In the world of rallying, few cars are as iconic as the Audi Quattro, commonly known as the ‘Ur-Quattro.’
Audi introduced the Quattro back in 1980 and quickly started competing with the car in various rally championships. As the regulations changed, the car morphed into the Sport Quattro from Group B that you may be most familiar with. A touch over 11,000 units of the ‘regular’, road-going Audi Ur-Quattro were produced and RM Sotheby’s will auction one off at its Arizona event on January 22.
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Audi only sold the Ur-Quattro in North America between 1983 and 1986 and over this period, just 763 examples were delivered through its official channels. This particular model was ordered by its first owner from Trainer Motors in Connecticut and delivered on 22 November 1982. It was acquired by the consignor in 2015.
The listing reveals that the car remained with its original owner until 30 October 1992 when it was acquired by someone in New Jersey with 53,000 miles on the clock. This owner was an Audi mechanic and upgraded the car to European specification, fitting Ronal alloy wheels, larger brakes, Koni shocks, stiffer springs, a performance camshaft, upgraded instruments, European headlights, and European bumpers.
Finished in a shade of Mars Red, the car has only been driven 2,000 miles (3,200 km) over the past 28 years and is being sold with its original owner’s manual, maintenance booklet, jack, spare tire, tools, and maintenance invoices.