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#27366 of 29637 Re: out in the rain [ateixeira]
Dec 29, 2012 (6:37 pm)
I checked, and you're right; they were all automatics. Now I'm even more curious about the one I occasionally see. It's either been converted to a manual, or I'm wrong about the transmission. From the sound it made backing out of the parking place and going forward it sounded like a manual to me.
For the '94 and '95 model year FWD was offered, but they too were automatics.
#27367 of 29637 Re: out in the rain [Mr_Shiftright]
Dec 29, 2012 (8:13 pm)
Way back when, one of the major US car mags had a snow compare and it won, beating a dozen or so other cars.
It was a GT for the snow belt.
Nickname became Snow Vehicle Xtraordinaire.
In FWD it made no sense.
Dec 30, 2012 (8:31 am)
Yesterday in traffic I spotted a very nice 65-ish Chevy II Nova wagon which appeared to be in good driver shape, as cars like this often are in Arizona where rust doesn't get 'em (and they aren't parked outdoors where the UV gets them. It was metallic light blue with chrome trim indicating top- model status (Nova?).
#27369 of 29637 Re: Nova wagon> [andys120]
Dec 30, 2012 (8:55 am)
Before I even finished reading your message, I pictured a light blue one in my mind. I think that was a popular color that year.
A '65 Chevy II is probably my favorite Chevy II. Last of the original body, still quite basic inside, but a handsome revised grille and taillights IMHO, and V8 power available (actually that started with '64).
#27370 of 29637 Re: out in the rain [ateixeira]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Dec 30, 2012 (10:03 am)
Yes I remember the car mags liking the SVX, but that was before so many newer cars were introduced that were AWD and equally competent, with none of the fuss and bother of owning an oddball car that nobody wants to repair for you. 1980s audi quattros were also the rage back then but now you could hardly give one of those away.
#27371 of 29637 Re: out in the rain [Mr_Shiftright]
Dec 30, 2012 (10:40 am)
Unless it's a UR Quattro coupe - there's a cult around those now, and they are legit collectibles.
#27372 of 29637 Re: out in the rain [fintail]
Dec 30, 2012 (1:41 pm)
I like the URQ coupes too and there's enough interest to keep them alive and collectible. A really nice one, well kept and sorted would be worth what? Maybe $15k-$20k? But when it comes to the Sport Quattro...wow! The clamor for that car has been truly fanatic. It was the one with short stubby wheelbase, limited production, +300 hp and too much fun for 80s US certification. Insane price when new and bid up at auction now as well. Maybe $100k American money? Has anyone here ever seen a real one while visiting Europe or some museum?
#27373 of 29637 Re: out in the rain [omarman]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Dec 30, 2012 (1:46 pm)
yeah, a really fantastic '83-'85 Quattro Coupe could bust $20K.
#27374 of 29637 Re: out in the rain [omarman]
Dec 30, 2012 (3:05 pm)
Ask and ye shall receive. These are at the Audi Museum in Ingolstadt:
Also in 2009, I was driving on a secondary road between Stuttgart and Ulm, and saw a Sport Quattro on the road, appeared to have just come out of a restoration and was out for testing. I just about fell out of my car.
I had a thing for UR Quattros when I was a kid - they were about as exotic as I could imagine, and were setting the rally world on its head at the time. You could even get a talking option
#27375 of 29637 Re: out in the rain [fintail]
Dec 30, 2012 (9:46 pm)
Am I the only one who sometimes gets jealous over Fintail's good fortune in life? Even his freaking craigslist is better than mine. And now this! Ha! Just kidding.
Gotta love that "blasted plains" exhibit which makes Audi's Group B cars look right at home. And along with the museum tour you actually saw a road car version out on the street? Amazing.
Didn't all digital dash URQ's have the autocheck voice box instead of warning lights? If the voice warning system was defective or disabled, the driver would not be alerted to a serious problem like, "Achtung bremse system defekt!"