Audi Quattro Coupe Barn Find. AUCTION FINISHED

Just when you thought there were no barns left in the world that could possibly be housing rusty versions of the performance cars of yesteryear, a mouldy, cobwebbed Audi Quattro is now available through ZOO Auctions.

Yes, it’s a barn find, and Yes it needs a lot of work, but how fantastic does this thing look. The Quattro is just perfectly proportioned and Tornado Red is a really rather special colour. This particular one is a 1985 10-valve example and has only had 4 owners from new.

As you can see from the images, the storage of the car could have been better. That cloth interior is looking decidedly mouldy and it’ll need a fair bit of restoration to get this thing back on the road. We have tried to photograph the car in is original state without cleaning it.

Surely there’s someone out there that can see this project for what it is, and spend the time and money restoring this car to what it could be.

One of the most iconic cars that graced the WRC's Group B of the 1980s was the Audi Quattro, a quirky, all-wheel drive, five-cylinder coupe that wreaked havoc on nearly all competitors unlucky enough to cross it. The surviving homologated cars, of which just 11,452 were produced over an 11-year run, typically command big money on the collector car market. This 1985 barn find isn’t commanding anything at the moment, but it definitely could after its future auction winner restores it.

This particular car is far from good condition or even in a condition to drive and it appears that nearly every part of the car will need an overhaul before it can be driven for any length of time. 

That said, there’s plenty to work with for an enthusiast wanting a project.. The car’s 2.2-l inline-five engine is said to have 87,000 miles and sends power to all four wheels through a five-speed manual transmission.

The interior is looking tired and need a good valet and the engine bay looks to be a bit more than a few spark plugs shy of a decent drive, but all the major parts appear to be in place. Thanks to its indoor accommodations, the Quattro's plaid interior appears to be dirty, but intact, and the dash looks to be free of cracks. All of the hard-to-find parts seem to be there but will need some love. The roof lining seems to be missing and will need replacement. The car will start and run but the clutch certainly needs replacing.

The 2.2-litre 5cyl engine came from the Audi 200 executive saloon, pushing out 136bhp. The car was stripped out and only weighed 1,260kg, the generously proportioned Quattro was lighter than a Toyota GR Yaris is today. 

Launched at the Geneva motor show in 1980, it immediately set the world alight. Just in case there was any doubt, Audi saw fit to state the following in the literature: “The Quattro is intended as a luxurious, high performance road car, not as an off-road vehicle.”

The 1985 facelift which saw the addition of a 20 valve engine and new dash, this car is the pre-facelift 10V model.

Four adults fit. And although the boot is a fiddle to use as it’s a little pop-up flap at the back rather than a tailgate incorporating the rear window, at 390 litres, there’s plenty of space in there. Let’s forgive the small hatch by assuming it contributes greatly to the impressive structural rigidity mentioned earlier. 

And still not, we’d argue. Mid-30s will pick you up a good one, and £50k a pristine low mileage car with an interesting or important story in its back catalogue. Prices have picked up over the last few years, driven in a small way by the car celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020. Don’t expect them to soften any time soon. It’s not a car that’s ever vanished from sight on the used market, but its star is rising as it ages and we can better appreciate its importance in the history of the performance car. 

The car that did more to further the cause of the performance car than almost any other, Audi’s 4WD icon still has relevance todaY

The Audi Quattro’s fluency over the ground is still striking today. Back in 1980 it must have made it one of the very fastest cars from point-to-point yet devised – not to mention a great starting point for a dominant rally car. It’s perhaps slightly unusual then that its 4WD-ness doesn’t jump out at you. It’s there in the background, but operates mostly unobtrusively, gently assisting your progress. 

But it’s what the Quattro meant, more than what it either is or was, that makes it such a game-changer. Without it, where would Group B rallying have gone? Would we have had the epic Lancer and Imprezas that dominated road and rally around the turn of this century? What would fast cars look like? This is the one car, the clear marker, that showed 4WD was for more than rambling around a farm. All 4WD performance cars from hot hatchbacks to electric hypercars, owe it a debt of gratitude.

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