I’ve owned Audis of all sorts, but the B3/4 chassis has so far eluded me. It’s not that I haven’t come close, though. My first experience with a B3 was at one of my first jobs. One of the delivery men had bought a brand-new 1990 Coupe Quattro. It was a mess, though it was only 6 years old at that point. I offered to clean it for him, and thus was born my first drive with the 7A. It started up and sounded just like my 4000CS quattro, and if I’m brutally honest, below 3,000 rpms you couldn’t tell any difference between the two in performance. But keep your foot buried in the loud pedal and the DOHC 2.3 inline-5 began to sing, eagerly heading for the redline at every prodding. The fit, finish and luxury of the Coupe made me envious of the time; though my Audi was only four years older, it might as well have been five times that. Such was the jump from the B2 to the B3. Soon after I met another Audi fanatic who had a string of Lago Coupes I would often drool over.
My later encounter came much closer to actual ownership. I met a friend in England during grad school and we quickly bonded over Audis. It turned out that back in his hometown in Canada, he, too, had an Audi waiting. It was a graphite 1990 90 quattro 20V. And, after some time, he asked me if I wanted to buy it. When I got home I pursued this prospect since I had sold the 4000 to leave for England. Long story short, when the photos arrived of the car, it was quite a bit more crusty underneath than I was hoping. His price was reasonable, but then for about the same ask a 1993 4.2 V8 quattro came up for sale locally, and the rest was history for me.
The B3 20V has never left my thoughts, though I haven’t gotten any closer to owning one. The Coupe and its 90 quattro 20V brother each have their devoted fanbase, yet they’re remarkably different cars both in how they look and who wants to own each. Both are fairly rare, with around 1,500 Coupes and roughly 1,000 90s imported with the 7A originally – and, in all honesty, probably only a fraction of that number remain today. This week a clean example of Pearlescent White Metallic 90 popped up, and it’s worth a look:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Audi 90 quattro 20V on eBay
Model: 90 quattro 20V
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 255,000 mi
Location: Littleton, Colorado
Price: No Reserve Auction
This is a rare Pearl White with Graphite Leather Interior 1991 Audi 90 Quattro with the 20-Valve Engine. Second Owner purcased 2001. Car has been in Colorado its entire life. All maintenance and repair records since it rolled off Denver, Pioneer Audi, dealer lot on 12/5/1990. Meticulously cared for and maintained. Driven gently, still has original clutch. Only 1,387 of these 20-valve Audi 90’s were imported into the U.S., and of those, only 66 were Pearl White with Graphite Leather . All original, no custom. Everything works; A/C, all windows, sunroof, seat heaters, lights, mirrors. Recent repairs: New Bosch starter motor at 254,000-miles. Current maintenance/repair needs: Needs electric cooling fan motor, and could use a new set of the 034 injectors which were last installed at 168,000-miles. Minor right rear bumper impact associated with 2011 report filed from chain of 3-cars on freeway that mine was in front of all the rest. No active rust issues. Only reason that I am selling the car is that I moved to a house with much reduced driveway space.
What’s to like? Colorado cars usually still present well, though there’s no denying they’ve been used! With 255,000 miles on the clock this one is far from a spring chicken but it still shows remarkably well. The car has some nice options, like the all-weather package with heated Graphite leather, and aside from expected wear and tear it looks pretty solid overall. Pricing is probably on the aggressive side at at $4,500 opening bid, but then finding these sedans in good shape is really a difficult thing. Personally my only wishes are that it were a more fun color like Lago and that it had the late-run sport equipment; but getting picky about these cars is probably not in your best interest if you want one.