1983 Audi Quattro

There was a point where it was very hard to find a clean Mk.1 GTI anymore, and consequently the values on them rose sharply and quickly. Predictably, the moment that occurred a bunch of really nice examples subsequently popped up for sale and have continued to emerge as the car has finally been recognized as a classic. Now, couple that scenario with the racing pedigree of the Quattro and sprinkle in a dash of ///Mania into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for some very expensive cars.

With only 664 originally imported to the U.S. and a fair amount dead, balled up in rally stages or repatriated to the Fatherland, the remaining cars that do emerge generally fall into two categories: well maintained examples that fetch high dollars, or needy chassis for the project-minded enthusiasts. Today’s car looks quite clean at first glance, and though it’s not a perfect example it does appear to be highly original. How does that affect its value?

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Year: 1983
Model: Quattro
VIN: WAUDC085XDA900328
Engine: 2.1 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 52,000 mi
Location: Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Price: $49,900 Buy It Now

Only 52,167 Original Miles
2 Owner Car
2.1L Inline 5 Cylinder Producing 156hp/170ft-lbs
5 Speed Manual Transmission
Finished in Black Manual
Zebra Patterned Cloth
1 of only 238 Ur-Quattro’s Imported
Extremely rare find

This Audi Ur Quattro Coupe is a two owner example with only 52,167 miles. By 1982, the European rally phenomenon has spread worldwide, and the American were mesmerized by this raw style of racing. Audi had started to dominate this scene and used it to showcase their latest technology including the sophisticated Quattro All-Wheel drive system. This technology was eventually adapted for the original road going quattro with a total of 664 cars produced for the US market of which only 238 Ur Quattro’s were imported for the 1983 model year. These cars are extremely rare and are difficult to come by. This example has just received a full service. Cosmetically excellent with only minor rust on the trunk lid. The Audi Quattro Coupe runs and drives beautifully. Don’t miss this opportunity!

As I said in the lead, though not much information is given about this car it appears to be highly original. It’s generally got the right pieces in the right places; there are a few aftermarket bits; like the headlights and red brake calipers. There appears to have been an aftermarket antenna drilled into the right C-pillar that is now plugged, and rust is creeping through in a few areas. But the factory stripes are in place, the bumpers are untucked, the factory Zebra-pattern interior is in place…in short, not many come up for sale like this. Mechanical history, and perhaps an explanation of how this occurred, would be nice to see, and I have to admit I do wonder what it looks like underneath. Pricing is aggressive at $50k; still ahead of what most are bringing though few original-looking examples remain. But, to be frank, it’s hard to imagine many more original cars emerging – they just didn’t sell enough of them.

-Carter

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3 Comments

  1. Wow, I absolutely love that interior! It’s a crying shame that new cars don’t have fun interiors like this anymore. Just leather, leather, leather, and more freaking leather! Can we talk a moment about the engine bay? What happened in there? I can’t even imagine trying to work on anything in there with every fitting seemingly rusted together. That’s gonna need a lot of PB Blaster. Yikes.

  2. Location is in Eklhard Lake, which brings up some memories of me going up there 3 years in a row in the mid 2000s for a car guys annual trip to the Brian Redmon Historics. When you would roll into downtown Elkhart, there was a repair shop you passed by that had an UrQ parked out on the side of the shop with flat tires and a quarter inch of dirt covering the body, all while slowly deteriorating each year. I wonder if this was that car? Can’t recall the color…

  3. I may be a little late to comment…but the Throttlestop has a nice selection of vintage and collector cars. They always seem a bit high-priced, but perhaps not for a dealer. They are located pretty near downtown Elkhart Lake and have a nice cars and coffee. I am not sure what the building used to be, but it has been very well remodeled.

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