1986 Audi Coupe GT

Do you think you know Audi and Volkswagen products from the 1980s well? There are a lot of people who claim to, but it seems that at times even VAG didn’t know what it was producing. Take, for example, this 1986 Audi Coupe GT. Now, according to most sources for a long time, if you wanted to get the digital dashboard in a 1986 Audi Coupe GT, you had to get the “Commemorative Edition” GT which came only in white or graphite. Yet as the owner of what was originally a Oceanic Blue non-CE Audi GT with an original digital dashboard, I can attest that in fact cars outside of the normal production run were fitted with the somewhat quirky bit of 1980s fad technology. If you talk to most Audi folks, they stand firmly in two camps. The small camp says that the digital dash is really, really cool; the far larger camp sees it as a glitchy gimmick that seldom works properly and is hard to service. But having owned one for the best part of two decades now, I can say mine has never experienced much of an issue. It had neat features, such as the “shut off the entire dash” feature which left you only with a speed reading. I think I used it once, only to show someone that it existed. At startup, you could tell your friends that you had programmed the cover art to Ghost in the Machine by The Police into your dash. Much more fun, though, was the ability on the fly to switch the dash from English to Metric units; if you were alone on the highway with an unsuspecting passenger, you could flip the dash into metric and then brag about how you were going “150” with ease. Okay, maybe I was the only one who thought it was funny, but there really weren’t many advantages to the digital dash otherwise. Despite that a smattering of 1986 and 1987 (non-“Special Build”) cars, seemingly with no particular order or logic, were fitted with the Atari-esque bit of technology:

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1987 Audi 4000CS Quattro

“It was bound to happen”. Over the past few months we’ve seen a spike in Audi 4000 Quattro prices, and with the spike the nice examples have started to come out of the woodwork. As a $2,500 car, you keep it until it dies. As a $5,000 car, you treat it well and it changes hands from time to time. Once prices crest $10,000 – prices that 4000s haven’t brought since the 1990 – people start flipping them. It makes sense; the 4000 Quattro is a great car but for $13,000 you can get many nicer, faster cars. Last week I wrote up a Tornado Red 1985 4000S Quattro that had reported fresh paint and seemed to be a good example, but failed to push a price as high as I expect the owner was looking for. Today’s example is arguably a bit nicer, but shown in the same shade – will you be seeing red?

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1984 Audi 4000S Quattro Turbo

We’ve been lucky enough to see a string recently of very nice condition 4000 quattros, with the nicest and highest priced breaking the $10,000 glass ceiling on these models. That’s apparently signaled to other 4000 owners that the market is prime to get out at current top dollar, ignoring the confluence of factors that combined to create that record sale. A super well documented, fully sorted and all original example, that car also found the right buyer at the right time. In contrast, today we have a decidedly unoriginal 4000S quattro with an asking price unsurprisingly right around the sale amount for that 1985 model. Will a modded 4000 bring stronger money than the average? Take a look and see what you think:

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1995.5 Audi S6

If today’s 5000CS quattro Heap of the Week got your hopes up for older big Audi ownership on a budget, this S6 should get your blood flowing as well. That 5000 was going to need a lot of work to get it into shape, and in the post I suggested you could get a later 200 in better shape for less than it would cost you to resurrect that 5000. Well, here you go; an even more recent and arguably more desirable last-of-the-run 1995.5 Audi S6 in similar black over black:

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White Christmas Sunday: 1987 Audi 4000CS Quattro

Last week’s 1985 4000S Quattro was a death toll in the days of the affordable clean 1980s Audis. There was a point in the not-too-distant past where you could buy clean examples of Coupe GTs or 4000 Quattros for under $3,000. But those days, like most of the decent Type 85s, are long gone and if you want to play in the early Audi market it’s going to cost you. While we’ve seen really clean 4000s and GTs push up towards and over $10,000 in the past few months, the trend is pulling up even the less-pristine examples. Such is the case with today’s all-white 1987 4000CS Quattro; a car with high miles but some potential for the right buyer. Will it be a White Christmas for you in this 80’s snow icon?

