• Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro
  • 1989 Audi V8 sedan in Denver junkyard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro
  • 1989 Audi V8 sedan in Denver junkyard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro
  • 1989 Audi V8 sedan in Denver junkyard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro
  • 1989 Audi V8 sedan in Denver junkyard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro
  • 1989 Audi V8 sedan in Denver junkyard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro
  • 1989 Audi V8 sedan in Denver junkyard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro
  • 1989 Audi V8 sedan in Denver junkyard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro
  • 1989 Audi V8 sedan in Denver junkyard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro
  • 1989 Audi V8 sedan in Denver junkyard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro
  • 1989 Audi V8 sedan in Denver junkyard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro
  • 1989 Audi V8 sedan in Denver junkyard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro
  • 1989 Audi V8 sedan in Denver junkyard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro
  • 1989 Audi V8 sedan in Denver junkyard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro
  • 1989 Audi V8 sedan in Denver junkyard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro
  • 1989 Audi V8 sedan in Denver junkyard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro
  • 1989 Audi V8 sedan in Denver junkyard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro
  • 1989 Audi V8 sedan in Denver junkyard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro
  • 1989 Audi V8 sedan in Denver junkyard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro
  • 1989 Audi V8 sedan in Denver junkyard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
After the "Unintended Acceleration" debacle of 1986, in which a 60 Minutes report on the auto-trans-equipped Audi 5000's alleged tendency to drive itself at full throttle into garage walls, sales of all Audis — even non-5000s with manual transmissions — plummeted in the United States and stayed at low levels well into the 1990s. That didn't stop Audi from bringing over the big, fast, luxurious Audi V8, though, starting in the 1989 model year. Here's one of those first-year V8s (yes, it's an annoying name for a car), found in a Denver self-service wrecking yard.

Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro

If a high-end German sedan doesn't get babied its whole life, its resale value will plummet in a hurry. Once that fifth owner gets a 7-Series, S-Class, or V8/A8 for $1,200 and skips important maintenance items, while allowing the interior to get beat up, the junkyard awaits.

Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro

Audis went to electronic digital odometers soon after this, so I'm not sure how many miles the 21st-century Audis I see in wrecking yards manage to turn. This car got respectably close to 200,000 miles during its 30 years on the road.

Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro

You won't find many V8s these days, on the street or otherwise; this is only the second one I've managed to find in a wrecking yard during the last decade, after this '90.

Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro

240 horsepower from this futuristic (at the time) DOHC, 3.6-liter V8. That was serious stuff in 1989, when the new Corvette got 245 horses from its 5.7-liter pushrod V8.

Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro

The MSRP on this car started at $47,450, or about $100,000 in inflation-adjusted 2019 dollars. A new BMW 735i listed at $54,000 and the Mercedes-Benz 420SEL cost $61,210 that year, and neither of them came with all-wheel-drive. Of course, the '89 Toyota Cressida blew them all away on a value-per-dollar basis, selling for a mere $21,498, but we can assume that few Audi V8 shoppers even considered the Toyota.

Junked 1989 Audi V8 Quattro

The abundant body filler and backyard-applied tape repairs indicate that this car didn't get the sort of treatment it deserved during its last few years, and so it ended up in this sad place.



Meanwhile, the Berlin Wall was about to fall.

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