3k: Not an LS1: 1988 Audi 90 Quattro, V8 swapped

At the risk of betraying Daily Turismo’s very reason for existence, this post features a car that cannot, in its present state, legally shuttle you to work, the golf course, rehab, or your recommended daily showings of Furious 7 (spoiler alert: it doesn’t have any Audi 90 appearances). Stripped and swapped, this Audi 90 Quattro is being sold without a title. However, you could tow it behind one of the many haul-worthy rigs we’ve featured, or make it street legal by wiring up some lights, or invest in mud flaps and take this Quattro to its natural habitat: a rally course. Find this 1988 Audi 90 Quattro racer for sale in Denver, CO for $3,000 via craigslist.

This generation of Audi 90 marked the departure between itself and the Passat. It would be years before the venerable 20-valve, all-aluminum, DOHC inline-five engine was introduced, so this one got by with a 10-valve iron-block unit. This particular 90 has traded that 130-horsepower mill for a 4.2-liter DOHC V8 from a 1993 Audi, and picked up a stout 140 horsepower on the way. It still powers all four wheels through a five-speed manual transmission and a lockable rear differential.

Appropriately, a low price of just 3 grand gets you into a low-budget build. Clues like the stock steering wheel, relatively low-tech engine bay (a fuel cell, external oil cooler, and lightweight flywheel are the only modifications), and no mention of trick suspension mean that the buyer gets a simple yet capable platform to start from.

All-wheel-drive V8 race cars are about as rare as a college diploma at a WWE event. At your local autocross or drag strip, your competition might be some kid in his dad’s Charter R/T AWD. Said kid will have a few more horses than you, but you’ll undercut his curb weight handily. Audi 90s weighed just under 3,000 pounds – and that’s with a full interior. And that Dodge definitely doesn’t have the rally heritage of your Ingolstadt-bred chariot, which has to count for something.

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