Has there ever been a harder act to follow than the Audi Quattro? All Audi coupes since have been in the iconic car's shadow, so much so that today's Spotted represents the last time the German marque tried to continue its lineage, before giving up and starting afresh with the TT.
Appearance-wise the B3 Coupe is a rather handsome car. It's angles just rounded enough to remove it aesthetically from the realm of the B2, while that full-width rear light bar conjures up the later, B4-based RS2. Not only were the panels well styled, but they were well built, too, with each one fully galvanized to protect it from rust. As a result, properly maintained examples can be relied upon to provide years of faithful service.
I should know, as it was an Audi Coupe not too dissimilar to this which provided a great deal of my transport during many of my formative years. Contemporary reviews lamented the car's lack of power-to-weight performance, but I certainly don't remember speed being an issue for my mother as she flew down the South Walian B-roads in a desperate attempt to ensure I wasn't late for school, for once.
But I digress. This example ought to be reliable not because of rose-tinted childhood memories, but because of its seemingly relentlessly scrupulous owner. The ad demonstrates an incredibly meticulous approach, along with an invitation to see the fruits of that labour for yourself, which should put even the most sceptical buyer at ease.
Under the heading of 'good bits' fall the car's reasonably low mileage, the absence of any dents or dings, a fully functioning suite of electrics, four brand new tyres, and the fact that the car remains completely original. In the not so good column sits only the need for a little paint and wheel refurb and the common complaint of a worn driver's seat bolster. The seller claims that the Audi didn't put a foot wrong when his wife used it last winter, "although she is 27 years old now, she is in great condition that belies her age (the car, not the wife)."
According to the internet, the MOT expires this week, but with such fastidious maintenance it'll surely fly through many more. It may not boast the same status as its Quattro forebear, or the dynamic traits of its successor, but with only 60,000 miles on the clock and an asking price of just £3,250, it'll be hard to match the venerable Audi Coupe for interesting and reliable daily motoring on a budget.
SPECIFICATION - Audi Coupe
Engine: 1,984cc, 4-cyl
Transmission: 5-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power (hp): 112@5,300rpm
Torque (lb ft): 124@3,250rpm
First registered: 1991
Recorded mileage: 59,966
Yours for: £3,250
See the full ad here.