words: Bill, photos: GR Auto Gallery
Whenever we talk around the office (remember offices?) about the TT, the inevitable phrase is always thrown at me: What do you mean you don’t like the MK1 TT? I have to defend myself by saying that from the side, rear quarter, and rear, the MK1 TT is a really good looking car but then you get to the front…
A snout only a mother (and apparently 99% of the population) could love. It was pointed out to me that when driving one, I would never see the front from the driver seat. Good point and this Misano Red ALMS makes another good point. There were only 1000 TT ALMS imported to the States: 500 in Avus Silver over red Nappa leather and 500 in Misano Red over silver. This is the more desirable combination (IMO)…I don’t think I could live with that nose and a red interior.
This TT is available at GR Auto Gallery in Grand Rapids, MI. While looking at the pictures, I finally recognized the place: we’ve featured another Audi from this place…a 1992 Audi 80 quattro fire vehicle (it’s still for sale). Here’s the ad for the TT:
GR Auto Gallery is pleased to offer this exciting 2002 Audi TT ALMS Commemorative Edition. Audi built just 1000 of these ALMSTT’s to commemorate Audi’s success in the American Le Mans Series. All were built in closed coupe configuration and all were outfitted with a high output 225-hp turbo-4 cylinder engine, 6 speed manual transmission, quattro AWD and 18 inch wheels. The cars came in two color combinations: Misano red over silver/gray Nappa leather interior or Avus Silver over red.
The car offered here is two owner example that remains that has that has been in the hands of the second owner since 2005 and just over 7000 miles. The car was purchased it as an Audi Certified pre-owned vehicle. Since, the car has been kept inside when not in use, completely enjoyed when driven and routinely serviced per factory recommendations. Today at 62167 miles, the car presents itself in wonderful condition inside and out. The exterior paint remains original with no signs of paint work, the gray leather interior remains super clean, the leather seats remain supple and show a little patina inline with age, use and the overall care the vehicle received. On top of the ALMS package, the car is also optioned with: Audi Navigation System, Bose Premium Sound, 6 Disc CD Changer, Heated Seats and Homelink Remote Transmitter.
This ALMS does prove to be the “Drivers TT”. In short, this car is a blast to drive. The power comes on and stays on through every gear shift, and the surefootedness of Audi’s quattro AWD anchors the car to the pavement. This TT is the definition of “Fun Car”. Car comes complete with the original window sticker, Certified Pre-owned purchase portfolio, and a clean CARFAX that shows a stellar service history.
From the many photos, this looks like a pretty clean example. A few nicks but that’s expected from an 18 year old car. The 2 owners must have taken good care of it. In those 18 years, it’s only accumulated 62,167 miles. The price? It’s listed for $13,900. Is it worth it? Some say that this is overpriced but it’s a limited edition with low miles. Even though the MK1 TT is viewed with some distaste from me, I could see myself in this…after all, I can’t see the front when I’m driving. You can find the TT ALMS HERE.