Harry Metcalfe, original founder of EVO Magazine and now the host of Harry’s Garage YouTube channel, is one of the biggest petrol heads on the planet. He’s also one of the most knowledgeable people of classic cars, especially European sports cars and supercars. Which is why when he talks about some of the stunning cars about to go up for auction at the Silverstone Auction on September 29, we listen. One such caris a 1982 Audi Quattro Coupe Pre-Production Prototype.
The car in question is a prototype of the famed Audi Quattro Coupe, the car that really started it all for Audi. In packed a 2.2 liter, 10-valve, turbocharged five-cylinder engine, a five-speed manual gearbox and a manually locking differential for its Quattro all-wheel drive system. In short, it’s awesome.
Harry actually had the chance to drive that very Audi Quattro Coupe, the very one for sale, on a trip from London to Geneva, Switzerland for the Geneva Motor Show. He said he actually preferred it to the 20-valve cars he owned in the past, due to the larger turbo boost. But he raves about how it drove and how its locking differential worked.
It’s an incredible car, the UR Audi Quattro. With its innovative Quattro all-wheel drive system, bulletproof five-cylinder engine and genuine rally pedigree, the UR Quattro was a beast of a machine, one capable of dominating rally courses. It also launched Audi into the performance brand it is today. If it weren’t for the Audi Quattro, the four-ringed brand would still be known as just the quirky alternative to BMW and Mercedes-Benz. So owning the Quattro, especially a rare pre-production model, is owning a genuine part of automotive history.
Which is why this car isn’t going to be cheap. It’s estimated that it will sell for between £50,000 ($65,000 USD) — £60,000 ($78,000 USD). That’s a lot of money for a car that’s more than three decades old but it is a rare classic and it’s still awesome.