2001 6-speed Audi S4 Avant for sale

I’ve given the BMW Ms a lot of love recently, but the Audi S series offers a deliciously different flavor of Teutonic speed.  The first post I wrote for this site was an S4 Avant, though this is a much nicer example.  Lots of space, Quattro, two turbos and six ratios, and easily accessible aftermarket speed make these one of my ultimate DDDs (dream daily driver, that is).  A rear collision gives this example an apprehension-inducing salvage title, but it’s too good looking and reasonably priced to overlook.

Cons: 87k miles is right about the time things can start to go wrong.  Salvage title sounds like it was from a minor accident that’s been properly taken care of, but should be investigated.  Engine bay is oddly dirty.

Pros: Dead sexy in black with the perfect Audi wheel, the BBS CH.  Interior and exterior look nearly flawless.  6-speed Avants are rare and desirable.  Modifications are restrained and functional, e.g. aluminum plumbing, short-shift kit, and suspension.  Salvage title brings price down significantly, with bidding still under $6k with 3 days left.

If this thing stays under $10k it’s a great deal, and it’s now my mental image for the DDD.

-NR

1960 Audi Auto Union 1000Sp

My knowledge of Audis has a pretty large gap between Auto Union racers and the late 70s, so I claim no expertise on this find, but I know it’s cool.  Who knew cars could have Four Rings AND finned fenders!?  The Auto Union 1000 was made from 1957 to 1963 with 1,000cc two-stroke engines.  The 1000Sp was the 2+2 variation with sporting pretensions, made as a coupe until 1962 when a convertible was made available too.  This is a pretty cool car as it was the last generation of Audi/Auto Union cars before VW took ownership.

Some background from the seller:

A rare find indeed! This 1960 Auto Union 1000Sp was found in the hills of California. The body panels are straight and 95% of the car is present. There are two separate 3 cylinder, two stroke motors that go with the car, along with all of the parts for under the hood. There is a third aluminum head and a “one-off” custom intake that I was told was to use three Suzuki motorcycle carbs on it. The frame and suspension of the car appear solid and straight. The rear seat area of the floor has rust through as does the entire trunk pan area. Serious attention will be needed in these areas. There is one dent at the seam of the front fender and drivers door, easily repairable. The car currently has the trans-axle in it, however the motor and accessory parts are out of the car and boxed up. The interior parts and pieces are present but also will require much attention. The gauge cluster is present and in good condition. Speedometer is in MPH.

This is a full restoration car, but a good solid start to a rare German automobile. Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase this unique exotic sports car. It is both concourse and historic race eligible following restoration. A truly rare barn find in good condition ready to finish to your liking.

Obviously a work-intensive project, it seems to be rusty but pretty complete.  Current bid is $3,500 with 5 days left, so if you have a penchant for obscure post-war German oddities, this could be your chance!

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2003 Audi RS6 under $30k on eBay

The Audi RS6 is a very special car.  The largest RS-ified car from the four rings, the RS6 was the first RS car to make it to America.  It did so in grand style, coming with a twin-turbo V8 mated to the venerable Quattro all-wheel-drive.  It subtly announces it’s presence with a little fender flare, some front intakes, wheels, and a trunklid spoiler.  These small changes make for an aggressive, if quiet, package, alluding to the massive capabilities that came as the Horsepower Wars really started to heat up.  One of these used to prowl the island I grew up on, proving illusive but a rewarding find when seen in the wild.  It’s not as extroverted and crazy as the newer RS4 and RS6, but it can tackle most any challenge in style and is a great early-millenium sleeper.

It’s hard to believe these $80k+ cars are under $30k now, and with just 70k miles.  That’s a lot of luxury and a lot of speed for a really good price.  The interior and exterior are similarly subtle but sexy.  It’s too bad they never brought the manual or the Avant to the US, but beggers can’t be choosers, and I’m begging for this RS6.

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1983 Audi Ur-Quattro for sale

Oh, how I love me some box fenders.  They are so quintessentially 80s and badass.  All the best cars have them… E30 M3s, Golf Rallyes, HF Delta Integrales, and the indomitable Audi Ur-Quattro.  The game-changer.  As the name suggests (“Ur” means original in German), it was the first application of Audi’s now-famous Quattro system, and what a way to start.  Only 664 came to the US, so buying one would put you in rare company.  This beautiful red example looks immaculate and is probably one of the finer survivors out there.

1983 Audi Ur-Quattro for sale on Audifans

The condition of this thing is amazing.  Exterior, interior, and engine all look really clean, and it’s got less than 60k miles on the clock.  The Euro bumpers and lights are nice additions, as the US bumpers are oversized and throw off the lines.  The price is high at $20k, but the car is exceptional and rare, so who knows.  A die-hard Quattro fan who wants a near-perfect example may see this as a great opportunity.

