Meet Ur Father: 1974 Audi Fox

Update 9/25/18: Price on this clean Audi Fox has been dropped from $10,000 in July to $7,000 today.

For such an important vehicle, there’s very little fanfare that surrounds the Audi B1. Badged the 80 in Europe and the Fox in the United States, Audi’s small front-drive sedan was a complete transformation for the brand which was emerging from the reshuffling of DKW and Auto Union. Mercedes-Benz had a hand in bringing 4-stroke engine technology to Auto Union in the 1950s and early 1960s, and but freed of their reigns, the Audi engineers produced an all-new motor for the clean-sheet B1. It was the EA827, and it (and the B1) would go on to be the basis for basically every Audi/Volkswagen product since 1972. The 80 was the first to launch, but quickly the 80’s platform would be used to produce the first Volkswagen Dasher (née Passat) and, engine turned transversely, then the Audi 50. The 50 was then the basis for the Golf and Scirocco, and the all-new Volkswagen lineup was complete. So while most internet comments will sometimes dismiss modern Audis as little more than re-badged VWs, you can now remind them that historically it was the opposite. The 80’s traditional longitudinal engine layout ended up being convenient a few years later to help spawn the might Quattro, too.

Motor Trend (and notable automotive historian Karl Ludvigsen) called the 80 the “best new affordable small sedan in the world” in May 1973. Horsepower was modest from the 1.5 liter version of the EA827 at only 75, but then the weight was quite modest, too – curb weight of the sunroof-equipped model was still under 1,900 lbs and fully laden the 80 weighed less than an empty B2 4000CS quattro. Capable of over 30 mpg, the Fox sold surprisingly well in the gas-crunch era as a result – Audi sold 142,511 of them here. While that number sounds modest by today’s standards, consider for a moment that Audi sold only 123,764 of the Fox’s successor, the 4000, in total.

Yet today, finding an Audi Fox seems like something of a minor miracle – never mind when it’s in great condition!

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Ending Soon: What We’re Watching

Has it really been a month since our last “What We’re Watching”?!? Today I’ve lined up another group of rare and rarely seen models that all have their fans. Once again, they’re all no reserve, offering us a great glimpse at where the market is heading on some models and where deals can still be found:

Click for Details: 1984 Volkswagen Transporter Syncro Panel Van

This one ticks all the right rarity boxes in the T2 market; it’s a Syncro and very unique in that it’s a panel van, though admittedly that probably limits the appeal to those who carry passengers. The “Expedition Build” makes up for it, though, and this adventure van looks prime for traveling anywhere. Bidding is heating up on the no reserve auction, but this one is still a lot cheaper than you’d expect normally for a built Syncro at only $15,000 with a few days to go.

Click for Details: 1989 Volkswagen Fox Wagon

It takes a strong VW lover to appreciate the Fox, but the diminutive 2-door wagon has arguably the greatest appeal of the run. Built in Brazil, these models shared a lot in common with Audis of the same period with a longitudinal layout. Unlike what the seller indicates, that makes a VR6 swap not impossible, but not hugely easy. It sounds like the running condition could probably be sorted reasonably easily if the car at least starts, and the chassis is reasonably clean appearing with lower miles. Right now, a single $1,500 bid buys it, but that’s probably still strong considering it’s only a roller.

Click for Details: 2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK32 AMG

We definitely don’t give much press to the R170, but we probably should since the nutters at AMG got their hands on them and crafted a great option. The SLK32 might not have had the big V8 like the later 55s did, but you still got 349 horsepower from the 3.2 liter V6 for top-down 0-60 in 5 seconds. This one can be yours for only $4,000 so far.

Click for Details: 1991 Volkswagen Golf Country Chrome

Back to Volkswagens, and one we’ve seen before, at that. However, this 1991 Volkswagen Golf Country is a pretty special specimen and rare in low-mile, original Chrome Edition. Something shady has gone on with the seller, though – it’s been up several times on no reserve auctions and sold for sometimes astonishing amounts. When I originally wrote it up in December, 2016, it sold for $24,800. Then, again, for $24,700 the next week, then for $15,100 in April. What’s going on? Well, some research would be required if you’re really interested, but regardless it’s a neat and rare car to see.

