Tuesday, November 10, 2009

1991 Audi 200 Avant - "A Conundrum Car"

Part station wagon, part hatchback, the Audi 5000 / 100 / 200 Avants are still some of the coolest looking cars around.

Of the bunch, the one to have is the 1991 200. In 1991 Audi changed the 100 / 200 body ever so slightly, but it was a change that made a world of difference. They rounded the rear wheel wells and added a little lip to both the front and back wheel wells. The earlier flat, squared rear wheel wells made the point that the 500 / 100 / 200 were aerodynamic cars, but they gave the car a very unsporting look.

The 200 was the top of the line Audi. It came with every bell and whistle Audi had to offer, including a 5 cylinder turbo engine and the Quattro AWD system.

After the 1986 "unintended acceleration" issue, Audi's new car sales suffered as did the value of used Audis. The combination of those two factors makes a car like this one a rare find.

This is a 106,000 mile, 5 speed manual, 2 owner, 200 Avant. The seller bought it from the original owner who traded it in at the Audi Dealer where he was working.

This is the type of car I love. Except for an upgraded stereo system the car is stock. It has been repainted and the headliner was replaced. The seller says that all the work on the car was "performed by certified Audi bodymen and technicians". It looks spectacular.

The big question is what to do with this car. Drive it everyday, or keep it as a weekend driver / car show car? There aren't many 18 year old Audi 200 Avants around in this condition. It would be nice to preserve it. On the other hand, the 200 Avant is a desirable car because of its utility and how much fun it is to drive. It seems like a waste not to enjoy it on a daily basis. What we have here is a conundrum.

Located in Esopus, NY, click here to see the eBay listing.

** A quick note... The seller has ended the auction for this car early. I don't know whether the he got an off-eBay offer or if he plans on re-listing it. I'll keep you updated. **

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