Audi went its own route, though, vorsprung durch technik-ing its way to an aluminium monocoque (Audi Space Frame in Ingolstadt-speak) for its first proper assault on the luxury car market (and making a moderately light car in the process, at 1750kg).
And this unusual approach was rewarded with decent sales figures - while its steel-bodied predecessor, the Audi V8, only trickled into the UK in tiny numbers, you'll find plenty of 'D2' generation A8s around.
They are now increasingly dipping into SOTW territory now, too. Mind you, as with their peers the BMW 7-series and (to a lesser extent, perhaps) the Mercedes S-class, many have fallen victim to drug-dealer chic and have been 'pimped up' with grossly inappropriate alloys and the like.
You also get a lot of thump for your money with this one - it's the 4.2 V8, so you've got almost 300bhp at your disposal (and Quattro 4wd, of course). You won't get bored while you're surging along on a wave of V8 poke, either - because this car has kit coming out of its (metaphorical) ears, including dual-zone climate control, heated, electrically adjustable memory seats (front and rear), a six-disc multichanger, double glazing. You name it, this A8 will stop you getting bored on the motorway with it.
All in all it's a heck of a lot of car for £950, especially considering there's tax on it until December and an MOT won't need doing until March (and with an aluminium body you won't have to worry about rust). The only thing that worries us is that the mileage isn't mentioned. Still, unless the odo reads intergalactic numbers you've got to admit that this big Audi is a tempting proposition...
Advert is reproduced below
AUDI A8 QUATRO 4.2 (1997)
£950 North Lanarkshire
AS YOU CAN SEE A REALLY WELL EQUIPPED CAR, THE ONE FAULT IS THE REMOTE CONTROL FOR THE DOORS HAS STOPPED WORKING. AS FOR DRIVING THIS IS A JOY TO DRIVE, ALL THE BRAKES HAVE ALL JUST BEEN REPLACED WITH NEW FRONT DISCS AND A NEW CALOPER WITH THE OTHERS BEING SERVICED WHICH IS A REASSURING FEELING GIVIN THE POWER THIS CAR HAS.
THE CAR WAS SERVICED IN MARCH AT THE SAME TIME AS THE MOT WAS RENEWED.
ANY VEIWING IS WELCOME
M.O.TED TILL MARCH 17th 2012
ROAD TAXED TILL DECEMBER 2011