Squint-worthy Survivor: 1985 Audi 4000S quattro

I had a serious amount of nostalgia when I came across this listing; if finding 1980s Audis has become somewhat rare these days, finding ones in good nick has become even more so. But in this case the nostalgia stems from this particular model in this particular configuration; an Alpine White with Brazil Brown sport cloth 1985 4000S quattro. The reason why is that it’s about as close to the first car I owned as you can come. I had this car in this configuration, but a 1986 “CS” model. Outside of the “C” on the rear, the only other change was the addition of the third brake light at the base of the rear window. I didn’t start out looking for an Audi at all, and to be honest when I was 18 the B2 was virtually unknown to me. I tried – and failed – to buy a decent 2002 tii; an exercise that ultimately led a car-selling friend of my father’s to take me under his wing. He claimed he’d find the perfect car for me, and shortly thereafter I found myself paying for a 4000CS quattro without any real knowledge of it. It had about the same mileage as the car shown here, and generally was in good shape. Over the next few years, it would carry me on many adventures; long highway cruises to see friends, trips to the mountains to ski, my first track event, countless drives sideways through the snow – it became as much as friend as a vehicle. Despite that, the day came when I had to move on; owning both a Coupe GT and the 4000, I chose the former as the car to keep and the 4000CS quattro drove away. I’ve often dreamed of finding another in the shape mine left me in. And though it requires quite a bit of squinting due to the unreasonably small photos in this listing, I think this car just about fits the mold:

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Seeing Red: Audi 4000 quattro Roundup

The Audi 4000 quattro was like a Sherpa to thousands of European car enthusiasts; a steadfast winter standby with slick styling and Rally-bred sure-footedness. On paper, looking back today the 4000 was probably a bit dull; nearly 2,900 lbs of brick-on-brick design with a measly 115 horsepower motivation. But numbers don’t tell the whole story of the B2 Audi, because in any configuration it’s a great handling car. The quattro, however, had some special features that would have been headline items for any sports sedan until very recently; four wheel independent suspension with a large front sway bar and four wheel disc brakes. Couple that with the first all-wheel drive system fitted to a small car, sprinkle some luxury items in and cut the price of the exotic Quattro in half, and it didn’t matter that it wasn’t particularly fast. What the 4000 quattro was, though, was one solid all-around performer. The subtle changes from the front-drive sedan resulted in a car that felt more grown-up and refined, yet still pushed you to do silly Hoonigan things. 4000 quattro owners that I’ve talked to almost always have the same proud story; the time that they managed to get their 4000 quattro stuck. Normally, that would be a cause for embarrassment, but such was the grip of the plow-through-anything small sedan that it became a badge of honor when you outdid the car’s twin-locking differentials. The secret, of course, was just to make sure all four wheels were in the air! But because of this type of sillyness inducing competence amongst dropping residual value and a second or third tier of ownership that didn’t always repair or maintain the cars, few are left in good condition. However, I managed to scratch together a trio of three-quarters of the U.S. bound production years, all in the fetching shade of Tornado Red. We’ll start with the end of the run:

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1986 Audi 4000S

Seeing a front wheel drive Audi 4000S is like running across an old high school photo of a group of friends. You’ve stayed in touch with the high school quarterback E30; he’s more popular than ever even if you find that baffling. The class president W201 is also still in your circle; undervalued and not as appreciated, but still probably the smartest option. But the Audi 4000S was like Judd Nelson’s character in The Breakfast Club; different than the others but popular in his own way. Of course, what’s Judd Nelson been up to lately? Exactly. I have no idea, either. The Audi 4000 front drive model was the bread and butter of Audi’s sales in the 1980s, but like the rest of the lineup they’ve virtually disappeared from the landscape. Back in the 1990s, I bought one in great shape for $300 – probably the explanation for why they’re going extinct. Unfortunately, as much of an Audi fan as I am, I can’t say that I helped the cause. I bought that whole car just for the fender, and then proceeded to take it apart. I’m a bit ashamed to say so now, because looking back it was really a nice car. It was Sapphire Blue with blue velour interior and a rare-to-see 5-speed. The 4000 wouldn’t light any fires under you if you were looking for a M3, but it was actually a really solid performer overall. Almost 20 years after I bought that car, one in nearly equal shape has popped up just down the road from me. Time for redemption?

