Aaron Klimchuk’s Audi 100s
For this month’s special, we are doing things a bit differently. Not only are we doing a two for one, but we are also wrapping a nice history lesson in. You see, this month’s feature is a gorgeous pair of 100s. The owner of the both of these icons is no stranger to Cleanaudi, in fact this will be his second feature, which is fitting given his devotion to the brand. Aaron first knew he needed an Audi 100 in his life when on a trip to the company’s headquarters and museum. He saw a restored model on the floor and his fate was sealed. As soon as he returned to the states, he began his search for a 100 of his own. After lots of looking, browsing, and reading classifieds he found a red one. It needed a bit of love, but undeterred, Aaron bought the car. Over the next few months he slowly began to bring the car back to life. He focused on restoring the faded paint and cleaning up the interior. After polishing and cutting the almost 40 year old paint by hand, Aaron began working on the motor. He took great care in cleaning, servicing, and replacing the various parts of the 74KW engine. The results speak for themselves with the car looking great in the sun and shadows of the warehouse district where our photoshoot took place. Aaron has yet to decide what he is doing the blue 100 he recently acquired, but we are sure it’s in good hands.
The Audi 100 first rolled off the production line in 1968 at the famous Ingolstadt plant. The four door sedan derived its name from the power its four stroke engine produced. Later that year, a coupe version of the 100 was launched, with the Coupe S launching in late 1970. The 100 came with a 3 speed automatic making it a simple and clean cruiser. By the spring of 1971, the Audi 100 had become the most commercially successful car in the company’s history. By 1976, over 800,000 model 100s were built with Audi’s plants struggling to keep up with the demand. In ’74 the 100 received a minor face lift sporting a more angular look, with a squared off grille and harder body lines. The last variants of the 100 also received coil springs and a 1.6L engine. US models came with larger bumpers and a more advanced fuel injection system. In 1977, the 5000 replaced the Audi 100, ending what was one of the most successful production runs in the company’s history.
We were lucky enough to have a chance to drive Aaron’s 100, and while it wasn’t as fast as his S4, nor did it handle as well as his new A3, there was something to be said for sitting behind the wheel of such a cool piece of history. The 100 may never be the performance monster that its later family members have become famous for. But that doesn’t matter, because the 100 has more character then any Audi we have experienced. Its rich history and personality helped make Audi what it is today. Today as cars become more technical than ever, and as drivers become more isolated from the road, it’s nice to be able to sit in the past. Surrounding ourselves with reminders of a less complicated driving experience. As Audi moves towards new sales goals and technical achievements, and seemingly away from its past of simple cars, we can’t help but wonder what the future holds for those of us looking for a simpler driving experience.
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