For Sale: 1990 Audi 200 Avant quattro With 190k

Audi 200 quattro Avant

There are lots of miles on the clock, but overall this Audi 200 Avant quattro looks to be in fairly decent shape.

When buying used cars, there are a couple of schools of thought when it comes to mileage. One is that it’s best to avoid high-mileage machines on general principal. The other is that a well-maintained high-mile example can be a screaming deal — and for the record, this the one I personally subscribe to. It’s also the reason my Los Angeles colleagues considered having me involuntarily committed. Because to some less-optimistic folks? Buying a late-1990s Jaguar XJ with over 100k on the clock screams lunacy.

That said, where you stand on the mileage question will likely determine just how attractive the 1990 Audi 200 Avant quattro I recently stumbled across on Facebook Marketplace is. Because along with attractive features like the turbocharged five-cylinder, a five speed manual, and Audi’s rally-tested quattro all-wheel drive system, this luxurious longroof has been around the block a few times. And when I say around the block a few times? I mean enough times to rack up 190,000 miles — which is most of the way to the moon.

Other than the mileage and basic specs, there’s precious little in the way of description in the listing. The seller simply says it’s fun, but that he doesn’t drive it enough, and — importantly — that he’s “just thinking of selling” the car. That lack of commitment leads me to believe that there’s probably not much wiggle room when it comes to the $4,000 asking price. So if you’re properly interested in this baby, I’d be prepared to lay down most, if not all, of the asking price. It’s still way, way, less than what you’d pay for a cream puff example.

In case you’re wondering, Montana does salt its roads. But aside from what looks to be surface rust in one of the photos, the undercarriage of this old Audi looks to be largely unscathed. From the pics, the interior seems to have weathered all the miles pretty well too, even if the liner of the sunroof is breaking free, and the leather looks a bit parched. So what do you think? Would you take a chance on this old Audi? Or does the does the potential cost of keeping this baby on the road give you pause? Hit me up and let me know!

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MR2-Based Audi R8 Kit Car is a Hard No

Audi R8 Kit Car

Who is both delusional enough to commission a terrible Audi R8 replica and flush enough to pay for it?

The automotive hobby is full of nooks and crannies, and gets stranger every day. I mean, the “Carolina Squat” is a thing, and given how stupid-dangerous it looks? I’m kind of glad it’s going to be illegal come December. That said, few corners of our world are stranger than the dark one reserved for kit cars. These bastard machines are the vehicular equivalent of Elvis impersonators, and I have to admit, I have a fascination with them. Particularly well-done, but still bad, examples like this fake Audi R8 which recently popped up for sale on eBay.

This poor thing began life as a 1993 Toyota MR2 — which, it should be noted — is already an cool car. Good looks, a mid-engine chassis, and Toyota reliability made it a darling of enthusiasts the world over. So it’s unclear exactly why someone thought it’d be a good idea to turn a great car into a bad approximation of an awesome one. Unfortunately, the listing is no help there, though it does reveal that the windshield is cracked, it’s a right-hand drive, and that you sometimes have to wiggle the driver’s window switch to get it to work.

The true shame here is that while the proportions are dead wrong and literally nobody is going to be fooled by this costume, a lot of effort went into this imposter. At least from the — admittedly crappy — photos the work appears to have been done to a high standard. That means it cost money. A lot of money. So the situation we’re left with is something akin to a doctor entering the waiting room to announce that while the surgery was a success, the patient died. Seriously, who is delusional enough to commission something, like this but flush enough to pay for it?

Now, I should be clear that I’m not against all kit cars. In fact, I’d happily rock a replica Porsche 356, Jaguar C-Type, or Lancia Stratos. I think they could be built to be far better than the originals, and still look the business doing it. But something like this R8? The only people who are going to be convinced are the automotive illiterate, and aficionados are going to snicker whenever you’re seen in this thing. Maybe the window tint is so dark because nobody wants to be seen in this thing. If you have another idea, let me know.

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Built for the Track: Insane Audi 90 Quattro

Audi 90 Quattro Track Car

A Bosch Motorsport engineer went to town on this Audi 90 Quattro — and turned it into a track-day terror.

As the most famous car YouTuber on the planet, it was smart that Doug DeMuro used his popularity to launch his own automotive site. And so far, I’ve had a lot of fun cruising his auction site. But this hyper-customized 1990 Audi 90 was the first listing on Cars & Bids I wanted to post about for AudiWorld. I mean, just look at this beast. Over the course of 15 years, a Bosch Motorsport engineer went to town on it, and turned it into a fire-breathing track-day terror.

Of course, eagle-eyed folks are going to spot plenty of obvious mods, like the side-exit exhaust, carbon fiber hood, and massive intercooler. But the further you dig into the build of this baby the crazier it gets. For starters, the 2.2-liter turbo five-cylinder has been stoked to produce an astonishing 516 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of twist — in the lowest tune parameter. The higher one raises those already-lofty figures to 617 horsepower and 463 lb-ft. Because of course it does.

According to the listing, the mighty mill started as a long block built by California’s Four Ring Performance, and has been fortified with a ported head, a BorgWarner EFR8374 turbo and a TiAL wastegate. As you’d expect given the builder’s day job, there’s plenty of go-fast Bosch kit on board, including a Bosch 80mm electronic throttle body, Bosch Motorsport MS6.1 ECU and PBX90 power distribution module, and a Bosch Motorsport DDU7 driver’s display. A mil-spec harness connects all the dots.

All told, the body is about the only factory bit left here, and it’s been gutted of anything extraneous, and fitted with a custom full cage. In looking over the-crazy long build sheet, I found it particularly interesting to see what parts the builder cribbed from other cars. For example, the front brakes are from a Porsche 928 S, while the rear units previously saw service on a Cayman. The electric power steering comes courtesy of a Toyota MR2. Not to lean too lean to hard on the old “too much to list” trope, but if that phrase applies to any vehicle I’ve written about in the past year, it’s this one.