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1984 Audi 4000S Quattro

While the Quattro stole all of the headlines for Audi, the reality is that it was an expensive vehicle at the time – very expensive. As a halo car for Audi, the purchase price of the Quattro was around $35,000 in 1983 – more money that most of the competition that was, at least on paper, faster. Remember, a 1983 Porsche 911 coupe would have only set you back around $32,000 at the time. It was, then, the Audi R8 of its day, and like the R8 it had a limited market. Audi’s solution to the problem was to take all of the underpinnings – virtually unchanged – and pop them into the more pedestrian 80 platform. Marked as the 4000S quattro in the U.S., it developed as a legend in its own right, with a carved-from-granite drivetrain that seemed unbreakable and great handling. True, at the best part of 2800 pounds but with only 115 horsepower, it won no drag races, but the versatile small sedan took the Audi fanbase to new levels. It was, in many respects, the Audi S4 of its day. The interior and exterior received substantial upgrades for the 1985 model year, making the first year model a one-year stand that has many fans. They’re rare cars to see today, especially in great condition:

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1985 Audi 4000S Quattro

When I started at GCFSB, it was my mission to raise awareness of two of the most unappreciated cars in German motoring – the Audi Coupe GT, and the Audi 4000 Quattro. Of course, those were my first two cars so it makes sense that there would be sentimental value, but they are genuinely good cars that often get overlooked for not being Ur-quattro enough. I’ve written up some quite nice ones over the past few months, including a Graphite Metallic 1986 4000CS Quattro and Alpine White 4000S Quattro, a car that stunned most of the B2 Audi world by pushing well into the teens. Granted, perhaps it was the perfect storm, but we’ve seen sellers asking serious premiums for mint condition, original 4000s and GTs and today is no exception. Looking splendid in fresh Tornado Red comes this 1985 example:

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Double Revisit: Early and Late 4000 Quattros – Which would you choose?

Two of the 4000 Quattros I wrote up in December are still on the block. Which of these all-wheel drive wonders would you choose? The first of these cars is a Zermatt Silver 1984 example which needs some love, but is now available at a much more realistic price point – less than half of what the asking price was in December.

The below post originally appeared on our site December 6, 2013:


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1985 Audi 4000S Quattro

If you were hoping the Audi 4000S we featured last weekend was a Quattro model, your wish has been granted. Here’s another white 1985 Audi 4000S 5-speed, but this time with the all-wheel drive system that made the company famous in the 1980s. This car for sale in California is a two owner vehicle with a mere 52,000 miles on the clock, sure to please Quattro fanatics everywhere.


Year: 1985
Model: 4000S Quattro
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 52,000 miles
Price: No reserve auction

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Hey guys,
Actually I would like to sell my Audi 4000 S 1985. Don´t be confused by ebay the eBay title. The Audi 4000s is the US version of the European Audi 80. So the car, that is sold here is the American Audi 4000s.

Some hard facts:
• Brand and model: Audi Quattro 4000s
• Year: 1985
• Mileage: only 52 k
• Color: classical white
• Engine: 5-cylinder with 115 hp @ 5500 rpm
• Rims: original Audi 14′ aluminum rims
• Tires: tires has been changed 1000 miles ago
• VIN: WAUFB0853FA173483

• 4 wheel drive
• 5 gear stick-shift
• switchable differential lock
• Air conditioner
• power windows
• electrical heated front seats
• electrical adjustable side mirrors
• electrical sliding roof
• electrical healable rear windshield
• AM/FM Stereo
• emergency tire in trunk
• front and back wheel brakes

• I am the 2nd owner
• top interior conditions
• old school front seat slips (the seats underneath are in super condition)
• 2 small cracks in windshield but they are stable and don’t get bigger
• bump on left front door (hard to see)
• engine is running perfectly
• non-smoker car
• battery is 6 month old

Its overall condition I would describe for a car of this age is very good and completely original. Also it is very low on mileage. You won’t find this car in this good condition a second time. The car is located in Palo Alto, CA and can be looked every time after appointment. Please give me a call. 415 756 0327

The price of the UrQuattro is starting to creep up, so these mid-eighties Audi sedans with Quattro four-wheel drive are the next best thing for enthusiasts on a budget. About $4,500 to $6,000 seems to be the sweet spot for a 4000S Quattro in good condition these days. This is a no reserve auction, no there’s no telling what could happen if the right people are in the (virtual) room. If any one particular example will bring the money, I’m pretty sure it will be this one. I can’t remember when I’ve seen one with such little mileage. There may be a few bumps and bruises on the outside, but nothing to detract from the overall presentation and the interior is in exceptional shape. Yet again, I’ve come across another car I’d love to harbor if I had the space.


1985 Audi 4000S

Before Audis sales skyrocketed over the last 15 years or so, they were seen as cars for anoraks. A different, but nonetheless sensible choice for people who wanted German quality in a slightly different package than your more common Mercedes-Benz or BMW. With Quattro all-wheel drive available on most models, they were immensely popular in the colder climes. Today, these earlier Audis make interesting and practical classics that won’t affect the wallet as bad as some classic German iron. This 4000S for sale in New York isn’t a Quattro, but is thankfully a 5-speed manual and in very good condition for its age.


