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AUDI 100S COUPÉ

Year of man­u­fac­ture 1971 Recorded mileage 58,878

Ask­ing price £22,500 Ven­dor Cotswold Clas­sic Car Restora­tions, Cirences­ter; tel: 01793 752195; www.cotswold­clas­s­ic­car­restora­tions.co.uk WHEN IT WAS NEW Price £2513 Max power 112bhp Max torque 118Ib ft

0-60mph 10.6 secs Top speed 112mph Mpg 23.6

This 100S is be­lieved to be the 1971 Paris Sa­lon car. It was con­verted to right­hand drive by an Audi dealer in Hol­land for its first owner; the se­cond, a mo­tor en­gi­neer from Cardiff, bought it in the mid-’70s and gave it to his son in the ’90s. It was re­stored in 2000 and had a brake over­haul in 2013. It comes with a huge his­tory file that in­cludes ev­ery MOT since 1979 (the cur­rent one runs to March 2019), along with all of its orig­i­nal hand­books, an Audi ser­vice book stamped up to 1992, and in­voices for items such as new tyres (cor­rect Con­ti­nen­tals all round). There’s a se­lec­tion of spares in the boot, too.

The 18-year-old re­paint has held up well, though some swirl marks on the trim and a few bits of over­spray sug­gest that not all the bright­work was re­moved. The doors close beau­ti­fully, with even gaps, and most of the chrome is at least pre­sentable, although there is pit­ting on the rear light sur­rounds, doorhan­dles and the C-pil­lar vents. The We­basto roof is a pe­riod ex­tra but looks right and works well, although there is slight stain­ing around the screws hold­ing the trim sur­rounds to the head­liner. The floors, in­ner arches and boot have noth­ing to hide, and sug­gest that the car has prob­a­bly not been welded.

The ‘S’ wheels – ac­tu­ally cov­ers over sa­loon steels – are in good or­der apart from flak­ing of the con­trast­ing grey fin­ish. In­side, the only thing to of­fend the eye is a non-orig­i­nal wooden gear­knob. The driver’s seat has col­lapsed slightly, but the black velour is in fine con­di­tion, as are the door cards and the flecked car­pets. The cigar lighter is not orig­i­nal but the ra­dio is – shame it doesn’t work.

Un­der the bon­net, the car is dry and well cared for, but not to show stan­dard. The flu­ids are clean and to level, and be­neath there are new hoses and re­cent shock ab­sorbers. The en­gine sounds tap­pety from cold but smooths once it gets warm, which takes a while, and the Audi drives as well as it looks. There is a rat­tle from the dash (and the front sus­pen­sion), but the brakes are ex­cel­lent and it pulls smoothly through the gears. How­ever, the clutch bites rather high and syn­chro­mesh in se­cond is weak, re­quir­ing care­ful dou­ble-de­clutch­ing.

SUM­MARY

EX­TE­RIOR

Ex­cel­lent, apart from some pit­ting on rare chrome parts

IN­TE­RIOR

Re­flects low mileage; driver’s seat cush­ion needs look­ing at

ME­CHAN­I­CALS

All good, other than gear­box link­age

VALUE ++++++ ,,,,

For Great his­tory, few own­ers and low mileage, plus lots of money spent

Against Priced on the strong side

SHOULD I BUY IT?

The 100S is one of the few re­ally col­lectible Audis. Mi­nor is­sues aside, this is as good as they get

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