RE: Audi 80: Spotted

Sunday 18th February

Audi 80: Spotted

With one owner from new, a full history and in incredible nick, this unrestored Audi is a genuine timewarp car



Alongside 'barn find', the phrase 'timewarp' is one you'll find bandied around in the classifieds all too often these days. Usually, it's attached to a car that's, well, not exactly a timewarp; perhaps a slightly crusty Astra with a saggy headliner, or a Volvo that's done two hundred and twelvety thousand miles.

Not this time. In fact, the seller of this delightful B2 Audi 80 stays away from such hackneyed terminology, instead - seemingly - allowing the car to speak for itself.

This 80 is, to be precise, a 1.8-litre GL, which slots it neatly into the middle of the 1984 range, just before the CL and GL trim levels were dropped in favour of the largely similar SC. Its position in the range gives it such mod cons as electric windows and central locking, as well as the 1781cc EA827 engine made famous in the Mk1 and Mk2 Volkswagen Golf GTIs, albeit here in carb-fed form.


That means this honey gets a heady 90hp - enough to propel it to 60mph in all of 11 seconds dead. Let's face it, though - you're not buying a car like this for performance, and in the real world, that'll be plenty enough to keep up with traffic.

Handling? Do you really care? If you do, you're probably going to be underwhelmed, if not entirely disappointed. The 80 was criticised in its day for quite a bit of body roll - even for the time - and overly heavy steering. Still, you do get plenty of grip - in other words, it'll corner tidily, even if it doesn't feel all that happy about it.

But that soft suspension does mean the 80 is a smooth rider and, combined with the plush velour seats and an original Panasonic stereo, makes this a car for which you wouldn't have to compromise too much in the way of comfort.


Indeed, this is just the sort of classic you could use as a daily driver. For one thing, like all Audis of its era, it'll be robustly built and easy to fix. What's more, it's done 78,000 miles which, while low enough to be appealing, is hardly the sort of mileage that means you'd have to wrap it in cotton wool. It comes with a fresh MOT having been recently recommissioned, and its previous owner has had it since it was new.

There we have it, then. If you want to know what it felt like to be a used car buyer circa 1992, looking at a particularly well-kept example of a tidy eight-year-old 80 with average mileage, you have your answer. How's that for timewarp?


SPECIFICATION - AUDI 80 GL

Engine: 1,781cc 4-cyl
Transmission: 5-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power (hp): 90@5,400rpm
Torque (lb ft): 107@3,300rpm
MPG: 40.1
CO2: N/A
First registered: 1984
Recorded mileage: 78,000
Price new: £7,320
Price now: £2,650

See the full advert here.

 

 

 

 

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sidewinder500

Original Poster:

33 posts

24 months

Sunday 18th February
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I still remember one morning when my dad came into my room and trying to explain that one of his friends dad had a car literally to give away, is now too old to drive, wants to have the car in good hands (sic) and so on...

Was exactly one of these in this exact colour combo, bone stock.

Exciting for a then 19yr old, who had dreams of big block muscle cars or lithe italian sports coupes, at least something cool like a MB 280 TE (the first one)...

Eventually my dad noticed my resentment, albeit reluctant, and I had to pay for myself on my first real car a little while later, which turned out to be a lithe italian sports coupe with slight rust issues instead of a well kept, garaged and tlc'd to the max Audi EIGHTY for god's sake (at that time Audi's image was still soooo drab, you had to be really old to like cars like this)

The path gets beaten soon enough...

Edited by sidewinder500 on Sunday 18th February 00:43

Small Car

817 posts

129 months

Sunday 18th February
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In 95 I bought a Belgium registered U.K. based one of these for £80, and ran it as a student for a two years. It was great. Very sloppy suspension but nice interior and a sunroof!! Sold it to Eastern Europe for £250 via Loot in London. For an MR2.

andy43

5,762 posts

184 months

Sunday 18th February
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Like that. I had a white 1986 80 Sport, with the 1.8 8v Golf Gti engine in it. Great cars.

MalcolmSmith

121 posts

5 months

Sunday 18th February
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The next generation 80 is the one for me, these always looked like a big 4 door Polo saloon.

RammyMP

2,279 posts

83 months

Sunday 18th February
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My Dad has one on his company car list circa 1985, we went to the Audi garage and sat in one. He preferred the Ford Sierra, which is what he got.
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soad

28,736 posts

106 months

Sunday 18th February
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MalcolmSmith said:
The next generation 80 is the one for me, these always looked like a big 4 door Polo saloon.
Completely agree. yes

Hubris

139 posts

67 months

Sunday 18th February
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I'd rather be behind the wheel of a 90 of similar vintage to be honest.

In the 80, you'd always be thinking "I wished I saved up a bit more for the nicer engine"

So I did. hehe

GranCab

1,139 posts

76 months

Sunday 18th February
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Was the previous owner incontinent ?

PoopahScoopah

217 posts

55 months

Sunday 18th February
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I bet that car stinks of mould and/or British Heart Foundation charity shops.

s m

16,407 posts

133 months

Sunday 18th February
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Hubris said:
I'd rather be behind the wheel of a 90 of similar vintage to be honest.

