Something Old, Something New
After the 5000S Avant was totaled in November 2018, the replacement search began immediately. Knowing that an exact match would be nearly-impossible without an unlimited timeframe, I compromised on certain items and drafted my short list of demands: 5000 with blue interior. 43 days later, I found a car that was just as unique as the Avant and checked the only two boxes on my list.
OTTMAR OVERVIEW 1987 Audi 5000CS Turbo (Production 8/86) 2.2L I5 (MC) | 3-Speed Auto Alpine White | Marine Blue Savoy Velour MSRP: $27,470 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 Notable Awards: 1st Place Audi Other (New England Dustoff 2019), Best Audi (Larz Anderson German Car Day 2019), 1st Place Stock Class (Waterfest 25)
Name Origin: Derived from original Germanic Audamar. Aud meaning “wealth, prosperity” and mar “fame.”
Ottmar was a life-long city car until my ownership. Delivered to Bay Ridge Porsche-Audi in Brookly, NY in late 1986, the owner of the establishment, “Pop,” purchased the vehicle to use for the next three years. In early 1990 with 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 the same day.
With this purchase, Ottmar traveled his next 14K miles mostly in and around Staten Island. A long-time Audi owner and car enthusiast, his second owner ran a boat shop and all maintenance was done religiously. Knowing how important it is to prevent corrosion, he would even go as far to disassemble and lubricate any moving part of the vehicle regularly, using the Bentley manual as his guide.
With nearly three decades of meticulous ownership, Ottmar stepped aside to make way for his owner’s “dream” Porsche. In January 2019, he was listed for sale and I noticed the ad the same night. After a two-hour phone conversation, I knew that this would be the perfect replacement vehicle. I planned a trip down to the Island a couple days later and then went to go pick up Ottmar that following weekend.
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.
Before you bemoan the fact that this isn’t a quattro, rare and oddball cars are always top priority here. Whether in 5000CS or later 200 form, the front-wheel drive turbo sedans were a lower-volume sales vehicle when compared to the 5000S lineup and more expensive CS turbo quattro variants. With the addition of a non-turbo 5000S quattro variant in 1987, Audi sold four times as many S vehicles compared to CS vehicles in general.
To everyone’s surprise, the front-wheel drive turbo vehicles began as the S Turbo, a late availability 1984 model which ran through 1985. I could go into pages worth of detail about this but I’ll try and summarize. For $5000 extra, you most notably received a 2.1L turbo, standard automatic transmission, 15″ wheels with upgraded brakes, and a unique interior with upgraded velour, unique hood, and center reflective taillight panel. For the 1986 model year, these vehicles were rebadged CS, given an updated 2.2L turbo, and added a couple more extras such as a 10-speaker system. Gone for all S and CS cars were the quad headlights – the CS vehicles received a unique headlight setup, too. The automatic transmission became optional.
Make no mistake: Not all 1986 CS cars are turbo. The Commemorative Design 5000CS is badged as such, but is a regular 5000S with specific options and trim.
Excluding drivetrain differences, CS-turbo cars came nearly as well-equipped as turbo quattros. From 1986-1988, leather, an automatic transmission, heated seats, ABS, and pearl white paint were the only options.
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.
2 out of 3 major areas are 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! Since April, work has been limited to adding small touches such as reproduction decals in the engine bay, further repairs of electrical items, and adding fresh reservoirs and other trim bits as old stock items appear for sale.
Fuchs were not originally an option on the CS Turbo cars, only the turbo quattros could be factory-ordered with them. In July, I purchased a set of pearl white Fuchs to round out the final look.
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 (Stock Wheel Style)
- Forged Fuchs, Refinished in Pearl White (Currently Fitted)
- 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
- Repaired Power Antenna with new Mast
- Reproduction Engine Bay Decals
- New Brake Fluid Reservoir
- New Brake Rotors and Pads
- 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