I’ve given the BMW Ms a lot of love recently, but the Audi S series offers a deliciously different flavor of Teutonic speed. The first post I wrote for this site was an S4 Avant, though this is a much nicer example. Lots of space, Quattro, two turbos and six ratios, and easily accessible aftermarket speed make these one of my ultimate DDDs (dream daily driver, that is). A rear collision gives this example an apprehension-inducing salvage title, but it’s too good looking and reasonably priced to overlook.
Cons: 87k miles is right about the time things can start to go wrong. Salvage title sounds like it was from a minor accident that’s been properly taken care of, but should be investigated. Engine bay is oddly dirty.
Pros: Dead sexy in black with the perfect Audi wheel, the BBS CH. Interior and exterior look nearly flawless. 6-speed Avants are rare and desirable. Modifications are restrained and functional, e.g. aluminum plumbing, short-shift kit, and suspension. Salvage title brings price down significantly, with bidding still under $6k with 3 days left.
If this thing stays under $10k it’s a great deal, and it’s now my mental image for the DDD.
My knowledge of Audis has a pretty large gap between Auto Union racers and the late 70s, so I claim no expertise on this find, but I know it’s cool. Who knew cars could have Four Rings AND finned fenders!? The Auto Union 1000 was made from 1957 to 1963 with 1,000cc two-stroke engines. The 1000Sp was the 2+2 variation with sporting pretensions, made as a coupe until 1962 when a convertible was made available too. This is a pretty cool car as it was the last generation of Audi/Auto Union cars before VW took ownership.
Some background from the seller:
A rare find indeed! This 1960 Auto Union 1000Sp was found in the hills of California. The body panels are straight and 95% of the car is present. There are two separate 3 cylinder, two stroke motors that go with the car, along with all of the parts for under the hood. There is a third aluminum head and a “one-off” custom intake that I was told was to use three Suzuki motorcycle carbs on it. The frame and suspension of the car appear solid and straight. The rear seat area of the floor has rust through as does the entire trunk pan area. Serious attention will be needed in these areas. There is one dent at the seam of the front fender and drivers door, easily repairable. The car currently has the trans-axle in it, however the motor and accessory parts are out of the car and boxed up. The interior parts and pieces are present but also will require much attention. The gauge cluster is present and in good condition. Speedometer is in MPH.
This is a full restoration car, but a good solid start to a rare German automobile. Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase this unique exotic sports car. It is both concourse and historic race eligible following restoration. A truly rare barn find in good condition ready to finish to your liking.
Obviously a work-intensive project, it seems to be rusty but pretty complete. Current bid is $3,500 with 5 days left, so if you have a penchant for obscure post-war German oddities, this could be your chance!
The Audi RS6 is a very special car. The largest RS-ified car from the four rings, the RS6 was the first RS car to make it to America. It did so in grand style, coming with a twin-turbo V8 mated to the venerable Quattro all-wheel-drive. It subtly announces it’s presence with a little fender flare, some front intakes, wheels, and a trunklid spoiler. These small changes make for an aggressive, if quiet, package, alluding to the massive capabilities that came as the Horsepower Wars really started to heat up. One of these used to prowl the island I grew up on, proving illusive but a rewarding find when seen in the wild. It’s not as extroverted and crazy as the newer RS4 and RS6, but it can tackle most any challenge in style and is a great early-millenium sleeper.
It’s hard to believe these $80k+ cars are under $30k now, and with just 70k miles. That’s a lot of luxury and a lot of speed for a really good price. The interior and exterior are similarly subtle but sexy. It’s too bad they never brought the manual or the Avant to the US, but beggers can’t be choosers, and I’m begging for this RS6.
A very low-mileage Audi V8 Quattro is up on eBay with 20 days left at a Buy-It-Now or Best Offer price of $6500. This was the predecessor to the A8, offering a 3.6L 247hp V8. Weak by today’s standards, but not too shabby in 1990. It was also the only full-size sedan with AWD at time and came with a galvanized body, so rust shouldn’t be a problem.
I think the big selling point here is the extremely low 41k miles. It’s no Ur-S4 or S6, but $6500 for a fun, big AWD sedan is not too bad at all.
Oh, how I love me some box fenders. They are so quintessentially 80s and badass. All the best cars have them… E30 M3s, Golf Rallyes, HF Delta Integrales, and the indomitable Audi Ur-Quattro. The game-changer. As the name suggests (“Ur” means original in German), it was the first application of Audi’s now-famous Quattro system, and what a way to start. Only 664 came to the US, so buying one would put you in rare company. This beautiful red example looks immaculate and is probably one of the finer survivors out there.
The condition of this thing is amazing. Exterior, interior, and engine all look really clean, and it’s got less than 60k miles on the clock. The Euro bumpers and lights are nice additions, as the US bumpers are oversized and throw off the lines. The price is high at $20k, but the car is exceptional and rare, so who knows. A die-hard Quattro fan who wants a near-perfect example may see this as a great opportunity.
