When, in 1982, the FIA created a Group B rally category, it didn’t take long for Audi to respond. Their response? A new car that utilised a short-wheelbase chassis and a turbocharged, twin-cam five-cylinder engine. Combine that with a race-ready body made from fibreglass, aluminium and kevlar and you’ve got a recipe for serious speed. The Audi Sport Quattro would make an indelible mark on the history of racing.
In total, only 224 Audi Sport Quattro examples were built to satisfy the FIA’s homologation requirements, with just 164 completed in road-going trim. This already small group of cars was highly coveted by top-level clientele including rally champion Walter Röhrl and Audi Chief Technical Engineer Ferdinand Piëch.
This example presents as what must be one of the best of its kind. Constructed in 1985, this Audi Sport Quattro is resplendent in Tornado Red and counts as one of an exclusive group of ten cars imported to the US in 1986 by Porsche + Audi North America.
Since its first owner, this machine has only totted up 11,000 miles and has been through around $100,000 worth of updates which saw the engine and gearbox rebuilt, axle and driveshaft assemblies balanced and comprehensive cleaning of the undercarriage, interior and bodywork which still retains its original finish.
The Audi Sport Quattro is toted as one of the marque’s most historically significant and collectible models thanks to its impressive performance credentials, competition pedigree and inherent exclusivity.
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