This is the TT you wanted to have, 17 years ago, with 225 horsepower from its turbocharged 1.8-liter engine going to all four wheels.
There’s a six-speed manual as well. Junkyard shoppers bought the seats, but the remaining interior appears to have been not too trashed.
The presence of a space-saver spare tire on a junkyard car often indicates a final owner who just didn’t care. Maybe a blown head gasket, bad computer, or other costly and impossible-to-ignore problem reared its head, and that owner took 100 bucks from a wrecking yard to dispose of the TT.
Or perhaps the car just gathered up too many parking tickets, got impounded, and didn’t get picked up at auction because buyers get scared of non-perfect sporty German iron. This happens all the time. This process is a few years old for the BMW Z3, and now the Porsche Boxster and Audi TT have reached this point in their value arcs.
So if you ever wanted an Audi TT for cheap, keep an eye on your local impounded-cars and insurance auctions and you might find a TLC-needing example for a few hundred bucks.