- Post is under moderationAudi in the 1970s, his Coupe S an exclusive GT variant would have set aside? Niklas Frist is currently giving an answer to this question with his precious Audi. Text & Photos: Ansgar Wilkendorf.
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Young Niklas looked out the window of his classroom at the teacher's parking lot. Of the many cars that stood there, however, interested the student only one: an Audi 100 Coupé S from 1972.
The Audi 100 with the rear end in the Italo design of a Maserati Ghibli of the late 1960s, but at least a Fiat Dino of that time it had done to Niklas. He would like the car. There was only one problem or two: First, he did not have enough money for it, and second, the car belonged to his math teacher.
But when the school was around, the then 17 -year-old in 1989 actually got the opportunity to buy the car for his former teacher for 19,000 crowns, or around 1,800 euros. To raise the money, he had to sell his moped with a heavy heart. For this he finally had his dream car. "The first drive brought me back from the world of dreams," smiles Niklas.
"The head gasket had said goodbye, so I could only slowly roll home. Nevertheless, the great feeling was unbeatable. "But that came with time. Education and job simply did not leave him the space to continue the restoration that had begun, and so the car initially fell into oblivion. "A kind of Shelby version of Audi"
"Just in time for my 40th birthday, I decided to breathe new life into the Audi," recalls Niklas, who is like his Coupé built in 1972. But he did not want to leave it at a restoration: "In his time, there was never a performance package or an exclusive GT variant for the coupe. Such a kind of Shelby version of Audi. I wanted to change that now with hindsight. "
But before that there was a lot of sheet metal work to do. "The body looked so good at first," says the Swede. "But when the sandblaster had finished its work, there was not much left of it." For Niklas no reason to worry: He had come across several recommendations to Dan Johansson in Degefors, a "coachbuilder and sheet metal artist," the so far mainly styled American cars. Nevertheless, he quickly understood what his client wanted out. "The car was shaped to the wheels," smiles Niklas, "and grew accordingly in the width." The wheel arches come from the Golf 1 and that the end tips were widened, can be seen at the distance to the original remained bumper. "In the past, you could easily put a finger through it, today there is hardly room for a hair." In the course of the body work, the tank filler neck was moved one floor higher in the C-pillar. By the way, the owner of the coupe has cut the neck, welded here by Dan, out of a Victory motorcycle tank.
The mix makes it!
Under the new trunk floor not only the supply line to the tank has disappeared, but also the compressor, the valves and the air tank of Niklas implanted Airex air suspension. Previously, however, he had modified the entire powertrain. In cooperation with Bäcks Engine Overhauling first the engine received an update including cylinder extension, head machining, Weber respiration etc. The gear comes from a 1975 model year, so that the front brakes, which can be found on the 72er Coupe right and left directly to the switch box, could be moved to the outside in the wheels. Front as well as on the rear axle originating from the Golf 3 GTI is a four-piston brake system of three-Golf with 330 mm ventilated discs installed.
Contact with the asphalt is maintained by the 225/30 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires on the Dotz SP5 Dark in the 18-inch dimension. Of course, the exclusive GT variant also got an exclusive paint job. The paint called "Casino Royal GT Gray Metallic" comes from the supercar forge Aston Martin.
Exclusive is also the interior. Hanngrens Car Interiour did a great job here. Both rows of seats were upholstered and newly upholstered with rough and smooth leather. Fittingly, the upholstery with the door and side panels and the dashboard. On headrests and mats you will find embroidered white lettering "Coupe S / GT". Hand-brushed aluminum has meanwhile replaced the wood look in the dashboard. The Luisi sports steering wheel got a new leather collar and the gear lever got a Simoni Racing gear knob.
On the way Niklas enjoys the subtle sonorous sound of the 2.5-inch Ferrita stainless steel exhaust system. Every now and then it's a bit louder for the hard rock fan. With the support of buddy Racer Putte and AVD Sundvall, he has provided a suitable sound package. In the footwell works the two-way front system El Comp 5 of U-dimension. Under the backseat are two Prox 8 subwoofers, also of U-dimension, for fat basses.
However, Niklas does not have much time to drive around. It is not just the job of Marketing Manager for Indian Motorcycles that captures him. It is also his new project, which he nicknamed "overkill". It is again the same type, but this year built in 1975. So much is already revealed: "What if Audi had built a rear-wheel drive S-Coupe with a V8 power plant under the hood ..."
