It’s pretty unusual with som eof the oddball cars featured here that you can have anythin gclose to the choice that you could get at the dealer’s 30 years ago. But in this special feature, you get the choice – 2 or 4 driven wheels? 2 or 4 doors? What you have to put up with is the semi-famous Audi 5 cylinder with a 5-speed manual transmission, but that shouldn’t be too much of a burden. To get things started, check out this 1981 Audi 4000 5+5 for sale for $2500 in Oregon City, OR.
Again, Audi chose some strange numerical model names. To your average user, what’s the 5+5? 10? Five cylinders and five speeds is the answer, but it’s not obvious. So if a BMW 320i is too boring, too slow, or too unattainable, this might be the choice for you. Rated at 115hp, it had a bit of an edge on the competition from BMW, though not a patch on an Alfa GTV6. Again, that five-cylinder has an interesting exhaust note you’ll want to bring out with a slightly throatier set of pipes.
This particular car looks to be in pretty decent condition – though showing some fading, inside and out, from 34 years of sun, and probably some rain, it’s been tastefully lowered over A1 GTI snowflake wheels. It’s had various service items replaced including valve cover gasket, timing belt, brake master cylinder, and more. Some cleaning and more attention to detail would get you from a driver to something you could show off a bit more – but where will you get plastic parts for an obscure 34-year-old Audi?
If weird number-naming isn’t your thing, or you want all-wheel-drive, how about settling for a strange radiator/powertrain layout? Check out this rather unusual early 4000S quattro for sale for $2000 in Portland, OR. Perhaps it should have been called the Audi 4000S 5+5×4, but it seems even 1980s Audi marketing folks had their limits. Or perhaps they moved to BMW, where their tyranny continues with cars like the BMW X5 Xdrive35i (WTF?).
This car has also had several new parts thrown at it, including the water pump, timing belt, clutch slave and master cylinders, steering arms, and more. As with most cars its age, some of the amenities like the sunroof have failed, but some patient effort over a weekend should get you back in shape. Both these cars will get you some of that classic Audi experience – which configuration would you pick?