words: Bill, photos: Al Stephens
1988 wasn’t a kind year for Audi in America. From selling roughly 75,000 cars in 1985 to plunging to 23,000 in 1988 due to the unsubstantiated Audi 5000 ‘unintended acceleration’ scandal, Audi was struggling to bring in buyers. One family, however, was not phased by the hysterics. They bought a new Audi 90 quattro off the lot and drove it home. That 90 quattro is the car you see here.
It never left the Stephens family. Al Stephens bought it from his mom after his dad passed away. Here’s the ad:
One family car. My mom purchased it new and I bought it from her after my Dad passed. Car spent many years mostly in the garage as Mom developed a health condition which made it difficult to drive.
This car is 98% OEM down to the original floor mats. The headliner has been replaced as has the grill. General required maintenance in the engine area replacing parts as required – service records from 1990 available. No visible rust. No cracks on the dash or seats. Clear coat has become glazed. Tires are new within the past 90 days as it has been a daily driver.
This is a rare white pearl with blue interior. Has the ski bag – never been used. All electronics work with the exception of the right side exterior mirror. Speakers are original and have dry rot. Original Blaupunkt Cassette/Radio works great.
To respond to questions regarding repair history:
2/20 – Power steering pump, AC and alternator drive belt, cap/rotor, thermostat, fan relays, cruise pedal switch, tires
07/18 – new struts/mounts -rear
04/17 – front rt wheel bearing replacement
07/16 -new Diff Pressure reg and Sec.Vacuum Pump for brakes
10/15 – replaced fuel o-rings and vent hose
12/14 – new speed sensor in cluster, new ac compressor
02/14 – left front wheel bearing replacement
07/13 – Front and rear strut replacement
08/11 – new water pump
This time capsule only has 132,346 miles. A little bit of work and it could be a show winner. The best part (beside it being a manual)? It’s listed for only $4250! This is listed on several Audi related Facebook pages but most of them are private. However, there is one public page ad where you can contact Al if you are interested in this well-kept and well-loved 90q. You can find that ad HERE.