1. The filler neck comes from a motorcycle and has been placed in the C-pillar behind the gills
2. Golf hubs thanks: behind the Dotz rims delayed a Golf-3 brake system.
1st age Swede: Niklas Frisk and his Audi 100 Coupé S are both built in 1972
2. Exclusive interior with brushed aluminum, rough and smooth leather
3. Brilliant console custom made 4. The footwell houses the soundboard
The shiny revised four-cylinder now makes 136 hp
Who tuning parts that influence each other, combined without approval in the test certificates and drive with his car on public roads, comes in Germany not around an assessment in accordance with § 21 StVZO around. Tip: Let yourself be advised by an expert before the beginning of extensive conversions. The expert knows whether the planned tuning is approvable and can provide information on the expected assessment costs.
Name: Niklas Frisk
AUDI 100 COUPÉ S (1972)
Engine: 1.9-liter four-cylinder (standard: 112 hp), cylinder drilled to 2.0-liter, flywheel balanced, head machined and planned, large valves, sport camshaft, Ajden Racing
Intake manifold, two 45 #Weber twin carburettors, 123 ignition system, Red devil fuel pump,
Aluminum fuel lines with AN8 connections, special aluminum radiator, electric fan, power 136 hp
Suspension: Airex air suspension, Golf 3-wheel hubs front, Golf 3 GTI rear axle
Wheel / Tires: #Dotz-SP5 Dark 8 x 18 inches with Michelin Pilot Supersport in 225/30 R20
Body: Total restoration, self-made front spoiler, Golf 1 wheel arch widened by Dan
Johansson, Dagefors; End tips widened, filler neck offset, recess for rear
License plate, painted in "Casino Royal GT Gray Metallic" by Aston Martin
Car-Hifi: Retro stereo radio, excursion HXA30 power amplifier for two-way front system El Comp 5
of U-dimension, Excursion HXA2K power amp for Prox-8 subwoofers of U-dimension below the
Rear seat, Hollywood cable and battery
Interior: Luisi steering wheel with leather upholstery, original seats and rear seat upholstered and covered with rough and smooth leather (Hangreens Car Interiour), Speedhut instruments with S /
GT lettering, Simoni Racing gear knob, coupe / SGT embroidery in the headrests and
Floor mats, custom console, new straps
Brakes: Four-piston brake system from the Golf 3 with 330 mm ventilated discs front and rear
Exhaust: Ferrita 2.5-inch stainless steel system with 3-inch tailpipes
Thanks to: Racer Putte and AVD Sundvall
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- Post is under moderationIn the year of the departure, three German sedans set completely new accents. The Audi 100 emancipated itself from DKW and immediately became a star of the middle class. With the six-cylinder Type 2500 BMW celebrated its comeback in the luxury cars, and Mercedes said goodbye to the bestseller dash-eight of Blechbarock and swing axle.
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- Post is under moderationClassic Audi Retro Cool #Audi-100S-Coupe-C1 #1970 / #1976 Audi’s first coupé is still one of the best looking; here’s a brief history of this rare car… Words Davy Lewis. Photography Audi AG.
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Retro Cool Audi 100 S Coupe. Everyone like a classic Audi and they don’t come much better looking than the 100 S Coupé. You could say that as Audi’s first foray into the coupé market, they nailed it first time. This 1970 model comes courtesy of Audi’s press department and looks truly stunning photographed in their studio.
Compared with its ‘sensible’ sibling, the 100 saloon, the 100 S Coupé was a revelation. It featured a very sleek profile with a long bonnet, muscular haunches, and a sweeping, fastback rear. Looking at it now, over 40 years later, there are definitely echoes of the design language in the current A7. It also has a touch of Aston Martin DB5, especially around the rear quarters. From the front, the large, Audi rings dominate things, complemented by a brace of twin headlights, giving a sporting appearance.
Under the bonnet of the S Coupé, Audi fitted a 1.9-litre 4-cylinder engine that made a lively (for 1970!) 112hp. 0-60mph took a leisurely 10+seconds and the top speed was around 118mph. But it was rear-wheel drive and weighed less than 1100kgs; with relatively skinny rear tyres, provoking a slide was not difficult.
