Were it not for the four rings on the front, it would be pretty easy to mistake the Audi 100 Coupe S for any number of other late 1960s â€“ early 1970s GT cars. Thereâ€™s a loose resemblance to the the second generation Mustang, for example, but a much stronger link to cars like the Datsun B210 and original Toyota Celica. Too pedestrian for you? How about the Fiat Dino, Jensen Interceptor, Ferrari 365 GTB/4 and Aston Martin DBS? Indeed, there were many coupes that shared the relative same profile in this era, though truth be told itâ€™s not likely that youâ€™ll mistake the Audi for a Ferrari once the curves beckon. Underneath, the Coupe S was â€“ after all â€“ a C1 Audi, not known to be the best drivers out there but good cars on the highway. With 113 horsepower, even with the 4-speed manual you wonâ€™t win any drag races. However, itâ€™s a sharp looking and rarely seen classic, with only a handful in the Western Hemisphere (there are 5 known in the U.S., for example, since they were never imported). That makes this Audi even more rare to see on these shores than a Sport Quattro, for argumentâ€™s sake. Though itâ€™s not as desirable, there is nonetheless a fanbase that love these very pretty early Coupes:
Last week we took a look at a 1973 Audi 100 Coupe S. It was a bit of a gamble, with photos from 1990 and a not particularly detailed description. It was also a 3-speed automatic, and though the 100 isn’t really known as a driver’s car I’d still wager that most enthusiasts would prefer the manual option for these vintage Audis. As if to rectify all of the faults with that listing, around the same time another 100 Coupe S popped up. Now, to say that these cars are rare in the U.S. is an understatement, so it was pretty cool to see a second and more detailed listing appear. With current photos, a fresh restoration, super low miles and a much more detailed description, it certainly looked like the one to choose between the two – except for two not so minor things…
Were it not for the four rings on the front, it would be pretty easy to mistake the Audi 100 Coupe S for any number of other late 1960s – early 1970s GT cars. There’s a loose resemblance to the the second generation Mustang, for example, but a much stronger link to cars like the Datsun B210 and original Toyota Celica. Too pedestrian for you? How about the Fiat Dino, Jensen Interceptor, Ferrari 365 GTB/4 and Aston Martin DBS? Indeed, there were many coupes that shared the relative same profile in this era, though truth be told it’s not likely that you’ll mistake the Audi for a Ferrari once the curves beckon. Underneath, the Coupe S was – after all – a C1 Audi, not known to be the best drivers out there but good cars on the highway. With 113 horsepower fed in this case through a 3-speed automatic, you won’t win any drag races. However, it’s a sharp looking and rarely seen classic, with only a handful in the Western Hemisphere (there are 5 known in the U.S., for example). That makes this Audi even more rare to see on these shores than a Sport Quattro, for argument’s sake. Though it’s not as desirable, there is nonetheless a fanbase that love these very pretty early Coupes:
One of the benefits to U.S. automobile enthusiasts of the recent global economic slowdown is the raise in value of the dollar relative to the Euro. For some time, the Euro was nearly a two to one ratio – it made contemplating importing vintage cars hard to stomach, because you needed to double the price and then deal with the headache and cost of importing the car. With it much closer to one to one as it is today, perusing the halls of German eBay suddenly becomes less of a pipe dream and more of a potential reality. Of course, if you’re going to be going through the difficulty of importing something, it better be worth it! For me, there are a plethora of rare Audis that I’d love to import. However, it does seem silly to import a S4 or S6, for example, since they were available here as well and you could get a pretty nice example. No, it seems to make more sense to look for something that you just don’t see on a regular basis – like this 1973 Audi 100 Coupe S, for example:
If last week’s “Heap of the Week” Karmann Ghia T34 was a great restoration candidate because of it’s rarity, today’s 1973 Audi 100 Coupe S is as much deserving of that if not more. Luckily for you, if you’re interested in one of these cars and a restoration project, step one (take apart and turn it into an unrecognizable heap of parts) is already done for you! Completely stripped and ready for body work, this car appears to be a solid platform for a build – something that’s hard to say of any earlier Audi due to rust issues. You’d also be building what is decidedly the most rare post-war Audi in the United States, with only 5 known of here. Get out your elbow grease then for today’s Heap of the Week:
Model: 100 Coupe S
Engine: 1.9 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: N/A mi
1973 Audi 100 Coupe S. 1 of 5 in the US. Was brought to the US in about 1976 and has not been on the road since the early to mid 80s. The car is 98% complete. What is missing that I know of are the windshield, headliner, carpet and engine mounts. The body is remarkably solid with only a minimal amount of surface rust due to the car sitting in primer for at least the past 5 years. The unibody and all bolt on parts are very solid and there are no rust holes on the vehicle. Will need some more body work before painting. I believe the original color is marathon blue. This car also has a manual (crank operated) retractable sunroof which was apparently a rather rare option. Engine is 100 HP I4 carbbed pushrod engine. All engine parts are included as well as new gasket sets. Transmission is 4 speed. Brakes are inboard on front (new rotors and pads included) and drums in rear. Seats are in quite decent shape without any major tears or rips in the fabric. Seat color is dark blue. All interior pieces and exterior trim is included as well. Dashboard has cracks in it as does the vinyl hood around the instrument cluster. All the windows except for the windshield are in great shape and already wrapped very securely in bubble wrap. Grille, headlights and taillights are there. Bumpers are US spec sedan bumpers and not the original European coupe bumpers. Extra hood in perfect shape included. Front suspension is dual wishbone and rear is beam axle with torsion springs and panhard bar. 2 new shocks are included. Car would be a good candidate for restoration to original condition, or a rather unique platform for some fun go-fast modifications. Comes with clean Maryland title. Reason for selling is that I bought it four years ago and have not done anything with it since, and I think it should go to someone who has the time to do something cool with such a unique car. To see the true potential of the car, check out the April 2013 issue of Hemmings Sport & Exotic car where a 1974 Coupe S was featured. Area code on phone number is 410.
These are rare, rare, rare cars, even in the Fatherland. There just aren’t too many left kicking around in good shape. Certainly , when they are presented well, they draw a crowd. The design shows links to some of the best looking cars of the 1960s and 1970s, like the BMW Glas GT , Fiat Dino and even Maserati Ghibli. Below is an example of what this car can look like, as this is Rob Petschke’s impeccable award-winning example:
I also put an image to a similar colored car to this car’s original shade in the gallery. Most of the major parts are included (though not shown), and despite what you might think, some of the parts for these cars can still be had, though you better brush up on your German. Some major components are also shared with the sedan, and when you were done you’d have a much more valuable platform, so you might even consider finding a not-restorable 100 and pilfering parts. Ready for a project? You’re getting in on the bottom floor of one of the most rare Audis ever!