Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Audi has a wild ‘80s-tastic digital dash, and it still works! The rest of the car isn’t half bad either, but let’s see if its price has has too many digits to get anyone to dashing to buy it.
She’s my cherry pie
Cool drink of water such a sweet surprise
Taste so good make a grown man cry
Sweet cherry pie, yeah!
I’ve had that song stuck in my head ever since first seeing last Friday’s 1991 Pontiac Firebird convertible, and I will admit, I’m ready for it to move on. That Firebird ought to be moving too, what with its 62% Nice Price win and droptop weather rapidly on the way (thanks Puxatawny Phil!). But still, that damn song.
Okay, what music do you think would go with today’s candidate - this 1986 Audi Coupe GT with its rare and funky digital dash? Edelweiss? Autobahn by Kraftwerk? Helloween’s Keeper of the Seven Keys parts I and II?
Whatever the tune, don’t bother bringing it on cassette because while this Audi’s interior is a shrine to ‘80s aesthetics, it comes with a modern stereo that only takes shiny little plastic discs. The rest of the interior however comes across like Reagan is still in office.
It’s all in pretty good shape too, with a big Audi steering wheel that looks like it should contain an airbag but doesn’t, a stubby - and likely very clunky - shifter for the five-speed, and a pictographic digital dash for those of you who suffer from Aichmophobia.
Oh sure, there’s some boogers in here. The seat stitching is doing its best Winnie the Pooh butt impersonation in places, and the bottoms of both door cards are held in place with self-tapping screws. Still, overall it looks like someplace you wouldn’t mind hanging out. First of course, you’d want to replace that one dash bulb so the speedo is readable at night.
On to the outside and… sigh… it’s been plastidipped. This is the second German car we’ve seen recently that has been so coated and I’m worrying that it’s a trend like mom jeans or all the new Lincolns. Hell, has Earl Scheib gone out of business? The car is described as primed and ready for real paint beneath the plastic wrap, and the current color doesn’t look bad, just kind of funky.
Redone wheels add some needed brightness and there doesn’t seem to be any rust or body damage anywhere on the car, although I just realized that the seller avoids showing either the nose of butt in its entirety so it could have googly eyes or something there.
So it’s looking pretty good but not without issues, but what about the mechanicals, most notably what’s up with the 2.2-litre 110-bhp five?
Well, the ad notes that within the past 5K the head was pulled and all the valves were lapped. The timing belt and water pump were also replaced as was the Bosch fuel injection distributor and the alternator. Geez, imagine what could have been done it had been an entire marathon.
There are also new brakes all around and newish Bilsteins on the back and a new battery because who doesn’t like all that? Mileage is a reasonable and oddly OCD-infuriating 123,465.
Another number that might cause you concern is the price. The asking for this digitally imbued Audi is $5,700, or any reasonable offer. What do you think, owing to its present condition and funky nature, does that $5,700 seem itself to be pretty reasonable? Or, does this Coupe GT’s price take all the dash out of it?
H/T to ChicagoE36 for the hookup!
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