In 1976, Audi refreshed the 100 range and the Coupé was dropped in favour of the more practical hatchback, which also received the new, inline five-cylinder engine.
Which means that the 100 S Coupé is a rare beast today, with fewer than 31,000 cars produced worldwide. To put that into perspective, almost 800,000 more saloon versions of the 100 were built. Today, classic car traders are asking from around £40,000 for a decent S Coupé.
You can trace a direct lineage to the present day, with the recently launched A5 Coupé. Of course Audi’s most famous coupé is the Ur-quattro, which re-wrote the rulebook and brought fourwheel drive to the masses.
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Engine 1.9-litre 4-cylinder
Transmission 4-speed manual
Top speed: 118mph
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Audi 100 Is this the cleanest retro saloon on the planet? We’d certainly bet our last couple of Deutsche Marks on it!
Ruben Mellaerts’ Audi 100 is as clean as a surgeon’s slab and as sharp as his scalpel. But there’s so much more to this build than just rims, altitude and a dab of polish…
RETRO RIDE: AUDI 100
“The closer you look, the more delicious details you find”
Running a retro car means different things to different people. For some it’s about reliving the honest simplicity of a lost age; of maintaining an old car as a sort of rolling time capsule, keeping every element true to its original state. For others, it’s about using a cool old motor as a base to build something thrilling, optimised for modern use in a form that pre-dates moulded plastic bumpers and catalytic converters. Of course, this doesn’t mean that the former are all concours pedants and the latter are bloodthirsty jigsaw-wielders with no sense of heritage – us car geeks can’t be pigeonholed that easily. What it basically comes down to is that we all like driving old cars, and we all have different ideas about what happens under the skin. Right?
With that in mind, Ruben Mellaerts’ mission statement is clear: “I wanted to retain the classic look,” he explains, and it’s just as simple as that… except that, no, this ’1975 Audi is very far from simple. Ruben appears to be some sort of dark master of artifice, hiding in plain sight while he mischievously wisps a cloud of retro magic before your very eyes. Sure, at first glance this car may appear to be a shiny, original mid-seventies saloon that’s sitting artfully low, but the closer you look, the more delicious details you find yourself unearthing. If he just wanted to ‘retain the classic look’, he’d have carried out a straight resto, wouldn’t he? But these still waters, they run deep.
Ruben’s hoodwinking you with details, and you’ve inadvertently sleepwalked right into his cunning scheme. Don’t feel bad though, we all did just the same. But as the myriad tweaks unfurl, you’ll be so glad you did.
“I bought the Audi on the internet from two old people in Peer, here in Belgium,” he begins, with the world-weary look of a man who’s, y’know, seen things. “It was completely rusted on the inside and underneath the car, but it looked very good at the outside… that was the biggest problem!” He uses the word ‘problem’, but Ruben’s evidently not fazed by such trivialities – there’s no more mention of rust throughout the remainder of the conversation, it’s just implicit that he dealt with it in the manner of a mobster with a leaky informant. He just settled it, no questions asked.
“I did the deal with the old folks, poured in some fresh oil, drove it home, sorted it out,” he says, brilliantly enigmatically. The dude’s a pro.
Well, in fact that literally is the case, as the name RM Concept should demonstrate – for that is the name plastered across the bespoke air-ride setup. Yep, Ruben doesn’t just dabble in retro tinkering, he develops systems for others to buy too. And yes, that low-slung stance is indeed thanks to air-ride. “It’s running a custom RM Concept system,” he elaborates, “with shortened Bilstein dampers, my own bespoke uniball topmounts, twin Viair compressors and AccuAir valves.” The rear axle’s been shortened as well, owing to the fact that he’s bolted on some uber-scene-friendly rims that rock quite a lot more girth than stock; the fashionforward #BBS RS sixteens measure 7.5-inches apiece on the front axle, and a robust 8.5-inches out back.
Of course, any chump can pull off the simple ‘stop, drop and roll’ trick, jamming natty rims and suspension onto a stock old motor and letting that be that. But that’s very much not Ruben’s style. You know how we were talking about this car revealing more and more swanky details? Well, let’s dive in.
