Monday, December 21, 2015

Avant Garde: 1995 Audi S6 Wagon

The Avant Garde art movement was an early 20th century rejection of the norm by artists -- up became down, and down became green.  The fine "art'," music, theater, and cacophonous nonsense that emanated from the "advanced guard" of the art world is just about the antithesis of Audi's stately Ur-S6 wagon, but they strangely share a name.  Find this 1995 Audi S6 Avant offered for $10,000 in Centennial, CO via craigslist. Tip from CJ.

If you are in the market for a 7 passenger family hauler, the S6 Avant might not be on the top of your list...heck it probably won't even make the list, but all 400 of the US bound C4 generation S6 Avants (typ 4A9) came with a small set of rear facing kid it should be on the list.  Right next to the AMG E55. 

Powering the ur-S6 is a 2.2 liter inline-5 cylinder 20-valve engine that pushes out 227 horsepower and 240 ft-lbs of torque -- decent numbers of the mid nineties and enough to put 60mph behind you in 6.7 seconds.  It isn't fast per se, but the time you spend behind the wheel is fun in the odd way that Audi S-cars bring fun, luxury and style.  They don't have the lithe reflexes of an M-car or the pure mid range punch of something from AMG...but they just seem happy to scramble for grip coming out of a corner. 

 See another "coolattro" for sale?


  1. I've probably seen 10-20 of the 400 examples over the years, and they have ALL been in Colorado.

    1. Centennial, CO...the locale in my absolute favorite Michener book. A fantastic read.

      Damn avants. I always have and always will open any and every posting for these when on sale as a dedicated wagon lover. But I don't honestly think I'll ever pull the trigger thanks to the cacophony of seemingly universal warnings from prior owners who lament their upkeep costs. Visions of coil packs and dropped engines dance in PO heads, it seems. I'm a coward, clearly. Afraid of the deep dive into Audi ownership, despite their enthusiast bona fides.

  2. Am I to assume the $10,000.00 includes ownership of the storage facility in addition to this money sponge on offer. doctordel, right on with these being voracious money pits. Might as well be sucked dry with a 540Touring. At least you'll be driving a BMW, not a VW.

    1. Being a family guy with 4 kids, the 540T cant fit my minions! Also while the S6Avant may have rear facing 3rd row seats they are a joke of sorts and only fit small humans but then aren't safe enough for very small humans, it is a tight tolerance range of weight x height / age + audio volume (that you benefit from facing rearward).

      AMG E55 please, not all of those had 3rd row but even a short adult can use them. Shame the bigger 3rd row height of the 98-03 or whatever wasn't offered in the US as an AMG.

    2. The whole "rear facing seat" thing is a bit odd if you ask me. I have a '93 Volvo 940 turbo wagon with one, and I'd be happy for anyone who wants the thrill of riding in the cars crumple zone to sit there. (Volvo safety!) My kids do love playing in the third row when it's parked and I'm doing stuff in the driveway though, so it's not without its uses.


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