1990s / 2000s / Audi / Future classic / German

Is the Audi Cabriolet a future classic?

Launched in 1991 to take on the BMW 3-Series, the Cabriolet is one of the cars that helped Audi morph into a world-class luxury automaker.

The droptop shared many of its styling cues with the then-new 80 (B4) but it sat on the same platform as the Type 89 Coupe. It was marketed as more of a touring car than an all-out sports car which explains why it never benefited from a track-oriented range-topping version similar to the S2.

Audi beat both BMW and Mercedes-Benz to the oil-burning convertible market when it offered the Cabriolet with a 1.9-liter TDI mill in 1995. Throughout its long production run, the convertible was also available with a wide palette of engines that ranged from a 125-horsepower 1.8-liter four-banger to a 2.8-liter V6 that churned out 174 ponies.

Relatively expensive when new, the Cabriolet is getting dangerously close to rock bottom: A quick look in the local classifieds reveals that even a clean example can be acquired for less than €4,000 (roughly $5,100), which is about the price of a late-model Renault Clio. Many examples have been abused or otherwise ravaged by tuners which can easily knock several hundred euros off the price.

Will the Audi Cabriolet ever go up in value and become sought-after on the collector car market? Why or why not?

5 thoughts on “Is the Audi Cabriolet a future classic?

  1. Believe it or not, a green example passed by my left this morning and I thought about this same topic! The coupe version was one of my favourite cars of the era, and I regard them as very reliable and beautiful cars. Classic? YES

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