is my 100LS, a four-door, 1974, automatic. The car came to me
needing light restoration but was a solid candidate and is now
in top shape.
100, identified by Audi as the C1, was introduced in 1968 and
first came to the U.S. in 1970. The C1 benefited from styling
and engineering that took place prior to Volkswagen buying the
Daimler-Benz share of Audi. Mercedes-Benz influenced styling cues,
both interior and exterior, are obvious when one considers the
offerings of the time. The engine was a "high swirl"
overhead valve four-cylinder, introduced at 1.8 liters, but displacement
was soon increased to 1.9. The most unique feature of early C1s
was the inboard disk brakes. Jaguar and several other European
marques had experimented with the design, and the goal was to
reduce unsprung weight. The configuration made the brakes difficult
to service, although the objective may have been met, as the C1
handled well. Although Audi sold more than 140,000 of these cars
here in the U.S. from 1970 to 1977, there are thought to be just
thirty or so examples remaining.
replaced the exhaust system, the electronic ignition control unit,
front and rear shocks, control arm bushings, ball joints, tie
rod ends, and valve cover gasket. I rebuilt both front axles,
replaced the boots, replaced the brake light switch, voltage regulator,
fan temperature sender switch, and a motor mount. The entire braking
system is freshly redone, including resurfaced drums, new shoes,
resurfaced rotors, rebuilt calipers, new pads, new parking brake
cables, and new brake lines, front to back. The car also received
a full tune-up including points, cap, rotor, spark plugs, and
wires. Most recently the car has received a new carburetor and
body received a full repaint following bodywork. All of the chrome,
aluminum, and/or stainless trim pieces were cleaned and polished.
The interior seats and door panels were originally red and were
in great shape, but I had a black interior from another 100LS
and installed it in for a more formal look. I replaced the dash
pad and installed a modern audio system, although I have another
set of black door panels and a rear parcel shelf that can be replaced
to return it to "stock" condition. The wheel covers
were an option from the parts department and were found as new-old-stock.
The tachometer was also added optional equipment.
car has very low mileage and is rare, handsome, and fun to drive.
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to see a brief video of the 100LS.