1986 AUDI QUATTRO
Registration Number: D879 RKJ
Chassis Number: WAUZZZ85ZHA900226
A product that changed our perceptions of what rally cars were capable of, after much development in snowy Northern Europe during the late 1970s, the revolutionary Audi quattro broke cover in early 1980, to be launched to UK audiences from March of the following year. The Quattro was initially powered by the WR, 2144cc in-line, five-cylinder, 10-valve SOHC unit with turbocharger and intercooler, with styling overseen by Martin Smith, who skilfully turned the somewhat mundane Coupe into an aggressive box-arched weapon.
For the 1985 model year, the Quattro gained a new sloping front grille, headlights, trim and badging changes. The interior has been redesigned a year earlier, and featured a new dashboard layout, steering wheel design, and new centre console design with revised switchgear. The rear suspension was amended with geometry changes, the removal of the rear anti-roll bar to reduce lift-off oversteer, wider 8x15-inch wheels, and 20mm lower suspension with slightly stiffer springs for improved handling.
This first mass market turbo-charged, four-wheel drive sportscar, the quattro was a true success story. Over 11,000 road cars were produced until 1991, meanwhile in competition the quarter took 23 WRC rallies at the hands of legends Michèle Mouton, Hannu Mikkola, Walter Rӧrhl and Stig Blomqvist.
This facelifted model was first delivered on 22nd October 1986 via dealers Whites of Haslemere, finished in Tornado Red with a grey cloth interior. In the intervening years the Audi has been with 6 keepers, the last private registered owner having taken possession in 1991.
Having been stored since around 2007, this desirable facelifted Quattro is the ideal candidate for full restoration, complete with service book and owners manual, older service bills and previous MoT certificates.