The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146

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Lot 229
1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car

£ 120,000 - 150,000
US$ 160,000 - 200,000
Amended
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team
1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car
Registration no. BRP 223X
Chassis no. 85CA900146
*Originally a VAG press car
*Converted for rallying in period
*Present ownership since 1995
*Ready to use

Footnotes

  • One of the most influential designs of recent decades and an outstandingly successful rally car, the Audi Quattro brought four-wheel drive into the motoring mainstream. Introduced in 1980, the Quattro was based on the outwardly similar Coupé's bodyshell but used a different floor pan to accommodate its four-wheel-drive transmission and independent rear suspension. The engine was a development of the five-cylinder, 2.1-litre, single-overhead-camshaft unit first seen in the 200 saloon. Equipped with a KKK turbocharger, it produced 200bhp in road trim with considerably more being available in competition tune.

    Phenomenally fast and sure-footed on the road, the Quattro excelled in international rallying, winning the Manufacturers' Championship for Audi in 1982 and 1984 and the Drivers' Championship in '83 and '84, but its enduring legacy would be the demonstration of four-wheel drive's advantages for passenger cars. Since then Audi has gone on to apply its Quattro 4WD system to many other models but only the original (or 'Ur') version is spelled with a capital 'Q'.

    This particular car is reputed to be the first Audi Quattro brought into Great Britain by Volkswagen/Audi Group (UK) and was used as a press test and demonstrator car before being assigned to David Sutton Motorsport's official Audi Rally Team. Sutton converted it to rally specification for use as the team's back-up and reconnaissance car. While the German-built rally Quattros used Matta roll cages, a Safety Devices full roll cage was built into this one. Special BBS rally wheels were also part of the comprehensive conversion. This Quattro was used primarily as a practice and recce car, being assigned to the North American Champion John Buffum as official practice car for the Acropolis Rally in Greece, and then to Hannu Mikkola in preparation for the Manx Rally.

    In 1985 Sutton sold this car to the Madeiran rally driver Jose Barros, who then used it as a private entry in international events.

    The car was later rebuilt by Ripponden Garages' Colin Parkinson, a former rally crew chief with many works teams. It has taken part in the 'Beaujolais Run - A Race for Wine' with Radio 1, and is featured in Graham Robson's book 'Audi Quattro' and 'Audi Quattro the Development and Competition History' by Jeremy Walton. It also features in the DVD "The World's Greatest Rally Cars" presented by Tony Mason and produced by Duke Video in 2000.
    The current vendor purchased the car at Brooks' Earls Court Sale in October 1995 (Lot 878).
    'BRP 223X' now has an engine built by the recognised Audi specialist Dialynx of Swindon. Since then the car has competed in the 2009 Trackrod Rally and two Welsh rallies in 2010, and was used for demonstrations at the British Rally Shows at Chatsworth in 2010 and Cornbury Park in 2011.

    Earlier this year the Quattro was returned to its 1981 body specification, using the original parts that had been kept and was prepared for the MoT test by rallying specialist Francis Tuthill, being refitted with its straight-through exhaust and correct headlamps and spotlights. The engine has been remapped appropriately by Dialynx and develops circa 300 horsepower. Offered with the car is a set of wheels shod with 'gravel' tyres and another additional set with tarmac competition tyres, a later grille and lights with a larger rear spoiler, a tailored cover, and the silenced exhaust and turbocharger restrictor (required to comply with current MSA rules).

    An original survivor from one of international rallying's most evocative periods, this 'turnkey' Quattro is offered with MoT to April 2017, a V5C registration document, and its MSA Competition Car Logbook.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the chassis number should read: WAOZZZ85ZCA900146
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The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
The ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team,1981 Audi Quattro 2.2-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 85CA900146
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