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Autotrader Find: 2-Owner 1985 Audi 5000

If you’re looking for an Audi 5000 — and I’m not quite sure why you would be — you surely don’t have many options to choose from. But this 1985 Audi 5000 is surprisingly nice, and it’s currently offered for sale on Autotrader with 97,600 miles from a private seller in rural Ligonier, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh.

We’ll start with a brief overview of the Audi 5000. The 5000 was sold in the United States in the 1980s — and back then, Audi’s naming truly made no sense. While it’s incredibly simple today ("A3" is smaller than "A4," etc.), back then it was almost insanely illogical: The Audi 5000 was sold in Europe as the Audi 100 or 200, depending on which version you got — and they later changed the name of the 5000 to the 100 and 200 in the United States, too. Audi also offered smaller models, the 80 and 90, which were inexplicably separated by only 10 numbers — even though the larger model in Audi’s lineup was separated by 100 numbers. My mere explanation of this is probably confusing to you. But not as confusing as the actual vehicles.

Anyway, at some point in the 1980s, someone figured out what Audi to buy, and they bought this 1985 Audi 5000, which is equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission and a 2.2-liter 5-cylinder engine. This car is quite impressive in its preservation; the inspection decals on the windshield expired in 1997, and the seller says it’s been in storage since then — meaning this thing hasn’t seen much sunlight in 20 years.

Who stores a 1985 Audi? The Carfax report doesn’t provide any clues, since the car was put into storage before Carfax became widespread — meaning there are only a few reports on the history, and none since 1990. Instead, all we can judge this car by are its pictures — which show a nice, straight, well-preserved Audi from an era where there just aren’t many of those. If you’re interested, it’s listed for $5,195. Find an Audi 5000 for sale

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Used to own an 84. Strut towers rusted out in 88 or thereabouts (Canadian winters, ergo lots of salt on the road). Interior was nice. Under the hood, not so much (and gutless!).

  2. Back in 1985, this was THE car my mother wanted.  We were stationed in Germany at the time.  By the time they went to go seriously look at one, the dollar to DM rate had swung the other way, and it priced the Audi out of contention.  A few years later, as a senior in high school, I wound up with a 1980 5000S diesel.  Yes, not quite the same as the aero Audi pictured, but I (and more importantly, my GF at the time) thought I was pretty hot stuff for owning a fly Euro sedan!  I loved the sound of the diesel, though it was beyond slow to accelerate.  But once up to cruising speed, it was truly great.  The car was 8 years old by the time I bought it, and never gave us much problem.  It met it’s end when I rear-ended a mid 70’s malaise-era GM wagon of some sort who’s lights weren’t working (as in, none of them…brake lights, turn signals, nothing) on a rain-soaked afternoon coming home from college.  Some good memories in that red beast…it took me to prom and *may* have been parked for a while after the dance.

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