• Mar 14, 2007
When talk of the ultimate go-anywhere, do-anything vehicle pops up in the AB offices, the Audi RS6 Avant often gets a mention. This is one superfast grocery getter that has sophistication and style to spare. And apparently safety hasn't been overlooked either, as one extremely lucky owner recently discovered. While moving along at a fairly good clip on a familiar stretch of roadway, the driver lost control and made impact with a tree. The vehicle did its job and absorbed the energy so that the driver would be protected. He actually got out and can be seen in the photos talking on his cell phone, perhaps explaining to the missus that he might be late for dinner. While the driver was intact, the car was not.

A nifty story of German engineering at its finest, but that is only the setup. The news here is that the vehicle is now available on eBay Motors, and as you may have guessed, it's half off. Hardy-har. Even split in two, this might be the closest many of us can get to actually owning this superwagon. Actually, the bidding ended when the seller pulled it, but not before scoring a remarkable top bid of EUR 6,716. The seller stated that the engine and brakes were nearly intact, so maybe that wasn't such a stretch after all. Check out the read link for more pics and a more detailed description.

Thanks for the tip, Dan!

[Source: eBay Motors]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I recall this article somewhere else and if I'm not mistaken they estimated the a6 speed around 110. I believe it is part good karma part- good german engineering.
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey Mike thats what I said already..I didn't believe him, as far as being a scam, this was a customers car being fixed so I cannot comment on that. I can see how it would be though. In any event, there is no way I would buy a vehicle like that!
      • 7 Years Ago
      "I asked a co worker what happened to it and he said it had split in two. He said that it would actually be stronger from the repairs than before."

      Bryan:
      1) a car that is split in half and welded back together will not be stronger than it was before

      2) Vehicles like that are considered totalled... and are sold by scam artists... They are not safe at all!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I had a friend slide off the highway in a 1995 Wrangler and t-boned a tree on the drivers side at ~45-50 mph. Broke the tree. She walked away with a broken ankle. The sheetmetal was smashed up to the frame, but the frame only tweaked slightly. Insurance totaled the vehicle, but she will not drive anything but a wrangler to this day.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "And apparently safety hasn't been overlooked either, ...The vehicle did its job and absorbed the energy so that the driver would be protected." Appaling and Lame ! Mere luck kept the driver alive. Just LOOK at the photos and imagine if his wife were sitting next to him and his kids in the back.
      far jr
      • 7 Years Ago
      Pure LUCK as already stated by others!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love that it sold for more than my completely intact and running daily driver would.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Folks, that was more luck than engineering. Had the point of impact been 6 inches forward of where it actually did hit, this cat wouldn't be making anymore phone calls.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ..ahem.. great engineering??? More like everybody is saying:
      Pure Luck, not a great car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There is absolutely no way this car came apart like this under normal circumstances. The tree shown in the impact is barely damaged and it it just impossible for the structure of any modern automobile to come apart like this one did. something is fishy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really like our autoblog comment community sometimes - for telling it like it is.

      This is clearly luck, (as has been said: any passengers in this car would have severe injuries, did you see they pic on ebay of the front passenger seat?!)

      I drive an audi and yes, sure I would love to say "look at the great German engineering" yeah right. Saying his prayers likely served him better in this crash.
      • 7 Years Ago
      > I seem to recall a certain Ferrari Enzo that broke
      > in two sorta like this.
      No, no like this at all. The Enzo lost the rear end, but the monocoque passenger sell remained completely in one piece.
      Surviving the Audi crash was incredible luck, to say the least. Trees are amazingly strong, hitting one sideways at speed is one of the nastiest ways to have an accident. Lots of narrow avenues with trees right next to the road where I grew up, many cars (and sadly drivers) look even much worse after such shunts, while the tree would be missing a piece of bark at best...
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