As another entry in the "very rare but not very valuable" category, we have today's Junkyard Gem: a genuine, numbers-matching 1995 Audi Ur-S6! With a nervous turbocharged straight-five engine, Quattro all-wheel-drive system, and five-speed manual transmission (European first-gen S6 buyers could get a six-speed manual), this car was one of the more interesting factory hot rods of the middle 1990s. I found this one in a big self-service wrecking yard in Colorado, pretty close to Pikes Peak.
Someone pried off the original S6 decklid badge, but you can see its shadow.
Because high-performance German machinery requires a certain level of commitment from owners in the maintenance department, I don't have much trouble find S4s and even S8s at the big self-serve wrecking yards, but this is the first S6 I've found. Once an S reaches its fourth or fifth owner, a certain reluctance to spend $1,800 on seemingly minor repairs takes hold, and the tow truck from U-Wrench-It arrives soon after that.
This five-banger made 227 horsepower, which was pretty good for just 2.2 liters in 1995.
There was a time, maybe 15 years ago, when every turbocharger in the junkyard would be grabbed by some ambitious project-builder with a garage full of parts. These days, though, everyone who wants a bunch of turbos already has a dozen stashed.
I'll bet most American Ur-S6 buyers got the automatic, but this car's original purchaser made the correct transmission decision.
I think these are factory-installed Recaro seats, so we can expect some A6 owner to grab them shortly.