• This impressively maintained 2001 Audi TT Quattro with only 41,000 miles is up for auction on Bring a Trailer, with bidding scheduled to end on Monday, November 14th.
• This particular TT, with Audi’s all-wheel-drive Quattro system, produces 225 horsepower from a turbocharged inline-four mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
• C/D conducted a 40,000-mile test on a 2000 TT Quattro and noted at the time that it was an “enduring delight to the eye.” Twenty years later, I agree with that sentiment; its appearance lasted over time.
First-generation Audi TT Quattros are certainly not the rarest of sports cars, and conventional wisdom might suggest that any 21-year-old car is crap from a reliability standpoint. Still, I was immediately drawn to this well-maintained, if lightly used, TT for the simple fact that I grew up in one of these. This 2001 TT Quattro with 41,000 miles is currently listed on the Bring a Trailer auction site, which—as Car and Driver—is part of Hearst Autos.
The first generation TT went into production in 1999, but getting this version with the more powerful 225bhp engine fitted with a larger turbocharger meant waiting a full year. This TT is finished in a Lake Silver Metallic paint over a black leather interior, neither of which shows the severe signs of aging usually attributed to cars of this age. The paint contains a scratch on the hood as well as stone chips on the bumper. The leather on the front seats shows cracks, appears to have no visible tears, and the rear seats appear to be in great condition. The rest of the interior appears to be in even better shape, looking impeccably cared for throughout its life.
The TT is so much more than a one-trick pony. It was a 10 Best winner in both 2000 and 2001. It’s capable as a sports car, courtesy of the Quattro all-wheel drive system and 225-hp output. Plus, having spent a significant portion of my childhood in the backseat of a 2002 TT, I’m uniquely qualified to talk about how surprisingly composed it can be as a family hauler. Until I was 12 years old and my brother 14, we used to pile into our TT on the way to and from hockey practice with two full-sized hockey bags and our dad’s coaching bag, along with three hockey sticks. Admittedly, the past year and a half has involved more than one argument between me and my brother as backseat space has become more of an issue, but our TT has been a reliable companion through many Wisconsin winters.
The Carfax report for the TT shows accident damage in 2003 that resulted in damage to the left front of the car, and lists registration and service history with one owner in New York since new. The dealer selling the vehicle wrote a comment on the post explaining that the bumper had been painted over, likely indicating the accident was minor. Current bids on the car are up to $2600, but if recent auctions are anything to go by, this car will likely go closer to $15,000 or $20,000.
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