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2001 AUDI A2

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This Audi A2 is a great example of the marque’s mould-breaking compact car, presented in superb low-mileage condition, and is one of just four such cars in Australia. Under the bonnet is a 1.4-litre inline-four 16v petrol engine, producing around 75hp, coupled to a five-speed manual transmission. The odometer shows just 27,094 km.

Built on what was at the time a revolutionary aluminium space frame chassis, the A2 reportedly weighs less than one tonne, so delivers both spritely performance and impressive fuel economy. Not only that, but it also boasts Audi’s typically robust build quality and keen attention detail.

The A2 was shown to the Australian market at the 2001 Sydney International Motor Show, and Audi sent four cars to the country for evaluation. However, the decision was made not to introduce the car to that market, so the four A2s were subsequently sold on to the dealers. As such, this is an exceptionally rare car on the continent.

Finished in handsome Amulet Red, it was also specified from the factory with the Luxury Package, featuring 16-inch alloys, a glass sunroof, and climate control; as well as the Leather Package that added double-stitched black upholstery for both the front and rear seats. First registered in August 2001, this car has been with its current owner for the last year.

Its bodywork and paint are reported to be in great shape, with only a few very minor chips in the finish from sparing use on the road. At the front is the gloss black service access panel, unique to the A2, which takes the place of a conventional grille. Under this hinged flap is the oil dipstick, as well as the filler caps for the engine oil and windscreen washer fluid, so that routine fluid checks and top-ups can be done without removing the bonnet. Its six-spoke alloy wheels generally present well, with just a couple of minor kerb grazes.

Inside, the black leather upholstery is in excellent condition, with no damage to the material and only slight creasing on the driver’s seat outer bolster. The dashboard and door panel trims are also in superb order, commensurate with the very low mileage. There is wear on the radio and climate control buttons, as well as the headlight control knob, which appears to be slight deterioration of the plastic’s surface coating. All of the electrics work correctly, including the climate control, Audi Concert stereo, and retractable blind for the sunroof.

Its last scheduled maintenance was in January 2019, with a full service at AMD Automotive Developments, and prior to this it has Audi main dealer history. The camshaft timing belt is on record as having been replaced in 2016. The wheels are fitted with Kumho tyres, which have around 60% of their tread remaining.

The car comes with its original handbook and service book, other user guides, and both original keys. If the car is sold to a New South Wales buyer, a Certificate of Roadworthiness can also be provided.

This Audi A2 is a very well-presented compact car, and is now arguably regarded as a future classic thanks to its brilliantly conceived design and construction. Even more collectible in Australia given its ‘one of four’ rarity status, this would make a fun addition to any garage, and remains entirely original and unmodified.

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This car’s VIN has been checked against the Australian Personal Property Securities Register, and there is no security interest or other registration kind logged against the serial number. This car has been checked through the Austroads NEVDIS system, and there are no markers under the written-off or stolen databases.

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