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RE: Ur-Q ... buyer's market or seller's market?

i've gotta agree here.  having chewed the fat with a guy showing off a very
nice '84 (straight grill) ur-quattro, i went away shaking my head at the
thought that he had paid about $25k (nzd, say $13k usd) for the car, and
then pumped in another $25k.  the car is probably worth $30k now absolute
tops.  more likely $20k.  here in nz, there are some nice '85 ur-quattros
(still wr's remember) going around for about $18k.

still it was his pride and joy, and a car he wasn't looking to sell.

and i know that when i brought my '85 wr in 1992 for $42k, i ended up
spending over $10k on it, and then sold it 2 years later for $35k and
counted myself lucky.

personally i don't think the wr is good enough for that sort of money, or
devotion.  having said that, most owners now are devotees and that is good
for the genus: audi, quattro, ur

just my personal opinion.

'95 rs2
'90 ur-q
'88 mb 2.3-16

-----Original Message-----

Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 04:38:26 EDT
From: OorQue@aol.com
Subject: Re: Ur-Q ... buyer's market or seller's market?

>  Personally, I have been disappointed in the UrQ's I have driven,
>  including an '85. Slower than expected, squeaky, etc... Maybe I was just
>  expecting too much. The examples I drove were not exemplary either.

I've had the same experience, including even with the one I own.  In stock
U.S. trim, they're pretty much slugs ... hate to say it and always get
when I do, but it's true.  :^(

>  The fact these cars have significant historical value is a given.
>  Whether they have investment potential is entirely dependent upon how
>  well Audi takes "advantage" of their current success, and continues to
>  manufacture cars that are enjoyable, practical to own, and above all, a
>  step ahead in styling and technology. They were on this track back in
>  the late '80's when thay were derailed by the American press. A hard
>  fought battle has brought them back. Let's hope that the lessons of the
>  past provide a moderate dose of humility that ensures steady,
>  consistent, and thorough progress.