Fearsome Frenchie: 1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16

Legend generally has it that the Audi Quattro dominated the World Rally Championship and the iconic Group B class of flame spitting, air catching homologation specials. But popular belief is wrong, as though the Audi was successful, it was far from the walk-over that many fans believe it was. The Quattro was challenged at every step; first from the establishment Lancia with the 037 – a rear-drive, mid-engine super-lightweight special. Lancia proved that a lightweight, better balanced design could best the nose-heavy Audi even in inclement conditions and though the four ring’s Hannu Mikkola won the driver championship in the WRC for 1983, it was the Lancia who captured the constructor’s title.

Things got more interesting in 1984, as major modifications and increasing power introduced new players to the field. The season started out where 1983 had left off, with the long-wheelbase Audi Quattro A2 and the Lancia 037 dominating the first eight rounds of the championship. Round 9, though, saw a new, unorthodox design launch. As Audi rolled out their shortened, upright and more powerful Sport Quattro, Peugeot emerged with the diminutive 205 economy hatchback. Yet it was not a front-engine, front-drive design as they’d be seen on the road; stripped, widened, and seriously turned up, the new 205 Turbo 16 was a mid-engine, all-wheel drive turbocharged revolution that would go on to dominate the Group B competition over the next two seasons.

Just how dominant was it? While the 205 Turbo 16 didn’t look or sounds as impressive as the leaping, massively winged Audis or outrageous turbocharged and supercharged Lancia Delta S4, the chassis balance, power delivery, reliability and driver combination was spot on. The results spoke for themselves; there were 29 races the 205 Turbo 16 raced in WRC before Group B ended – Peugeot won 16 of them. Audi? After the 205 was introduced, they won one. That’s right, Audi only won ONE race outright after Peugeot entered the arena. So while the Sport Quattro might be a legend, it wasn’t a particularly successful car in terms of racing. It may have come from over the border and an unusual source, but when one of the 200 homologation special 205 Turbo 16s comes up for sale, it’s something of an occasion that is worthwhile to look at – and perhaps the hottest hatch ever made:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 on eBay

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Motorsports Monday: 1985 Audi Quattro Rally Car

Few motorsport images are quite as evocative as the legendary period of Group B; flying machines spitting stones and belching flames as they skirted trees and rocks at breakneck speeds with crowds only inches away. The ever more powerful cars hurtled their drivers in increasingly lighter and more delicate evolutions of cars towards immovable objects – an act which is some cultures would probably be akin to ritualistic suicide. By 1985 the writing was on the wall; it was a deadly sport that needed to be reigned in. But perhaps more than any other period, this is the time that rally fans and motorsports fans in general identify as one of the most memorable and important periods in racing history. Obviously, the big winner of the period from a reputation standpoint was Audi. The car that helped to define and end the period of wild turbocharged excess, the Quattro has obviously been the spawn of many replicas, such as this one for sale today in England:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Audi Quattro “Group B” Rally Car on eBay

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1987 Porsche 959 Cabrio

You’re not seeing things, it’s a Porsche 959. And, it’s got no roof. While you search for a towel to clean up that coffee you just spit all over the screen, and furiously Google search if this thing actually exists in one tab while commenting below “it’s not a real 959”, let me save you some time. It’s the real deal – originally sold to Jurgen Lassig, a factory race driver for Porsche, this 959 was involved in an accident that required a great deal of bodywork, ultimately resulting in a one-off cabriolet/speedster by Becker that was then displayed at the IAA in Frankfurt. I was able to find an image of the car on display originally (it’s linked later), but here pictures of the 959 accident when it originally happened. What do you do with a crashed 959? Rebuild it, of course, but this time with no top. The car has been featured since in many articles and is the topic of conversation on many fora and websites; but ultimately, it’s still for sale today:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Porsche 959 Cabrio on mobile.de

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Low Mileage 1983 Audi Quattro

In 1982, the FIA introduced probably the most insane class of auto racing in history, Group B Rally.  Group B had little or no restrictions on technology and design.   Weight was kept as low as possible, cutting edge materials were permitted, and there were no restrictions on boost, resulting in power numbers more than doubling over the life of Group B.  With homoligation rules set at 200 units produced, Audi developed the Sport Quattro for the streets.  Group B Rally was a catalyst for many advancements in engine, chasis, and drivetrain technologies for Audi.

A direct beneficiary of many of the technolies developed in Group B, the URQuattro was developed in 1980 for the european market, and made its way to US shores in 1983, where it was sold through 1986. The URQuattro shares many of the attributes of the Sport Quattro, from a tamer version of the inline 5 cylinder turbocharged engine, to the rally developed Quattro AWD system, this was a Rally car for the streets.

1983 Audi Quattro on eBay.com

Up for graps is a 1983 audi urquattro. This is a really nice car for a car collector. I’ve owned this car for about seven years, i’m the fourth owner. Pretty much 664 cars were shipped to the us and canada in this year, total production was 11452 from 80-91, but if you’re reading this then is because you have some idea of the history of this car, so i really don’t have to say much about it. About the car is pretty much all original, except for the headlights and grill,but still have the stock headlights and grill . The radio was also upgraded to an alpine head unit by the previous owner, and also the oil pressure and oil temp. gauges, other then that the car is all original from paint to interior and windows are also original, front windshield as well and no cracks, dash board is also in very good condition. Car has also its original window sticker dated back to 1983, still has sticker on fuel door. Car does have some minor dents about the size of a dime and some chips, but still in very good shape considering its almost 30 years old . All windows work fine,cruise control and all lights works in how it should . Motor starts up with no valve tapping, which is a common thing with the 5 cylinder motors. Car has brand new tires and brakes and resurfaced rotors in the front , along with left and right outter axle boots in the front .Car has about 37,000 miles on it but the tittle says not acutally miles do to a problem back when the car was new, it had something replaced on the cluster at audi dealer, i have the recipte to show, so i believe that these are the original miles on the car. I have alot of recipts of work done to the car along the years by audi. Everything mechanical and electrical works on the car, the only things that needs to be check if new owner wants are driver side heated seat doesn’t work, and power mirrors, replaced the switch but it didn’t fix the problem, also a/c has a leak somewhere , never really had a look at it , other then those few things everything else works good. Feel free to contact me just in case i missed something or any questions that i can answer, (973)277-9520   Thank You.

Given that sales numbers tor the URQuattro were only 285 in 1983 (664 total US Sales), a low mileage example like this is certainly a rare find.  This is a good honest original car, and is one of the cleaner examples I have seen.  This car has all of the right options as well, from the 2-tone brown interior, to the rally inspired 80’s styling.

Whether you’re a Rally fan, or an Audi fan this is a great car to add to your collection, as values have steadily been on the rise over the past 5 years.  With a BIN price of $17,500, this URQuattro is priced right where it should be for a 37,000 mile example, however with the title reporting an odometer discrepency, a buyer should do their homework to make sure they’re getting what they expect.

-Brian