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Rare Rides: A 1983 Audi Ur-Quattro – the Start of it All

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The Rare Journey seen right here represented an necessary turning level in the historical past of all issues automotive. A single vehicle which modified rallying and concurrently made 4-wheel drive a extra real looking prospect for passenger automobiles.

Presenting the Audi Quattro.

Audi’s concept so as to add 4-wheel drive to a manufacturing car happened in 1977, when one of its engineers famous how the Volkswagen Iltis jeep outperformed far more highly effective automobiles in slippery circumstances. Venture concept accredited, the engineers picked a place to begin with the present Audi eighty, and set to work.

Prepared for the latter half of the 1980 mannequin yr, the Quattro was launched first to the European market. That includes the firm’s new everlasting 4-wheel drive system, 197 horsepower from the turbocharged 2.1-liter inline-5 engine flowed to all 4 wheels by way of a 5-velocity guide.

The North American market (maybe as anticipated) acquired the Quattro later than different elements of the globe, as the first ones arrived in sellers for 1983. North American Quattros had chunky bumpers, no ABS, and principally leather-based interiors. The Audi’s solely relative competitors in the market area was of course AMC’s Eagle; the first mass manufacturing 4-wheel drive passenger car.

However passenger car gross sales weren’t the solely aim. Audi had rally intentions for its Quattro, and was capable of take benefit of lately modified laws that allowed 4-wheel drive automobiles to enter the World Rally Championship. The Quattro was the first to make use of 4-wheel drive, promptly trouncing most of the competitors. The Quattro positioned in the prime 5 for the general WRC season annually between 1981 and 1986, racking up 23 pole place wins between ’eighty one and ’eighty five. Audi took house seasonal gold in 1982 and 1984. About that point the competitors caught as much as Audi with their very own 4-wheel drive automobiles, and no two-wheel drive car has gained the championship since.

Although Quattro manufacturing totaled eleven,452 examples between 1980 and 1991, North American fashions have been very scarce. Audi bought the Quattro in North America for less than the ’eighty three via ’86 mannequin years. The USA acquired 664, and at this time’s Canadian market Quattro is one of simply ninety nine ever imported. Asking costs of over $50,000 circa 1983 may need had one thing to do with the low gross sales figures.

In the present day’s silver Canadian features a tweedy brown interior, and is in usually wonderful situation. Critically, it remained principally inventory, avoiding the low-lease add-ons and edits some Quattros skilled. With round forty eight,000 miles on the odometer, it’s yours for $forty,000.

Edit: It was yours for $forty,000. Since time of writing, the eBay itemizing reached $22,four hundred (beneath the reserve) and ended. The Quattro was bought by way of personal sale to a brand new proprietor.

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