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Federalized 2001 Audi RS4 for sale

If you could bring one Euro-only car into the US, what would it be? Thanks to those selfish debtors hogging the best kit for years, there are so many good choices. Lancia Delta Integrale HF? Yeah, I want that. Any generation of M5 Touring? I want that too. Even the mundane E30 wagons get me going thanks to their status as forbidden fruit. However, the first car that comes to mind for me is the original B5 Audi RS4. As I’ve recounted before, upon first seeing one parked in Paris I stopped dead in my tracks and just stared for a few minutes, only to be doubly shocked when I walked around the block and saw another one. The front fascia and beastly wheel arches are to die for, not to mention the insane 350hp 2.7l Biturbo. There have been some amazing conversions (which are almost as brutally expensive as the real thing), but somehow the previous owner of today’s RS4 went through the whole song-and-dance to get this factory RS4 into the states. You, sir, deserve a round of applause.

2001 Audi RS4 for sale on eBay

From the seller:

The car is listed as a 1980 because ebay does not recognize the vin number. 2001 Audi RS4 titled, registered and federalized in California as an rs4. I was selling this car for the owner on a consignment sale but when i saw it, i just purchased it from him. I now need the money, so its up for sale. The owner before me originally bought this car for 125k back in 2004 with a little less than 10k miles. This car is super clean and fast. The only mods on the vehicle are awe down pipes, intake, and a chip computer, this was all done back in 2004, it was always serviced at Santa Monica Audi in California. Comes with factory navigation system and tv, the only problem is that its for another country so you cant use it over here in the u.s. The radio works fine and it also has a 6 disc cd changer. Interior is in mint condition, no one rarely ever sat in the back seats, the recaro seats are still in incredible condition. I have the clean california title in hand under my name and its ready for sale, I just had the car smogged 2 weeks ago and it passed with no problem. Tires are still in great condition, comes with michellin pilot sport tires with about 80% life left on them, also comes with a full size rs4 spare tire. This car is a super rare car and any Audi fanatic will love it. The only problem the car has right now is that the LED display on the cluster is going bad, the pixels in it are dying, this is about $150 fix, i might have it fixed by then. The car was also recently inspected at WMS (WIcked Motorsports) in van nuys, buyers are also welcome to do a pre purchase inspection. Please feel free to ask me any questions that you might have.

Beyond its rarity, this dream machine has just 21k miles on it. The only blemish appears to be the standard Audi LEDs-gone-wrong in the instrument cluster. As you might expect, forbidden fruit + low mileage = R$4, and the buy-it-now for this car is $70k. Too much for you? Well, then you can just move on to the next B5 RS4 in the States. Oh… that’s right, there aren’t any.



  1. Paul
    Paul September 27, 2012

    Big time fliparama attempt! Recently sold for $39K or less which is a more realistic price for this car.

  2. Terry
    Terry September 27, 2012

    Nice! If I had to choose one to bring in, it would be the e30 M3 Convertible. I think there are a dozen or so here from the bold folks who found them and brought them over. I love that car! My dream car to be sure.

    URSDRIVER September 27, 2012

    Drool. Yes the price is pipe dream, text book example of how a diamond is just a rock with a name.

  4. Tracy
    Tracy September 27, 2012

    agree, not much special about a 01 anything from Audi. If this was a B8 RS4 Avant, it would be a different story.

  5. Larry
    Larry September 27, 2012

    There’s a pretty good thread on this car at BaT, and much has been made of the seller-flipper’s absurd asking price (including a bit from me), as well as some questioning of how legal this car really is. Therefore, I’ll force myself to focus on the car itself here.

    Obviously, in black-on-black it looks totally badass, and it has the performance to match. The B5 S4 was a pretty good car for the time, and this RS4 cranks that goodness up to way over 11 – and does so in ultra-cool wagon form. I like it.

    The problem is that, in the last 10 years, Audi (and others) have produced a lot of stuff that is arguably more impressive than this. And there are a fair number of 350+ horsepower alternatives that can now be had (without risk of legal hassles) for well less than this car’s asking price. If you absolutely must have your rocketship in quattro wagon form, then yes, this is pretty much it.

  6. Carter J
    Carter J September 27, 2012

    Frankly, for that kinda dough, I’d look seriously into importing either a mint RS2 or C4 S6+ Avant. Either would be a better long-term investment, and both were as quick. Both can be had and imported here for much less than the asking price as well, which is borderline Sport Quattro territory. It’s a neat car, but it’s not 55,000$ neater than a not much slower standard S4 avant. And Larry, you’re right – there is just a lot of stuff available on the market, especially in this price range. I love the RS4 and Audis, but at this price you could build and maintain a fleet of other really, really neat cars (including several quattros – do I hear D2 S8 in Avus Pearl?)

  7. Miek
    Miek September 28, 2012

    i couldn’t justify paying $70k for a car just because it’s not sold in the US.

    Like those people a few years ago that were selling R33 GTRs for $40-$80k when I could rent an apartment in Canada buy the same car for $10 and spend most of the rest of the money I saved to keep residency and registration there.

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