Motorsports Monday: 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC – REVISIT

The 1992 Volkswagen Corrado track/race car that I wrote up back in September is back up on eBay, this time with a lowered “Buy It Now” by a thousand dollars to just below $6,000. This really strikes me as a fantastic bargain for the track; less money than some people put into modifying their daily drivers for track duty by a long shot!

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The below post originally appeared on our site September 22, 2014:

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Feature Listing: 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC with 37,000 Miles

Having now written up my fair share of cars on this site, I’m asked from time to time “what’s the next E30 M3?” Certainly the trend that created demand on the M3 would have been hard to predict; while it’s a desirable package for certain and has an illustrious race career, I’ve also outlined how very similar cars haven’t achieved such notoriety. The Audi Quattro and 190E 2.3-16V, for example, though noted for their importance and with strong fan followings just don’t command the premiums of the M3. The Volkswagen world has been similarly fickle; the original GTi has certainly taken off in value, with prime examples now pushing well past $10,000 in today’s market, while other models that are arguably better cars don’t command the values of the GTi. Perhaps part of that appeal lies in the few that remain in good, original condition – especially with lower miles. But if you ask me what I think the next big thing in the Volkswagen market will be, I’d have to answer that the Corrado SLC has to be up there. A popular car to modify, there aren’t many that are left with low miles in pristine original shape. Couple the dwindling good examples with what is acknowledged as one of the best driving platforms Volkswagen has made and good looks, and the Corrado is sure to be a hot item for years to come. They don’t get much hotter than this example, either – with perhaps the lowest mileage Corrado we’ve seen on the market in the past few years, this Flash Red example is stunning:

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Tuner Tuesday: 1997 Alpina B6 2.8 Touring

While some other aftermarket tuners such as Ruf and Renntech offer turned up versions of the already potent cars, Alpina operates slightly differently – filling in the voids of models not offered by the manufacturer. There are plenty of examples of this, and if often seems to be misunderstood; Jeremy Clarkson’s review of the Alpina Roadster is probably the most notable case. A slower, softer, automatic version of the hardcore roadster certainly doesn’t make a lot of sense at first glance. But what Alpina does is give enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy the performance that BMW offered in a slightly different package that sometimes outperforms the original platform car – Chris Harris recently found the B3 Biturbo to be nearly “the perfect car“. One of the notable missing gaps in the BMW lineup was a faster version of the E36 Touring; building off the earlier B6 – effectively, Alpina’s 4-door M3 challenger built between 1992 and 1993 with a bespoke engine and typical Alpina upgrades, the company later launched the Japanese-only market B6 2.8 Touring. Produced between 1996 and 1998, only 136 of these small wagons were produced, again utilizing the 240 horsepower bespoke Alpina motor, special wheels and interiors, Alpina’s own body kit, exhaust and suspension. They were available in 3 colors only; red, silver, and green:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 Alpina B6 2.8 Touring on eBay

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Motorsports Monday: 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC VR6

For a long time, enthusiasts have claimed that you need to have rear wheel drive to enjoy a car’s dynamic abilities or have a successful race car. However, while limited in their application, front-drivers have a very long and successful track record dating back to the 1960s. Let’s not forget the Mini, SAABs and even some early Audi rally efforts which used front-drive platforms and were winners. In touring cars, Audi ran Coupe GTs and front-drive 4000s in Group 5 and later Volkswagen took the idea of the performance hatchback to their Golf platform in the GTi. Wildly popular as a budget racer since new, the Golf’s basic layout and platform evolved into the Volkswagen coupes – both Scirocco and later Corrado. While the early Sciroccos also gained much success in SCCA racing in the 1970s and early 1980s, the Corrado introduced a new level of performance with the VR6 engine. While the torque-laden application would seem on the surface to be a bad match for a front driver, the Corrado when properly set up is truly an impressive car and massively quick – a great alternative to the E36 chassis, for example:

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1995 Audi A6 2.8 quattro Avant – REVISIT

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Last fall we featured a 1995 Audi A6 that was in great shape for a low price. Life changed a bit for the seller and after a few weeks on the market he pulled the advertisement and drove the car for the past year. The seller is once again ready to part ways; there are a few additional miles that were accrued but the seller has adjusted the price accordingly and also performed a complete timing belt service. If you’d like a lot of style, class and a smooth performer in any condition capable of carrying a massive load, this A6 looks the part and is ready for the next owner. It’s hard to get a much nicer, more capable car for less money.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Audi A6 2.8 quattro Avant on eBay

