Posts Tagged ‘90’

Before B4 – 1990 Audi 90 Quattro 20v

June 1, 2016

For their third generation of compact sedans, Audi moved away from VW and put the typ 89/8A on its own platform. And for the first time, Audi had a world wide naming convvention – no more Fox or 4000 (what about those names was any better than a 2-digit number, anyway?). While the previous generation B2 cars were said to target BMW and Mercedes, Audi took things a lot further in this generation, offering something more than an upgraded VW. Starting in 1989, you could get your Audi 90 with a 20v 2.3-liter inline 5-cylinder engine and quattro, continuing Audi’s indecisiveness – 4 was not good enough, while 6 was just too bourgeois – but also giving drivers a direct connection to Audi’s successful rally heritage. Not many were sold in North America, and even fewer survive 26 years on, but one of the survivors is this 1990 Audi 90 Quattro 20v for sale for $2999 (was $3000 too much?) in Lynnwood, WA.

1990 Audi 90 Quattro 20v left front

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Cheap Auntie – 1957 Rover P4 90

April 21, 2011

Not only is this the oldest car featured here, I believe, but it is also arguably the most elegant. Featuring a beautiful chrome waterfall grill, all-wood dash, and leather interior, it’s quite a luxurious vehicle that has some of the features people most strongly associate with British luxury sedans. No doubt it also smells like a 50-year-old British car: oil, fuel, leather, and who knows what other chemicals.

This particular car appears to be a top of the line model originally sold in New Zealand, judging by the front plate. The 2.6-liter six-cylinder engine puts out 90hp and pulls the car to a top speed of around 90mph. Even better, 0-60 took an epic 19 seconds. What the heck was that car geared for? Any modern 90-hp car will better that – I’d even wager my 83hp Lancia Beta is quicker. Back to the car, it’s also finished in an elegant silver/black two-tone paint job. You can find it for $2900 in Monterey, CA.

1957 Rover P4 90 front left

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