The naming convention of the German auto maker Audi has always been all about the numbers. That’s the case with today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe S8 which just like certain Sesame Streets is brought to you by the number “six” - as in speeds. We’ll see if its price “brings it” as well.
A Ferrari without service records is sort of like a grenade without a pin, a frat boy without a current STD test, or a reality tv star running for president; it’s a likely recipe for disaster just waiting to happen.
That was the potential presented by last Friday’s otherwise appealing 1982 Ferrari Mondial 8 - and yes, I said appealing, you people need to drive a Mondial - as it was offered with just a wink and a nod as to its wrenching history.
That negative overcame the allure of the Prancing Horse and the singles bar bragging rights that come with announcing Ferrari ownership. The result was the car fell in a 58% Crack Pipe loss. Maybe things would have been different if it had come (insert funny German voice here) with its papers.
There’s no connection that can be made between that Mondial and today’s 2001 Audi S8, other than the fact that both cars are powered by four-cam V8s. No sir, the Audi is unapologetically German and not Italian, it’s a sedan not a 2+2, and its parent company is the owner of one of Ferrari’s most notable competitors, Lamborghini. The Audi will also, very likely, never appreciate in value the way that Mondial inevitably will. That’s not to say however, we can’t party like it’s 2001 right now!
This silver over alcantara S8 brings a lot to that party, seeing as it features Audi’s tour de force ASF (Audi Space Frame) aluminum architecture co-developed with ALCOA, rockem-sockem 4.2-litre V8, and, in the car’s case, a six speed conversion. Boo-yah!
This isn’t our first rodeo when it comes to six speed S8s, as it seems to be a pretty common choice when the car’s original autotragic goes tits up. This particular car though has been on the market for a while now, having appeared at a much higher price on the German Cars For Sale blog way back in July.
Since then it looks to have had an engine bay cleaning, as well as an interior vacuuming that extended to the seats and door cards. I wonder where they found the tiny hotel maid to make those wonderful patterns in all those parts?
The seller says he’s the fourth owner of the car and wants you to pay no heed to the 145,000 miles on the clock, saying that it’s like a superman car where miles don’t matter. The tranny conversion was done after 100K of those miles and is claimed to have been accomplished by a reputable shop, although the seller doesn’t feel the necessity of naming it.
There doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with the car visually, as the bodywork appears to be flaw free, as does the capacious interior. Despite the car’s present home state being Colorado, it’s claimed never, ever to have been smoked in. Come on Denver Audi man, spark a bowl! The ad also says that it’s never been abused nor spent a night outside of a garage. Hell, I wish my wife treated me that nice!
You get your choice of wheels with the car, either the BBS CH rollers that are on it in the pictures, or the original Avus units shod in snow tires. Or, for $1,000 on top of the purchase price, you can get both. And as a final finger in the face of last Friday’s Ferrari, this Audi comes with what’s described as “a stack of service records.”
The asking price for this big row-yer-own sedan is $9,900, and that gets you a car that will stand out from all the old 7-series and S-class that vie for those used teutonic luxo-barge dollars. You’re also far less likely to find either a big Benz or a big Bimmer with a stick, so there’s that too.
What’s your take on this sticky S8 and its $9,900 price? Does that seem like a deal to you? Or, is this big Audi too expensive to be an innie in your garage?
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