Here is an example of the first vehicle in the world powered by the engine Mazda would later popularize, the Rotary Wankel engine. The name Wankel derives from its inventor, Felix Wankel, who was a German engineer. He created the first prototype of his revolutionary engine design in February 1957, and was first presented in running form in a converted NSU Prinz in 1960. The Spider would debut in 1964 and only 2,375 examples were built between 1964 and 1967. The original engine had around 50 horsepower, but it was a very free revving engine and made for a lively package in such a small car with light weight. NSU Motorenwerke AG was purchased by Volkswagen in 1969. They merged the company with Auto Union which later became Audi.
The seller includes a very comprehensive description. Here is an excerpt:
Excellent Condition!! This car has ALWAYS been stored indoors in a heated space and covered with double quilted car covers. The underside is very, very clean. The photos show a very small area of paint peeling above the rear left bumper and below the license plate. These are hardly noticeable. In the driver’s front under tray there is a hardly noticeable repair at the end of the spoiler.
Values can be tough to pin down on such a rare vehicle, but $19,000 seems reasonable for such a revolutionary and historically significant vehicle. Rest assured, you most likely will be the only one at your local car show with one of these. This example does have a few modifications, but these changes can be forgiven due to the scarcity of parts and efforts to make the vehicle more reliable than when it was first produced. This fantastic vehicle has been featured by Jay Leno in a short video on his website, Jay Leno’s Garage:
The first-generation Audi S8 commands a unique respect that, at least for me, has diminished in subsequent generations. Its show-stealing display of performance in Ronin has helped this, as well as the advanced aluminum body and chassis, all powered by Audi’s now-ubiquitous 4.2L V8 pushing out a healthy 360hp. It has ultimate sleeper status, but for the educated few it stands out with the Avus 6-spokes and mean stance. The new, blingy V10 model just can’t match the subtle aggression of the D2.
These 2002/3 examples on eBay are exceptionally clean. Neither has passed 90k miles and they show it. The exteriors are clean, but the interiors are even more impressive. I like 6-spoke wheels more than the 9-spokes, as well as that car’s suede gray interior over the other’s more garish white. Both are priced pretty high at $18,600 and $20,950, but I guess the sellers expect the cleanliness and low miles to attract some big spenders. I’d place a bid or make an offer, but the buy-it-nows seem too high, regardless of condition.
A lot of attention is given to the first generation Audi Quattro, with its rich rallying heritage and crisp 80s styling. The second generation succumbed to the typical weight gain that manufacturers seem to equate with progress, with the excuse that it was now more of a GT than a lightweight rally car. The n/a 2.3 liter put out 164hp, about the same as contemporary Corrados, but had more weight to carry around. It wasn’t all bad though, as the new model came with a locking rear differential, carbon fiber center driveshaft, and a clean new look.
This example is surprisingly clean inside and out (look at the engine compartment!), probably in part thanks to only having covered a restrained 109k miles. The squat Audi 90 shape still looks great today, especially with the S2 styling cues that the North American version got. It’s too bad we missed out on the turbo engine, but that can be remedied with relative ease in the Audi/VW lines. It’s for sale for $4900, well below the blue book. Being this clean, it’s a tempting example of some 90s Quattro fun.
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All-wheel drive. Twin-turbo V6. Six-speed. Wagon.
The B5 S4 Avant holds a special place in my dream stable. Understated sexiness and a wide range of capabilities make other dream cars seem unnecessary. A grocery getter? Sure. A backroad blaster? Definitely. Mountain monster? Born for it. The twin-turbo V6 means it’s lighter, more efficient, and more easily tuned than the B6/7 V8 or the newborn B8 with its supercharged 3.0. Add in a rare 6-speed, and this 2001 S4 for sale on eBay is what dreams are made of.
This example looks clean and well-loved. It’s no spring chicken; these cars are coming up on being a decade old and it has the miles to prove it, but it should still have plenty of love left to give. Upgraded brakes and suspension are intelligent and prudent modifications.
There isn’t much else to say other than I wish this had been under the Christmas tree this year!
Here is a a unique opportunity to own the German equivalent of the 1955 Ford Thunderbird. Great looking little coupe at a $22,400 buy it now. The Thunderbird does have it over the DKW in terms of power, with this engine being a tricky 3 cylinder two stroke powering the front wheels. I wasn’t sure what to expect soundwise from an engine like this, two-strokes can really sound awful, but check out the videos online from inside a 1000SP on the road. The 3-2 combo sounds great, you get the sense that you are going a lot faster than you actually are.
The seller provides some good history and promotes the rarity of the vehicle. The seller says this one is # 202, so it is an early car, out of the 5000 built. This one has just over 1,000 miles on the engine, no mention of how many the rest of the car has traveled.
If you want to stand out with out being overly ostentatious at your local car show this is the car for you. Plus you Audi guys have to like the four ring logo on the trunk. It is hard to say what the investment potential here is. At this point I’d guess most all the good 1000SPs left driving are probably being well maintained so numbers shouldn’t shrink anymore. The early production # may make this an appealing collector piece if fully restored as the seller suggests.
This car appears to be in good company as that looks like a Euro Mercedes silbergrün 450SEL lurking in the background in some of the pictures.
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