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Clean 1st-Gen Audi S8s for sale on eBay

The first-generation Audi S8 commands a unique respect that, at least for me, has diminished in subsequent generations.  Its show-stealing display of performance in Ronin has helped this, as well as the advanced aluminum body and chassis, all powered by Audi’s now-ubiquitous 4.2L V8 pushing out a healthy 360hp.  It has ultimate sleeper status, but for the educated few it stands out with the Avus 6-spokes and mean stance.  The new, blingy V10 model just can’t match the subtle aggression of the D2.

These 2002/3 examples on eBay are exceptionally clean.  Neither has passed 90k miles and they show it.  The exteriors are clean, but the interiors are even more impressive.  I like 6-spoke wheels more than the 9-spokes, as well as that car’s suede gray interior over the other’s more garish white.  Both are priced pretty high at $18,600 and $20,950, but I guess the sellers expect the cleanliness and low miles to attract some big spenders.  I’d place a bid or make an offer, but the buy-it-nows seem too high, regardless of condition.

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Dampf-Kraft Wagen DKW / Auto Union 1000SP

Here is a a unique opportunity to own the German equivalent of the 1955 Ford Thunderbird. Great looking little coupe at a $22,400 buy it now. The Thunderbird does have it over the DKW in terms of power, with this engine being a tricky 3 cylinder two stroke powering the front wheels. I wasn’t sure what to expect soundwise from an engine like this, two-strokes can really sound awful, but check out the videos online from inside a 1000SP on the road. The 3-2 combo sounds great, you get the sense that you are going a lot faster than you actually are.

The seller provides some good history and promotes the rarity of the vehicle. The seller says this one is # 202, so it is an early car, out of the 5000 built. This one has just over 1,000 miles on the engine, no mention of how many the rest of the car has traveled.
If you want to stand out with out being overly ostentatious at your local car show this is the car for you. Plus you Audi guys have to like the four ring logo on the trunk. It is hard to say what the investment potential here is. At this point I’d guess most all the good 1000SPs left driving are probably being well maintained so numbers shouldn’t shrink anymore. The early production # may make this an appealing collector piece if fully restored as the seller suggests.
This car appears to be in good company as that looks like a Euro Mercedes silbergrün 450SEL lurking in the background in some of the pictures.

~Evan

Cash for Clunkers Weekend Reading

You may remember my “spirited” post over the Cash for Clunkers program a little while back.

Well as a follow up here is the official government list of  cars sent to their deaths through the program.

Of note are the 63 BMW 6 series cars, including 13 635csi models, a 850i, a M3, and a M5.

Mercedes suffered as well, can you imagine over 100 560SEC s crushed? That is literally tons of usable parts from one of the greatest Benz engines gone. Looks like 11 Merc V12 engines also have made their last trip. No wonder parts are so expensive. A pair of AMG cars, a C36 and a C43, were sent away too and gasp a 500E.

A number of high end Audi models also are on the list and a sprinkling of Porsches.

Most surprising, though not German, on the list is the 1997 Bentley (listed as a Rolls Royce) Continental R and great oogley moogley a Buick GNX, listed under ASC. If that was a true GNX it could have been rolled and burned and still probably brought more than the CFC allowance.

Post your thoughts or interesting finds after you peruse the list.

~Evan

1981 Porsche 928 Strosek Widebody, Low mileage 928, & Audi 200 Trans Am

I see a good deal of 928s for sale, there are two reasons for this. One, Porsche made them for nearly two decades and two, because I look for Audi S4s so every time I search for S4 I come across Audis and Porsches. Because there are so many in the market picking one up is not very hard. $10k will get you a plenty nice one. Just remember that, while they looked fairly similar over that long run, the options changed over the years. Flavors of engines included 4.5, 4.7, 5.0, and 5.4, liter V8s.
Transmissions could be had in 3 and 4 speed auto or 5 speed manual.

A early 80s twenty thousand dollar 928 would normally have even fewer miles on it then the 46,000 on this machine. This one has reason to be an exception. It appears to have a super clean body kit, custom interior work, and performance engine tuning including cams and headers. Not to mention the seller says he’ll throw in $15,000 worth of extra goodies like a GPS nav, to tune up, detailing and more. Seems reasonable to me.

If 46,000 miles is a bit too high for you why not make an offer on this 1,484 mile 1978. Offered at $35,000 (reserve not met), this can only be for a collector. Great interior and even has the original window sticker. Knowing that every time you drove the car you’d be decreasing its value is tough. Just keeping the car garage bound when this 911 beater should be out roaming the back country is sad. As the slogan, picked up from another car club, goes, Garages Kill. Letting a car sit is not good for it and once parts start to deteriorate and have to be replaced you’ve lost the originality and not been able to enjoy driving the car, lose-lose. On the other hand it is nice to be able to show such an original vehicle.

