1984 Audi Sport Quattro Offers Rally-Dominating Heritage at Auction
The term "homologation special" will prick up the ears of any car enthusiast, especially when it has anything to do with Group B rallying. In the 1980s, the Group B class of the World Rally Championship had rules that were tantalizingly unrestricted. Today the Group B era conjures up images of cars leaping through the air, spitting flames and barely missing spectators on narrow European roads. The road cars built to make them eligible to race are often almost as fierce to drive and are certainly collectible. Next month one of the most iconic models will be crossing the block at auction. Group B saw big turbos and insane power figures, but it also ushered in the all-wheel drive revolution into rallying. The Audi Sport Quattro is the car responsible for that. After almost completely reworking their standard Quattro Coupe that had debuted in 1980, Audi unleashed the purpose-built Sport Quattro a few years later. Audi dominated the 1984 season, and the time of two-wheel drive in rallying was over. PHOTOS: See Pictures of the 2014 Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept
Rules dictated that Audi had to build 200 examples of the Sport Quattro for road use, and in the end they built 214. Really just scaled down versions of the rally car, the Sport Quattro for the road featured lightweight body panels and a 302-horsepower, 2,133 cc version of the alloy-block five-cylinder turbo.
The Sport Quattro retailed for a high price and was never officially imported into the United States. S this road-going rally monster is a particularly rare sight, especially given its condition.
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A 1984 example, it's only on its second owner in 30 years, has around over 8,300 km (5150 mi) on the odometer, and is represented as largely original. It will cross the block at RM's Arizona sale next month, where it carries a very high pre-sale estimate of $350,000-$475,000.
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