Audi Doesn’t Make Minivans So What Is This?
Yes, we know that Audi doesn’t make minivans. But then, what is this? From any angle you look at, it’s an Audi. With the Euro plates you may be thinking this is a Euro-only Audi, but it’s not. Though it had us fooled, this started out as a Seat Alhambra minivan. The owner was crafty enough to have modified it to look like something Audi made, but never did.
What is a Seat Alhambra minivan?
These Facebook Marketplace images of the Alhambra don’t mention the year. However, these minivans were produced from 1996 to 2020. Seat, a subsidiary of Volkswagen, made 500,000 of them before pulling the plug. The Seat brand sits sightly under Volkswagen, as an entry-level product.
Interestingly, the Alhambra was also the basis for the Volkswagen Sharan. And Ford even offered its badge version called Galaxy. So the Alhambra has worn different badges, so why not an Audi badge as well?
Did they use real Audi parts for the Set minivan conversion?
Whoever did the modifications did an outstanding job of blending in the Audi bits into the Seat. Starting at the front, the Audi-like grille ties in nicely to the stock hood. The headlights and upper and lower grilles are Audi pieces or close approximations. So the surrounding sheet metal (or plastic), needed fabrication to tie everything together.
Maybe part of the surrounding body color is actually off of a mid-aughts A4 or A6, though the grille itself looks a bit narrower. Any way you look at it, it’s quite well done. And the ruse extends to the rear as well.
The taillights are not Seat, and aren’t from Audi, though they look to be. So does the indent of the liftgate. The surrounding sheet metal to some serious modifications to accept the changes, looking very Audi A4-ish. This includes the silver diffuser that looks straight off of an A4 as well, even incorporating the dual exhaust tips.
Once the hard work was completed, the minivan was covered in a deep blue similar to the paint color offered by Audi. The rolling stock looks to be a set of mid-aughts Audi wheels and those from a 991 Porsche. That makes sense since the disc brakes are supposed to be Porsche, though there isn’t any other information given.
How much and where is it?
Now for the best part. If this fake Audi fun interests you, it’s currently on Facebook Marketplace. And the price is only €6,000, with current exchange rates putting it at $6,400. The only downside is that it is in Zaandam, just above Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
So there will be a bit of shuffling around and the required funds to ship it here. We’re guessing those would be close to half of the asking price, or around $3,000. Give or take.