Monday, February 10, 2014

1991 Audi V8

A friend sent me a link to a short film about the Audi Tradition warehouse, located at Audi's Ingolstadt factory grounds. It's only 20 minutes long and leaves you wanting for more. You can see it here. Coincidentally, a few days earlier, the seller of an Audi Fox I posted back in 2011 found the post and commented about it now part of the Audi Tradition collection. I saw the comment this morning. One of the first cars I spotted while searching for a car to write about, was this one. I guess it's an Audi kind of day...

This was the A8's predecessor. In the 1990s it was Audi's top of the line car.

It was competition to BMW's 7 Series. Like the 7 Series cars, it came with every bell and whistle imaginable 20 years ago. The one thing it offered that wasn't available on a 7 is AWD. All V8s came with Audi's quattro system.

The engine is a 3.6 liter (a 4.2 came a little later), 32 valve, four overhead camshaft, all aluminum V8. It put out 247 HP.

The V8 Quattro never sold well. Audi was still reeling from the unintended acceleration accusations of the 1980s and had yet to establish itself in the minds of the US buying public as a true premium brand. People looking for this type of car chose the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S Class over the Audi.

Used Audi's could be purchased for very little money in the the mid 1990s. Often V8s were purchased by people who couldn't afford the upkeep and they were junked when they discovered the prices of Audi parts and service. There are very few of these cars left in North America.

Like most older Audis, with proper maintenance (a must), it will easily reach 200K plus. Like most older Audis it will nickel and dime you to death on the way there. Electrical issues are common. Certain trim pieces fall apart. The only real mechanical issue is the automatic transmission. Some last forever. Some quit early. There seems to be no rhyme or reason.

This V8 is priced at $3900.00. That's at the top of the V8 pricing scale. It has 106,000 miles on it and appears to have no rust or body damage. There is no mention of maintenance records being included, which would be a HUGE plus.

You can find plenty of cool old cars for $3900.00. But, if you're looking for a German engineered sedan with AWD and a V8, this is your only real choice.

Located in Lombard, IL, click here to see the eBay listing.

2 comments:

Jon said...

The depreciation curve has always been rather steep for large German ("S" series, 7 series etc.) flagship cars. The Audi V8 looked a bit too much like the lesser 100/200 series for anyone to justify taking the financial plunge.

Max Power said...

I agree with Jon....it always looked way too much like the 100/200 the same way that the Phaeton looked way too much like the Passat. I am sure it would have had a better fate if the V8 was introduced first and then the 100/200...so the perception that the lesser cars looked more aspirational rather than the other way around