There is something supremely right with the first generation Audi A8 (1994-2002). It wasn’t the first executive car built by Audi to compete with the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7-series and Lexus LS, but it was the first to sit on an all aluminum monocoque frame. Today’s example is fitted with the 4.2 liter V8 (instead of the basic V6) which means it has Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system and looks as stately and perfect as when it left the factory. Find this 1998 Audi A8 4.2 Quattro offered for $7,800 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.
To call this next car a ticking time bomb would severely underestimate the risk of owning/driving an S4 with 140k miles (and straight pipe exhaust) that you paid less than $4k to own. Owning this car could be better described as trying to take a sip from a lit Molotov cocktail or wearing a pet scorpion as a wristwatch. There is a lesson here: Live life to its fullest, I guess. Find this 2005 Audi S4 offered for $3900 in Clifton, NJ via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
I am convinced that the first generation Audi TT is going to be a sleeper classic for future appreciation. It won’t be in the next few years, but sometime in the self driving neural networked googlepod future people will start paying decent amount of money for Audi TT Quattros with the upgraded 225 horsepower 1.8T engine and 6-speed manual gearbox. But today’s example is going to be even more desirable because it has the super cool amber leather baseball stitch interior. Find this 2004 Audi TT Quattro 225 HP Baseball Interior Edition bidding for $6950 reserve-not-met with $7995 buy-it-now located in Painesville, OH via eBay.
If you are a car guy and have never enjoyed the Robert De Niro and Jean Reno classic Ronin (1998) you need to schedule yourself a few hours and pick up a copy on Amazon. The D2 generation Audi S8 was the feature car that was driven in anger by Skipp Sudduth’s nerdy hacker/driver character who insists on getting a custom nitrous system and then hauls the giant sedan through small cobblestone covered French streets. It is fantastic — and you can watch one of the S8 scenes in a clip on youtube here. After watching Ronin a few times, you’ll get the kind of itch that only an all-wheel-drive V8 powered Audi can solve…and this next one is a bit janky, but it does have a manual gearbox swapped in from another Audi. Find this 2001 Audi S8 Quattro offered for $6800 near Minneapolis, MN. Tip from Cory.
The 225 horsepower Mk1 Audi TT (type 8N) Quattro was a moderately cool car when released in 1998. It featured sweet Bauhaus styling and is certainly a style icon that will become a collectible classic in 30 years (or so…). Naturally the high horsepower K04 turbo equipped 1.8T version is the one to get, and while it probably makes more sense to get one that is in good running order, this one just needs a clutch and is offered for next to nothing. Find this 2002 Audi TT Quattro 225hp offered for $2000 in Sonoma, CA via craigslist.
The B3 generation Audi 80 was sold from in 1986 through 1991 as a sedan, coupe and cabriolet. The coupe version dropped the 80 nomenclature in 1988 and became known simply as the Audi Coupé. This generation of Audi Coupe isn’t quite as iconic as the original Ur-Quattro, but it offers better drive-ability and ergonomics […]
If you haven’t gotten hooked on Hoonigan’s YouTube videos yet, it could be for a variety of reasons. Maybe you think the incessant donuts and “scumbag” antics are tiring. Maybe you’re not a 16 year old kid, and can see that their target demographic is someone who can’t yet legally drive. I have to admit I […]
“Ur” is German prefix that in one of it’s meanings is original, primitive or proto-. Such as Ur + shrift (document) is Urshrift or original document. The Audi cognoscenti a few years ago began to refer to the original “small q” quattro of the early 80’s as the Ur-quattro. The Ur-quattro was a ground breaking […]
The wagon isn’t dead, it is just taking a nap while dinner is cooking in the kitchen and soon the smoke alarm will blare with an urgency that can ONLY mean the wagon will return to showrooms around the world. Until that happens, if you want your wagon fix, you will need to buy used, […]
The Bauhaus styled mark 1 Audi TT was released in 1998 to instant acclaim and backpats all around the Volkswagen group board rooms. Wait…Volkswagen? Yup, the TT was built on VW’s Group A platform, which means it shares its front-engine front-drive default setup with the Volkswagen Golf and New Beetle, but with a number of […]