The below post originally appeared on our site November 13, 2013:

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Tuner Tuesday Double Take: Two Supercharged Audi A4s

The Audi B5 was really the first Audi chassis that gained mass appeal for modifications. Sure, the Quattro, 5000, 200, S4 and S6 all had crowds that followed them and modified them, but it was really the B5 that took the Audi tuning theme to the masses. Most of those masses focused on two models; if you were new to the brand you bought and modified the plentiful and relatively cheap 1.8T, and if you could swing the hefty payments you bought the twin-turbocharged S4. Both accepted increased levels of boost easily, making them a no brainer for the tuning crowd. But quickly forgotten in the mix was the silky-smooth 2.8 V6. Initially available in 12 valve form, in 1998 Audi upgraded to the 30V heads. For the first time, the Audi V6 produced power levels near its competition, and the smooth and responsive V6 was a nice match for the slick look of the A4. But easy to tune it wasn’t; you weren’t left with many options outside of exhaust and intake if you wanted to turn the wick up on your 2.8. Unless, of course, you turned to unnatural forms of aspiration – happily supplied by PES in the form of a supercharger:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Audi A4 quattro on eBay

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2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX V6 5-speed Manual

Growing up, my parents had an affinity for Hondas. I think years of Fiats wore my father down and the reliability of Japanese subcompacts was too attractive. But then, in the late 1990s, Volkswagen changed the mid-sized sedan game with the B5 Passat. Sharing architecture with the Audi A4, the new Passat brought a lot of luxury and refinement to what was becoming an otherwise lackluster vehicle segment in the US. Sure enough, my parents traded their 1997 Honda Accord EX for a 1999 Passat GLS V6 with a 5-speed manual gearbox. It took a while to have the car delivered, since the manual gearbox was a bit of an oddball request, but once they got the car, it was leaps and bounds more engaging than the four cylinder Accord ever was. My parents kept the car for about three years before trading it for a 2000 Mercedes-Benz C280 (which they still have), but I was a big fan of that Passat.

This silver on black leather 2004 Passat for sale in Pennsylvania is the later B5.5 generation, but has the same color and drivetrain combination as the Passat that was in our family, one that I have fond memories of. It was one of those cars that should have stuck around in the garage a bit longer.

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1998 Volkswagen GTi VR6

Last week Paul wrote up a nice example of a Ginster Yellow GTi VR6 Driver’s Edition; one of what we’re coming to believe may be a dying breed. Like the 16 valve GTis that preceded the VR6, the third generation GTis were used, often quite aggressively, by their owners. Couple that with a tendency to have rust develop in the third generation Golfs and the number that have given their guts for VR swaps into earlier cars and you have a rapidly developing shortage of unmolested, cleaner examples of the GTi. Today’s example may be the rarest color on the GTi of this vintage; few that I’ve ever seen were specified in “Cool White” that is model is:

Year: 1998
Model: GTi VR6
Engine: 2.8 liter VR6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 144,252 mi
Price: $4,400 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Volkswagen GTi VR6 on eBay

1998 VW Golf GTI VR6

– Cool White Exterior w/Black Leather Interior

– 144K miles

– 5spd manual transmission with short shifter, new bushings, recently replaced clutch

– Passed NJ Inspection in October – good through 10/2015

– No CEL(check engine light), Airbag light or any other warning lights currently lit on dash (all bulbs are still in the cluster!)

– Timing chain/water pump were replaced (127k miles), Battery (130k miles), Neuspeed Plug Wires and coil pack (132k miles), Mass Airflow sensor (144k miles), PCV Valve (144k miles), Air Filter (144k miles), VW Spec Single Tip Copper Spark Plugs (144k miles), Miscellaneous vaccuum lines (144k miles), Catalytic Converter (144k miles), RainX wipers (144k miles)

– Modifications include: MK3.5 Cabrio 3 spoke steering wheel w/airbag, Bosal Exhaust (downpipe back, including bosal catalytic converter), slotted front rotors, Pioneer radio/cd player, Polk Audio component speakers, smoked side markers, clear long turn signals and fog lights, Koni Lowering Springs (front struts, strut mounts and tie rod ends need to be replaced)

The car is in very good condition for the year. If you are familiar with Volkswagen’s you know that a white MK3 GTI VR6 is hard to come by in nice condition. I drive the car regularly and it has been very reliable. It pulls strong, as to be expected for a VR6. However, as with any car from 1998 there are some imperfections including some minor dings, scratches, ect. VW’s from 1994-1999 are prone to rust issues on the floors, hatch, strut towers and gas cap area. I can say that there is no rust in any of these areas. However, there is a minor spot that has bubbled on the passenger side quarter panel and some on the very bottom of the rocker panels (covered by the side skirts). Please see pictures. In trying to be as honest and upfront as possible, I will describe all flaws with car. Minor separation on one seam of the driver seat (approx 2-3″), cracked end cap on passenger side skirt ($5 used), very small chip in windshield (approx 1/2″ and has not spread over the past 6 months), needs front suspension work (new front struts – $95, new VR6 strut mounts – $40 and new tie rod ends – $30).

