We come to this site, be it to read, write, or just ogle, because we share an affinity for something different. That something different is German autos, unique in their attention to detail, unrivaled engineering, and strong (if restrained) styling themes. Today we’ve got an important piece of German-car history that embodies these identifying elements, albeit one that I was heretofore unaware of. Volkswagen bought Auto Union from Mercedes in 1965 with a main motivation being expanding production capacity for the Beetle. Audi’s weak lineup led VW to place a moratorium on new model development, a command that was quickly disregarded by a top engineer. He developed the Audi 100 on his own with VW only seeing it as a completed prototype. It was good enough that they approved and released the 100 to significant commercial success.
This Audi 100LS has only had two owners over its 36 years and has covered just 50k miles. It is thankfully not a garage queen, more a well-respected classic that’s not afraid to be used. The look seems familiar at first but unique upon closer inspection, at first referencing recent Mercedes roots with the greenhouse and chrome trim followed by hints of Fiat in the tapered ends. Engineering, design, and just the off-the-beaten-path nature differentiates it from more popular cars of the era and separates our tastes from the “standard” car guy or girl.
This is a car that can be purchased and then driven with no issues. We drove it 5 hours to Waterfest some years ago, with no problems whatsoever and I would not hesitate to drive longer distances than that. Being an old car, there will always be things to tinker with if the owner chooses, but this is a turnkey, drive away toy- ready for cruising this summer. The mileage is accurate and I drove about a thousand miles each year.
The listing is worth reading if you’re interested in the car as it gives the impression that this has been a well-loved, well taken care of example of the first Audi under VW ownership. It’s clean enough to show off yet not so perfect that it should be tucked away (no car should be, really), and sound enough to drive whenever you like. The buy-it-now of $6,500 seems perfectly reasonable for someone out there like us who appreciates that which only German cars can provide.