Year: 1985
Model: 4000S
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 129,000 miles
Price: Reserve auction

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Selling My 1985 Audi 4000. Everything is original. This car was meticulously maintained. All maintenance work was done by a local German repair service station which specialized only in Audi’s. If you have any questions about the car, I am more than happy to help answer them. It is just time to make more room in my garage. I bought the car 3 years ago in the same condition that you see now. The 5-speed transmission shifts smoothly. This car is not the Quattro which got much fame in the 80’s through its rally legacy but still is a great ride and always is a conversation piece for car enthusiants. Unfortunately I can not help with shipping since I don’t have a trailer. This car is also for sale locally so the auction my end early. Happy Bidding!!

Andy: 347-320-5193

This isn’t a flashy or overly optioned car, but it’s an honest sedan that has stood up to the test of time. It’s encouraging that this owner has sought out a specialist to service this car, too. If this was a Quattro, it would bring a little bit of a premium, but since this is a front-drive model, I could see this bringing somewhere around $3,500 to $4,500 to the right buyer. This is one of those cars I’d probably snap up if I had unlimited space, as it’s rare you see one so well preserved.


1985 Audi 4000S Quattro – REVISIT

The Audi 4000S Quattro we featured last November is back up for sale with a lowered Buy it Now price of $11,300 from the original asking price of $13,000. Will a bit of a discount be enough to move this four-door, all-wheel drive modern classic?

1985 Audi 4000S Quattro on eBay – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site November 23, 2012:

With Ur Quattro prices on the rise, where’s an Audi enthusiast to turn for affordable, all-wheel drive fun. The 4000S Quattro is a good place to start. The compact sedan of Audi’s range, the 4000S Quattro appeared in 1984 with a 2.2 liter five cylinder engine and the all important all-wheel drive system. I’ve seen few of these for sale in good condition, but this car for sale in Chicago has under 50,000 miles on the clock and looks rather tidy.

1985 Audi 4000S Quattro on eBay

1985 Audi 4000S Quattro, 46.247 Original miles. Black with Brown interior. I am the second owner of the vehicle since August 2011, the car was parked in a garage since 1996 to the summer of 2011 when I got it. Original paint in very good condition whit some dings here and there,expected for a car with this age and 98% body rust free just on the suspension side there is rust as shown in some pictures. Original Brown interior in perfect condition. Flawless crack free dash, Clarion head unit with bluetooth, USB and jack connection. Polk speakers in the back. Perfect headliner. All electronic systems in proper working condition. Windows, Cruise control, A/C and heater, sunroof, wipers, etc. All glass and trim in very good undamaged condition and tinted windows on the back.

All service and maintenance are current. Belts, hoses,brakes, bushings, fuel systems, H&R springs, KYB shocks, etc. Brand new exhaust and muffler. Newer summer tires and rims on 16 inch with around 2000 miles, plus brand new winter tires on the original wheels. Car drives and runs perfectly. A/C blows cold. I do have the factory cassette stereo in proper working condition.The only problem that I don’t like is that one fuel line got broken and instead of having a solid metal fuel line there is a rubber hose line.

1. Car located in Chicago Illinois

2. Clear title in hand

3. Payment dun in 3 days or less via PayPal

4. Buyer is responsible with the pick up or shipping of the vehicle

The tinted windows, dark gray paintwork and aftermarket wheels give this car a nice fresh look but are not overly modern for its decidedly 1980s looks. While it has low mileage, $13,000 is way out of line with current 4000S Quattro values. At the very high end, you might get $6,000 or so for a clean, low mileage car like this. Most 4000S Quattros in decent condition that I’ve seen for sale in the last year have ranged from $3,500 to $5,500. Barring the high price, it’s nice to see there are still some of these versatile sedans left roaming the earth.


1981 Audi 4000 S

The 4000 was introduced initially in the U.S. as a 1980 model to replace the Audi Fox. The initial offering was a 1.6L 4-cylinder with 4-speed manual transmission, both in two and four door versions. The 1981 model year saw the displacement jump to 1.8L and a 5-speed maunal transmission was made standard. The S model offered the 5-cylinder with automatic transmission you see in this car. While it was by no means an autobahn burner, the 5-cylinder engines made great torque and had a sound to die for.

The Audi 4000 really didn’t capture the eye of the North American market until the 4000CSQ was introduced, and Quattro-mania sweeped the nation…well not really quite on that scale. This clean ’81 4000s for sale in Vancouver, British Columbia was brought to our attention from reader Milo and is a well kept example of Audi’s entry level sedan.

1981 Audi 4000 S on craigslist.org


1981 Audi 4000S. Automatic, air conditioning, power windows, locks, mirrors and sunroof. Heated seats, only 133,000 km on this car. Local BC, no accidents, fresh aircare comes with three months unlimited warranty.

This 4000 is a well preserved car having only seen 4,200km (2,681 miles for those of us not on the metric system) per year. The green over green color scheme embodies everything early ’80s and as far as I’m concerned is coll as hell. At $1,950, this is a great little car for secondary transportation, or dare I say a “winter beater” for those that have something far too pretty to see the snow. Would it be better if it were Quattro? Sure, but these are just as cool and a bit rarer.