For starters, there’s the paint. It may look factory stock, but there’s a twist: “It’s a little bit different to the original,” Ruben grins. “It’s a bit of a secret, couple of shades of blue, little bit more iso green...” The exterior chrome has been refinished, with the bumpers neatly contemporised with carbonfibre end caps, and have you clocked the roof? Gorgeous bit of hot-rod lace paint there – it’s an old trick whereby you stretch a sheet of lace over the panel, fog it with a few light coats of contrasting paint, then remove it and enjoy the adoring gazes of passers-by. Lace paint is for winners.
Another mind-blowing element of the build resides beneath the bonnet. Now, your eyes may well already have flitted to the filthy shots of the spreadeagled bay, in which case you’ll have an inkling of what’s gone on: in essence, Ruben’s retained the stock 1,900cc motor (albeit fully rebuilt and treated to some shimmering chrome accoutrements), and focused on giving it the most sumptuous home it could possibly desire. The whole bay’s been shaved, smoothed, wire-tucked and painted to resemble the kind of scene you’d encounter if you dropped the engine from your 1/24-scale Airfix model into the bizarrely smooth lap of your unclothed Action Man figure. It’s all just improbably unadorned, aside from the all-action classic four-banger. Impressive, no?
But despite the huge amount of effort that’s been expended beneath the hood, that’s not actually Ruben’s favourite part of the build. “I just love the interior,” he smiles. “It was trimmed by R&R Autbekleding; the headrests and rear armrest were removed, and the seats covered in leather along with the centre console and doorcards.” It’s a magnificent job, the door trim wearing Bentley-style diamonds to imbue an element of the louche, while the seats feature studs that call to mind a wingback chair in the smoky corner of a 1920s London gentlemen’s club. It’s sort of meta-retro really, and the diamond/leather interface seemingly can’t be contained either, spilling across into the engine bay like some vast swarm of irrepressible opulence.
“It took about three or four months to get the car this way, working day and night on it, and in total it’s probably cost me about Ð12,000,” says Ruben. “But if customisation is in your blood, you cannot resist, can you? I had some ideas, and once I started working the ideas kept coming. In fact, I still have ideas, it’s not done yet; I’d like to have a completely new and much younger engine in there for more power, and do further work with leather and chrome.”
This is all entirely understandable. For people like Ruben, such things are never finished, they’re relentlessly subject to improvement. Which seems like an odd thing to say, because from the current standpoint, we reckon it’s pretty much perfect already. “I built the car with a lot of love,” he smiles. “She’s an old lady, and I treated her with respect. And people like the results, she’s a proper neckbreaker now!”
Observers certainly get a lot of time to check out those crisp lines, as Ruben loves to cruise low ‘n’ slow in this slick old-school barge. He may say that more power’s on the cards, but for now it’s exactly what it needs to be – a casual, low-slung badass, built unpretentiously to rumble as an art piece in the sunshine. Ruben’s definition of ‘retro’ is hard to argue with.
TECHICAL SPECIFICATIONS: ‘1975 Audi 100 C1
TUNING: 1.9-litre four-cylinder petrol, fully rebuilt, #Weber carb, optimised cooling, engine block painted, chromed air filter and cam cover, fully shaved, smoothed and wiretucked engine bay, 5-speed manual ’box
CHASSIS: 7.5x16- inch (front) and 8.5x16-inch (rear) #BBS-RS ceramic polished 3-piece split-rims with black hardware, #RM-Concept custom air-ride system with shortened #Bilstein dampers, bespoke uniball top-mounts, #AccuAir valves and 2x Viair 480c compressors, shortened rear axle, stock brakes painted in high gloss black
EXTERIOR: Fully repainted, chrome refinished, lace paint roof, carbon-fibre bumper end caps
INTERIOR: Custom leather retrim by R&R Autobekleding, headrests and rear armrests removed, period wood trim, new carpets, centre console trimmed in leather, sills trimmed in wood, custom leather doorcards, retro-styled MP3 stereo with Rockford Fosgate speakers, custom boot install comprising wood floor, compressors, air-tank and plumbed-in retro toolbox
Retro headunit is a master stroke! As is the classy retro toolbox.
Good job Ruben likes blue eh?
You could eat your waffle off that!
DRIVER: Ruben Mellaerts
You’ve got form with this sort of thing, then?
