1988 Audi 80 quattro

Rounding out my trio of grunge-era Audis, let’s take a look at the entry level quattro-equipped model – the 80. While the move from the B2 to B3 chassis brought many changes to the small Audi lineup, it was also very much a case of ‘meet the new boss, same as the old boss’. Some of the features of the 4000 were gone; you could no longer opt to lock the center differential, for example, since the manual locker had been replaced by a more sophisticated Torsen unit. You could still opt to engage a rear differential lock, but electronics overrode that at 15 m.p.h.. That change was indicative of movement in the marketplace and where the B3 was aimed – slightly more upscale from the B2. Interior quality was greater, safety took priority, and production was broken into two categories as it had been in Europe for the B2. Selecting the top-range 90 quattro got you nicer BBS wheels, color matched bumpers and mirrors, a sportier raised spoiler, a better leather interior and wood trim. The downscale 80 would channel more of the outgoing 4000, with a velour and plastic-heavy interior. They even opted to keep the same Ronal R8 wheels as the old model early on, and the subtle rear spoiler was a near copy of the B2.

The more basic 80 was closer in performance to the 4000, too – the luxury and safety items of the B3 meant more weight, and the 90 tipped the scales at nearly 3,000 lbs. Mechanically identical, the 80 quattro was about a hundred pounds lighter and anyone who has driven 80s normally aspirated Audis knows that 100 lbs. makes a difference in performance. Motivation for both was the same NG-code inline-5 that was seen in the last Coupe GT Special Build models, meaning 130 horsepower and 140 lb.ft of torque – smoothly adequate, but certainly never overwhelming. The 80 quattro enjoyed only a short run in the U.S., being available in the 1988-1990 model years and then re-introduced with some 90 quattro upgrades for the ’92 model year as a hold-over until the V6 B4 was ready for production. The de-contented 80 was a fair bit cheaper than its quite expensive brethren; while a Coupe Quattro would set you back over $30,000 with some options, select a basic 80 quattro and you could sneak out of the dealership for $23,000 – barely more than the ’87 Coupe GT retailed for. Today I’ve come across what must be one of the best 80 quattros remaining out there:

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1977 Audi 100LS with 30,000 Miles

The Audi C1 may have introduced the United States to the concept of a large, luxurious…well, Volkswagen…but time hasn’t exactly been kind to its legacy. Every time one comes up for sale, immediately stories will emerge of how one caught on fire, or left someone stranded, or was difficult to maintain, or just plain broke and was left to die. From a generation where cars rarely reached 100,000 miles before their untimely death, the 100 was an interesting addition to the range of German cars available to the public, though not particularly memorable for anything innovative, unique, or superlative. Yet they signaled a new direction for Volkswagen’s range, and would go on to be an important part of establishing Audi’s foothold in the market.

The new B-range and C-range cars ostensibly replaced the NSU offerings like the 1967 TT, and Neckarsulm plant formed the backbone of the new production. Because of their visual similarity to the storied Mercedes-Benz W123, many often believe Audi just copied the Daimler design; however, when the W123 rolled out for production, the C1 was nearly done and due to be replaced with the C2 only two years later. Married with Porsche dealerships, the new Audi products sold remarkably well, especially considering their pricing. At nearly $8,000 in the mid-70s, you weren’t far off the established norm of American luxury cars like the Lincoln Continental. But this car didn’t have the features, or the ‘Murican V8, of those hulks. Still, Audi dealers managed to sell an impressive 146,583 before the new C2 5000 took over in the 1977-1978 model year.

Few of these 100LSs have survived the test of time, because for so long they’ve been considered an also-ran. For some time a friend of mine had arguably the nicest one in the United States, and he couldn’t sell it in the mid-single digits. Then last year something strange just a few weeks ago. His exact car sold at auction for $17,750. Has the world gone crazy? It’s no surprise that, immediately following that auction, here comes another pristine survivor 100LS:

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1983 BMW 320is

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Today we have a nearly immaculate survivor of the best E21 model BMW brought to America. With some handling and cosmetic upgrades, the 320is was a tidy little package. It’s amazing that after 32 years and 117k miles this Hennarot example looks as showroom fresh as it does. The paint, chrome, interior, engine bay, and even the toolkit all look virtually unused. The E21 generation has its own distinct charm, a bit more quaint than the E30 but still a playful little sports sedan, and this is among the best examples we’ve seen.

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Survivor Status: 1963 Volkswagen Beetle

I’ve been scanning the ads lately for good examples of the car many of us began our love affair with German vehicles, the Volkswagen Beetle. We saw a nice 1962 Beetle Cabriolet last week that was lightly modified. This week we have come across a 1963 Beetle in Virginia that is all original. Purchased new in Florida, this car had but one owner until recently and comes with lots of documentation to add to its provenance.

