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1983 Audi Quattro

While we’re on the subject of modified cars, this Quattro that I looked at back in February is back on the block. If nothing else, it’s nice to look back to a time just before lockdown – and the car isn’t bad, either!

Today’s post is not about how revolutionary the Quattro was. I’ve written plenty of those and I’m sure you’re tired of hearing about it. So instead, today’s post is more of a philosophical question.

At what point do modifications become sacrilegious?

There seem to be several camps of automotive enthusiasts; one seems to always be wrapped up in the biggest, brightest, and fastest things to come out. Another group embraces the history of automobiles and celebrates most who love the cars. And then there are the preservation people. They’re a very special group who deem it necessary to fault someone’s vision or personal preference in their expression of automotive enthusiasm.

Perhaps we transit through these groups as we age. I can certainly remember a point in my life where I was part of the newest and fastest group. I can remember moving into the second group as I attempted to modify my car to be a personal expression. And, more recently, I’ve found the appeal of originality much greater. I’ve certainly even poked fun at or criticized my fair share of cars. Which brings us to today’s example of a 1983 Quattro.

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Year: 1983
Model: Quattro
VIN: WAUDC0851DA900248
Engine: 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: some mi
Location: Sheridan, Wyoming
Price: Reserve Auction

This was to be a 3 month project….didn’t happen.

If you don’t want to wait 13 years, and spend 150K to make possibly the most tricked out UR Quattro in the US, this is your car!

Started with an extra clean former California car, low mileage (under 90K) in 2006, was in a shop being worked on for 13 years. For the last year I have been working the bugs out and finishing the interior, finding little interior and exterior parts from all over the world, and have had my fun!
Let me just say this, you must know how to drive a very fast car or don’t even think of buying it. I have been riding open class 2 stroke motorcycles for 30 years, and that is what driving this is like! Hits hard (30lbs of boost on pump gas, 35 possible with e85) It put down 589 Non Corrected WHP at sea level, should be around 750 with e85 tune. Very light, very fast! Electric power steering but non-powered brakes, takes some foot pressure!

As I said this is not a car for soft driving, it is high strung and explosive to drive. I have never raced it and have been very careful with it since getting it on the road, I have spent way too much money and time on it to abuse it!

So, what has been done to it?

Basically, everything is custom, except for the body, ( the grill is a sport Quattro version). If you look at the engine bay you can begin to see some of the craftsmanship that has been done. Water/ Air Intercooler, Bench flowed head, custom cams, solid lifters, race built engine, 6 speed Turbo Diesel Trans, 3 Inch SS turbo Back, all custom Coil Suspension, Porsche Brakes, Custom Wiring Harness with 034 Engine Mgt, really way too much to list here. If you are REALLY SERIOUS about buying this car, message me with your number, and I will answer any questions you might have.
This car is really only for that one right person who will appreciate it, otherwise you will be disappointed on how uncivilized and unique it is!

As you can tell, this car is pretty far from stock. With a claimed 600 wheel horsepower, it’s pretty much like the monster electrified by Dr. Frankenstein, and few parts have been left untouched. Is it my personal vision of a Quattro? No, it’s not. I’d have a different color, a different interior, different wheels, a different motor. In fact, at $65,000, I’d be buying a European RR 20V in stock form, I think. But then this is not my car, and it’s not my vision. It does look to be very well executed and, generally, quite tastefully done. It’ll surely impress at nearly any Euro-centric show. And even at the fairly high asking price, I bet the seller is losing money. Is it sacrilegious that these modifications were done to such a rare car? Personally, I think it could have endured a much worse fate of neglect as many Quattros did. So while at this point of my life I’d personally prefer a much more stock example, I can appreciate the attention to detail that’s gone into this car. How about you?



  1. michael blechman
    michael blechman February 29, 2020

    i’ve had several quattros that were modified but not to this extent… this car is the one for a truly committed sideways everywhere driver… stock they are slugs but entertaining none the less… the drivers that turn off the traction controls in their new ferrari or porsche and attempt to emulate a rally driver soon have huge body shop or hospital bills… this gentleman has posted fair warning to anyone considering this car… it is a wonderful chance to exceed the limits of legality, physics and your own mortality on a daily basis… the cost is reasonable and the performance will not disappoint so buy it and enjoy whatever remains of your life in style while common cars fade in the rear view mirrors…

  2. Steve
    Steve February 29, 2020

    Hell yeah Michael

  3. Kelly
    Kelly March 1, 2020

    Thank you Carter for spotting my Quattro and taking the time to write about it, and thank you Michael and Steve for your comments as well. Michael hit the nail on the head!
    I started the project to be a nice step up in performance from my 94 s4 and 95 s6 projects, it took a life of its own when it got caught up with Hap Mcguires 94 s4 mega project, (shares the same basic engine) but the Quattro weighs a lot less, and is a true sports car…anyway, I hope the right guy comes along, I have started working on old trucks, they seem to be a better fit for a mid 50s guy in Wyoming.

  4. michael blechman
    michael blechman March 2, 2020

    some of those old diesels make takesan torque… twin turbos and viola’…
    cheers, m

  5. Carter
    Carter March 3, 2020

    @Kelly – neat car and good luck with the auction! It’s clear you’ve put a lot of time and energy into this one.


  6. michael blechman
    michael blechman March 30, 2020

    price drop on ebay, $49,900. thats a $15,000. discount and should get some buyers interested…
    where did i put that swiss bankers phone number?

  7. michael blechman
    michael blechman August 29, 2020

    super car intimidator par excellence returns to excite and entice those with the talent and the dosh… the automotive equal to say a yamaha TZ750 with a license plate… still my favorite car ever presented here… cheers mate…

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