Click for Details: 2001 Audi A6 4.2 quattro

The C5 A6 was offered in many configurations and wildly popular. This 2001 predates S6 importation in the chassis, and was the top-of-the-heap 4.2 model with aluminum panels, wide flares and big wheels, and the stomping 300 horsepower V8. It looks great in Ming Blue with the original Speedline wheels, and though it doesn’t have sport seats it looks quite tidy inside too. So far it’s not passed $1,000 – making this a discrete deal for a commuter who’d like a little style and speed.


1988 Volkswagen Fox GL Wagon

The Volkswagen Fox is a model which is almost entirely overlooked by us. It’s not because we don’t like the concept of the entry-level Volkswagen brought to the U.S. from Brazil, but the budget pricing coupled with legendary 1980s Volkswagen reliability and build quality (cough cough) hasn’t exactly left a plethora of examples of these small VWs left to contemplate. The Fox was offered in three configurations – two door coupe, four door sedan and two door wagon. Without a doubt, it was the wagon which gets the most enthusiast attention these days. In profile, it looks a bit like a B2 Audi if they had made a wagon, and indeed pop the hood and you’ll see the same longitudinal configuration. Some parts are even interchangeable with the B2 Audis, like the steering rack. But more of this car was shared with the Golf than any Audi product, and though the Fox resurrected the Audi B1 nameplate here the two shared only a passing resemblance. Infrequently seen, these little wagons are neat cars that march to the beat of slightly different Brazilian drummers:

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1988 Volkswagen Fox GL Wagon

One of my favorite Volkswagens from the 1980s is one that you rarely see on the roads anymore. The Fox Wagon. This was an oddity in the US lineup for only a couple of years, a compact, two-door shooting brake of an estate car that was courtesy of Volkswagen of Brazil, where it was sold as the Gol. These were a bit of a reprisal of the idea of the “people’s car” for VW, a basic, no frills model offering German engineering at a discount. While the wagon was discontinued after the 1990 model year, the model range would get a refresh, carrying on with the two and four door sedan models through 1993. This 1988 Wagon for sale in Florida is a chance to sample an almost forgotten model in recent Volkswagen memory.

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1989 Volkswagen Fox GL Wagon – REVISIT

The Volkswagen Fox GL Wagon we featured last month is back up for sale at no reserve. For those who like their Volkswagens with a bit of South American flavor, these Fox Wagons are affordable and rather rare modern classics.

The below post originally appeared on our site June 30, 2014:

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1988 Volkswagen Fox Wagon

The Volkswagen Fox was another interesting Brazilian import; called the “Gol” in other markets, the Fox was the new entry level car for Volkswagen in the late 1980s. With a low base price, many were without options but they got great fuel economy and offered a taste of Germany (albeit flavored in Brazil) for little money. A favorite amongst enthusiasts were the somewhat rare 2-door wagons, which offered one of the largest rear quarter windows ever produced and plenty of space to haul your load – slowly:

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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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Heap of the Week 2 – Ur-Avant? 1976 Audi Fox Wagon

How rare is the VW Fox these days? As an aside, I went looking through the last several years of posts for the last time we featured one. Can you guess when it was? Never is correct. Though they do come up for sale from time to time and we’ve seen a few of the Fox’s bigger brother 100 and cousin Passat, we have never featured a Audi Fox. So that should tell you they’re quite rare, if nothing else does. Then, on top of that when you add in that this is the original Audi Avant – the first wagon Audi imported to the U.S. – you’ve got one seriously rare bird.

The Audi 80 was really a bit of a revolutionary design for Audi. Handsome, compact and reliable, it shared heavily with Volkswagen Passat underpinnings. It replaced the multi-engined F103 model (which was itself a DKW) named for their engine horsepower outputs – hence the Audi “80”. The 80 was brought to the U.S. in “Fox” form and sold in small numbers. The Avant was certainly the most rare of the offerings though, and it is downright rare to see one in any shape today. This particular offering has some needs, but is amazingly mostly rust free and comes from only its second owner:

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1988 Volkswagen Fox GL Wagon

Similar to the Quantum GL5 we featured at the beginning of the month, the Fox is one of those forgotten Volkswagens back when the company was struggling in the US market. You may come across the occasional sedan from time to time, but the two-door wagon offered from 1987 to 1990 was a unique offering that is practically extinct from the automotive landscape. This Fox Wagon for sale in New Jersey has had a host of performance upgrades, including a 5-speed manual gearbox, as these cars came standard with a 4-speed manual.

