Wall, New Jersey, U.S.A.
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Posted: 23 Aug 2010
Exterior Color: silver
Interior Color: black
Miles Driven: 7,024
Sold For: $15,000
About This 1983 Audi CoupeAmazing find, a 1983 Audi Coupe GT, rare in the U.S., with only 7k original miles. The Coupe GT was the little brother of the original quattro. It had only FWD and was powered by a normally aspirated version of the same inline 5-cylinder.
Getting in this car is truly like going back in time to 1983 to the Porsche/Audi dealership. This museum quality version of this vintage Bavarian Grand Touring sports car is 100% original and in BRAND NEW condition inside and out. With just 7,000 original miles (7 THOUSAND, not a misprint), this car is barely broken in. It was purchased new in July of 1983 as an extra car by the original owner who lived in a small village in Vermont. She rarely drove the car anywhere and never took it out in the rain or snow. It was stored under cover in her climate controlled garage all the time. I bought it about 4 years ago and have stored it in my fully climate controlled garage ever since (driving it around the block every couple of months).
Everything on this car is 100% original and literally looks like it did when it came off the showroom floor 27 years ago. The interior still has that distinct new Audi smell and it has the rare leather interior which still looks brand new (no cracks or frayed stitching or flaws of any kind). The dash board (which was infamous for cracking on these cars) is absolutely perfect and looks brand new. The carpet is plush and perfect with no stains, fraying, or scuffing of any kind. Everything on the car works as new including the vanity mirror illumination.
The original Audi paint is absolutely amazing and flawless. It shines just like it did when new. There are 2 or 3 very fine and minor scratches (less than an inch long) in the paint which look like they could easily be buffed out but i haven't touched it because i would not want to disturb the depth or clarity of the original paint finish. These two scratches are so minor you would need to spend a great deal of time finding them but i am being very critical of it by even mentioning them. On a scale of 1-10, i would say the exterior of this car is very close to a 10.
Mechanically this car is equally impressive. It starts, runs, and drives like you would expect a car with only 7000 miles to. In the four years since purchasing it, it has not had a single mechanical problem. However, being somewhat of a maintenance fanatic with all my cars, i had an import specialist replace the belts and hoses and the timing belt (which he said was actually in perfect shape) but given the fact that all of this rubber was close to 27 years old i felt it prudent to replace it all. Ironically our mechanic said all of the original rubber actually appeared to be in very good condition which is evidence of the fact that this car was always stored properly in a climate controlled garage. Although this is a car that i feel should be preserved for its historical value as one of the earliest generations of refined German built sports cars, it is a car that is also capable of being driven anywhere. The ride quality and handling is exactly as it was when it rolled off the assembly line in Bavaria 27 years ago.
Audi's legendary inline 5 cylinder engine was known for its longevity and durability and as a result most Audi's of the 80's were literally run into the ground with 200k plus miles on them by the end of the century. As a result, this all original highly optioned car in its like new "time capsule" condition is in all likelihood the rarest and finest remaining example of Audi's first true sports car in existence today. This is truly one of the rarest finds in the vintage German sports car market.