Arguably one of the world’s great rally cars, the Audi Quattro was a technical masterpiece principally based around Audi’s groundbreaking five cylinder turbocharged engine and a very advanced – indeed, unprecedented in production car terms – permanent four wheel drive system.
Driven by great names of the day including Walter Rohrl, Hannu Mikkola and Michele Mouton, the Quattro was an immediate hit on the World Rally stage. Indeed, on the very first special stage in the 1981 Monte Carlo rally – a mere 10 kilometres of snow-covered tarmac – Mikkola caught and overtook a Lancia Stratos which had started exactly one minute before him. Audi would go on to claim World Manufacturer titles in 1982 and 1984, and Driver’s titles in 1983 and 1984 with Mikkola and Stig Blomqvist respectively.
For a model of such historical and technical importance, the original Quattro remains a remarkably scarce beast, with less than 11,500 examples being produced over its lifespan from 1980 to 1991.
This particular example has been enjoyed by only two owners from new, with a warranted mileage of just 111,000 kms. It is presented in very good overall condition, and boasts desirable period options including an electric sunroof, digital odometer, electric door mirrors, sports exhaust and electric front and rear differential locks. It is finished in the very “period” colour scheme of black with grey leather interior and has recently benefitted from a cambelt change only 350 kilometres ago. The car comes with German registration and is ready to be enjoyed by the new owner.