No, this car isn’t this kind of Fox, though it is a sibling of the first Volkswagen Passat aka Dasher. The Fox was the name given to the Audi 80 for the United States market, and we can all be forgiven for not knowing this (as very few were sold). This completely used-up, not-so-quick brown Fox jumped over the lazy junkyard dog after a life spent almost entirely in the East Bay, and now it rests in a self-service wrecking yard about two miles from its owner’s longtime place of employment.
I know this because of the thick stack of Oakland Airport North Ramp employee-parking permit stickers on the bumper.
Looks like at least 30 stickers here, so we may be looking at a one-owner car.
I thought I might pull this Motometer clock for my car clock collection, but it turned out to be a case full of broken gears. Sadness.
The interior was completely cooked, which suggests that the car spent its entire life unprotected from the California sun.
According to Audi tradition, the timing belt should be located where it’s the first thing to get crushed in a minor crash.
Other than the usual California surface rust around the back window, this car is fairly solid in spite of all the bent metal.
I couldn’t find any US-market TV ads for the Fox, so we’ll go back to Germany.