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A rare 5000 from the post-unintended acceleration era.

Known as the Audi 100 outside of the United States, the 5000 sold pretty well — until 1986. Here's one of the 1987 models that sold, even after the "60 Minutes" report that doomed the model, found in a San Francisco Bay Area wrecking yard.

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The notorious 5000 of the 60 Minutes debacle was an automatic. This one is a manual.

The Audi 5000 with automatic transmission was the car that brought the term "sudden unintended acceleration" into everyday use. Here's a rare 5-speed-equipped example in a Denver wrecking yard.

Unintended acceleration didn't start with Toyota, nor did it start with the Audi 5000 – it's probably been around since the first man put a leg over what he thought was a tamed horse.

In word that must have long-time Audi executives reaching for their Maalox by association, Connecticut officials are urging federal regulators to investigate allegations of 'unintended acceleration' in late-model Jeep Grand Cherokees.