1991 Audi 80 quattro RS2-spec

In the realm of German cars, Audi seems to be the unappreciated marque when you go back a few generations. But even then, amongst the leper colony of Audi products that no one wants, the Audi 80 quattro is close to King. I say close to King, because truth be told I think there are even less appreciated products from this time – the front drive Audi 100, for example. But go to 1991, and within Audi all enthusiasts are generally interested in is the 200 20V quattro, the Coupe quattro, and occasionally someone will mention the V8 quattro 5-speed. The 80 quattro, though, was one of the smartest options if you wanted a robust, small all-wheel drive sedan. True, the switch from B2 to B3 gained a fair amount of weight and not much more power from the NG 2.3 liter inline-5. It felt, if anything, a bit slower off the line than the 4000 quattro had been – a car not noted for it’s straight line dominance. But its unpopularity ironically made it quite popular as a tuning platform; after all, it does share some DNA with the much loved RS2. In this case, the builder of this car has thoroughly upgraded this B3 to new levels of power and performance:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Audi 80 quattro on Classic-Audi.co.uk

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1984 Audi 80 quattro Widebody

You’re not going to buy this car. Let’s be honest, even if you wanted to spend a lot on a wildly modified Audi 4000, it’s on the wrong side of the pond. And then there’s the definition of “a lot” – in this case, the best part of $60,000. Crazy, right? Well, not so fast – arguably, this is one of the most famous and best executed modified Audi 80s in the world. But not only does it look racy; the looks are backed up by a 2.5 20 valve inline-5 turbocharged motor running a host of upgrades through a custom application V8 quattro 6-speed. The result? Going on 800 horsepower! Ridiculous for a standard 80 perhaps, but under the grafted Quattro flares and WRC OZ Rally wheels lie a host of RS2 and Group B works suspension upgrades. Compared to what’s under the hood, if anything the exterior suddenly seems quite sedate:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Audi 80 quattro on Finn.no

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1995 Audi RS2 Avant

I have a rather simple dream garage. It consists of three cars. My current MINI Cooper S, a 1989 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera Coupe and this car, an Audi RS2 Avant. Each car serves a different purpose, the MINI being the practical, cheap runabout, the Porsche serving my sports car needs, and the Audi being a bit of a jack of all trades. Sure, there’s a bunch of other cars I’d love to own, but these three are at the core of everything I hold sacred in the automotive world. But amongst those three, the Audi is just something much more. All three cars are fast enough in their own right, but the Audi throws space and all-weather capability into the equation. Sadly, we have another few years to go before these original RS cars are legal in the US, but I can still admire them from afar, like this example for sale in

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Audi RS2 Avant on eBay UK

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1979 Audi Fox

When it rains, so the saying goes. From zero Audi Foxes to two in two weeks, unlike the rare but in need of some work Fox Avant comes this ready to drive Fox sedan. Not often do driver-quality Foxes come up for sale at all, and this one looks great in white over tan. With some later 14″ Audi Coupe alloys fitted, this is a smart looking alternative to a 320i for the Volkswagen or Audi faithful:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1979 Audi Fox on Houston Craigslist

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Afternoon Accessories: OZ Racing 17×8 Magnesium wheels

I still remember well the first time I got to hold a magnesium wheel – I was at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, and a bit of a joking and free-loving owner of a Pantera literally threw one – complete with steam-roller tire – towards me with the tagline “Here, catch!”. Grimacing in the impending pain I was about to experience as this dishwasher-box sized wheel lobbed at me came closer, I reached out and caught it, fearful that I would be on the hook for the wheel’s cost when I dropped it even though this joker wouldn’t be by my hospital bed for the multi-week recovery from my collapsed lungs and broken ribs. To my shock, I caught the wheel, and my tensed muscles experienced nearly no shock. It was comical how light the wheel was; something I wouldn’t experience again until I picked up a Formula One Ferrari wheel years later. Today, there is a set of ultra-rare OZ Racing wheels on Ebay for a very reasonable price:

Year: 1993
Model: Tarmac Rally
Diameter: 17″
Width: 8″
Bolt Pattern: 4×108
Offset: Not Listed
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $1,155 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: OZ Racing Magnesium wheels on eBay

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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.

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

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Audi 4000S Quattro on eBay

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

Options:
• 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

conditions:
• 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.

-Paul

Wagon Week: 1995 Audi RS2 Avant

Often when we come across a car like this, we’re foaming at the mouth to write about how cool it is, how rare it is, and so on. This time around I think I’ll take a different approach, because most of our readership already knows what they’re looking at. So rather than tell everyone what they already know I’m going to take a Letterman approach to this and offer up…

Top 10 Reasons you should not buy this car:

10.  Nogaro Blue is too bright for you.
9.  The acceleration when you hit boost hurts your neck.
8.  You think that wagons are for soccer moms.
7.  You prefer to get stuck in the snow, so quattro is pointless.
6.  You’re a firm believer in speed limits.
5.  That turbo thingy makes too much noise.
4.  The recaro seats are too confining, you prefer to slide around a bit.
3.  Clark Griswolds family truckster is your idea of a dream wagon.
2.  Manual transmissions are way too much work.
1.  You’re currently cross shopping this with a Prius.

