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Forbidden Fruit: 1996 Audi S6 Plus Avant

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There are plenty of drool-worthy cars that we’re not allow in the U.S.. Yesterday’s Callaway Turbo GTi got me thinking about some of the rare Mk.2s, like the hugely awesome and super rare Golf Limited. But I’m mostly known for my love of Audis, and every time I think about importing a car from Europe, it’s not the RS2 or B5 RS4 that catch my attention. I’m always drawn to the relatively unknown bad boy from quattro GmbH – the S6 Plus. With some revised trim, larger brakes and wheels, a 6-speed manual and a turned up V8 under the hood, this might just be my ultimate grocery getter:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Audi S6 Plus Avant on eBay

Year: 1996
Model: S6 Plus Avant
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 138,000 mi
Price: E. 5,999 Buy It Now ($ 7,452 Today)

Vehicle description :
Rare Audi S6 Plus with 6- speed manual transmission in 3rd hand …

The car is lowered discretely, the original springs are present, the originals Plus rims with very good winter tires also available and I’ll include at a reasonable price.

Facilities : Climate Control, Cruise Control, Heated seats for driver and front passenger, electric sunroof, central locking , leather black with sports seats , radio with CD changer original Audi, BBS alloy wheels with very good summer tires , dual airbags , power steering, tinted glass, xenon headlights …

Over the years, many parts were replaced, among other things, new tank , timing belt 2009 Air Conditioning fully serviced with compressor / dryer,, coil springs, new paint , complete with invoice , brakes and tires fine ..

To me, it’s simply staggering that these cars are available at such a cut rate compared to what you get in the U.S.. Of course, part of that is the cost of running an older car in Europe; inspections mean that many cars that squeak by here wouldn’t pass in Germany. Of course, that also means that if the car is running and registered, it’s probably in pretty reasonable shape – and this S6 looks the part. It’s missing the original S6 front badge, but otherwise appears to be original. The awesome original wheels also come with the package for the right price. Emerald Green Mica isn’t my favorite shade, but for the right car, package and price I’d be willing to sacrifice. For $7,000, even factoring in a $3,000 shipping and importation budget, this car still strikes me as an incredible deal. Alas, we’re still a solid 6 years and 21 days away from being able to import this car – so for now, it will remain the forbidden fruit that I long after the most!



  1. Kelly Bonds
    Kelly Bonds December 10, 2014

    Do not underestimate your Canadian audience. I think the rule here is 15 years so this would make the cut. Any Canadians willing to pull the trigger?

  2. UrSDriver
    UrSDriver December 10, 2014

    How to we abolish this 25 year nonsense?

  3. John
    John December 10, 2014

    Yeah, this is the perfect time for a car like this with gas prices as they are. Carter, you need to run for Congress and then get this rule changed 🙂

  4. Ry
    Ry December 10, 2014

    @UrSDriver, the US 25yr law has only been on the books since the late ’90s, as a service to car collectors & enthusiasts.

    From what I’ve heard & read, Canada is more likely to also go to 25yr before the US matches their current 15yr law. Not saying either move is particularly likely, just don’t hold your breath. But the problems Canada has had with newer imports are mostly related to RHD Japanese cars that this audience probably doesn’t care so much about…(or “aboot” if you’re Canadian)

  5. sam
    sam December 10, 2014

    this thing is sweet!
    yeah, get rid of the year limit and the mandatory useless side reflectors too.

  6. Ry
    Ry December 11, 2014

    @Sam – they aren’t reflectors, they are either side markers or turn signal repeaters (I forget), depending on the country it is designed to comply with those have been law since before 3rd brake lights and are actually a proven safety thing to help see another vehicle from weird angles and know what it’s doing.

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