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Sold for $484,000 at 2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge.
In 1982, the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) introduced a new category called Group B, which served as a replacement for the rear-wheel drive Group 2 and the sports car class Group 4 categories.

The Group B rally car pinnacle ranged from the class's inception in 1982 until its demise at the end of the 1986 season. Companies who invested heavily into the practically unlimited class included Audi, Citroen, Fiat, Ford, Lancia, Open, Peugeot and Rover. This racing class entailed gladiator-like danger for drivers and co-drivers who pushed the limits of human potential through treacherous mountain passes, desert roads, and snow-covered woodlands. Teams used Space Age exotic materials, turbo-boosted horsepower, and technical ingenuity. As would be expected, the lack of safety precautions and high-power outputs led to a number of accidents, causing the sanctioning body to disestablish the class. The class did introduce a number of innovative automotive technologies such as all-wheel drive, twin-turbocharging, and the use of space-age materials like Kevlar.

Audi's entry was the Quattro, the first rally car to feature four-wheel drive, helping it win the championship in 1982 and 1984, and placing second in 1983. The Audi Quattro 80 A1 (urQuattro, or 'original Quattro) was piloted by rally drivers such as Michèle Mouton, Hannu Mikkola and Stig Blomqvist. The Sport Quattro S1 proved formidable on the mountain, with Mouton winning the 1985 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and set a hill climb record.

The Audi Sport Quattro S1 was manufactured in Ingolstadt, Germany and in comparison to the standard Quattro, was shortened from behind the doors by 320mm. Cutting edge materials and technology were utilized to reduce the amount of steel it employed resulting in a reduction in weight. Lightweight materials such as aluminum, fiberglass and even carbon-Kevlar composites were incorporated into the body construction, reducing weight without sacrificing strength or rigidity.

Power was from an all-aluminum, turbocharged 5-cylinder engine utilizing the latest innovations and technology. At peak output, the homologation model offered just over 300 horsepower.

The Sport Quattro S1 was sold to customers as a means to satisfy the minimum production requirements to qualify for racing in the class. Just 200 units (although production numbers differ) were manufactured enabling the Sport Quattro S1 to be raced in Group B Rally competition.

This particular example was completed on June 4th of 1985 and was ordered by the cars sole owner from new on April 7th of 1987. The owner made the trip to Germany to take factory delivery of this Sport Quattro S1. It was equipped with package 711 725 which included power windows, power door locks, a right-side mirror and anti-theft device.

Currently, this Sport Quattro is in largely original condition with just 18,400 kilometers on the odometer. It has the factory owner's manual, original insurance documents, marketing pamphlets, tourist PAS documents (for factory delivery), original un-used spare tire, tools, and the Sabelt racing 4-point seatbelt harness in its bag. Group B legend Walter Röhrl has signed the steering wheel.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2017

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2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $450,000-USD $550,000 
Sale Price :
USD $484,000

1985 Audi Quattro Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Audi Quattro

(Data based on Model Year 1985 sales)
1985 Audi Quattro Coupé
Chassis#: WAUZZZ85ZFA901095
Sold for USD$35,863
  2019 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1985 Audi quattro
Chassis#: WAUZZZ85ZFA900159
Sold for USD$88,330
  2019 RM Sothebys : Paris
 
1985 Audi Quattro UR
Chassis#: WAUZZZ85ZGA900277
Sold for USD$26,336
  2018 Historics @ Brooklands - Motor Museum
 
1985 Audi Quattro
Chassis#: WAUDC0859FA900260
Sold for USD$81,400
  2018 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1985 Audi Sport Quattro S1 Coachwork by Baur
Sold for USD$484,000
  2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
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1985 Audi Quattro
Chassis#: WAUZZZ85ZFA900827
Sold for USD$59,449
  2017 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum-Duxford
 
1985 Audi Quattro
Chassis#: 85FA900284
Sold for USD$15,735
  2016 Barons : Jaguar Heritage, Classic Cars and Motorcycles
 
1985 Audi quattro
Sold for USD$22,401
  2016 Anglia Auction
 
1985 Audi Quattro Sport SWB Coupé
Chassis#: WAUZZZ85ZEA905089
Sold for USD$193,749
  2013 Goodwood Revival
 
1985 Audi Quattro Coupé
Chassis#: WAUZZZ85ZEA900415
Sold for USD$10,613
  2010 Bonhams - Silverstone Classic
 
1985 Audi Sport Quattro SWB
Chassis#: 905148
Sold for USD$112,617
  2010 Coys Auction - The Spirit of Motoring - Ascot
 

Audi Quattros That Failed To Sell At Auction

1985 Audi Quattro's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1985 Audi Sport quattroWAUZZZ85ZEA9051482017 RM Sothebys : Villa Erba $300,000$350,000
1985 Audi Quattro Sport SWB CoupéWAUZZZ85ZEA9050772017 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $330,000$400,000
1985 Audi Quattro Competition CoupéWAUZZZ85ZFA9011582016 Historics at Brookland $24,000$28,000
1985 Audi Quattro 2013 Coys Blenheim Palace $12,000$16,000

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1985 Audi Quattro Profiles

1985 Audi Quattro vehicle information
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Coachwork: Baur