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Feature Listing Updates – New Lower Prices on Survivor GTi and Low Mile Corrado

The seller of the two recent fan-favorite Volkswagens has been in touch and lowered the price on both offerings; the GTi is now listed at $6,500 and the Corrado is listed at $12,500. He’s included links to more photos on each car, as well.

You can contact the seller if you’re interested directly at jimmyzslc@yahoo.com.

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Year: 1984
Model: GTi
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 104,500 mi
Price: $6,500

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Year: 1992
Model: Corrado SLC
Engine: 2.8 liter VR6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 36,750 mi
Price: $12,500

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-Carter

1982 BMW 320is with 37,000 Miles

I’ve recently been on a bit of a kick enjoying the looks of the BBS Mahle wheels. I’m not entirely sure why they appeal more to me today than they did last week, or last year, or even when my father had a set on his 1982 BMW 633CSi two decades ago. Then, I felt they looked outdated and undersized and really preferred the looks of the RS wheels he later placed on the CSi; but there’s a certain purity about the original design that I really like. Generally associated with the E9 and E24 models, the BBS Mahle wheels also made an appearance on the E21 320is. Today’s example is stunning in Henna Red with claimed original condition and lower mileage; but does that support the high asking price?

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1981 Volkswagen Scirocco

The Volkswagen Scirocco was a clean design when it was originally launched, and in my mind is even cleaner today. The pretty simplicity of the design really sets it apart from the more recent offerings from pretty much every car manufacturer. While the Scirocco was never intended to be a race car or scorch you with light-your-hair-on-fire performance it is a neat package that combined a pretty Italian design with reliable German underpinnings. Three decades on, finding these cars in any state is pretty rare – but especially rare in the state we find this 1981 Scirocco today:

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1980 Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel Survivor

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It seems that a lot of the cars we know and love from the 1980s have been taking flight when it comes to values. Whether it’s the ubiquitous E30 M3 or the 4000S Quattro that sold for over $12,000 yesterday, it’s apparent that the this era has now evolved into classic territory for us thirtysomething folks who remember these machines fondly from our youth. This 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel for sale in Maryland might not have the pace and cache of the Mk1 Rabbit GTI, but it’s an honest to goodness survivor sure to please the Volkswagen enthusiast.

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1973 Volkswagen Type III Squareback

So, you’d like to buy an old air-cooled Volkswagen. Great! But the Beetle is just too common for you. The Bus is just too hippie-chic and expensive to get a good one? Don’t want the etch-a-sketch styled Thing? Karmann Ghia I found for you a little too pricey, you say? Have a thing for wagons? Well, I have the car for you then, if you insist on being different than everyone else. Welcome, my hard to please friends, to today’s 1973 Volkswagen Type III Squareback.

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Year: 1973
Model: Type III Squareback
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 95,135 mi
Price: $6,000 Buy It Now

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1973 Volkswagen Squareback Type III … 95,135 Original Miles
Bosch Electronic Fuel Injection
Engine: 4 Cyl, 1.6L
Transmission: Auto
VIN: 3632016210
Exterior: Red
Interior: Grey
Body Style: Wagon

This very rare, ONE owner, California Wagon has automatic transmission, original VW radio, factory rear defog and electronic fuel injection.

Engine is in good shape, does not smoke, does not leak, nice and quiet. Runs very strong. Transmission feels perfect, shifts without any problems, without delay, and without noise. Suspension is in excellent shape, car tracks nice and straight. There is no evidence of any electrical problems.

The exterior is in Excellent shape for a 1973. Leather seats, carpet floor and glass are all in great shape. There is NO rust anywhere on the car. Interior of this car is Nice and Clean. This Wagon has four matching tires that are mounted on good straight rims. It will be sold with a clear title and it will be sold as-is, where-is.

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Now, I know what you’re going to say. “But, it’s an automatic!”, you’re screaming at your screen as you furious type comments questioning my sanity. But stay with me for a moment, if you please. You’re not buying a sports car. You’re not even buying a sporty car. You’re looking at a neat, rare older Volkswagen. Seriously, I see Beetles on a regular basis still (even in the rusty North East), and as I mentioned in the last post my neighbor has a Karmann Ghia sitting in front of his house. A VW Bus is never far away from anyone. But when was the last time you saw one of these things out cruising? The “automatic” badge proudly displayed on the flanks reminds us that there was a point where this was a valued option on these cars. In terms of style, this car evokes memories of some older British Austin wagons, or even a scaled down Volvo 122 Wagon, and to me, that’s a good thing.

I know, it’s not for everyone, and that’s fine – but we like to show all sorts of cars, some of which you may not even realize exist, and this car fits right into that mold. It looks to be in fantastic “survivor” condition, and is priced appropriately in un-restored condition at $6,000. I’m willing to bet you could buy this car, drive it on Sundays and to shows with the family for a few years, and sell it at a small profit having done very little to it. Sure, a few people may snicker and question your sanity as well, but I’d wager a few more will appreciate seeing something you just don’t see every day anymore.

-Carter