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Autotrader Find: Excellent 1987 Audi 5000 CS

This 1987 Audi 5000 is surely one of the nicest Audi 5000 models left. Finished in gray with a gray interior, it’s offered by a private seller in Malibu, California, near Los Angeles, and it’s traveled just 65,000 miles from new. It’s also brilliantly preserved in a way that nobody thought to preserve an Audi 5000.

For those of you who don’t know the 5000, it was a midsize sedan in Audi’s absolutely bizarre naming scheme of the mid-1980s, which also included the 100 or 200 — before all confusingly-named vehicles were eventually replaced with the A6. The 5000 offered a few powertrains, though this specific one uses a 2.2-liter 5-cylinder that makes just 110 horsepower. Mated to an automatic, it probably isn’t especially quick.

But it’s especially rare in this condition. This Audi 5000 has indeed traveled just 65,000 miles, and the seller says he’s the second owner. According to the Carfax report, this Audi 5000 was sold new in Pennsylvania and lived with the first owner until late 2015, when the current owner bought it. The square design is a complete anachronism compared to modern Audi models, but this car had all the makings of a special luxury car back in the 1980s — at least, until the "unintended acceleration" scandal marred Audi’s reputation and significantly impacted this car’s sales.

If you’re interested, this Audi 5000 is offered for just $8,500 — and it’s unlikely you’ll ever find another one in this condition.

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Doug Demuro
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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