4WD Week Tuner Tuesday: 1986 Audi Quattro Treser Roadster – REVISIT


Back in August, I wrote up a pretty popular and hugely wild Treser Roadster. With such a small market interested in these cars, it’s no wonder that it’s still available today on Ebay.de. Unfortunately, if you were counting pennies last time to make this happen, the currency conversion hasn’t gone your way, because while it’s still priced at 34,999 Euros, that today will cost you about $1,500 more than it did in August. Still, at less than half the price of a decent Sport Quattro this is a pretty unique piece of Audi history and would look great in some snowy shots – any brave souls out there?


The below post originally appeared on our site August 20, 2013:

Not satisfied with the already exotic Audi Quattro he had helped to create, Walter Treser went on a mission to take the Quattro to the next step. His cars featured bespoke TRX wheels (the largest available to the mass market at the time), upgraded 250 horsepower engines (more boost – that could never go wrong!), and perhaps the largest chin spoiler fitted to any road car ever. Seriously, this is the Jay Leno of cars. Treser also revised the interior, rear spoiler and rear bumper cover, and for the exclusivity of one of these gems, he upgraded the price tag substantially. For some, even the Treser Quattro wasn’t enough, and for 39 lucky and wealthy individuals who just had to take it to the next level, Walter cooked up one of the stranger conversions ever done to an Audi at that point; he chopped the top and made a folding hardtop. The Treser Roadster marketed for the equivalent of around $125,000 in 1986. Rare doesn’t begin to describe these cars, but every once in a while one pops up for sale, like today’s Pearlesant White Treser in Germany :


Year: 1986
Model: Treser Quattro Roadster
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 112,000 km (69,593 mi)
Price: €34,999 Buy It Now ($48,008 today)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Audi Quattro Treser Roadster on Ebay.de

Treser Roadster
Build date 12/86
Timing belt replaced 300km ago.
Air conditioning disinfected, renewed dryer, and filled with CFC – free refrigerant 300km ago.
– Hydraulic top (which is currently not fuctioning due to burst line) will be repaired for the Buy It Now amount!
– 250 hp Motor
– Electric windows
– Treser Front spoiler
– Treser Rear spoiler
– TRX wheels with 250 tires (Super Rare!)
– Treser widened fenders
– Black leather ( Treser heated seats, Treser dashboard and door cards )
– CD player and Radio with equalizer, multiple amps and speakers as originally delivered !! )
– Treser Cockpit
– Treser Sport suspension
– New muffler (2000 km)
– Central locking
– Tinted glass
– Pearlesant White Metallic
Price 34,999 Euro
Any questions: 01712129070
Trades accepted
Car is located in Hamburg, Germany


If you had to have the ultimate non-Sport Quattro in the 1980s, this was your car. It is over the top in nearly every way. It certainly isn’t to everyone’s taste, but many of the modified cars from the 1980s weren’t. As Rick James said, “Cocaine is a hell of a drug.” Compared to some of the modified Porsches and Mercedes, the Treser cars were downright pedestrian and civilized; but next to the original, this car looks outrageous. Interestingly, I think this car ends up looking more Japanese than German, but to the right buyer, I doubt that would matter.

The car’s condition appears to be good and it’s not surprising that the top is not functioning, but the seller has promised to fix prior to the sale at full amount. Still, like older modified cars, there is a lot to go wrong here, so be prepared for plenty of visits to the mechanic to sort it out. Like the TRX wheeled BMWs, plan on getting different wheels and saving those original Tresers for show only. The driver’s side headlight seems to be at an odd angle, but that could be an easy fix; Pearlesant White is so difficult to color match and that bumper is so rare, I doubt it saw an impact that wouldn’t show in the photos.

Even among the die-hard Audi aficionados, the Treser cars are polarizing. $46,600 is top dollar for a Quattro that isn’t a sport, but these cars are so rare it’s hard to put a value on it. There are very few originals left, and even fewer in Pearlesant white. In comparison to some of the rare convertible Mercedes and Porsches from the 1980s, this isn’t outlandish money, and the Quattro values have steadily been on the rise over the past decade. As a 1986, it’s eligible for import to the U.S. without too much difficulty, so the question is – will you be the only one in the U.S. with one of these cars?


Wagon Week: 1997 Audi A6 2.8 Quattro Avant


As I said when I originally wrote up our Featured Listing Emerald Green A6 2.8 Quattro Avant, the Audi A6 2.8 Quattro may not be the car of everyone’s dreams, but it’s a solid performer on a great platform. With outstanding style, quattro all-weather go-anywhere attitude and the long-life of the C4 platform, the A6 really is a great modern alternative to the venerable W124 Mercedes-Benz wagons. Today’s example looks splendid in the signature Audi Pearlesant White Metallic over Ecru leather:


Year: 1997
Model: Audi A6 Quattro
Engine: 2.8 liter V6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 74,646 mi
Price: $8,950 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 Audi A6 2.8 Quattro Avant on eBay




Only 74K Original Miles

A very Hard to Find A6 wagon AWD in gorgeous white paint!
4WD/AWD Powerful 2.8L Engine! LOW MILEAGE Vehicle! Third Row Seat!

You are looking at a sporty luxury vehicle that has been well kept and maintained; it’s an all around great looking vehicle. The car has mostly been driven on the highway, and it is in great condition.

The famous Quattro all wheel drive provides superb traction whether its winter, fall or summer. Rain or dry you will get superior traction and security.

The engines is one of the finest German engines ever created – a 2.8 liter V6 that runs and feels smooth and provides abundant power. The transmission shifts like on a new car, no skips or slips on shifts.

The interior is in nice condition. The front seats lean all the way back to the rear, so you can actually sleep rather comfortably in the car!

All the electrical options appear to be in working order. A very good climate control system is present in this car, and the A/C blows ice-cold.

The trunk is clean and roomy as you can see from the pictures, and has all the AUDI tools that came with the car.

This is a unique hard to find car, that is painted with a color that really makes it stand out in the crowd.

It always confuses me a little when second-hand dealers list cars as “one owner”, since their ownership would mean it’s a 2 owner car. I do like that the Car Fax is shown and lists the original owner, but a careful look will show you that the registration ran out around July 2012 and there is no renewal listed. That may in part be due to the asking price; at $9,000, this car is priced well outside the current market on A6 quattros. It appears to be in fantastic shape and the pictures document that, but as with all used dealers there are annoying details missing – like the $10 dollars worth of lug caps they could have replaced for a car that is top dollar. Heck, even if they had simply moved the caps wheel to wheel as they were taking photos it at least wouldn’t show as an issue. I know it’s minor, but if you’re going to ask top dollar, get it right.

That said, it’d be hard to replicate the condition of this car from a lesser model for the asking price. Most A6s are pretty worn and the going rate seems to be $3,500 – $5,000 for a much higher mileage model. Factor in the cost of a repaint or bodywork and interior refresh into that price, and $9,000 suddenly isn’t so outrageous. But of course, that would be predicated on you wanting an A6, and at this price, I’d hold out for even a higher mile 1995 S6 Avant, as I’m sure most of you would too. But if you want a mostly fresh, dependable daily driver and aren’t worried about performance, the A6 remains a solid value for a solid car.