[Update] The car has been sold for £72,050 (about $96,600) at Classic Car Auctions’ biggest one day sale of the year, thus managing to fetch double than the original lower estimate.
Audi produced just a little over 11,000 examples of the Quattro sports car between 1980 and 1991. First making its debut at the 1980 Geneva Motor Show in 1980, the Quattro quickly cemented itself as a force to be reckoned with on the world rally stage – and now collectors are yearning to relive the glory days.
This particular Quattro, a low-mileage, two-owner, right-hand-drive 20 V is heading to auction as part of the Classic Car Auctions (CCA) September sale. The pristine Audi has driven just 32,233 miles (51,857 kilometers) since new, and remains in completely original condition, everything from the engine bay to the interior.
The body is finished in a unique Tornado Red, while the interior features the original three-spoke steering wheel design, leather covered door arm rests, glove boxes, center console, door pockets, and partial leather seats with 'quattro' stitched upholstery. It even comes with its original cassette player.
Gallery: 1991 Audi Quattro 20V Auction
Power comes courtesy of the same 2.2-liter inline-five engine that came from the factory, which first made its debut in the Quattro in 1989. Brand new, performance would be somewhere in the neighborhood 217 horsepower (162 kilowatts) with a top speed of 143 miles per hour (230 kilometers per hour).
"Finding an original 20 V Quattro is hard enough in the current marketplace, but one with low mileage is a truly special proposition," said Richard Greenhalgh, classic car specialist at CCA. "With world rally winning pedigree and a growing cult status, the demand for low-mileage Quattros is surely going to increase for many years to come."
Early estimates suggest that this example could go for anywhere from £35,000 to £40,000 ($45,220 to $51,000) when it crosses the auction block next month. The CCA September sale will take place at the Warwickshire Exhibition Center in the U.K. on September 23rd.
Source: Classic Car Auctions
A low mileage example of the cult classic Audi Quattro Turbo, the car that changed the world of rallying in the eighties, has been announced as part of Classic Car Auctions’ (CCA) upcoming September Sale to be held at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on 23rd September.
Reading just 32,233 miles from new, the 1991 20 V example is an original, UK supplied car in right-hand drive with just two former owners in addition to the current vendor, credentials which even further accelerate the appeal of the collectible, modern classic.
This particular example in Tornado Red is in excellent condition coming from 13 years of long-term private ownership. With the exterior presenting in first class condition, the interior is also pristine and completely original.
As one of the later Quattro models, the 20 V features the three spoke steering wheel design, leather covered door arm rests, gloveboxes, centre console, door pockets and partial leather seats with 'quattro' script upholstery. It also retains its original radio cassette player.
This exemplary example of the model is expected to achieve between £35,000 and £40,000 when it is offered at auction.
“These last of the line Quattros are by far the best to drive, and by some margin are the quickest of all. They're also worth the most and have a great motorsport heritage,” comments Richard Greenhalgh, classic car specialist, CCA.
A rallying icon of the 1980s due to its outstanding four wheel drive capabilities, the Quattro 20 V also offers superb performance, producing 200bhp with a turbocharged, intercooled five cylinder engine capable of achieving 0-60mph in 7.1 secs and a top speed of around 140mph.
“Finding an original 20 V Quattro is hard enough in the current marketplace, but one with low mileage is a truly special proposition. With world rally winning pedigree and a growing cult status, the demand for low-mileage Quattros is surely going to increase for many years to come.”
The car will be offered at auction with an MoT until July 2018, issued with no advisories.