Year: 1995
Model: RS2 Avant
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline five
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 155,256 miles
Price: £11,995 (~$18,184 USD)

1995 Audi RS2 Avant for sale on autotrader.co.uk

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Five doors, manual 6-speed, estate, petrol, 155,256 miles, blue, MOT-10-2013. An outstanding example of these fantastic Audis with a Porsche pedigree. Comprehensive service history, Audi main dealer until 133,000 and specialist thereafter with huge file of invoices and recent timing belt change. Must be viewed. Please call Kenny Dunn for further details 0131 475 9111. £11,995

With all of the reasons not to buy this car, there is only one main reason TO buy it…because it’s awesome. These cars are the future collectables from the Audi stable, second only to the UrQuattros, and SWB Sport Quattros. Given that these will be ready for legal import in to the US in 2020, it’s a good idea to start saving now, as these will only appreciate in value.

-Brian

Wagon Week: 1995 Audi RS2 Avant

With all this talk about fast Audi wagons, where did this mayhem start? Right here. Even though the BMW M5 Touring arrived on the scene first, the Audi RS2 took the idea of a sports wagon and knocked it out of the park. Assembled at the same Porsche factory as the legendary Mercedes W124 500E/E500, this Audi 80 Avant on steroids offered impressive performance, even by today’s standards. With 311 bhp on tap from the 2.2 liter, 20 valve five cylinder turbo engine, acceleration was, to put it mildly, brisk. Top speed was 166 mph and Autocar magazine tested an RS2 and found that 0-30 mph took 1.5 seconds, which bested the McLaren F1. All this power was harnessed by a 6-speed manual transmission and put to the ground via Audi’s renowned Quattro four-wheel drive system.

While sold in relatively few markets, the RS2 has become a cult car around the world and is valued accordingly. This RS2 for sale in Portugal is a Quattro lover’s dream in RS Blue with just over 50,000 miles.

Year: 1995
Model: RS2 Avant
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline five
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 85,000 km (~ 56,420 miles)
Price: €20,000 (~ $25,966 USD)

1995 Audi RS2 Avant on Anamera

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Car in excellent condition, totally original. It has only 85,000 km, always well maintained, noting that it is a limited edition of 2,200 units, it was born of a partnership between Audi and Porsche, the first version Audi RS.

6-speed manual gearbox
Recaro sports seats
cruise control
climatronic
sunroof

Every day, I sit at my desk at home and longingly gaze at the 1:18 scale model of this very Audi, in this exact color. Of all the cars I wax poetic about here on GCFSB, this is one of my two favorite cars that I could see spending the rest of my life with (the other being a 911 Carrera 3.2). Those RS enthusiasts in the US will have to wait another six years to get their hands on one of these, but there are a few knocking around up in Canada, as they have a less restrictive 15 year importation rule.

I’m heading to Portugal on vacation in less than two weeks. For the back half of my trip, I will be be driving from the northern part of the country, where my family is from, to Lisbon. Leiria is a town that is about halfway into that journey, roughly 20 kilometers off the coast and not too far from the IP1 super highway. If I have spare time that day, I may have to make a quick stop to try and snag a test drive. They say you should never meet your heroes. But for some reason, I know that once I get behind the wheel of this thing, I’ll be exhausting all my brain power in an effort to figure out a way to make it mine.

-Paul

Theme Week: 1998 Audi Cabriolet

The Audi Cabriolet was a rather unremarkable vehicle in the history of Audi, but nonetheless one worth highlighting. Seemingly as generic as its name implies, the Cabriolet was based on the B3 chassis, which was introduced in 1987 and featured design language that would carry Audi into the next century. Sold in some markets until 2000, this 1998 example represents the last year the Cabriolet was sold new in the US market. With its 172 horsepower, 2.7 liter V6 engine mated to a four speed automatic, it never set the world on fire with performance, but it struck a restrained, handsome pose. Even though Princess Diana sported one for a while in the 1990s, few people stateside took notice of Audi’s open roofed offering, opting for more exciting versions from companies like Saab and BMW at the time. As a result, these open roofed Audis can be had for not much cash, this example for sale in Long Island being one of them.

1998 Audi Cabriolet on eBay

1998 Audi Cabriolet VIN# WAUAA88G4WN001789 Black/Tan. This a very rare super clean Audi Cabriolet with only 86k original miles. The car runs, drives and looks great. Plus it has a Power Soft Top, Leather, Wood Trim, Premium Package and more. And we just serviced (for over $1,300) the car so it’s ready to go for the summer!

I have a soft spot for the Audi Cabriolet, which most likely comes from my attraction to obscure automobiles. Most of these Cabriolets have been driven hard or scrapped by now, so it’s nice to see a clean one like this surface. While it’s missing the Audi badge on the trunk, everything else looks pretty tidy. I’d say almost $6,000 is pushing it in terms of value. About $1,000 to $1,500 less would be just about right.

-Paul