4WD Week Tuner Tuesday: 1986 Audi Quattro Treser Roadster – REVISIT


Back in August, I wrote up a pretty popular and hugely wild Treser Roadster. With such a small market interested in these cars, it’s no wonder that it’s still available today on Ebay.de. Unfortunately, if you were counting pennies last time to make this happen, the currency conversion hasn’t gone your way, because while it’s still priced at 34,999 Euros, that today will cost you about $1,500 more than it did in August. Still, at less than half the price of a decent Sport Quattro this is a pretty unique piece of Audi history and would look great in some snowy shots – any brave souls out there?


The below post originally appeared on our site August 20, 2013:

Not satisfied with the already exotic Audi Quattro he had helped to create, Walter Treser went on a mission to take the Quattro to the next step. His cars featured bespoke TRX wheels (the largest available to the mass market at the time), upgraded 250 horsepower engines (more boost – that could never go wrong!), and perhaps the largest chin spoiler fitted to any road car ever. Seriously, this is the Jay Leno of cars. Treser also revised the interior, rear spoiler and rear bumper cover, and for the exclusivity of one of these gems, he upgraded the price tag substantially. For some, even the Treser Quattro wasn’t enough, and for 39 lucky and wealthy individuals who just had to take it to the next level, Walter cooked up one of the stranger conversions ever done to an Audi at that point; he chopped the top and made a folding hardtop. The Treser Roadster marketed for the equivalent of around $125,000 in 1986. Rare doesn’t begin to describe these cars, but every once in a while one pops up for sale, like today’s Pearlesant White Treser in Germany :


Year: 1986
Model: Treser Quattro Roadster
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 112,000 km (69,593 mi)
Price: €34,999 Buy It Now ($48,008 today)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Audi Quattro Treser Roadster on Ebay.de

Treser Roadster
Build date 12/86
Timing belt replaced 300km ago.
Air conditioning disinfected, renewed dryer, and filled with CFC – free refrigerant 300km ago.
– Hydraulic top (which is currently not fuctioning due to burst line) will be repaired for the Buy It Now amount!
– 250 hp Motor
– Electric windows
– Treser Front spoiler
– Treser Rear spoiler
– TRX wheels with 250 tires (Super Rare!)
– Treser widened fenders
– Black leather ( Treser heated seats, Treser dashboard and door cards )
– CD player and Radio with equalizer, multiple amps and speakers as originally delivered !! )
– Treser Cockpit
– Treser Sport suspension
– New muffler (2000 km)
– Central locking
– Tinted glass
– Pearlesant White Metallic
Price 34,999 Euro
Any questions: 01712129070
Trades accepted
Car is located in Hamburg, Germany


If you had to have the ultimate non-Sport Quattro in the 1980s, this was your car. It is over the top in nearly every way. It certainly isn’t to everyone’s taste, but many of the modified cars from the 1980s weren’t. As Rick James said, “Cocaine is a hell of a drug.” Compared to some of the modified Porsches and Mercedes, the Treser cars were downright pedestrian and civilized; but next to the original, this car looks outrageous. Interestingly, I think this car ends up looking more Japanese than German, but to the right buyer, I doubt that would matter.

The car’s condition appears to be good and it’s not surprising that the top is not functioning, but the seller has promised to fix prior to the sale at full amount. Still, like older modified cars, there is a lot to go wrong here, so be prepared for plenty of visits to the mechanic to sort it out. Like the TRX wheeled BMWs, plan on getting different wheels and saving those original Tresers for show only. The driver’s side headlight seems to be at an odd angle, but that could be an easy fix; Pearlesant White is so difficult to color match and that bumper is so rare, I doubt it saw an impact that wouldn’t show in the photos.

Even among the die-hard Audi aficionados, the Treser cars are polarizing. $46,600 is top dollar for a Quattro that isn’t a sport, but these cars are so rare it’s hard to put a value on it. There are very few originals left, and even fewer in Pearlesant white. In comparison to some of the rare convertible Mercedes and Porsches from the 1980s, this isn’t outlandish money, and the Quattro values have steadily been on the rise over the past decade. As a 1986, it’s eligible for import to the U.S. without too much difficulty, so the question is – will you be the only one in the U.S. with one of these cars?