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1983 Audi Coupe GT

If yesterday’s low mile 1985 Coupe GT got you excited about the classic Audis, but you prefer the early design a bit more and are short on cash, we’re here for you. The early Coupe GTs have are remarkably different looking for the same overall design; much closer to the original Quattro, they featured the more upright quad-headlight grill, but most notably the U.S. spec “diving board” bumpers. There were other upgrades to later cars that were missing on the early cars – things that probably don’t matter to most individuals, like the larger 4×108 bolt pattern and brakes on the mid-1984 up cars. Sound like I’m being pedantic? Well, for some folks it matters, because it’s much easier to source Volkswagen wheel upgrades for the early 4x100mm cars, as well as some simple brake upgrades – such as running Volkswagen 16V brakes. Overall driving experience is about the same between the early and late cars, so perhaps if you like the design of the original this car will be for you:

Year: 1983
Model: Coupe GT
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 99,877 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

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This 1983 Audi Coupe GT is a good running and driving example with only 99K miles, but it could use a bit of cosmetic work.

The paint is dull and the clear coat is beginning to peel in areas. There are also several sap stains and the left rear quarter panel has a dent. (see photo) The only rust is three small bubbles below the left rear side window and look like an easy repair, but the whole car will need a repaint.

Inside, the seats all look good, but the drivers seat has wear from entry and exit. The dash top has several small heat cracks and the sunroof appears to have been sealed with silicone. (crank works, and it would probably open if freed up) All controls appear to work, with the exception of the tachometer. (even the AC is cold) Stereo is a period Blaupunkt pull out, but needs the code to work. The OXS light is also glowing, but the car passed smog fine.

Mechanically it runs and drives well. Engine purrs nicely, the cluch feels good, and even the brakes are strong. Tires are about 50% worn.

A rare and now collectible car that can be driven while you make necessary repairs.

No Reserve!

Well, while it looks good in the photos, this car may be a “50-50” – that’s that it looks good at 50 feet, or 50 m.p.h. going by. There are some exterior needs and interior needs to the car; the paint has some damage and there is a sizable dent forward of the rear driver’s wheel – there are a few curves in the profile of the panel and it may be difficult to get that popped out. The interior similarly needs some attention to the seats and dash, and apparently some clever (or, not particularly clever) individual sealed the sunroof with silicone. Interestingly, the car wears 1986-1987 Audi 4000 front wheel drive center caps; they’re unique to the 4x100mm cars even though they look the same as the 4x108mm cars. However, I don’t think any of these items can’t be overcome. You can pretty easily source a dash out of a later car, the dent can be repaired, and there are seat options galore from not only Audi but also Volkswagen models. The key is the price; at no reserve on the auction, the car stands currently below $1,500 with about 2 days remaining. If the price can stay below $2,500, I’d consider it pretty well bought – finding these early GTs in good condition can be pretty hard, and while it needs work it looks like a pretty solid base. Drop another $1,500 to $2,000 correcting the faults and you’d have yourself a quite nice runner that is very unique!

-Carter

1986 Audi 4000CS Quattro

Low mileage survivors, no matter what marque, seem to always present a conundrum. Unless you’re extraordinarily lucky, you won’t find a cheap mint condition car, because there always seem to be hawks that swoop in for the kill before you get there. It’s become an entire industry; finding low mileage survivors, doing a light overhaul, and flipping them at incredible prices. Such is the case with today’s 4000 Quattro – without a doubt, the best condition non-restored 4000 Quattro I have seen in all of my days as an Audi fan. Yet, as we see with mint condition E30s and Porsches, the asking price is quite high and the fan boards are alive with chatter about how crazy the seller is for asking such a price. The question, at least in my mind, has nothing to do with the seller’s mental state – it’s a simple matter of math. But before we get there, let’s take a look at this time capsule:

Year: 1986
Model: 4000CS Quattro
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 78,000 mi
Price: $9,800

