One owner from new 1989 Audi Quattro Turbo 20V Chassis no. WAUZZZ85ZLA000154
The Audi Quattro may not have been the first 4wd production car (that honour belongs to the 1966 Jensen Interceptor FF), but its place in history is assured. Thanks in no small part to its enormous rallying success, the Quattro popularized all-wheel drive, and is now regarded as one of the most influential and important sports cars of the 1980s.
The brainchild of Jörg Bensinger, an Audi chassis engineer, development work was started in 1977. Three years later the finished product was released. Although the floorpan had much in common with the 80 and the running gear was largely taken from an Audi 200, the Quattro used a manual centre differential lock (operated by levers next to the handbrake) to govern the 197bhp and 210lb ft power outputs delivered by the 2.1-litre in-line five cylinder turbocharged engine.
By the time this particular car arrived in 1989, the crude cable-operated 50:50 split differential had been replaced with a much more advanced Torsen (torque sensing) diff and the engine had been uprated with double overhead camshafts and a larger 2,226cc capacity, upping power to 217bhp.
Regarded by many as the best of the Quattros, the 20 Valve now represents a potential investment opportunity, helped by the fact that despite the significant long term impact of Audi's iconic coupé, only 11,452 were built in total between 1980 and the end of production in 1991.
Acquired new by Peter Baumberger on 20th November 1989 via his good friend Jean Krucker's Geneva Audi dealership, this late example must be one of the finest surviving Quattros. Finished in red with the original multispoke wheels and door graphics, plus part leather trim and a Blaupunkt Coburg stereo, this is a meticulously maintained, accident-free car that has covered only 71,734km from new.
"Driven with respect, once you have learned its ways, the Quattro is nevertheless magnificent, particularly through a wet and deserted roundabout or series of open bends" said Autocar's road test of the original in May 1981, going on to conclude that the Audi was "a vastly satisfying and enjoyable car to drive."
The Baumberger Collection Quattro is offered with Swiss registration (cancelled) and fully stamped owners service/ handbook.
Additional items included with this lot: spare wheel, triangle & jack