Have you ever come across a car and realized that you had totally forgotten that they ever even existed? Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe VW Quantum is conceivably just one of those cars, and you'll need to decide if this one is priced to remember.
Do you know why Ohio is different from all the other states? It's because it's high in the middle and round on both ends - Oh-High-Oh. That Bugs Bunny joke never fails to slay me. You know what else is high in Ohio? That's right, the price of yesterday's Dayton-located 1979 Pontiac Trans Am, at least according to the 88% of you who voted it a Crack Pipe loss.
Despite the vote tally I think that Pontiac will be a car that's not soon forgotten, unlike today's candidate for which it's likely only VW Vortexans may carry vivid memories. This of course is a 1985 VW Quantum, and in fact a 5-pot 5-speed Syncro edition so, yeah, it's got that going for it.
In case you need a refresher, these cars were the U.S. edition of the second-generation Passat. Styled in-house they were a bit dumpier than their Audi 80-based but Giugiaro-tweaked predecessor. That car carried the name Dasher here in the U.S. and as VW still was unsure that Americans could pronounce Passat without giggling (it has ass in it), they called the B2 edition the Quantum here.
This wagon looks rough and every bit its 150,000 miles. The forest green paint which was once likely as shiny as an Oktoberfest barmaid's smile is now faded into a dull military matte. There are some trim pieces missing off the nose, while the curb-side fender seems to still hold a shine making this a Quantum of quandaries.
On the inside things seem a bit better as the seats and door panels look to be in fine condition, perhaps only needing a good cleaning. Everything is manual on the car - windows, seats, transmission - so there's less to go wrong, plus it's sunroof-less so it's probably dry inside.
The drivetrain is, as noted, a five cylinder and five speed. The 2.2-litre SOHC five is the same engine you would have seen under the hood of VAG's Audi 4000 at the time, and in fact the two cars shared the bits under the floor. That makes it more rightly a Quattro rather than a Syncro, but you know, a name's a name.
The price here is $950, and that gets you not just a driver but a manual-equipped AWD wagon that nobody would ever steal because they wouldn't know what to do with it if they did. That's the thing here, these are interesting cars that have - for the most part - fallen off the grid.
You could bring the sexy back by advocating the purchase of this one at its less than a grand price. It's now time to pull the trigger and say whether or not someone should do just that deed. What do you think, is this forgotten fahrvergnügen worth $950? Or, is this a case of gone AND forgotten.
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