Fired Up Quattro: 1982 Audi Quattro

Obviously I’m the big Quattro fan here at GCFSB, and I’ve carefully tried to track nearly every example that comes to market in the U.S.. I was frankly a bit surprised to see this one pop up, as it comes from a fellow enthusiast who has really enjoyed using the car as a collectable show car over the past few years. A staple at European events like S-Fest and Carlise, this Quattro has been seen and admired by many, who now have the opportunity to own their own rally legend:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1982 Audi Quattro on Hemmings

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1983 Audi Quattro

Despite my general love of all-things-Audi, even I have a hard time coming up with good condition examples of the marque from the early 1980s. For U.S. fans, there just isn’t a plethora to choose from. For example, when you search eBay for Mercedes-Benz, Porsche or BMW models and sort by age, you’ll find usually several pages of examples before you get to the 1980s, where inevitably there will be a flood of models. When you switch to Audi, you’ll find three cars – and this is a good week. Fortunately for Audi fans, one of those three cars is the daddy – an original Audi Quattro. Few of these quite expensive turbocharged all-wheel drive Coupes made it to the U.S., and even fewer remain today; as I mentioned in the Coupe Week 1983 Quattro post. There was an excellent example of a low mile Quattro that had been repatriated to Europe, a trend which seems increasingly popular for the model which has more respect in the Fatherland than amongst U.S. enthusiasts. In fact, recently on our Facebook page one of the Quattros I posted prompted an enthusiasts to remark that the boxflared-fenders were reminiscent of the E30 M3 – without any acknowledgement that the Audi came on the scene well before the DTM star. So here’s your opportunity, Audi faithful, to keep one of the better examples of the limited-run Quattro on U.S. shores with this excellent 1983 Mars Red example:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Audi Quattro on eBay

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Motorsport Mondays: 1985 Volkswagen GTi 2.0 16V

There’s a saying that goes something along the lines of “To make a small fortune in racing, you have to start with a large one”. While it’s true that any track-related activities are generally a one-way flow of cash – out – from your bank account, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to be a millionaire to go have a lot of fun. One of the more affordable platforms that budget weekend racers took to in the early 1980s was the then-new Volkswagen GTi; with solid aftermarket support, a light and nimble chassis and and crash it, walk away ability, the inexpensive Volkswagen was a natural track candidate. It’s become rare to see either of the first two generations showing up at the track these days, no surprise as many are 30 years old at this point. But once in a while, one that has undergone development and is a tidy package pops up, and today’s 1985 GTi is just one such example:

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1983 Audi Quattro 20V Turbo swap

Maybe you looked at Monday’s 1985 Quattro and thought “That’s for me, but I’m short on money and want more power.” We here at GCFSB.com feel your pain! So today’s answer is a 1983 Audi Quattro that has a 3B 20V turbo motor swap. This swap is very popular with the Ur crowd, as it both solves the problem of the early underpowered/lag prone U.S. models while offering even an even more tunable engine. If you’re a fan of boxflares, big turbos and Rally action, this might just be the car for you! Take a look at today’s 1983 Mars Red example:

Year: 1983
Model: Quattro
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 166,000 mi
Price: $10,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Audi Quattro 20V Turbo swap on Quattroworld.com

Mars Red with 166K miles

I bought the UrQ last year and had it delivered from California. Aesthetically, the body is a 7 out of 10. However, due to the nature of the west coast cars, this car has next to zero rust. It was my intent to get a solid chassis thus I searched for cars in the west coast.

The urquattro was converted to a 3B by the previous owner. As I was told, the conversion was performed by an Audi/VW Tech. The engine runs very well and boost comes on very strong. The brakes were upgraded to G60s with stainless steel lines. The bomb was replaced with a vacuum setup. It was also lowered with H&R springs.

I also have bought an 87 Coupe as a spare parts car. I would like to have the 87 Coupe taken along with the UrQ.

I have not really done much to the car since I had it other than give it some new shocks for the rear trunk and purchase a new sunroof seal. I did take the lower center console out in hopes of someday upgrading that to a newer dash but that was pointless given I would have to take all of the dash apart which I never had time to do. It comes with the stock 83 ur wheels. I did have a full set of UrS wheels refinished and may consider selling them with the car if the offer is close to my asking price.

I am looking to get $10000. I think it can be an excellent car in the hands of the right owner. I looked at a couple examples of east coast cars and they had too many rust issues and hence the search for a west coast car.

I had great hopes of making the urquattro my one piece of Audi history memorabilia but I have quite too many cars and will need to have it sold to make room for some garage space.

If you have any questions, you can contact me at: guards4s at gmail dot com

Located in Northern NJ.

The seller appears to be honest and upfront, though the advertisement really fails to mention what is probably in need in this car; the interior. Despite this the car does come with a full late model GT parts car; great for some shared electrical items and some body panels, but mostly for the windshield and interior. The seller mentions the car is light on rust, but doesn’t go so far as to say the car is rust free. I appreciate the honesty, as few of these cars are rust free, so presuming the shock towers and rockers are okay, most everything else is fixable.

Details on the 20V swap are also lacking, but it’s a reasonably straightforward swap and it’s running, so the two main hurdles are jumped there. The car features upgraded brakes which is nice, and flat lens Euro lights – also a bonus as long as they’re properly relayed. Otherwise, the only thing I’d try to negotiate into the sale would be to hold onto those great S4 Fuchs wheels – 16×8 and quite light, they’re desirable to have although not correct for the car. Like the 85, this car could use some Euro bumpers but looks like an honest way to get into a quick Quattro. Value is quite reasonable on this model even considering the work to get it perfect, and unlike the “please keep it mostly original” 1985, this is a prime candidate to make into your Rally car dream.

-Carter