Bringing the benefits of four-wheel drive to a passenger car, rather than larger trucks and off-roaders, the quattro helped turn Audi into a household name and continues to influence their products to this day. In European specification, the quattro’s initial 2.1-litre inline five-cylinder turbocharged engine turned out nearly 200 hp, combining performance and practicality in a wonderful package.
The accompanying service book shows that this quattro was delivered new to Madrid in October of 1984, having been built earlier that month. The only service stamp shows it was serviced at the same dealer in October of 1989 with approximately 25,000 km on its odometer. Passing through the Netherlands, it was purchased by its current owner in 2017 and subsequently imported to Switzerland. Currently showing just over 42,000 km from new, an oil change was carried out in September of 2018, and the car has remained in storage since as the only quattro within the Youngtimer Collection.
Widely celebrated for their links to the Sport quattros that enjoyed so much success in Group B rallying, the quattro has become an icon for a generation of enthusiast and this example would be best enjoyed on open (or dirt) roads.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/pa19.