Find of the Day: 1973 Audi 100LS

words: Bill, photos: Levi Tipcke

In 1969, the first Audi model arrived stateside with the model year 1970 Audi 100. This car was the first of many from the Ingolstadt giant. In fact, the Ingolstadt production line was so overwhelmed, they opened another line in Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant where it became the first water-cooled car produced there. The Audi 100 became the most successful model in Audi history up to that point. In 1976, the two millionth Audi was built with the Audi 100 accounting for 800,000 of them. This is one of them. For its age, it’s in pretty good shape. Here’s the ad:

For sale is a running, driving, and stopping 1973 Audi 100LS with 3 speed automatic transmission. 54,6XX original miles. All original other than an upgraded electronic distributor (gets rid of the points) and upgraded coil. Also has rebuilt carburetor, new plugs, wires, cap and rotor, air filter, oil service, transmission fluid and filter, engine air filter, fresh coolant, rebuilt alternator, new battery, new tires, brake shoes and pads, resurfaced rear drums and front rotors, remanufactured rear wheel cylinders, remanufactured master cylinder, several new brake lines, new fuel lines from tank to engine, and electronic delphi inline fuel pump. All items that were removed like the factory ignition, the charcoal canister, some exhaust shielding, and the sway bar are still present and will go with the vehicle.
The car does have factory AC. The system was removed to access the brake components and was empty when removed. I did not try getting it to work when putting everything together because my original plan for the car was to restore it, remove AC and shave the bay, fuel-inject it, and put it on air ride with some custom wheels. My other Audi project is taking up 100% of my time and resources and its time to let this dream go for now. I shipped this car up from Florida in August 2017 and it took a TON to get it to where it is now. It was not running and certainly not stopping. Thankfully it was stored in an airplane hanger in Florida for many many years and was “running when parked.” Before this extended stay in the airplane hanger it was a georgia car most of its life and i think the lack of structural rust shows that. There is NO major rust on this car. It is all surface rust. That being said it has plenty of patina. The paint is rough, the trim and body have plenty of dents, dings, and scratches, the truck does not align properly, and there are a few rust bubbles on the roof. I do believe the paint would clean up pretty well with a competent deatalier and that could be worked into the final sale of the vehicle.
There is a brake light on on the dash for an unknown reason. The brakes work awesome and you can lock the wheels up if you try. The carb could use a little fine tuning but i wouldnt hesitate to drive it across town and I often do just to get the car out every once in awhile. Cooling system/fans work and the car can sit and idle forever without over heating. It shifts through all of the gears great and it goes down the road really well. There are obviously creaks and rattles…its a 50 year old car. The interior is in EXCELLENT condition for its age as well. The only real issue with the mechanical part of the car is the exhaust system. It has some holes in the muffler and eventually from the header back will need to be replaced. This can also be worked into the sale of the vehicle.
If you have made it this far then you are probably interested/informed enough to know how rare these cars are to find let alone how rare it is to find them with no real rust that runs, drives, and stops!
Asking price is $14000. Similar model sold on BAT for $17,500 4 years ago. It was in nicer exterior shape but similar mechanical condition. If i do not get enough interest on here then i will 100% be listing this on BAT. Do not be mistaken. I am in no need or hurry to sell. If i dont get what I want for it ill put it back in storage for a few years and finish the project. Clean and clear Minnesota title and registration.
I have a TON of other pictures of the the car including the underside as well as a walk around and driving session on my youtube page.
Please message with any questions.

There are some rust bubbles but overall, the condition is fantastic. The interior is in great condition for a car 48 years old. As you can see in the video above, it runs and drives (and stops). It’s far from concours condition but with some elbow grease and time, you could show up during Monterey Car Week or Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in style. It’s listed on the Audi Club North America – Classifieds Facebook page for $14,000. If you want to own a part of Audi of America history, you can find this 1973 Audi 100LS HERE.