“Yes, my first car was a Mk3 Golf, and since then I’ve had a 3C Passat on air, a custom Mk5 Golf, I completely restored a Mk1 Golf, some scooters… and, of course, motorcycles. I love motorcycles.”
Why did you choose an Audi 100 C1 this time?
“It was love at first sight, and I wanted something unique.”
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They are playful variations serious medium-class sedans, but more expensive, exclusive and saver. Three distinctive coupes from Audi, Mercedes and Opel twisted in the 70s men the head. Emotion overcame reason - that still holds true today.
Audi has succeeded particularly refined, the Coupe S significantly from the 100 LS sedan lift. This is the sophisticated equipment as well as its entire appearance. They emancipated already from the A-Sauleldar of the conservative line of the good middle class moth, the only GL nor has the slightest chance to compete with the Coupe.
The Italian Gran Turismo styled by Audi shows an expressive face double spotlight as it once came into fashion, and uses distinctive gills on the flanks to loosen the massive C-pillar. The Audi takes the name Coupe, which means simply "cut off". Its wheelbase was shortened as against the sedan to eleven and a half centimeters. This led him to the proportions wider and appear lower. A shot Fiat Dino swings in its line. The ensure swept front and the other a dynamic profile.
Unfortunately, the Audi is not a classic hardtop coupe as its competitors Mercedes-Benz 250CE and Opel Commodore, which finely different-graced demarcation for Limousine succeeded otherwise less convincingly in all formal race. Both have frameless side windows which can be fully sink, which helps them to stresses appearance. Your undisturbed silhouette is not only characterized particularly slender and because "docked" has neither Mercedes nor Opel, both use the wheelbase sedan.
The Audi impresses in detail
The gorgeous zeitgeist hue Tibet Orange in combination with corduroy velvet cushions makes the Coupe S certainly an eye-catcher amidst the attractive trio. The interior with the already designed seats, the elaborately decorated coverings and subscribed instruments tachometer supplied with current from a very special coziness. Even the luxurious steering wheel with the flapper remains a Coupe-exclusivity.Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.
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It’s thousands of parts meticulously engineered to work perfectly with one another.
Every car is made up of thousands of parts.
When we designed the Audi we wanted to be sure the parts worked-as perfectly as possible - not only individually but together.
So our engineers took all the things we learned from years of building cars and built an Audi. Electronically. In a computer. Then they tested it. Reworked it. And tested again until they felt the design was exactly right.
But even the finest designs don't mean anything until they’re actually turned into a car. Which is exactly what goes on every day at the Audi factory in Ingolstadt. Germany.
If you were 30 visit it, you’d see dozens of craftsmen labouring over intricate parts. Spending extra time. Taking extra steps.
You’d see strength being built into each car. Floor-pans welded to chassis to form single shells. That's to insure a tighter fit and a smoother, quieter ride.
You’d see them hand-sanding bodies. And hand-sewing seat covers and armrests.
You’d see Audis going through multiple cleansings. Being treated with zinc phosphate to help prevent corrosion. With polymer undercoating to help prevent chips and scratches And painted. And painted again. By hand.
You’d see safety actually being built into each car. Because in Europe, roads vary from autobahns to medieval cobblestone streets to mountain esses. And a car has to be prepared to face the unpredictable.
To help the Audi face the unpredictable, the passenger compartment is designed to be a rigid safety cell. The front and rear body sections, as well as the steering column, are designed to absorb energy at a controlled rate, keeping impact forces to a minimum. The side doors are reinforced with steel beams. The interior has extra padding. And younger passengers are protected by child-proof locks on the back doors.
The front and rear bumpers are made of aluminium, which is lighter than steel (even though it's just as strong) and helps give you better gas mileage.
Safety may be the law, but at Audi the law is to make each car as safe as possible.
If you continued along, you'd see Audis being inspected Engines tested on the dynamometer under various loads to see how they’ll perform under all kinds of driving conditions.
Paint jobs inspected with mittens to detect irregularities that bare hands could miss.
You'd see cars subjected to the scorching heat and to the freezing cold of the climate chambers. To the lashing gusts of the wind tunnel. And. finally, road tested.
All because we want our Audis to be the best that we can make them. And if something isn't exactly right, we want to be the ones who'll find it.
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