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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.