Year: 1988
Model: Fox GL Wagon
Engine: 1.8 liter inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 98,000 miles
Price: $3,800

1988 Volkswagen Fox GL Wagon on VW Vortex

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1988 VW Fox GL wagon
-White – Paint is original and clean. Could use a re-buff from winter.
-Brown/tan interior – Interior is pretty much mint aside for the tear in the drivers seat.
-Has around 98k original miles (Body and underside are very clean)
-MINIMAL RUST, a little bit of surface rust here around the windshield and under the car, NO ROT. It’s very clean, and the pictures show that.

**Engine & Drivetrain**
-Stock original shortblock
-JH heavily ported and polished cylinder head
-G-Grind cam
-Neuspeed adjustable cam gear
-Ported mk1 intake manifold
-Bigger TB
-Dual outlet exhaust manifold
-Dual downpipe
-E30 engine mounts
-TT HD front engine mount
-New radiator
-Brand new heatercore
-Low temp theromostat and matching fan switch
–Top end has no more than 4k miles on it, timing belt and tensioner were done all at the same time.
-New oil pan gasket just installed less than 1k ago
-WOT switch installed on Throttle body, wired into the car and running a 16v ecm. I personally tuned the car and the a/f is perfect at WOT from idle to redline. The timing is currently set to 9degrees advance and it runs on 87 octane. It’s not the fastest thing in the world but for what it is, it moves along well.
-9Q Quantum turbo diesel 5 speed trans with all appropriate linkage swapped in. EXCELLENT trans for cruising on the highway and has a close 1/2/3 gear pattern.
-Clutch installed with trans, about 15k miles ago.
-New trans mount just installed
-Shifter bushings done when the trans was swapped out and are still fresh, the shifter feels great.

**Suspension & brakes**
-Bilstein Sport shocks/struts
-Vogtland 60mm race springs for a mk2 application
-Brand new strut bearings
-Rear shock mounts installed at the same time as the suspension about 15k ago
-Front brakes are 10.1 units just installed about 2k miles ago. Nice Ate pads and rotors. Brake fluid flushed at the same time.
-Rear wheel cylinders replaced about 10k ago, Shoes and drums were in great shape.
-Rear wheel bearings done at the same time 10k ago.

**Interior & Exterior**
-Hella H4 headlights with sylvania silverstar bulbs
-Kenwood excelon headunit — the stereo sounds great for small sized speakers!
-Infinity kappa front and rear speakers
-Pioneer amp and 10″ sub in the trunk
-As mentioned the drivers bolster is ripped, but the rest of the interior is in very nice shape.
-Heater core was just replaced 3k miles ago. The car is a factory non-a/c car and at one point had an aftermarket a/c unit installed, the heaterbox that was in the car was destroyed, so I was forced to source another heaterbox. The one in the car functions and works like it should, heat is blasting hot like it should be.
-Wired in 16v CE-1 mk2 cluster. I was having problems sourcing another fox tachometer cluster and had a spare 16v cluster around and wired it in. Everything works as it should, and if you wanted to you could wire in MFA at a later date.

