For a doll, Barbie sure has a lot of cool clothes and shit, kinda' making you wonder how she could have afforded it all. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe custom Audi TT looks like it might have pulled right out of Barbie's Dream Garage, but will its price force her back on the street?
Ford's experiment in the domestication of its furrin' cars failed pretty miserably back in the eighties, but that doesn't mean they can't be house-trained today. However, even adding a V8 to yesterday's 1989 Merkur Scorpio couldn't make it an orphan anyone would want to adopt, ending with 56% of you voting Crack Pipe. That adds yet another to the 37 possible pronunciations of its brand name - loser.
Barbie's ancestry is kind of sketchy, as you never seem to see her parents or maw-maw and paw-paw, even around the holidays. Strange that. There's no question of lineage with today's bubble gum and mini skirts-evoking 2001 Audi TT Quattro, it being based on the A4 Golf and looking much like that VW when you lift up her skirt. This one has 88,000 miles and custom white with pink pearl paint and matching wheels. The asking price of $10,500 buys you also the stock 5-spoke alloys.
The '01 TT - named for Audi predecessor NSU's successes at the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy racing series - was made available with a spate of fours, and this one happens to have the 180-bhp, 20-valve turbo edition. There was also a 225-bhp version with a larger K04 turbo, but I'm guessing that this one is lesser of the two
Next to that is a five-speed stick with what's claimed to be a new clutch and flywheel, and the power gets sent, as the Quattro badge implies, to all four wheels. Well, not really, the TT doesn't use Audi's all-the-time all-wheel drive, but a Haldex as-needed system that has the rear wheels simply along for the ride unless the fronts lose traction.
You won't lose this TT in a parking lot however, that paint and its retro Auto Union body shape conspiring to make it stand out like a zit unicorning the prom queen's forehead. The ad says - in pink no less - that it'll also make some noise as it comes with a custom, color-changing sound system. Like the wheels, the stock radio is thrown into the deal as well.
While tuning in Adele on that radio, you can have a look around and note that the somber coal mine of an interior is not in keeping with the exterior's cheerleader image. IT is softened a bit by a black and pink steering wheel cover, and at least looks only lightly worn - seriously people, if you're taking pictures of your car to sell it, take out the muddy mats!
Oh well, the dirty carpets and mats can at least allow you to envision the appropriate owner - say Cameron Diaz in booty shorts, down there vacuuming it out. And for those of you of the other persuasion, let's say its Ryan Gosling - also in booty shorts.
Buying this TT may require a little vacuuming out of your bank account as the seller is asking $10,500 for it. Edmunds says that a stock one should go for about three grand less than that, but then this one comes with the custom paint, extra wheels, and a sassy attitude.
The seller describes this Audi as a teen girl's (or boy's) dream car, and much like the cost of any of Barbie's dream merchandise, you have to decide if its $10,500 price is a nightmare. What do you think, is that a price that should move this TT into a new owner's dream garage? Or, should the seller wake up and smell the Crack Pipe?
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