What’s in a name? Edelweiss is a regular 100 combined with a true 100E to create a custom one-off vehicle. Don’t know what a 100E is? Go Here to read the most in-depth article anyone has ever written about this oddball model.
A Niche Car for a Niche Hobby
Need a classic Audi that just works? When you spend the majority of your waking hours dealing with different stages of mechanical Audi limbo, there’s at least one car that is proven to start on the first try and keep cruising along without much effort. Edelweiss is not a car with an agenda or destination in mind. You can just soak up the miles, burn through the cassettes, and enjoy the old-world Audi experience at its best.
1990 Audi 100 (Production 9/89) 2.3L I5 (NF) | 3-Speed Auto (087)
Alpine White L90E | Quartz Grey Serret Velour with Marine Appointments
MSRP (With Dealer Installed Accessories): $28,725 Dealer: Val Ward Audi, Fort Myers, FL (Defunct)
Factory Options: Cold Weather Package
Dealer Installed Accessories: Plush Floor Mats, Pinstripes,
Paint Protection, 1000-Mile Service, Front Splash Guards
Member of T44Brian Since 3/27/2015
Special Plate: AUDI100 Status: Completed Show Vehicle
Notable Awards: 1st Place Audi All (Carlisle IPN 2017), Wolfsgart 10 Alpha Class
Odd & Unique About This Car: Combined with a previous show car 1989 100E in 2019 to create a 1-of-1 vehicle. This is a configuration that could have, but didn’t leave the factory and features Euro-style equipment and a unique two-tone blue and gray velour interior.
Name Origin: German – edel “noble” + weiss “white.”
Edelweiss is the sixth Audi I purchased and the catalyst for my preservation efforts with these vehicles. Up until that point, all of the T44s had been worse for wear. Seeing one as well-preserved and cared for until that point was a revelation.
Edelweiss was purchased new on April 18, 1990 by retired restaurant owners from Prospect, CT, who lived in Naples, FL during the winter months. He saw 20K miles of use in the first three years before seeing a steady decline thereafter. In 2011, now both in their 90s, the couple permanently moved back to Connecticut but held onto the car until the husband’s passing in 2014. Edelweiss was then sold to a family friend who owned a dealership, which is where I found him. I purchased him in March 2015 with 61,270 miles.
Edelweiss was bought for many reasons. I bought him as a 20th birthday present, for blue interior (which I had yet to find and own), and also because I wanted an actual T44 that I could call my show car. This was the first car that I didn’t have to stress out about – because it wasn’t required to be in daily service, and also barely needed any repairs.
Factory cosmoline still coated the entire engine bay and underside, and right before I purchased him the original owners elected to do a several-thousand dollar service which took care of major work like the timing belt service and exhaust as well as the the minute details like bulbs or missing trim clips. That left me with somewhat of a blank canvas to clean up and experiment with. I was a blissfully ignorant 20 years old and had ideas to redo the interior and put a better audio system in: stuff that obviously goes against what I do now. But I did it anyways just to get it out of my system. Knowing I would put the car back to stock eventually, I didn’t do anything too permanent.
Edelweiss also served as my wedding ride in 2016 – so there are sentimental reasons as to why he sticks around. If there’s one car my wife and I both agree that stays no matter what – it’s him.
In 2017 Edelweiss was back to stock and I was getting more serious with Audi restorations – he served as one of the main show cars that year along with twin Alpine White 100E, Greta.
For 2018, our flood-rescue Greis was the completed project which meant Edelweiss didn’t attend many events. Garage-mate Greta was in project mode and had some problems that were looming. To make room for new cars and also continue improving upon what I already own, I realized that Edelweiss and Greta were redundant. Greta was the unique 100E, but Edelweiss had lower miles, no engine bay or underside corrosion, and blue interior. Remember: he’s also way more sentimental, too. The easiest thing to do was take all of the aspects of Greta that I love and make Edelweiss the perfect 100 “E.”
There are certain things I wish Audi did from the factory back then. Edelweiss is now the most modified of the Core-4, but he is also the car that closely resembles exactly how I would have ordered one if I could have. As if I need to remind you again how much I appreciate basic cars that have cloth interior and wheel covers!
Now slowly approaching the 70K mark, Edelweiss can officially be considered a completed vehicle and a permanent member of the collection. For 2020 and beyond, he remains the longest-running, most reliable member of the Core-4 and spends the majority of his time as part of the T44 HQ museum.
Notable Mods & Changes
2020: Completed Restoration, No Further Changes This Year.
2019: Borrowed from Greta to make a 100E-style vehicle:
- 100E Quartz Grey velour seats and door card inserts
- Delete Ski/Storage Sack
- Delete non-functional seat heater switches from center console
- Rain Tray (Early Audi Logo style)
- Non-drilled Front Bumper
- 14″ Steel Wheels
- “E” Trunk badging
- Marine Blue Seatbacks, Non-Netted (From 5000 Wagon Zygmunt)
- New Fuel Line Retaining Clips
- Original Floor Mats Restored
- Paintless Dent Repair on Hood
- New Wheel Covers from Audi Tradition
- Coolant Flush with new Expansion Tank
- Refinished Steel Wheels in OEM SemiGloss Black
- Center Console Wood Trim (climate control cover and ashtray)
- Center Taillight Panel
- Restored Audi Delta Radio with Refurbished Rear Speakers
- Better Condition Headlights with new Adjustment Screws
- New Bumper Turn Signal Indicator Lights
- Repainted Timing Cover with New Oil Level Warning Decal