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Well, time to put this beauty up for sale. 78k original miles. No misprint. Clean title/carfax. Car was parked and covered in 1998. Then drove around the block every now and then for 5 years. At some point the engine failed. Why, no one knows. This summer the engine was replaced with another very low mileage factory engine. Compression 175 across the board. Lots of other parts were replaced to ensure this car will last a very long time.. Fuel system was gone through, filter, pump, injectors, injector orings, seats, lower seats, fuel distributor, new spark plugs, seals front and rear mains, valve cover gasket, gas tank replaced, battery, and more. Car was professionally handled at local European shop with many years combined experience. It took them months to go through everything. But well worth the wait. Car looks great, drives even better. Rust free. Never seen salt. Or deicer. Being able to drive many 4k quattros in the past, All to be said is they all drive like crap. This one drives like its brand new. Car is very tight. Great power, gets up and goes. New cat back exhaust too. Sounds great, able to retain factory tips. Paint is factory black metallic, dont see that often. Black leather heated seats are mint, as well as door cards, carpet, mats, not a stitch out of place. Seats get warm within 60 seconds. Everything works on the car. Everything. All windows, doors, interior/exterior lights. All gauges, lights on gauges, console, little lights on every window switch. Cruise, A/C blows cold, R12. Aftermarket Alpine pull out C/D player, was amazing back in 92 or so. Stereo sounds good. Power antennae is smooth. No leaks of course. Tires are like new Dunlaps. Bonus real BBS 14×7 ordered from the dealer in mint condition. Have original multi spoke rims in excellent condition as well, with all center caps. This is a rare chance to own a fully documented one owner 4000 Quattro that seems to have been in a time capsule. Original title from 1992. Dont even consult the wife, unless shes a Quattro fan. Five zero 9, nine five four, 88nine five.

First off, let’s acknowledge that it’s a rare color combination on 4000s at all; indeed, black leather was a rarely selected option. Second, let’s agree that the condition of the car is pretty spectacular. There are factory option BBS RA wheels that are color-coded, and everything about the car screams “Hey, it’s 1990 again and I’m still pretty factory fresh”. Now, the price – $9,800. Now, that price point puts you into line with a lot of other cars, nevermind a lot of other Audis. To name a few, for $10,000 you could have a 944 Turbo, any number of E36 M3s, and a few hot Benzs. Indeed, you could also have your choice of many S4s, S6s, and even some budget S8s. But that’s not the point, because if you’re looking seriously at this car, you want a 4000 Quattro. So what is competition? You could get a Ur-Quattro that needs sorting, for example – but this car needs no sorting.

So here’s the math part: take a decently rare already 4000 Quattro. Now, restore it to the level of this car; recover the seats in original marterials, refresh all of the plastics, buy the NLA parts that are in fantastic shape, find the optional wheels, go through the car mechanically. Then, paint it, correctly. Now, add up those bills, and tell me where you think you are – because by my math, there is no way this car could be replicated for the $9,800 asking price. Even if it could, you’ve got a restored 4000 Quattro that you spent a mint on, tons of time, and it’s got what – 200,000 miles? Sure, if you’re building a modified car it doesn’t matter, but if you want a factory fresh unit you’d be silly to attempt to replicate this car.

Is it worth $9,800? Well, I happen to know a few people that have tossed the $10K plus figure around when searching for the perfect 4000 Quattro. Yes, I find it strange the original motor failed, but I don’t really see how that impacts value; it’s been corrected, the car appears pretty much spotless, and it may be one of the only ones left in this original condition. To me, that warrants the price for the right buyer, though admittedly the pool is pretty small. In the meantime, enjoy the view of one of the best preserved 4000s I think I’ve ever seen.