-New front wheel bearings
-New timing belt
-New tensioner
-Assorted valve covers, (Fox, mk2, mk3)
-Cylinder head oil cam spash shields (x2)
-Oil pickup baffles (x2)
-Extra low mile tuneup parts
-Spare blower motor & resistor pack (known working fine)
-Spare heater control head & cables (also working fine)
-Blend door parts and assorted tubing
-Original cylinder head
-Original intake manifold & throttle body
-Spare big bore throttle body
-Original exhaust manifold
-Original downpipe
-Original engine mounts
-Original radio
-Original ECM
-Original headlights
-Rear side windows for a wagon with seals
-Rear window for a wagon with seal
-Spare turn signal/wiper stalks
-Original cluster parts and tach cluster
-2 spare brand new clutch cables
-Spare new shifter bushings
-Original springs
-Stock low mile JH rabbit GTI bottom end
-Spare Ported and polished Solid lifter head with HD valve springs (Dissassembled, needs guides but its all there)

**Extras for more $$$**
-VERY low mile freshly built (maybe 2 hours of run time?) 3a bottom end, painted, new rings, pistons, bearings etc. I purchased the proper AEB oil filter flange for it as well, and the distributor that is in the block has the proper gear and sleeve for proper fitment. Also the block has the correct block off plate. $400.
-276/280 TT solid lifter cam that has about 1500 miles on it at most. Its a great cam but is a bit too much for a low compression 1.8 bottom end. This cam would work great if you installed a 2.0l bottom end. $150.

I am sure I am forgetting a lot, this list is just off the top of my head, as I figure out more of what I have done I will post it. I also have receipts for most of what I have done. PLEASE PM me or email me at for details if interested and we can figure something out. $3,800 obo

The two-door estate, or “shooting break” as some call is a vehicle variant that few brands have attempted to manufacture over the course of automotive history. It didn’t last long in Volkswagen’s US lineup, but the Fox Wagon has a small, devoted group of followers. At this price, this car certainly won’t last long, as some VW enthusiast is sure to snap it up.


1993 Volkswagen Fox Wolfsburg Edition

Since we’ve had a few good examples of basic German motoring featured here at GCFSB this week, I figured we should continue the trend and highlight Volkswagen’s attempt in the 1980s to bring back some of that original Beetle magic, the Fox. Offered from 1987 through 1993, the Fox was manufactured in Brazil, where it was also sold as the Volkswagen Gol. The lowest priced vehicle in Volkswagen’s lineup at the time, it was powered by a 1.8 liter four cylinder engine with 80 horsepower and a four or five-speed manual transmission. Restyled for 1991, the Fox would survive for only two more years in the US marketplace. This low mileage 1993 Fox four-door represents the final year for the Fox here in the US.

1993 Volkswagen Fox Wolfsburg Edition on TheSamba

1993 Wolfsburg Edition Fox 4-door sedan. Bought it three years ago with 30K original miles. This has been my daily driver up until I purchased a replacement vehicle three months ago. Before I continue, let me address the value of this car. If you are thinking that you will e-mail me offering a Kelly Blue Book price or something similar save your time and don’t. When I bought he car I paid more than book value for it. It’s a unique vehicle in great condition with low miles. These are not the vehicles that show up in KBB or any other standard car value service. A car similar to this one went for 6K on the popular “bay” auction site last year. I’m not asking anywhere near that. If you are still interested, please continue reading.

This Fox runs and drives excellent. I have replaced many parts including both fuel pumps and all fuel hoses, the ignition switch, valve cover gasket, front brake pads, rotors and hoses, battery, and more. I also have all new struts, bearings and bushings for it. The interior is near mint.
A/C is ice cold. Features a 1.8 with a smooth shifting 5-spd. Manual steering and power brakes. The only downside to the car (in my opinion) is that the clear coat is starting to go on the roof and hood and there are a few minor surface rust spots starting (mostly due to the paint being thin) This car is CLEAN! Look at all the photos and be sure to click on the link for more. Car was originally from Texas and has been in the south it’s whole life. Clean title and shows accident free! The underneath is nearly clean enough to eat off of! This is a great car at a great price. Very reliable. Why buy a Golf or Jetta and be like everyone else? Stand out in the VW community! Dare to be different. Drive a Fox!

Regardless of whether this seller paid over book value for this car, it doesn’t effect what someone in the market is willing to pay one bit. Nearing $4,000, this is a huge ask for one of Volkswagen’s most basic models, regardless of condition. But, there’s a buyer for everything and I wouldn’t be surprised if someone out there has been on the hunt for a Fox in good shape. While the presentation is impressive, I’d want around $1,500 or so knocked off the asking price to deal with the paintwork. Only then, perhaps, would this car grab my attention.