Vintage Audis have two reputations: they are absolute monsters to drive in the winter and they are impossible to find nowadays in running, working condition for reasonable money. Well, friends, take a look at this $750 of frail German steel.


This is a 1983 Audi 4000S located right here in New York City for not even a grand.

And it runs and drives.

And it has a five-speed manual.

To be fair, the reputation for these old Audis is that they parts that make the car go are rarely ever the problem. It’s all the other things that go that drive you insane. Electric windows fail, switches break, plastic trim crumbles, all of that.


But, having driven one of these things, diffs locked, upshifting into second mid-powerslide and holding it, still sliding, across snow and ice, I’m convinced these things are worth the $5,000 to $10,000 people usually want for one.

At $750, you would imagine that this particular “runs and drives good” Audi would have some issues. Listen close:

1983 audi 4000s 5 speed runs and drives good it is old does have some rusting on panels and bottom of doors but floors are solid and so is the towers and frame it’s a good daily driver has a little oil leak I believe is coming from the oil pan gasket I just check the oil and add when it gets low starts right up every time Car could drive long and far I have without any issues mostly looking to trade for other volkswagens Audi’s b5s 1.8t vr6 gti Gli audi 90 etc May be interested in a tuned Honda must be manual only manual cars unless it’s a Jeep 


Starts right up every time! I’m sure it’s fine. Don’t mind the rust on the frame. don’t need those. You’re good.


Look for the car here, and please buy it so I don’t and oversteer foot to the floor into a tree in Maine.

CORRECTION: Reader Adam pointed out that this Audi 4000S is no quattro, but a front-wheel-drive Audi! How was he able to spot the difference? He can tell you:

Just a quick note on your posting of the $750 Audi, the 4000s was not equipped with quattro, and is thus front-wheel-drive. There are three ways you can tell:

1) In the United States, all 4000 quattros were equipped with the 2.2L 5-Cylinder engine, while the non-quattro cars had a 4-Cylinder. Interesting sidetone, the FWD 4000s was available with the 5-Cylinder in Canada, not sure why the USA didn’t get that option. The exception were the rare “5+5” models, which had the 5-Cylinder and a 5-Speed, but as far as I know, that was exclusively an option on the two-door model.

2) The early quattro cars had power front windows (later ones had all power windows).

3) No quattro control panel in front of the shifter. These early cars would have had the push-pull knob to lock the centre and rear differentials. The later cars had a rotary knob to do the same. This panel was at the base of the centre stack, just in front of the shifter/ashtray.

If you’re truly an Audi dork like I am, you can also call out the wheel style (that style of wheel was only available in the 4x100 bolt patter of the FWD cars, not the 4x108 pattern of the quattro-equipped cars), and the fact that the floor-pan is a slightly different shape (the quattro cars have a bigger transmission/driveline tunnel, which also means the seats are not interchangeable between the FWD and quattro cars).

So, no four-wheel-drive hooning in this thing, unfortunately.

Thanks Adam! We were so close, and yet so far, to the cheapest little four-wheel powerslides around.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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