In the 80, you'd always be thinking "I wished I saved up a bit more for the nicer engine"

So I did. hehe
The 80 was fine if you got the 5-pot engine - sounded nice when it was wound up and fast enough to keep a hot hatch honest with 115bhp. They're light by today's 4-door standards - make a GT86 look a bloater

I'd only go for the Sport or CD of this era

blade7

7,824 posts

146 months

Sunday 18th February
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I had an 80 2.6 V6 Avant, it was a lovely car. Only sold it because there wasn't enough room in the back for 2 GSD's. The 850 estate I replaced it with was big enough for the dogs, but drove like a tank in comparison.

BFleming

644 posts

73 months

Sunday 18th February
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I've seen this for sale elsewhere & there's rust on the lower edges.

BMWSIMAN

26 posts

129 months

Sunday 18th February
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Audi had an unpainted, bare metal one of these on display outside their plant in Ingolstadt when I visited in the late '80s. Not a mark on it. Deeply impressive manufacturing process even back then. Sure this one will continue on for many more years. Great cars.

TooMany2cvs

25,364 posts

56 months

Sunday 18th February
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s m said:
Hubris said:
I'd rather be behind the wheel of a 90 of similar vintage to be honest.

In the 80, you'd always be thinking "I wished I saved up a bit more for the nicer engine"

So I did. hehe
The 80 was fine if you got the 5-pot engine
The 5-pot 80 was the 90, IIRC.

I remember my mother test-driving one back in the day. There was terrible booming in the back seat - so my brother and I effectively vetoed it. She got a Saab 900i instead.

ChasW

1,857 posts

132 months

Sunday 18th February
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I had one of these a loan car c1984. Compared to the Vauxhalls and Fords of that era it was much better screwed together though a bit austere. Lively enough though. Mine had a steel sunroof which was a big deal in those days. I liked it.

s m

16,407 posts

133 months

Sunday 18th February
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TooMany2cvs said:
s m said:
Hubris said:
I'd rather be behind the wheel of a 90 of similar vintage to be honest.

In the 80, you'd always be thinking "I wished I saved up a bit more for the nicer engine"

So I did. hehe
The 80 was fine if you got the 5-pot engine
The 5-pot 80 was the 90, IIRC.

I remember my mother test-driving one back in the day. There was terrible booming in the back seat - so my brother and I effectively vetoed it. She got a Saab 900i instead.
No, you could get a 5-pot in the Audi 80CD B2 - 115bhp

You are right though, the later 80s with a 5-pot became the 90

TooMany2cvs

25,364 posts

56 months

Sunday 18th February
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s m said:
TooMany2cvs said:
s m said:
Hubris said:
I'd rather be behind the wheel of a 90 of similar vintage to be honest.

In the 80, you'd always be thinking "I wished I saved up a bit more for the nicer engine"

So I did. hehe
The 80 was fine if you got the 5-pot engine
The 5-pot 80 was the 90, IIRC.

I remember my mother test-driving one back in the day. There was terrible booming in the back seat - so my brother and I effectively vetoed it. She got a Saab 900i instead.
No, you could get a 5-pot in the Audi 80CD B2 - 115bhp

You are right though, the later 80s with a 5-pot became the 90
<quick google>
Ah, they changed to the 80/4pot-90/5pot badging with the 1984 facelift to the B2. Except the 90 TD was still the 1.6 4pot.

PunterCam

687 posts

125 months

Sunday 18th February
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BFleming said:
I've seen this for sale elsewhere & there's rust on the lower edges.
I'd be disappointed if there wasn't. It's a 30 year old car, of course there's rust!

GranCab

1,139 posts

76 months

Sunday 18th February
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Does "unrestored" exclude brush painting some non-matching silver over the rust bubbles ?

Classic - cable ties to stop your 80s o/e plastic wheel trims being nicked .....

Edited by GranCab on Sunday 18th February 12:48

s m

16,407 posts

133 months

Sunday 18th February
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TooMany2cvs said:
s m said:
TooMany2cvs said:
s m said:
Hubris said:
I'd rather be behind the wheel of a 90 of similar vintage to be honest.

In the 80, you'd always be thinking "I wished I saved up a bit more for the nicer engine"

So I did. hehe
The 80 was fine if you got the 5-pot engine
The 5-pot 80 was the 90, IIRC.

I remember my mother test-driving one back in the day. There was terrible booming in the back seat - so my brother and I effectively vetoed it. She got a Saab 900i instead.
No, you could get a 5-pot in the Audi 80CD B2 - 115bhp

You are right though, the later 80s with a 5-pot became the 90
<quick google>
Ah, they changed to the 80/4pot-90/5pot badging with the 1984 facelift to the B2. Except the 90 TD was still the 1.6 4pot.
That's right, quite a bit of experience of these as a friend owned one and another had a Sport. They were well made but also very light ..... i.e. same weight as a Saxo VTS with one big bloke in, not bad for a 4-door saloon.
They handled pretty well, did roll a bit, and were quite 'adjustable' on the limit. You could give a Golf Gti a hard time on the twisties plus you got a Quattro-esque exhaust note with the CD variant