-Carter

1987 Audi 4000CS Quattro

The Audi 4000 Quattro is one of those cult cars that was too good for its own good. Why? Well, they were so good in the snow and ice that they were used – hard – and put away wet. That means today that there are precious few of the 4 year run of these cars still hanging around. Especially rare are the early 1984 models, but later models that were saved are often either red or white. Occasionally you get the grey-scale models of color in with a Graphite Metallic or Zermatt Silver, but it’s pretty infrequent that you see the three blues; Copenhagen Blue, Oceanic Blue Metallic, and Sapphire Blue Metallic. Today’s last of the run 1987 4000 arrives in that last shade, with a host of upgrades:

Year: 1987
Model: 4000CS Quattro
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 224,000 mi
Price: $2,750

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Sadly the time has finally come for me to part with my beloved 1987 Audi 4000cs quattro. This is the 5th one of these that I have owned over the years. I shipped it from Seattle 10 years ago with around 70k miles on it, now it has 224k and still going strong. Some details about the car:

kinda rare sapphire blue color with very nice gray cloth interior
very well maintained, huge stack of receipts
AC works great
has trip computer
factory wheels with snow tires

many upgrades including:
Stebro stainless cat-back exhaust (great sound and will not rust)
H&R lowering springs and Boge turbogas struts
drilled and slotted rotors, braided stainless lines, Ate super blue fluid, new rear calipers
Borbet type C 15″ wheels with great Toyo tires
E code headlights with relays

known issues:
some rust starting around the edges, solid underneath though
outer sunroof panel needs replaced (have it)
minor oil leak, as yet unknown origin
needs coolant flush (have everything to do it)
cable that switches vents to defrost not working (simple mech fix)
rear windows intermittent (likely broken wires at door jamb)
intermittent rattle in exhaust (probably loose cat internals – it has a lifetime warranty though 😉 or you can just remove the loose parts… )
minor dent in left front fender where some jack@ss “rubbed” it with his giant suv in a parking lot
crack in right headlight – sealed up and been like that for over 9 years

Here’s the big plus – this car comes with my 15 year collection of spare parts. I stripped several 4000 and coupe GT cars over the years, and kept everything. There are: doors, hoods, trunk lids, bumper covers, engine, trans, rear diff, driveshaft, entire suspension, many sets of headlights and instrument clusters, grilles and small ext trim, rear windows, and many many boxes of small parts. At least 3 pickup truck loads full. You could easily keep this car running for another 10 years with this stuff.

For the car and all the parts I am asking $2750 or bo. Price is flexible to a point, but the parts are probably worth what I’m asking. Hopefully this will go to someone who will love it as much as I have.

It’s obvious that the seller is an enthusiast, and the list of enhancements to this car are pretty stellar. The wheels are a perfect upgrade, and as a former 4000CS Quattro owner with Stebro exhaust, the sound that produces is so enjoyable. The Euro lights are a necessary upgrade if you’d like to drive at night, and the seller states the car comes with enough spares – 3 trucks worth – to keep you busy for a long time. Last week’s 1987 4000CS Quattro I wrote up sold fairly quickly for most of it’s asking price at $3,250. In comparison to that car, the general exterior condition isn’t as good – specifically, the rust creeping through some panels would need to be addressed fairly quickly to avoid further problems. Despite that, I think this 4000 is fairly close to the mark for what it is; a well modified, older car that you can have some fun tinkering with.

-Carter

1986 Audi Coupe GT

It’s been a while since we’ve shown a Coupe GT – back a month or two ago, we had a pretty good string of rare Coupe GTs. Here’s another, and while it’s not the most desirable combination it’s sure a rare one. Why? Well, this car is an automatic Coupe GT – already a rarity, but then it also carries a digital dashboard. Normally reserved for the Commemorative Edition GTs and the 1987.5 “Special Builds”, the digital dash randomly found its way into other 1986 and 1987 models, this author’s included. It was a bit of a gimmick, but it’s a neat period piece and it’s the first non-CE, non-SB Audi Coupe GT automatic I’ve ever seen with the combination. Take a look at this great looking Tornado Red coupe:

Year: 1986
Model: Coupe GT
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-5
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 92,964 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

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86 Audi Coupe GT Tornado Red

Auto with currently 92,xxx mi everything works, from R12 A/C to cruise. Time machine interior near mint. Exterior is faded tornado red paint with a single surface rust spot on rear C pillar. Tires are Hakka all seasons M&S, with over 2/3 tread. Exhaust recently replaced. This Coupe GT shifts perfectly, and drives really well. It starts right up everytime I jump in it and hit the key, and you can drive it anywhere. It’s very quiet and peppy for all it’s 110 ponies.

