Lot 269: Audi Quattro Sport SWB Coupé
One of the most influential designs of recent decades, the Audi Quattro brought four-wheel drive into the motoring mainstream. Introduced in 1980, the Quattro was based on the outwardly similar Coupé's bodyshell but used a different floor pan to accommodate its four-wheel-drive transmission and independent rear suspension. The engine was a development of the five-cylinder, 2.1-litre, single-overhead-camshaft unit first seen in the 200 saloon. Equipped with a KKK turbocharger, it produced 200bhp in road trim with considerably more being available in competition tune. Phenomenally fast and sure-footed on the road, the Quattro excelled in international rallying, winning the Manufacturers' Championship for Audi in 1982 and 1984 and the Driver's Championship in '83 and '84, but its enduring legacy would be the demonstration of four-wheel drive's advantages for passenger cars. Since then Audi has gone on to apply its quattro 4WD system to many other models but only the original (or 'Ur') version is spelled with a capital 'Q'. The Sport version of Audi's sensational Quattro was launched in the autumn of 1983, three years after the original's unveiling at the Geneva Salon had taken the motoring world by storm. It had a shortened wheelbase and was fitted with a new, lighter version of the five-cylinder engine boasting an aluminium block and a twin-cam 20-valve cylinder head, while anti-lock braking made its first appearance on a quattro-equipped Audi. Running on Bosch HI-Jetronic fuel injection, the extensively revised engine developed a claimed 306bhp and gave this quite remarkable road car a top speed of around 155mph. Audi built only 214 examples of the Sport, though only 164 were actually sold to customers. The rare Audi Quattro Sport was originally manufactured in April 1985 (confirmed by Audi Ag) and delivered new to Oman where it was purchased by a Mr Richard Davies on 13th November 1986. It shows no signs of ever being used for competitions. Mr Davis kept the car in Oman and used it until August 1990, covering a recorded 39,000 kilometres. There is a 1990 service invoice and an Omani registration document on file. The car was imported into the UK later that same year by Mr Davies' and registered as 'B702 RJF'. A further 5,000-or-so kilometres were covered before the car was purchased in August 2001 by the current owner, who subsequently had it re-sprayed in Proteo Red Mica, its current livery. It has been in storage for the last seven-or-so years, the last MoT being issued in November 2006 at 52,554 kilometres (approximately 32,600 miles). The Quattro is currently undergoing some engine work (change of belts, etc) and a partial re-spray to the front end where it was damaged some years ago prior to storage. Currently MoT'd, the car comes with Swansea V5C document and a file of supporting documentation.
Bonhams, Chichester, Goodwood, UK
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£115740|
|Registration number||B18 WRC|
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