1983 Audi Quattro


It’s been a Quattro kind of month at GCFSB. Perhaps that’s because our editor, Paul, put me in the driver’s seat and I like Audis a whole lot, but there have also been some great examples that have popped up for sale recently. First was a clean and rare Stone Grey Metallic 1985 Quattro, then our reader ride 20V turbo Quattro in Mars Red, followed by the splendid rally-prepped but unconventional RS4 powered Quattro. Today is another modified Quattro, but this one is a bit less extreme. I was initially excited to see this car pop up a few weeks ago, but there were no good photos and the car was removed. Well, it’s back, this time with good photos to show us one of the signature colors for the Quattro – Gobi Beige over Chocolate leather:


Year: 1983
Model: Quattro
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 121,148 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Audi Quattro on eBay

My humblest apologies to all who viewed this ad previously. Much to my embarrassment, the pictures were wholly inadequate and failed to give anyone seriously considering the car a chance to fairly examine it. Hopefully the new improved and larger photos will give you a better idea.Once again, my sincerest apologies. Gobi Beige with dark chocolate brown leather interior. 120K original miles. The car has resided in Nevada, Washington and California. I am the third owner. Original turbo, Euro headlights and pushed in bumpers, newer 1987 slanted grill update the look of this car and subtly shave few a few years off its appearance. Ronal alloy wheels, lowered full 2Bennett adjustable coil over suspension and performance chip has transformed this beauty from an antiquated tractor to a fully modern car with rally like handling. Brakes have been upgraded with slotted rotors and A4 calipers. All belts (including timing belt) CV joints and hoses were replaced a couple of years ago with little mileage since. AC works but needs to be recharged. The interior is in nice condition, upgraded later model dash and 2Bennett instrument binnacle with turbo boost, oil pressure and water temperature gauges allow you to monitor and keep track of your car as you are driving in varying conditions. All electrical relays have been beefed up with the addition of the stronger euro headlights. A toggle switch that can manually activate the radiator fan when the engine temperature goes up on those hot summer days and turbo timer have also been added. This car to my knowledge has never been raced. When I first purchased the car I had hopes of some day driving on the track after witnessing these cars eat all of their competition alive at the Long beach Grand Prix in 1983. Alas after purchasing this car in 2000, while in good condition, it took a number more years and a lot more money to bring this car in to the modern age. (I am not a mechanic) My goal was to drive and enjoy the car when and where I pleased and make it as bullet proof and modern as possible with out destroying its pedigree. To this end I believe I have attained this goal. Many UR Quattros that are still on the road have been highly modified. Mine has been modernized to be a reliable and drivable car. Always garaged and professionally maintained. Have most of the receipts documenting the history of this car since I assumed ownership.

Buyer responsible for vehicle pickup or arrangement & cost of shipping. $500.00 deposit required 48 hours after winning bid, 72 hours if winning bid is over a weekend. Full payment due at car pickup. All payments to be made via deposit to Paypal.

2Bennett is pretty famous for building some incredible Quattros, and while this isn’t one of their most outrageous creations it appears well modified. The coil over setup is similar to what I use in my GT and well engineered. The car’s electrics have also been upgraded and the car was chipped, helping both dependability and performance. The dash and grill have been updated to later designs which look quite clean, though a nice set of Euro bumper covers would really complete the look with those H1/H4 Euro lights. All of this has been done to make the car a solid driver, which it appears to be. The only downside is the typical “A/C needs a recharge” line, but it’s nice that the system is in tact as many pull it during modifications. Value has been all over the map on these Quattros as of late; the 1985 was well bought at $15,000 but the 20V Quattro was even a better deal sneaking in under $10,000. Bidding is already strong on this well-presented example; as of writing it has reached $10,000 with 6 days to go. Even at $15,000, these 10V Quattros are a steal compared to what E30 M3s are bringing in value. We’ll have to watch the final value on this car but it may reach the high end of the 10V Turbo market on these cars!