Tuesday, April 23, 2019

1975 Audi 100 LS - Barn Find - A Restoration Project For The Brave, Or A Parts Car?

By no means is this a "get in and drive it" type of car. But, with so few 100 LS' still around, it might be worth saving. Certainly it would make a decent parts car.

VW introduced the 100 to the United States in 1970. On paper it a really good car. Unfortunately, we don't drive cars on paper. The Audi 100 LS had tons of problems. The electrical systems were nightmares, overheating was common, the inboard brakes tended to cook and, as they got older, they rusted in an almost old Fiat-like fashion... The list goes on and on.

Let's face it, many of the cars we now covet were not great cars when they were new. When companies like British Leyland, Fiat, Renault, Peugeot, et al, found their cars unsuitable for the US market, they just left the country. Audi, to their credit, persevered.

The seller is calling this a barn find. Based on the pictures, it seems like it really did come out of a barn. ("Barn find" is an over used term these days. It seems like any car that was stored in some sort of building - no matter where - is now called a "barn find.")

I remember these cars when they were new. A few of my parent's friends bought them. Theirs were 4 door cars. This is a somewhat uncommon 2 door. (Not to be confused with the gorgeous 100 coupe, a car we never got on the United States.) At the very least, it needs a total restoration. The seller mentions that the car has rust, but does not elaborate on it, or show any pictures.

The asking price is just $500.00 Blow the dust off and see how bad the rust is. Maybe it will start with a little work and fresh gas. Who knows? Maybe it's too far gone. Still it has parts that will help keep another 100 LS on the road. The bottom line is, this is a car that belongs somewhere other than a scrap yard.

Located in La Salle, MI, click here to see the Facebook Marketplace ad.