Blue on Blue: 2000 Audi TT Coupe – Sold?
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August 11, 2022, Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
When the Audi TT burst onto the scene, its stunning looks seemed to make it destined for the hall of fame of German sports cars. A few years later, it has become somewhat old hat, and the first-generation models are available for very little money. This 2000 Audi TT coupe originally listed in July 2022 on Craigslist in South Florida is a pretty example that’s about as base as they come, equipped with non-Quattro front wheel drive and the smaller turbocharged engine that makes about 180 horsepower, listed for a very reasonable $7,950. Comparing that price against the Classic.com model guide shows us that the seller is asking a fair number for his coupe, with the average selling price hovering just over $11,000:
I can still remember when the TT first came on the scene. It was one of those cars you wanted the scale model of in your room as a kid; it was that beautiful. Even to this day, few cars have come close over the last 20 years to match the neck-snapping looks the original TT brought to the mainstream. The real “mind blown” moment was when they rolled out the baseball glove leather interior, complete with contrasting exposed stitching in the seats. This was a car that corporate wasn’t allowed to bean-count the hell out of like so many concept cars are subjected to once they get the green light for production. The TT was like the original Dodge Viper in a way, somehow keeping all of the amazing details that made it a show-stopper when it was on the spinning pedestal at the international auto show. The TT came in a few different flavors – hardtop and convertible/roadster, and 180 b.h.p. or 225 b.h.p. depending on your willingness to go big or go home when it came time to place the order. Either engine performed well, and the smaller mill could easily be dialed up with some smart modifications.
The Men & Motors YouTube Channel provides this vintage road test from 2000:
The seller’s car is a nicely preserved specimen for a driver-grade car. Mileage is average at just under 100,000 and the cosmetics seem decent enough for one that has clearly been used. Although it has the smaller engine, the hardtop configuration with the preferred five-speed manual makes it more compelling, especially over the convertible model equipped in a similar fashion. Throw in the blue-on-blue color combination and you have a distinctive model with few rivals in its class from a style standpoint. The seller has also opted for the optional factory roof racks, which will make the OEM+ purists smile with delight. Now, Volkswagen and Audi products of this era are good but certainly not great, and despite having four oval rings on the grill, there’s still a lot of component sharing that happened during this era of Volkswagen Audi Group products. Robust service history is not quite a “must have” but pretty darn close. Personally, I like this car, but I wouldn’t want to enter a world of pain for a 180-horse model. The TT 225, however, I might endure some pain and suffering.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“2000 AUDI TT HARD TOP COUPE 95,000 MILES ALL OPTI0NS Blue Exterior, Blue leather, everything works great condition
in storage, inside, last 5 years with regular running and maintenance“
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