Technology & Tradition: 2001 Audi TT Quattro 1.8 Roadster – Sold!
The first Audi TT I ever saw in person was a silver coupe slowly rotating on a turntable in Frankfurt Airport just as I exited customs in early 1999. Despite a six-hour flight behind me and a two-hour Autobahn trip ahead, the TT stopped me in my tracks. Fast forward twenty years and every rare sighting of a TT still stops me, particularly when it’s a low mileage roadster in any other color besides silver such as the example posted on Craigslist near Hudson, New York where the current caretaker is asking $8,900. A quick scan of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool for this TT reveals the seller has it priced halfway between the #2 “Excellent” level of $10,000 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $7,300. I
History has a way of repeating itself, though sometimes not identically the same. Such was as Volkswagen prepared launched the New Beetle for 1998. Senior leadership within the VW Audi group had a desire to offer a sports car version under the Audi brand that leveraged New Beetle underpinnings. Not surprisingly, the styling derives design cues from the Porsche 356. The originator of the TT concept, American Freeman Thomas, a veteran of the Porsche design studio, also cites the Auto Union Silver Arrow racing cars of the 1930s and the Porsche 550 Spyder as influences–all three designs at least partially credited to Volkswagen Type 1 designer Erwin Komenda. The name “TT” is a double entendre, as it came from Audi’s predecessor NSU’s racing success in the British Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) motorcycle race as well as symbolizing Audi’s slogan “Technology & Tradition” of the period. While the base front-wheel drive versions are more style than substance, Quattro 1.8L turbo-powered versions such as the example presented here make for a very fun sports car.
We like this TT as it’s rare to find a low mileage, first-generation Quattro version (owners tended to use these cars as year-round drivers due to the Quattro all wheel drive system) as well as in a color other than silver. The only thing we wish this one had was the rare baseball glove leather interior, but the black hides in this example will do. Based on the pictures provided, the tires appear ready to be replaced and the passenger seat leather appears to be brittle in one spot possibly from not removing standing water quickly enough. These minor issues aside, as long as the owner can provide up-to-date-service records for his TT, you’ll be purchasing a fun roadster you can enjoy year-round. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“2001 Audi TT 225hp Quattro 6-Speed 2D CNVT 4-1.8L Turbocharged AWD Roadster.
Classic red convertible very LOW Miles 52k. This car is in very nice condition, car runs and drives GREAT doesn’t need anything.“
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