The Audi 50 was built by Audi NSU Auto Union AG at the former NSU factory in Neckarsulm, Germany and at the giant Wolfsburg plant by Volkswagen. The car was rebadged six weeks later by Volkswagen as the Volkswagen Polo with a wider range of engine and other options. The Volkswagen Polo was launched in the home market in September 1974 and appeared in export markets, including the United Kingdom, a few months later.
The car was offered as a three door hatchback with a 1,093 cc petrol engine, producing either 50 bhp) or 59 bhp for the LS and GL models, respectively. The model was popular in Europe, both because of its generous specifications for a car of the time, and on account of its relatively low price.
The Volkswagen and Audi badged models were sold alongside each other for three years until 1978, but the cheaper Volkswagen Polo outsold the Audi 50.
Having had only one previous owner from new, this rare and wonderful specimen was driven back from Italy by the vendor himself. With only four examples currently on the roads in the UK, this represents a great opportunity to purchase an iconic, yet largely unknown Audi.