1989 Audi Quattro 200 Trans-Am ex Hurley Haywood

Finally just to mix it up a bit this is the car that Hurley Hawyood used during the run to the Trans-Am Championship. The early Audi Quattro racers were pretty much bad ass in every form of racing they entered, hill climb, rally, trans am, etc. This one comes several years after the monster 600 horse power Group B Quattro S1, but clearly shares the blood lines and technology. The unique turbo charged inline 5 in this vehicle likely isn’t as powerful as the Group B car, but should certainly be bumping out over 500 ponies at full boost. The price is on request, probably somewhere north of a few dozen well used A4s. This would make a great SVRA or SCCA entry. For now it sits as a show piece at a casino.

I wasn’t able to confirm this from the dealer, but someone tells me this car may have just sold after being for sale for over a year at $450,000.

~Evan

1985 AUDI UR Quattro Turbo Coupe For Sale in the PNW

Here’s a rare find, a 1985 Audi urQuattro with 117k miles for sale in Portland, Oregon for $20k:

quote from seller’s Portland Craigslist ad:

I am selling one of the RAREST Audi Cars Available. Not one for sale in the USA this year. Audi only shipped 73 to the US in 1985 as the car cost $49,000 to buy. This one was shipped over here in 1992 from Germany. Has the Euro Chip with over 200BHP. Nardi wood steering wheel and shift knob. Fiberglass deck lid was new for this year as well as newer wiring and updated leather interior. This is the only one in the USA like this one. ZERMATT SILVER Paint. Perfect interior and dashboard and Carpet. No rips in anything. New Sunroof Seal. New 215/50/15 v rated tires. Has original Rally Ronals. NO Dents. No wrecks.
THESE CARS WERE HAND MADE IN GERMANY!!!!
YOU cannot find these cars. If you do they wont sell them. I hate to sell this one!!!
Just had timing belt, fuel injectors, water pump, Fuel Filter done. Perfect compression. New Ansa Muffler and powder coated cam cover and timing belt cover and pulley.
An Absolute Gem. This is the nicest one I have seen and this is the rarest year for this car and the rarest Color. Not even sure they shipped Zermatt Silver as a color in 1985, only in germany.
paint is extremely nice for original paint. there are some scratches and the front and rear bumpers need a new paint job.
117,000 Miles.
Do not waste my time. ONLY SERIOUS buyers!! This is a very valuable and rare car. The last one i saw sell was a 1983 for 20,000 nearly a year ago. No rust, door jams, everything is perfect.
I have pictures of everything for really interested buyers. No low ballers.

I hope this car is listed somewhere else with a better ad because this Craigslist posting hasn’t convinced me that this car is worth $20k! The pictures look like they were shot in tow truck parking lot, and most of the very lengthy description looks completely copy-and-paste from someone else’s listing! Not to mention, am I the only one who thinks the wooden steering wheel and shift knob are out of place?

One thing the seller is right on about is the fact that these are rarely seen for sale. Hell, they practically make e30 M3‘s look abundant in comparison!

dc

Update: This post is out of date and the item listed is probably not available any more. Why not take a look at these Audi Coupes and parts that are currently for sale!

2001 Audi S3 Euro-Import: Be the King of Your Audi Club!

I’ve only seen one other Audi 8L bodied car for sale in the U.S., and it was an Audi A3, not the S3. This would be a seriously fun ride and one that most Americans never had a chance to experience.

2001 Audi S3 Gray Market import on Portland Craigslist:

quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:

It is registered and titled as a 2001 Audi S3.

Car is a late model 2001 Audi S3. The late model S3’s had major upgrades over the earlier S3’s, such as the revised front end with better Xenon Headlights, Full Factory Recaro interior, revised climate control systems, better airbags, etc.

Includes the 210 BHP engine, Haldex based Quatrro System, basically this car has a R32 drive train except for the engine.

When I check the ETKA Audi VW Parts system it has the same brakes (down to the same part number), shocks, etc.. I am pointing this out because getting service parts for this car will not be an issue, its as simple as knowing the right Audi (TT 225) or VW (R32) to cross reference too.

When I bought this car I put about $10k into it. That’s right about $10k. I literally rebuilt the car to new car specs.

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New Instrument cluster in MPH. I did this for two reasons, one I wanted a speedo in MPH, makes it easier to know how fast you are going, second, anyone who has owned a newer Audi knows the FIS of the Audi clusters eventually die, since I knew I would be installing a factory Audi DVD Navigation system, I wanted a perfect cluster for it to work with , the Nav info shows on the center instrument cluster also, so having one without dead pixels is very important

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At $25k, you’ll have to be a hardcore Audi enthusiast to make the leap — but if you are, the exclusivity is bar none with this car. And it actually delivers with 210hp and all wheel drive, making for the ultimate hot hatch! {re-read this paragraph as John Davis from Motorweek and it almost sounds convincing!}

dc