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Discussion in 'A4/S4 forum(B5 Chassis)' started by ScottD3, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. ScottD3
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    [Nov 16, 2012]
    With wedding planning in full swing we started talking about our future past the wedding day and one of the points that popped up was my desire to have a classic car parked at the back of the garage under a sheet and take it out to shows and sunday drives around the country (That's the dream any way).

    I never mentioned it would be Audrey but I did like the thought it. She then laughed in my face and said its not a sheet car and its a **** car (bit more of a play on words that works better via verbal over text) and then how funny it would be if I became a granddad and still had granddads car, then all the kids will call it granddads sheet car.

    back on topic, I think.
    Do you guys ever think the B5 will be one of them cars that in 10-20 years time people have locked away in the back of their garage to take to classic car days, take out on a sunny sunday to polish and people will walk past going "wow, I've not seen one of them years" and such?
    Will it ever be classed as a classic car?
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    [Nov 16, 2012]
    I hope so, the B5 is a lovely shape and tbh shouldn't rust away unless really badly looked after. I'd like an RS4 for my "toy"
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    [Nov 16, 2012]
    I like mine and all but don't see it ever being my classic. I work it so hard it deserves some kind of respect for how tough it is though.
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    Thing is, almost ALL 30-40 year old cars are now regarded as classics. Even **** ones.

    Things like the Austin Allegro, which were awful cars when they rolled out the factory, would now be considered a classic, and good tidy ones will fetch decent money, get looked after and cherished... Old mercs, which were never anything special other than tough reliable luxury transport are also now seen as classics and saught after.

    While we consider modern cars to be ten a penny, the throwaway culture means that in 20-30 years time they will be just as rare and sought after as a 60-70's car today. Their enemy wont be rust like the older cars, it'll be the fact that they become uneconomical for Joe Punter to maintain and so get scrapped. If anything the B5 is fairly distinctive, as it predates the current trend where almost every car looks identical because they're all designed by computer.

    Now ofcourse sure, certain models will always hold greater appeal, the RS4 is likely to be much more sought after than a Mondeo, but think of the way early Escorts are hugely saught after, but also consider that while the escort RS2000 was THE car to have back in the day, these days any escort, be it a crappy 1.1L or RS is still massively desireable.
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    I think it will achieve that status, one day!

    I do get comments at present when i tell people i have the A4, and for some reason they are astounded at it having a 2.8 v6 engine aswell, dunno why though!

    The RS4 will be the valuable choice, but due to the Avant only design, i think S4 and TQS, Quattro Sports etc will all come next in line not far behind.
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    [Nov 17, 2012]
    Think I will have to keep hold of mine for a little while if that's the case...
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    [Nov 25, 2012]
    Totally agree with aragorn - The B5 is on the turning point of car design - nowadays if you debadge most cars they aren't destinctive. I think the B5 is a design classic and will stand the test of time beyond just rarity value. The A4 also has the heritage of the 80 as one of the best engineered cars in its class - B5s still in service aren't just old clunkers - the two I have owned are still really good drives (apart from the one I drowned obvs) There was an interesting design point where modern automotive technology (ECUs to control all sorts of functions) met the final moment of individualised car design for the mass market and expressed itself in the A4 - which served both reps steaming up and down motorways and everyman looking for a bit more quality in a family car.
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