It’s common knowledge among Audi enthusiasts that the original, Audi UR-Quattro is the greatest car in the history of the four-ringed brand. Before it, Audi was thought of as the luxury offshoot of the Volkswagen Group that made quirky alternatives to BMW and Mercedes-Benz. However, the Audi Quattro cemented the brand into motorsport history by absolutely dominating rally stages in the ’80s and ’90s with its advanced all-wheel drive system and fire-breathing five-cylinder engine. Which is why it’s no surprise that original UR-Quattros are worth a lot of money and are highly desirable. This specific one is currently up for sale on Bring-A-Trailer and it looks damn nice.
On the outside, this 1983 Audi Quattro looks pretty stock. Aside from its white Fuchs wheels, the exterior remains largely untouched. It does have new Boge shocks, H&R wheel spacers and bigger brakes from an Audi V8 of the era. Though, the average fan wouldn’t notice these things.
Inside, it’s even more stock. The only modification was the addition of a water and temperature gauges in place of the left driver’s side air vent. The black leather remains in good condition and the door panels seem to be in good shape as well. There is a small crack in the dash but nothing too serious, especially considering that these sorts of old dashboards tend to fade and crack from years of sun exposure. It’s said that the power windows are a bit slow and the instrument panel lighting is a bit intermittent. Those aren’t un-fixable issues, though.
This Audi Quattro has 91,462 miles on it but that’s not to worry anyone. Firstly, that’s nothing for its age. Secondly, Audi Quattros are built like tanks. The old-school 2.2 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine was developed to withstand massive power and brutal beatings on the rally stage. The owner says that its fuel injection system is slightly wonky and starting it can require a bit of a procedure but most fuel injection systems of this era are annoying. That should not deter buyers.
And none of its small issues seem to be deterring anyone. At the time of writing this, the Audi Quattro’s bid is at $29,500 and there are still four days left on the auction. Expect the price to go up quite a bit from there.
If we had the money, we’d buy this in a second. The Audi Quattro is a legendary car that launched the brand into the massive performance success it is today. Therefore we love it and want one. You should, too.