A turbocharged AWD wagon with a manual? Shut up and take our money.
It's understandable that mainstream US buyers are no longer interested in wagons. After all, wagons were replaced nearly three decades ago by the minivan which has since lost its broad appeal thank to crossovers. But there's something of a wagon mini-comeback happening right now thanks to the Audi RS6 Avant, Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon, Volvo V90, and even the Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo. Let's also not forget the wagon that's not only managed to survive but thrive, the Subaru Outback. Selecting any one of those is a fine choice but, aside from the Subie, they're not cheap.
Fortunately, there are some performance wagons of yesteryear still out there for sale. This is one of them. Up for auction on Cars and Bids is this rare 1995 Audi S6 Avant with about 97,000 miles on its clock.
Avant, in Audi-speak, refers to the wagon body style. The S6 Avant was built in limited numbers (just 259 examples were sold in the US in '95) and comes powered by the automaker's iconic 2.2-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine totaling 227 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission directs power to all four wheels.
Finished in beautiful Europa Blue with an anthracite interior, the current owner made a series of modifications but didn't go too overboard. A few examples include an MTM Stage 1 + chip, a Wager Tuning RS2 exhaust manifold, 18-inch TSW Alloy Tremblant wheels, and front brakes sourced from a Porsche 993 911.
Some factory-installed features are the roof rails, sunroof, power-adjustable front seats, heated rear seats, and a Bose sound system with a subwoofer. Given that it's nearly 27 years old, there are some minor exterior blemishes like paint chips and a few scratches and dings. The interior also has some acceptable wear and tear like a missing driver-side rear footwell trim piece.
The Carfax report shows there was an accident back in 2013 but didn't include details. Included in the sale are the owner's manuals, various service records, original sales brochures, and some removed factory parts like the headlight and front turn signal lenses (both were swapped out in favor of European-spec units). As of this writing, the highest bid is $12,100 and the auction will conclude in the early afternoon of December 10. Happy bidding.