Unfortunately, a change in needs (bathroom remodel at my house) is forcing the sale of this car. If you have any questions or would like any additional pictures, please contact me prior to bidding.

There are a few issues present with this car; rust is creeping through in a few spots which seems typical for the Mk. 3 chassis. Additionally, there is a reported need for some attention to the suspension. However, the owner has recently undertaken a fair amount of vehicle maintenance which is certainly nice to have checked off. The modifications aren’t extensive and could be easily reversed if desired. Overall, the car presents very well, though I think it’s interesting that it seems to wear early VR6 wheels instead of the 1998-spec Speedline wheels; the same wheels on the Ginster Yellow GTi Paul wrote up. Sourcing those wheels isn’t impossible but they’re not very common, so you may need to do a refinish once all is said and done. The asking price is $4,400; that’s nearly a $1,000 more than the Ginster model sold for recently, and that car looked a bit cleaner and had less miles. We seem to agree here that the sweet spot for these GTis still is in the $3,000 to $4,000 range, but if you’re interested, get one while you can – we’re pretty sure they’re going the way of the dodo and will be appreciating soon.

-Carter

1995 Audi A6 2.8 Avant – REVISIT

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Our reader Tom emailed us this morning and his A6 Avant is up for auction again with a significantly lowered reserve price. For those that lust after an Audi Quattro wagon but may not need a fire breather with an S or RS badge, here is your ride.

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It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of the top-of-the-range cars from manufacturers; BMW’s M division, Mercedes-Benz’s bonkers AMG specialists, and the folks of the S division at Audi. They build super versions of the regular production cars that grab all the attention, and sometimes the truly good automobiles those screamers are based on reside in the shadows of the headlines. Such is the case with the Audi C4 100/A6 2.8 quattro. Available in either sedan or avant wagon, the A6 picked up the reigns from the W124 Mercedes-Benz wagon; offering a slick package, more than enough luxury and refinement without anything you didn’t need, and had that 3rd row seat option that was not offered in the Audi Type 44 “fastback” wagons. This made the A6 a great option for larger families looking for dependable all-weather transportation. Consequently, as the family truckster of choice for a generation not many remain in good shape, but today’s period correct Emerald Green on Ecru Avant for sale from our reader Tom sure stands out from most:

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Year: 1995
Model: A6 Avant
Engine: 2.8 liter V6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 126,843 mi
Price: $4,500

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Beautiful Audi A6 Avant in Emerald Green with Ecru leather interior. I recently purchased the car from the original family. I have all maintenance records since new. Car has always been garaged kept and it shows. Passenger seats have never even been sat in. Brand new Michelin tires. Car drives beautifully and smooth! Ice cold A/C. No rust!

Excellent opportunity to own a beautiful old school Audi! There are a couple scratches here and there as to be expected for a car of this year, but overall the car is in excellent condition. Paint shines and interior is gorgeous with little to no wear. Leather is soft and supple. The car has obviously been very well cared for and the stack of receipts indicate that it always received the attention it deserved.

Couple of things I’ve noticed during my ownership: radio does not work (will not power up), rattle in rear hatch, sometimes turn signal does not cancel when turning left, the rear differential is wet and I assume it will need a seal.

1995 Audi A6 Avant (Wagon)

Legendary Quattro All Wheel Drive (these cars are phenomenal in the snow)
All weather package: Heated front seats, windshield washer nozzles, door locks
2.8 liter V6 Engine with 172hp
4 Speed Automatic Transmission
7 Passenger Seating
Automatic Climate Control – Cold A/C!
Power Glass Sliding Sunroof
Headlight Washers
Power windows and locks
Speed sensitive power steering
Power adjustable front seats with driver side memory
Bose Sound System
Cruise Control
Keyless Entry

I could not find a receipt for timing belt/water pump replacement, so the new owner should plan to have this done. If car is purchased with the Buy It Now option, I will replace the timing belt/water pump at no charge prior to delivery.

