Speedy, Estately: Paul Walker’s Old Audi RS6 Avant on eBay

Paul Walker RS6 Avant

Audi’s C5-generation of its A6 was a damn handsome car, and ended up on our 10Best list in 2000 and 2001. Designed by Peter Schreyer during his Volkswagen Group tenure, it’s one of the troika of cars, along with the original A4 and Bauhaus TT, that finally gave Audi a real beachhead in America after the 5000/100′s unintended-acceleration debacle. The most gleefully twisted of all the C5 cars was the RS6 Avant, a thrown elbow that took Audi’s superheated RS wagon concept and upsized it for maximum family-hauling brutishness. The twin-turbo, 4.2-liter V-8 put out 450 horsepower—quaint compared to the current era of engines making 550-plus.

Of course, Audi didn’t deign to sell the car in the United States—it sold an RS6 sedan, which won a comparo against BMW, AMG, and Jaguar—leading to a certain weirdo lust from a certain kind of Yankee car dork. The late Paul Walker was one of those dorks. He purchased this 2003 example in Japan and had it shipped home, where he registered it in Arizona—presumably because getting the car plated in California would’ve been a bureaucratic nightmare. The current owner purchased it from Walker in 2011 and has since treated the car to a new long block and a transmission rebuild.

Paul Walker Audi RS6 Avant

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Bidding ends on May 24, 2014 at 2:28:38 PM. As of this writing, the car’s nearly at $60,000 and has yet to meet reserve. If you had the cash, would the 11-year-old wagon’s provenance and scarcity make it worth the money to you? Or would you just save your pennies for a new RS7 Dynamic Edition?

Paul Walker Audi RS6 Avant

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