Stop making sacrifices. You need an Audi that can keep up with the demands of living in an 80s fantasy while still actually functioning as plebeian transportation. Zygmunt could be the end-all solution. You turn the key, put on the music, and the journey begins – whether it’s just afternoon errands or another one of those middle-of-the-week who-knows-where road trips we’re so inclined to take.

The daily driver for the 2018.5 lineup.

AVANT ANGLE: Early 5000 wagons benefit from a larger hatch spoiler than their later siblings.
THE 80S CALLED: While not luxurious, the dashboard of early T44s is refreshingly spartan. Note the MY 84/85-only zig-zag cloth patten, a carryover from C2 vehicles.

1984 Audi 5000S Wagon (Production 2/84)

2.2L I5 (WU) | 3-Speed Auto (087)

Zermatt Silver Metallic | Blue Cloth

MSRP: $20,200

Dealer: Spartan Motors, Poughkeepsie, NY (Defunct)

Factory Options: Metallic Paint, Roof Rack, Sunroof, AM/FM Stereo Cassette, Auto Trans.
Dealer Installed Accessories: Plush Floor Mats, Extra Set of Keys, Pinstripe, Rustproofing

Name Origin: Polish – “victorious protection.” I wanted something Polish this time to match my heritage – and was inspired to pick something that started with “Z” by his Zermatt silver paint.

Audi 11 is here. Zygmunt, or “Zyg” for short, was originally purchased at Spartan Motors in Poughkeepsie, NY on October 11, 1984 and delivered on the 18th. His original home was in Montrose, NY and then moved to Mohegan Lake in the late 80s with them. Zyg was a *very* lightly used vehicle – mostly for vacations and other local affairs. According to service records, he held the New York plate “GNFISHN.” By 1989, Zyg had only 18,000 miles on the odometer, and that number only crept up to 24,000 by the original owner’s death in 2009.

The second owner bought Zyg from the estate in June 2009 and had the car transported to Michigan. Again, he saw relatively mild-use. By 2017, Zyg was at a low 74K, and the second owner began to daily-drive him to replace a higher-mileage 5000 which he had sold.

The second owner is an active QuattroWorld member and I tend to stalk the forums – so I knew a lot about Zyg already. From September 2017 to June 2018, my daily driver was a 1989 Audi 100 wagon which we rescued from D.C. – and around the time I retired the 100 due to mechanical issues, he had posted that he was considering letting Zyg go. I emailed him immediately to let him know my interest.

On June 28, 2018, I departed on a flight to Detroit and drove Zyg home to Connecticut. It was the road trip I wanted with the first wagon: no problems, with plenty of music and hours of driving to get acclimated with our newest family member.

In many ways, Zygmunt is a story of perfect timing. As I become busier with life’s other demands, I needed an avant that just worked. There’s no real issues at the moment with Zyg, and based on the amount of work and love that was poured into him by the second owner, I know Zyg will be able to stand the test of time better than our first wagon.

Keep up-to-date with Zygmunt and his siblings on the T44Brian Instagram page. He’s also been detailed and ready to hit some cars & coffee events and local shows, so head on over to my 2018 Calendar to find out where we’ll be.