Friday, December 5, 2014

1k: Some Assy Required: 1991 Audi 200 Quattro 20V Avant Wagon

The C3 generation Audi 200 was available as a 4-door sedan or 5-door wagon and built in Neckarsulm, Germany from 1982 to 1991.  It was available with a turbocharged engine and permanent four-wheel-drive that hinted at what Audi was going to do a few years later when it released the first S4 and S6.  Find this 1991 Audi 200 Quattro 20V Avant Wagon here on eBay currently bidding for $811 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go, located in Sacramento, CA. Tip from Rene.

This 20V Avant Quattro has 144k miles on the odometer, but doesn't look bad in the seller's photos.  The price will probably stay low because the seller says:  Car needs work and it is not perfect. It is not horrible either.  From what we can tell all the pieces are here and it is a complete car. 

It looks like you'll need to call the seller (Sacramento based CAtuned) to find out the condition of the 2.2 liter 20V inline-5 mounted up front.  When new the rally bred turbo-charged engine would have been good for something around 220 horsepower.

The interior doesn't look that bad for the current bidding price, but the telltale key loop around the steering column makes me think this car could have been picked up at an auction.  From the seller:  We do recommend shipping the car and not driving it.  But that is up to the driver to decide.

See another 7 passegner all-wheel-drive wagon that just needs a little bit of work?


  1. I really like wagons, especially vintage-y ones such as this. I have, for years, predicted their inevitable triumphant rise, and have diligently maintained my similar-vintage Roadmaster beyond economic reason (although it hasn't been that expensive). This Audi is visually striking and the all-wheel-drive is a plus.

    So would I buy it? I dunno. Probably not at auction, given the mechanical unknowns. But with such a limited market, would it be offered any other way? A seller would have to cast the widest possible net. So that's a bit of a conundrum.

    Imagine somehow wagons suddenly become as cool as I think they are. Discuss.

  2. For euro long-roof aficionados, this has win written all over it, maybe just in invisible ink and most can't see it. You know it will take you down the rough road of heartache and frustration as every Audi is designed to, but she looks good. And oh, my, god. Becky, look at her butt. It is so big. This car is Mix-A-Lot-Approved.

    I agree with Kaibeezy (frequently). But I hope wagons stay off the radar for most people so I can collect them on the cheap. My wagon wish list is long and my cash is short.

  3. These things were gorgeous, but the DM-USD exchange rate when new had them priced at $48K. A lot of money in 1991, more than the recently introduced LS400.

    When I look at the pics I see a manual shifter and what might be a pretty decent interior, I also see an Alaska plate and enough potential rust particularly around the rockers to warrant a close lookover.

    1. mrkwong, I noticed the rusty looking crud in the door jambs, but I'm not a "fender is half rusty" kind of guy. However, the Alaska plate does raise some concern. Watch out for polar bear claw marks.


  4. these wagons are great - only 177 or so made it to the US. I almost bought one, convinced my friend to buy it instead. A few days after he bought it, his dad put it into a tree... but now he's owned 2 more! These respond to boost very well... cruise at 120mph with ease. I still want one..

  5. This wagon appears to have European spec headlights, a vast improvement over the original DOT units which one contemporary magazine review referred to as 'about as effective as a handful of fireflies in a wet paper bag.' It also has headlight wipers from an Audi odd swap that I've never seen before but perhaps it was a necessity in Alaska. Thanks to the aftermarket wheels it's easy to see that the internal caliper "UFO" brakes are still present, both an asset and a liability. Mounting the brake caliper inside the rotor allowed 13" dia rotors to fit behind a 15" wheel, giving these cars the best brakes on a DOT spec Audi until the B5 S4 came along. However, they are massively, shockingly, mind numbingly expensive to maintain. A potential buyer should budget for a conversion to conventional brakes in the not-too-distant future.

    mrkwong, yes that is indeed a manual shifter. 200 quattros were available with a wide variety of transmission choices, as long as it was a 5 speed manual. I wouldn't be too worried about rust. These cars were fully galvanized at the factory and Alaska doesn't salt their roads.


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