sorted 200 20V TQ you wont get it. This has lovely originality with minimal durability upgrades. The power figure does not do this machine justice, they pull like a freight train at high altitude, and have no equivalent modern or otherwise in the snow. So much want.

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