2003 Audi RS6

Although the lower-output, less frills A6 4.2 is the sedan model I prefer (for some strange reason) from the C5 lineup, I was left disenchanted by the last one we looked at. Suggesting that by the time you corrected only the known faults your bank account would be empty, I headed out into the RS6 territory to prove myself right and that you could get a better car for the same money. And what to my wondering eyes did appear in the sea of gray, but a shining white RS6.

Now, on the surface, Polar White doesn’t seem either like the most exciting color nor the most rare thing out there. However, Audi claims that out of the 1,436 RS6s it sold here in 2003, only 5 were ordered in this color. That makes this particular RS6 quite special, as if the RS6 wasn’t special enough to begin with. But if you need a reminder about what’s what in the RS6, I went into further detail back in October:

2003 Audi RS6

If the color wasn’t special enough, this particular RS6 is was also being offered in a no reserve auction and the price is so far on target to prove my supposition regarding the A6 4.2 right:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 Audi RS6 on eBay


Year: 2003
Model: RS6
VIN: WUAPV64B43N904877
Engine: 4.2 liter twin-turbocharged V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 84,451 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction $20,000 Buy It Now

Due to health circumstance, this car is 4 sale. This 1 of 4 cars.. yes one of 4.. i have email to support that claim. the car has Zero issues.. None.. I have a set of Michelin pilot super sport 255/35zr19 with less than 500 miles on them. the car has a revo remap on it.. Other than that the car is stock.

email doc. Regarding rarity.

> Thank you for contacting Audi of America in regard to obtaining sales figures for your 2003 Audi RS6
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> According to our vehicle data file, the following information is what we have available. These numbers portray the production numbers for models built for the U.S. market for the model year you are seeking:
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> · 1436 ? Model Year 2003 Audi RS 6 4.2 SEDAN 4-DR AUTO QUATTRO sold in the US.
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> · 5 – RS 2003 6 4.2 SEDAN 4-DR AUTO QUATTRO with POLAR WHITE exteriors sold in the US.
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> · 4- MY RS 2003 6 4.2 SEDAN 4-DR AUTO QUATTRO with POLAR WHITE exteriors with EBONY interiors sold in the US.
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> · 1,436- MY 2003 RS 6 4.2 SEDAN 4-DR AUTO QUATTRO sold in the US.
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> · 390- MY 2003 RS 6 4.2 SEDAN 4-DR AUTO QUATTRO with AVUS SILVER PEARL EFFECT exteriors sold in the US.
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> · 291- MY 2003 RS 6 4.2 SEDAN 4-DR AUTO QUATTRO with AVUS SILVER PEARL EFFECT exteriors with EBONY interiors sold in the US.

You’d think automatically that an infrequently seen shade on a rare high performance car with lower miles and in good shape plus a no reserve auction format would be a recipe for a high price. It isn’t always. I think in this case there are a few things holding it back. Chief among those is history; yes, the 85,000 miles on the odometer is reasonable – but importantly what’s been done to the car recently? That Daytona Gray Pearl Effect example I looked at back in October had 20,000 less miles, was basically in perfect condition and had several big dollar services done including the timing belt and a transmission service.

All you know from the advertisement here is how few Polar White examples were produced and that it has new (admittedly, expensive) tires. The Revo flash is interesting as they no longer offer it. And though we see some glimpses that this car appears to be in great shape, it’s unfortunately an incomplete picture. Worse, the AutoCheck lists a “major issue” – perhaps one of our connected readers could find out more about what that undisclosed issue is. The Daytona car, one of the better examples I’ve seen for sale recently, ended at $19,999. This one appears that it will fall far short of that number, and I can’t help but feel that a better presentation and some more useful information really could have changed that outcome. But as with the A6 4.2, while the budget price may be appealing at first you might just be better off paying the top dollar for a more sorted example.

-Carter

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10 Comments

  1. FYI: Carter, the eBay link is not working.

  2. Looks nice, but if that accident/copart auction history is correct, I wouldn’t touch it with a 10-ft pole.

    https://www.autobidmaster.com/en/carfinder-online-auto-auctions/lot/22297905/COPART_2003_AUDI_RS6_SALVAGE_TITLE_DENVER_CO/

  3. @Christian – thanks, corrected. Actually, it looks like because the original auction wasn’t going the way the seller wanted, he ended it after I wrote it up and started a new auction with a $20,000 Buy It Now.

    @GeelinDC – good find on the Copart auction, thanks for posting the link!

  4. @GeelnDC Thank you for that copart link. Holy side impact Batman, the severity is frame damage territory and how the title remained untainted must be by the grace of God. I have heard, however, scenarios of a branded title surprise upon re-registration at any given moment. This causes a myriad of stated value problems insurancewise! Why must a polar white RS6 carry this scarlet letter and not the dime a dozen Daytona grey cars?

  5. This car was for sale in August of 2016 and I thought it would be cool to park this next to my Alpine white Ur Quattro. So I drove down to Copart in north Denver where this was auctioned and looked at the damage pics then. What bothers me is that these are the same pics that I have from 2016… and a lot can happen in 2 years. To be fair, the repair looks to have been done well, but until a guy can listen for leaks at the B pillar and see how the doors close, etc… it’s unworthy of pricing in the mid teens in my opinion, despite the rare color. All of us know the cost of maintaining a pristine RS6 can be huge. Having it damaged, just makes it less appealing to me.

  6. Jesus, I always laugh my ass off when people use paint color to make a car more “rare”.

  7. At least the seats looks like they’re in decent condition. The two interior issues that always seem prevalent on these cars are (1) the pealing infotainment icons and (2) the cracking leather seats. Look at the seats on any E500 (10 years older), they’re always in perfect condition no matter the miles!

  8. I love Audis, especially the Ss and RSs, but I could never ever see myself owning one in household – appliance color.

  9. According to seller, timing belt was changed by previous owner, but has no documentation to support. Still on DRC, no leaks. On older factory rotors and pads, 45% left. Seller stated that he I s an ASE certified mechanic, and from looking at the 2016 emails, (at that time), a Porsche-Audi dealership… I’m out.

  10. Seller seems to more forthcoming on this post, vs. the eBay description about the salvage title

    https://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php/837444-DIVORCE-SALE-!!!-HALF-OFF-parts-car-2003-RS6-plus-RS6-WHITE-4-SALE

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