We Move Forward…
“…’Cause we can’t go back.” Time can heal most wounds, but after the 5000 Avant was totaled, it just wasn’t the same around here. In my downtime recovering over the fall and winter, I would persistently search for a replacement vehicle, hoping a close match would present itself. And just as I was about to give up hope, fate brought something old and something new to the table.
1987 Audi 5000CS Turbo (Production 8/86)
2.2L I5 (MC) | 3-Speed Auto
Alpine White | Marine Blue Savoy Velour
Dealer: Bay Ridge Porsche-Audi, Brooklyn, NY
Factory Options: Automatic Transmission, Clearcoat Metallic Paint Delete (No Charge)
Dealer Installed Accessories: Two-Tone Pinstripe, Floor Mats
Member of T44Brian Since 1/14/2019
Special Plate: 12453
Status: Completed Show Vehicle & Summer Driver
Name Origin: Derived from original Germanic Audamar. Aud meaning “wealth, prosperity” and mar “fame.”
Ottmar is an urbanite at heart; delivered to Bay Ridge Porsche-Audi in Brooklyn and sold to the owner of the Bay Ridge franchise, “Pop,” in late 1986. He would swap cars every three years, and in 1990 with a little over 24K miles, Ottmar was available as a pre-owned vehicle. That’s when his long-term second owner noticed the car on the lot, stopped in and purchased him the same day.
It is a great opportunity to get a full backstory of vehicles I purchase. Ottmar had just been put up for sale and I was the first person to respond to the ad. After a two-hour discussion, it was clear that this would be my next car. I immediately connected with his owner over the fact that we both love our Audis and are also insanely meticulous with vehicles. His long-term history with Audis included a couple of C2 5000s, an ’86 5000 turbo quattro, and several A6s. He had just purchased his “dream” Porsche and figured after 28 years it was time to move on. I took a trip down to Staten Island to see Ottmar, bought him, and returned a few days later to drive him home.
With the second owner’s purchase in 1990, Ottmar traveled his next 14,000 miles over nearly three decades. Admittedly, he was not one for leaving the island often. However, fearful of letting the car sit in the garage for too long, he always made the effort to bring him out on Sundays for a drive and all maintenance was based on time: not mileage.
This marks the first vehicle in the collection with a turbo. The MC1 under-hood is a welcome change from the more relaxed and less-vocal NFs I’m most accustomed to. Not that I still don’t love my non-turbo large chassis cars – a little extra punch is just nice in certain situations. Less planning on merging and passing and more actual merging and passing… Pair that with a plush blue velour interior and a designated place to put my cassettes and I’m one happy guy.
I can hear the bemoaning from the audience over the fact that this isn’t a quattro, but rare and oddball equals valuable here. Whether 5000CS or later 200, the FWD turbo vehicles were lower-volume models in the US compared to the non-turbo 5000S and turbo-quattro variants. CS-trimmed cars came well equipped, and the only options for the ’87 FWD CS were leather, automatic transmission, heated seats, ABS, and pearl white paint. Ottmar skipped all options except for the transmission and deleted standard metallic paint.
That’s why from the moment I began my drive home with him, I intended to bring Ottmar back to like-new. That night I ordered parts from Audi Tradition and my other resources, and throughout the rest of the winter I embraced the cold garage and got to work.
With progress on 4000S quattro Erlend halted for the remainder of the winter, Ottmar was responsible for getting me back into the swing of things. While I was still busy with physical therapy and doctors appointments from the accident most days, my nights were dedicated to going through all the normal T44Brian-esque processes of getting a car back to top condition.
I need 2 out of 3 major areas in good shape when I buy Audis for the collection: body, mechanicals, interior. What was it for Ottmar? Decent mechanicals, perfect interior, but not-so-great body. While not accident-related or rusted out, Ottmar’s paint was extremely thin, dry, and chipping, along with several prominent dings and gouged bumpers (Re: Staten Island). After completing a full detail, the answer was clear: paintwork was unavoidable for most of these issues to make him look his best.
While I swapped in a good set of bumpers and most other trim/moldings from parts cars, I left paint and bodywork to professionals. With damage scattered all-over, and knowing my OCD very well, my body guy recommended I get the entire car refinished. Done over two weeks in late march, Ottmar was brought back to OEM quality. I decided to go with the clean look and leave the dealer-installed black and blue pinstripes off (for now).
In less than 90 days, Ottmar went from a passable daily driver to fully-restored show car. That’s the quickest turnaround for a T44Brian car ever! Because the restoration went a little overboard, the only conundrum now is what I’ll drive in inclement and winter weather… and that’s where 4000S Florian will come in. Ottmar will be enjoyed as a summer daily-driver otherwise.
NOTABLE MODS & CHANGES FOR 2019
2019: New Vehicle Purchase
Upgrades and Refreshments:
- Full Professional Repaint
- NOS 15″ CS Aero wheels from Audi Tradition
- NOS Rear Autobahn Splash Guards (Audi Rings)
- Restored 10-speaker “Hi-Fi” Stereo System with OEM Rothenburg Head Unit
- New Rear Badging
- New Audi Sport Decals
- New Audi Sport Steering Wheel by Nardi-Personal
- New Rearview Mirror from Audi Tradition
- Refreshed Door and Fender Side Moldings
- NOS Chrome Door Handle Trim
- New Front Door Handles
- Swapped Front and Rear Bumpers
- Replacement Hood Insulation (later version with Audi Rings)
- New Left and Right Rear Door Glass & Replacement Seals
- Refreshed Window Slot Chrome Trim for All Doors
- Re-dyed rear headrests and top of rear seat backrest
- Removal of aftermarket anti-theft system
- Full Timing Belt Service
- Full Cooling System Service
- Full Fluid Flushes and AC recharge
- New Washer Fluid Reservoir and Lines
- Addition of Front Splash Guards
- Custom Lloyd All-Weather and Carpet Floor Mats