I reserve the right to end the auction as the car is being listed for sale locally.

Original owners manual and 2 keys. Binder full of maintenance history and receipts.

German luxury at its best! Car is an excellent highway cruiser and a pleasure to drive!

I’m happy to answer any questions! Happy bidding!

$4500 obo
Ebensburg, PA 15931
814-931-5871 Tom
tjwandel@hotmail.com

60 pictures here:

http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tjwandel/library/1995%20Audi%20A6%20Avant

With 172 horsepower on tap, the A6 and 100 Quattros – even with automatics – were respectfully quick but wouldn’t light your hair on fire, in the true older Benz manner. Like the older Benzs, it’s specifically because they’re not turned way up that they can be run for many miles without issue. They’re comfortable cruisers with tons of space, are quiet and refined, and can be run easily on a budget – the C4 was heftily overbuilt much like the W124. Also like the W124 they don’t really stand out from the crowd but always look handsome and proper when kept in good shape such as today’s example. The seller is upfront about a few needs, but it’s difficult to replicate the overall condition of this car and would likely give the next owner a long period as a solid workhorse with a touch of class and luxury.

-Carter

Wagon Week: 1997 Audi A6 2.8 Quattro Avant

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As I said when I originally wrote up our Featured Listing Emerald Green A6 2.8 Quattro Avant, the Audi A6 2.8 Quattro may not be the car of everyone’s dreams, but it’s a solid performer on a great platform. With outstanding style, quattro all-weather go-anywhere attitude and the long-life of the C4 platform, the A6 really is a great modern alternative to the venerable W124 Mercedes-Benz wagons. Today’s example looks splendid in the signature Audi Pearlesant White Metallic over Ecru leather:

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Year: 1997
Model: Audi A6 Quattro
Engine: 2.8 liter V6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 74,646 mi
Price: $8,950 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 Audi A6 2.8 Quattro Avant on eBay

RARE SUPER LOW MILEAGE AUDI A6 WAGON QUATTRO WITH 3RD ROW SEAT!

HEATED SEATS!

MOONROOF!

1 OWNER
CARFAX CERTIFIED !!!
Only 74K Original Miles

A very Hard to Find A6 wagon AWD in gorgeous white paint!
4WD/AWD Powerful 2.8L Engine! LOW MILEAGE Vehicle! Third Row Seat!

You are looking at a sporty luxury vehicle that has been well kept and maintained; it’s an all around great looking vehicle. The car has mostly been driven on the highway, and it is in great condition.

The famous Quattro all wheel drive provides superb traction whether its winter, fall or summer. Rain or dry you will get superior traction and security.

The engines is one of the finest German engines ever created – a 2.8 liter V6 that runs and feels smooth and provides abundant power. The transmission shifts like on a new car, no skips or slips on shifts.

The interior is in nice condition. The front seats lean all the way back to the rear, so you can actually sleep rather comfortably in the car!

All the electrical options appear to be in working order. A very good climate control system is present in this car, and the A/C blows ice-cold.

The trunk is clean and roomy as you can see from the pictures, and has all the AUDI tools that came with the car.

This is a unique hard to find car, that is painted with a color that really makes it stand out in the crowd.

It always confuses me a little when second-hand dealers list cars as “one owner”, since their ownership would mean it’s a 2 owner car. I do like that the Car Fax is shown and lists the original owner, but a careful look will show you that the registration ran out around July 2012 and there is no renewal listed. That may in part be due to the asking price; at $9,000, this car is priced well outside the current market on A6 quattros. It appears to be in fantastic shape and the pictures document that, but as with all used dealers there are annoying details missing – like the $10 dollars worth of lug caps they could have replaced for a car that is top dollar. Heck, even if they had simply moved the caps wheel to wheel as they were taking photos it at least wouldn’t show as an issue. I know it’s minor, but if you’re going to ask top dollar, get it right.

That said, it’d be hard to replicate the condition of this car from a lesser model for the asking price. Most A6s are pretty worn and the going rate seems to be $3,500 – $5,000 for a much higher mileage model. Factor in the cost of a repaint or bodywork and interior refresh into that price, and $9,000 suddenly isn’t so outrageous. But of course, that would be predicated on you wanting an A6, and at this price, I’d hold out for even a higher mile 1995 S6 Avant, as I’m sure most of you would too. But if you want a mostly fresh, dependable daily driver and aren’t worried about performance, the A6 remains a solid value for a solid car.

-Carter