First Generation: 1975 Audi 100 LS Manual

Here's an Audi you never see on the roads anymore.

It's a first generation "C1". The 100 nameplate would last for another three generations until 1994.

These were important cars for Audi. Over 800,000 were sold and they helped established the brand since it had been revived by Volkswagen in 1965.

Still, these were simple cars. They had front-wheel drive and four cylinder engines. This one is mated to a manual transmission.

Styling is classic '70s European sedan: simple, large flat planes, round headlights, big trunk, small taillights. Other than the trademark four-ring Audi logo, they have no innate connection to the flashy, hi-tech Audi cars of today, as these are stark, bare-bones two-wheel drive cars.

Although these sold in large numbers, not many must have made it to North America.

The seller states this survivor runs and drives, but the vacuum lines are rotted and will need to be replaced. Cosmetically, they say the vehicle may have had a repaint but they can't be sure. They do say there is rust on the rear wheel arches, strut tower in the trunk, floorboards, and radiator support. That would make this car good for just continued daily driving or a possible total restoration, although such an expenditure may never be justified.

But this definitely has some charm.

Find it here on ebay in Mount Vernon, Ohio with 5 bids at $305 and reserve not met.

1 comment:

  1. The 100LS also had in-board disk brakes - not fun. Fortunately, this example had the rare manual transmission. Most had the failure-prone and very expensive to repair automatics.