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Leaves Nothing Stock: 1984 Audi Coupe GT 20V

If the M6 I just wrote up was full of non-original details, it’s hard to find anything that came from the factory on this Audi Coupe GT. Much of that I can appreciate, as I myself have fully modified a Coupe GT from stock form. It’s a chassis often overlooked because of the layout; on paper, just like a 911 the Coupe GT shouldn’t work. It’s front drive with an open differential and a very forward weight bias; unlike nearly all the Volkswagens, the engine in the GT in longitudinally laid out. That’s because it effectively was a front drive Quattro platform; many of the details of the front drive GTs are shared with their Quattro cousins. The configuration leaves a giant inline-5 cylinder motor hanging fully in front of the axle line, and the motor which promised the power of a 6 with the economy of a 4 was really the opposite. Yet, as with the 911, something magical was born from this recipe; not only did enthusiasts love the GT, but indeed even automotive experts said the 2-door Audi was more than the sum of its parts. GTs dance through corners with a poise that isn’t shared with the Volkswagen GTis, for example. They’re stunningly composed over long trips too, both spacious and at home cruising on the highway. And, importantly, they looked different than just any 2-door sedan; the angular delight of the Giugiaro design translated well into the narrow body. But just like the GTi and the E30, the platform had room for improvement; stiffen up the suspension and add power and it punches well above its weight class:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Audi Coupe GT 20V on eBay

Year: 1984
Model: Coupe GT
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 114,000 mi
Price: $15,500 Buy It Now

Up for sale is my 1984 Audi Coupe GT. It breaks my heart a little having to sell this car but due to just restoring my dream car (e24 m6) I don’t give this car the time it deserves.

This car is in immaculate condition and just recently swapped in a 7a motor. This motor should’ve been in the car to begin with in my opinion. The car has power steering and AC and power windows.
Everything on this car has been replaced during the swap.

Car runs amazing with no issues at all. It runs as good as it looks.

All new suspension components including 2bennet lowering coilovers for front and rear. Sway bars, links, tie rods..etc.
New radiator and fan.
New belts & timing belt.
Spark plug & wires.
Brakes & rotors.
All sensors, new spec clutch and flywheel.

Interior consists of 2 recaro classics recently recovered. All interior has been wrapped in leather and suede as seen in the pictures.

No expense has been spared building this car.

The car has a rare Kamei kit with a custom front lip / bumper & BBS RS wheels. The front fenders and rear quarter panels have been extended by 1.5 inches and all the metal work was done by Eurowise in Charlotte.
The car was just recently resprayed by Superstar customs in Atlanta and the kit has been fitted on the modified quarter panels and fenders for perfect fitment.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this car and its a solid 10 in my opinion considering its a 30year old car.

I rather see it being enjoyed like I used to have then just sitting there.

Asking price is $15k OBO. Please don’t throw offers at me without seeing the car first. This car looks as good as from 1ft away as it does in the pictures from 10ft.

I’ve joked from time to time about how the only stock bit of my GT is the roof, and this car has been equally modified. De-trimmed and with custom-made fender flares, it’s wider than the stock GT to accommodate some seriously stretched BBS RSs. It’s further enhanced with a rare Kamei period aero kit, but this car has a bespoke front spoiler. Heavily lowered with 2Bennett coilover suspension, it sits several inches below the standard ride height, and the design is further accentuated by the interesting 2-tone cutoff at the roof rather than beltline. Under the hood is a conversion close to my heart; a relatively stock 2.3 20V 7A motor from the Type 89 cars that followed. While not as aggressive as the turbo applications, it works much better in the GT chassis because of power application and sounds incredible. Trust me, the 164 horsepower is just plenty to have fun with in a car that weighs only around 2,500 lbs., and importantly doesn’t overwhelm the chassis or brakes. Inside, the seller has fully redone the interior with some impressive looking Recaros and matched the door panels and rear seats. Is it done to my taste? No, like the E24, I’d do a bunch of things very differently. I don’t like the two-tone, the Kamei kit is far from my favorite look on these, the BBSs are too wide, the interior is too showy, and some of the details like the radio look out of place. But this is nonetheless an impressively built show car that has performance to back up the looks, and the GT is a seldom seen car on the Volkswagen-heavy show circuit. The asking price is probably in line with what the seller has spent on the car modifying it, and at $15,000 it’s going to be a hard sell – but for someone who wants something that isn’t just your average GTi or Scirocco and wants to draw a crowd at shows, this could be the car for you.



  1. Jim
    Jim July 31, 2015

    That’s interesting to find out that Guigiaro designed the CGT. I always thought it was Martin Smith as he is credited with the UrQ. Interesting that basically adding nothing but boxed fenders to an existing design gets you the full credit!

    I had an ’84 like this (well, mine was stock) but it was a great car. Here’s an article I wrote about it and CGT’s in general on Curbside Classic…

    (“COAL” stands for “Cars Of A Lifetime”, BTW)

  2. Jim
    Jim July 31, 2015

    Thanks for the link, Carter, that was a good read! The car looks great in black, all of Piech’s factory rides were always black including his SportQ. CGT’s are like Audi’s version of BMW’s 635CSI to me, they’ll always look good no matter what, aging very well.

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