– Audi A3 1.8 Automatik
– early 1st series A3 from 2nd year of production, 1997
– delivered and always registered in Germany
– low mileage of only 52,100 km and only two owners from new
– 1.8 litre 4-cylinder petrol engine, 92 kW (125 hp) and automatic gearbox
– dark blue metallic paint and black leather interior
– climate control, trip computer, power windows, 4 airbags
– centre armrest, leather steering wheel, original Audi cassette radio
– German registration documents and valid technical approval until 01/2021
For nearly two decades, Audi did not offer anything smaller than a 4-door sedan, in the shape of the Audi 80, or its successor, the A4. The Audi 50 had been discontinued in 1978, and only in 1996, another small hatchback was released: The A3, internally named 8L. It was based on the new PQ34 platform also used for the 4th generation Golf as of 1997. While being visually similar, the Audi was positioned above the Golf and significantly more expensive. At first, only the 3-door version was available. The 5-door followed in 1999. Unlike later A3 generations, the 5-door was not yet a “Sportback”, it was identical to the 3-door in length. A convertible was also not yet on offer.
All 1st generation A3 came with transversely mounted 4-cylinder plants: Petrol engines had either 1.6 or 1.8 litres of displacement, starting at 74 kW (101 hp). The top end was marked by the S3 which produced 165 kW (225 hp). All-wheel drive (“quattro”) was available with the larger engines, as well as with the 1.9 litre turbo Diesel. In 2000, the A3 received a facelift, easily distinguishable by the new clear-glass double headlights. Another 3 years later, the 2nd generation (8P) was ready to replace it.