So I’d highly encourage you to head over and check out the build sheet — because it’s bonkers. Just listen to it wail on the dyno! At the close of the auction, this went for just $23,000 which given all the time and money that went into building it, has to mean pennies on the dollar. But given how far this is from factory, not to mention the whole “buying someone else’s project thing,” you’d have to be a mechanical savant to even know where to start if something goes wrong.

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Squeaky-Clean Audi 200 Quattro Avant Turbo Up For Grabs

1991 Audi 200 Quattro Avant

This black-over-tan Audi 200 Quattro Avant Turbo has 97k on the clock, and appears to have lived a charmed life.

Call it a wagon, an estate, or a longroof, it doesn’t matter. Because as Shakespeare wrote in Romeo and Juliet, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” These practical beauties are the enthusiast equivalent of comfort food, and wow, does this 1991 Audi 200 Quattro Avant on Bring a Trailer hit the spot. I’m a connoisseur of wagons, and this handsome, distinctive body style is among my very favorites. In person, these machines have true presence, and I’m always thrilled to see one in the wild.

This black-over-tan example has 97k on the clock, and appears to have lived a charmed life. According to the listing, it’s just one of 149 which made it to our shores for the model year. But I don’t think you need to Google production numbers to determine that an Audi wagon of this vintage is a rare bird. Power comes from a turbocharged 2.2-liter inline-five which pipes power to all four corners courtesy Ingolstadt’s famous quattro system, the icing on the cake is here the five-speed manual transmission. That should elevate the driving experience considerably.

Overall, everything looks pretty tidy. The basket weave BBS wheels complete the exterior perfectly, and are wearing fresh Yokohama rubber. Even the factory tape deck is unmolested, which scores big points in my book. The current owner inherited the car from their father, and drove the car around 8,000 miles during their stewardship.

Over that time, a host of maintenance items, including a timing belt replacement, rear trailing arm bushings, headliner repair, air conditioning recharge, and window regulator were done, though some issues still need to be addressed. Most glaringly, that includes a sunroof which “will open but not close.”

With four days left to go, this lovely longroof has already crested the 10k mark, and I’m curious to see how high it will go, as I’ve always had a soft spot for these Audis. Largely, that’s due to my best buddy Jamie Hunsdale, who before becoming an audio engineer extraordinaire, used one of these to deliver bread for Seattle’s Essential Baking Company. At the time, the machine had about 240,000 miles on it, and he reported it ran like a top, and drove beautifully — even over the Emerald City’s often-unruly pavement.

Hunsdale also said that the cargo area was cavernous, and that they Audi’s sole problem, even at that elevated age, was somewhat endearing. That problem? The tape deck had a copy of Boston’s Greatest Hits stuck in it. Thanks to the magic of auto-reverse, that meant that along with the smell of fresh-baked bread, the sound of the chart-topping stadium rockers were along for the ride — every time. For your peace of mind, no such problems have been reported with this Avant. Hopefully, it’ll live as long as that old trooper.

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Rare Opportunity: 2009 Audi R15 TDI for Sale

2009 Audi R15 TDI

This 2009 Audi R15 TDI didn’t achieve victory at Le Mans, but it’s still a fantastic piece of motorsports history.

In the automotive hobby, there are rare cars, and there are the kind of ultra-rare unicorn cars that are the stuff of legend. This 2009 Audi R15 TDI for sale on Canepa definitely falls into the later category, as it’s the only example of the Le Mans racer in private hands, and it’s also the last of Audi’s open-top race cars. Along with those  distinctions, this example — chassis number T 101 — was actually the very first version of the R15 produced, and saw action at the 12 Hours of Sebring in addition to the grueling French 24-hour race.

Unfortunately, that was an off year for Audi at the Circuit de la Sarthe, and the car took third place in class, behind a pair of Peugeot 908 HDi FAPsThat said, while it wasn’t the most successful of Audi’s modern race cars, it played a critical role in the development of the company’s successes at Le Mans. In fact, an updated version of the the R15, dubbed the R15 Plus, returned to France in 2010, and took delivered a spectacular one-two-three finish, reasserting Audi’s dominance at the event.

Of course, it goes without saying that this machine’s performance potential is so far beyond the capabilities of mere mortals, it’s not even funny. Power comes from a 5.7-liter diesel V10, which is good for 590 horsepower and a whopping 774 lb-ft of torque.

Due to the rules of Le Mans, all that poke is transferred exclusively to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch transmission. There’s nothing mentioned about it in the listing, but given the fighter-jet complexity of Prototype cars, something tells me firing it up is a little more complex than it would be with, say, an new RS7 Sportback. So I’m wondering how feasible it would be to bring this to a track day. If you have any details on that subject, please hit me up.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, there’s no listed price, but I think this baby fetch a million dollars if I fetches a dime. Curiously, while the race history seems pretty comprehensive, there’s no mention of how it long it’s been in private hands, or even how it got there in the first place. Given how special this machine is, and the bleeding-edge tech Prototype cars feature, the owner likely pulled some strings to get it, so I’d bet that story makes for fascinating reading.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen an Audi Prototype up for sale, as back in March, I posted about an R18 TDI Ultra which came up for sale. While that machine didn’t actually compete at Le Mans, a version just like it took the checkered flag at the 2011 running of the race. That listing is long gone, so it’s unclear how much it went for, but again, it can’t have been cheap. Personally, I’m beyond stoked that 2023 will see Audi return to Le Mans, and we’ll have more details on that machine early next year, so stay tuned.

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