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The Audi 100 That is Taken Estonian Stance To One other Stage

The story of this darkish inexperienced 1981 Audi 100 C2 Typ43 with a superbly matched tan inside started with a barn discover in Germany.

In 2020, through the midst of the pandemic, Andrei Hrustaljov from Tallinn, Estonia discovered the four-cylinder Audi C2 on the market on-line. It had been sitting immobile since 1988, however confirmed loads of promise. Priced just below €1,000 (roughly USD$1,000), Andrei had to purchase it; it simply felt proper.


Buying a automobile sight unseen from the web is at all times dangerous, and Andrei’s pleasure for his discount purchase was short-lived when the Audi arrived in Estonia and he noticed in individual what he now owned. After inspecting the physique, his expectation of a small-scale restoration vanished immediately, and issues acquired even worse when extra corroded steel was found after a sandblasting session. On the brilliant aspect, the Audi’s inside was in nice form.


A troublesome choice to scrap the physique however salvage all the great elements – together with the inside – was made. Andrei’s focus then turned to discovering a brand new base for the undertaking, regionally.

Dangerous conditions can usually result in good ones, and that was positively the case right here. As a result of not solely did Andrei finally find yourself buying one other Audi 100 in Estonia, this one had the bonus of Audi’s signature inline five-cylinder engine beneath its hood.


Whereas the physique work was ready for brand spanking new paint, Andrei started the method of rebuilding the two,144cc 136hp engine to manufacturing facility spec. That included overhauling its finicky Bosch Ok-Jetronic gas injection system.


Within the current day, discovering new authentic spare elements for this era Audi is exceptionally troublesome. Whereas Audi Custom is a helpful useful resource, they not have each half obtainable, so Andrei needed to look all over the place to seek out the bits and items he wanted. He says at occasions it appeared like an infinite endeavor, however with endurance Andrei ultimately discovered every thing required to rebuild the automobile to an exacting normal.


Essentially the most difficult facet of the undertaking wasn’t even sourcing the elements although; it was placing all of the physique elements again collectively and guaranteeing excellent gaps.

The chosen Toyota 6V4 hue (Darkish Inexperienced Spruce Mica) goes so nicely with the physique form and the tan inside which was largely salvaged from the primary C2. The paint is sort of distinctive; it’s darkish within the shade however wealthy in colour with glowing golden flakes within the daylight.


The perfect complement for an ideal physique are wheels, and Andrei’s Audi now rolls on {custom} 16×9-inch 3-piece rims with hidden {hardware}. The facilities have been made out of OEM Audi 14-inch ‘Waffle’ wheels, matched with 4-inch outer lips and 5-inch inners. Falken 195/40R16 tires wrap across the wheels in any respect 4 corners of the automobile.

Different additions to the in any other case authentic exterior embrace Audi 200 cut up headlights and entrance lip, and an authentic Auto-Plas rear window louver.


I’m positive you’ve observed the Audi’s low trip top, and that is the results of a {custom} air suspension setup constructed round custom-made PK coilovers on the entrance finish. The rear makes use of separate air baggage and TA Technics shocks. The air tank, twin compressors and manifold are neatly introduced within the trunk inside an previous wood journey case.


The inside presents in wonderful authentic situation, with noteworthy additions together with a cultured wood-rimmed Nardi steering wheel and entrance armrest from an Audi 200. The C2 acquired an improve with electrical home windows for all 4 doorways and highlight studying lights for passengers, and there’s additionally pivoting quarter glass on each entrance doorways for extra air flow.


The ’80s-era Gelhard GXR 208 cassette tape head unit takes middle stage, now enhanced with a retrofitted inside Bluetooth module to deliver some fashionable connectivity to the system. Up entrance, Hertz audio system ship crisp sound, whereas a uncommon pair of Pioneer TS-1680 coaxial audio system out again deliver a singular contact to the audio setup.


Whereas it’s his personal construct, Andrei’s Audi is actively serving to push the Estonian and Japanese European automobile scenes to new heights.


Andrei’s first correct drive of the rebuilt Audi coincided with its debut at Ultrace 2023“It was overwhelming,” he says. “This automobile was in 20 totally different packing containers, utterly disassembled, after which I managed to place it again collectively, and it drives. Every thing is as an alternative, simply as I had imagined. I wouldn’t change something on this automobile; I prefer it simply the way in which it’s.”

After the occasion in Poland, Andrei returned to Estonia and set about finalizing some minor particulars, together with fine-tuning the Ok-Jetronic. Nevertheless, there’s no story if every thing goes as deliberate, is there?


All these ultimate fixes have been crucial forward of a 400-mile highway journey to Finland for the CDLC Large Meet at Jämi Airfield. However the Ok-Jetronic had different concepts. The engine’s #1 cylinder was getting the unsuitable gas/air combine, and with time working out to discover a repair, it was simply tuned to run on 4 cylinders. As you’d anticipate, the automobile wasn’t very dynamic or highly effective, however it drove the entire manner with none additional fault.


It’s arduous to place this automobile in a single bracket. Is it a cultured stance undertaking or a restoration? It truly is each. I can solely want Andrei many extra completely happy miles behind the wheel.

Vladimir Ljadov
Instagram: wheelsbywovka
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