Included in purchase are a bunch of receipts that track the history since new (appears to be a vw exec car purchased and delivered in detroit area, then the second owner bought it was from Chicagoland, and the third owner was a 20 year Audi mechanic whom I purchased it from this year). This car was very well documented in service and miles by the PO, and drives that way.

Cons:

The digital dash flickers from time to time which is an issue for this model.
A/C works great but is a little noisy in operation.
A front axle just started popping when turning left.
Only spot of rust is on the rear C-pillar. No rust was found anywhere else.
Hey it’s an 86 not perfect, but very close!!!

Pros:

Runs great and starts every day in one crank!
Windshield has no cracks.
All electronics work perfectly including the power antenna.
Tires have plenty of tread.
Automatic transmission shifts great!
Interior is near mint.
Car was maintained meticulously over the years by all owners.

Brand New Extra Parts:
Timing Belt Kit
Transmission Filter and Gasket

Want to see a video of the engine running or have a question just message me.

Thanks for viewing!

For all of the complaints about the automatics in mid-80s Audis, they’re not really a bad transmission and work reasonably well with the torquey power delivery of the inline-5 – certainly better than the 4 cylinder cars did. I actually owned the twin of this car but with analogue dash back in the 1990s; I’ll say that it was an enjoyable car to drive, even in the snow! This car is equipped with some meaty Nokian snow tires which will help the cause. Everything is claimed to work, and that’s a bonus, as is the crack-free windshield which is hard to replace. The Tornado Red paint is a little faded, there are a few rust spots, and the wheels look like they need a refinish, but overall this appears to be a pretty complete and well maintained GT. Some time detailing and polishing would really turn this into a looker. With everything working, lower miles and no reserve, this could be a fun winter driver for someone who doesn’t want to get their normal ride battered. I would expect it to hammer in the $2,000 – $3,000 range given the condition and automatic transmission.

-Carter

1994 Audi S4

Yesterday, Paul wrote up a lower-mile S6 quattro that reminded us once again what a stellar deal these impressive cars are right now. Today another nice C4 20V turbo is up for sale, this time an earlier S4 in the fairly rare silver over black leather combination. It’s a bit of a cliche on this site now, but these are a lot of car for the money and offer a solid platform for near endless-tuning in a stealthy shell:

Year: 1994
Model: S4
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 154,000 mi
Price: $5,500 Buy It Now

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Selling my URS4, the car is in really good shape. It looks great and drives perfect, must see/drive in person to really appreciate. Car is well maintained and stock aside from a stage 1 chip from intended acceleration. Has a rare Silver on black leather color combo.
With in the last 20k it has had a new timing belt water pump, complete front suspension replacement with new control arms, and subframe bushings. New Blausport shocks all around. New clutch slave and master cylinders. New brakes (pads+rotors) all around, new starter and starter switch, and a few more items that i’m forgetting to mention.
Has a couple minor issues. The rear antenna is stuck up but the radio reception is still good. Front hood has some slight scuffs from a bra. Windshield is cracked. Passenger side rocker arm has been dragged on a curb and is dented in but it is a barely noticeable and should be a cheap fix (the doors and trim are untouched). 154k miles. Im firm at $5500, this is a great price. Located in Aurora Colorado
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With a fair amount of recent maintenance, this is an excellent candidate to pick up if you’re into the C4 chassis. Replacing the timing belt, suspension bits and brakes alone would set you back a fair chunk of the asking price; couple that with a rare color combination on any of the C4 cars and there is a lot of win here. Silver is certainly my favorite color on these classic Audis and always looks great but is hard to find. It’s always great to see those original Fuchs wheels on these cars in good condition. The only real downside is the light damage to the rocker area on the passenger side.

We’ve been following the value on the S4/S6s closely over the past few months, and this one falls right into the average for both miles and price point. The seller says that they’re firm on price, and considering the vehicle’s overall condition, I think that’s a pretty reasonable stance – it’s a quality car for a good price. Buy it and enjoy the next few hundred thousand boosted miles!

-Carter