It’s the original, the Mac Daddy, the beginning of the Quattro name plate. The original Audi Quattro was first introduced in 1980 when competition rally racing changed the rules to allow four-wheel drive cars. Audi was one of the first to take advantage of the rule change and transformed a standard Audi 80 Coupe into a fire-breathing rally monster. For the next couple of years, the Quattro would go unbeaten. Its turbocharged inline five-cylinder engine developed 300 hp in its original form with 350 hp A1 and A2 versions which came later on after more rule changes.
But the original Quattro is what started Audi on a path of creating all-wheel drive performance cars and gave it the famous Quattro nameplate. So obviously it’s a very iconic car, one that Audi enthusiasts would kill to own. And if you’re one of those Audi enthusiasts, than this might be the car for you.
As a 1985 North America model, this particular Quattro comes with a 2.1 liter turbocharged I5 engine, making 160 hp. That engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission and powers all-four wheels, obviously. While 160 hp may not sound like a lot, considering that the Porsche 911SC of the era only made 172 hp, the Quattro was plenty fast enough. It can do 0-60mph in 7.9 seconds, which by today’s standards isn’t very fast at all, but is fast enough to be fun. Plus that all-wheel drive rally-bred traction can allow the Quattro some off-road fun.
This particular model looks quite clean and free of any rust or damage. There isn’t much information aside from that it has 109,000 miles, which is quite good for a car that’s 30 years old. But the body looks like it’s in excellent condition and so does the interior, with no rust and almost no wear and tear on the interior. It’s actually quite mint. The body is painted in a beautiful Amazon Blue Metallic , with the Audi “Four Rings” on the lower door panels, and wears a black leather interior. No word on the mechanical condition, but assuming that the engine and transmission are in similar condition as the body and interior, they should be just fine. Well, they better be if the seller wants to justify its $64,900 price tag.
That’s a lot of money for just any 30 year old car, but not necessarily for one that has the kind of history and pedigree as the Quattro, especially one in such good shape and such low mileage. So if you’re a true Audi enthusiast, and want the car that started it all for Audi’s Quattro nameplate, then look no further, this pristine 1985 Audi Quattro might just be the car for you.