Villa Erba

27 May 2017

1985 Audi Sport Quattro

  • Chassis no. WAUZZZ85ZEA905148


  • Built for Group B homologation
  • Extremely rare; only 164 road versions
  • Superb maintenance record, including major engine service
  • 90,500 original kilometres; minimal recent use


The Audi Sport quattro offered here is a road-going descendent of the marque’s hugely successful motorsport icon. Produced as part of the Group B homologation requirements, which ruled that 200 street-legal cars must be sold, Audi built slightly more than the mandated 200 examples, but only around 164 road cars were ever sold. This Sport quattro was manufactured on 17 December 1984 and was first registered by Audi AG in May 1985. Within its first two years, this car was sent back to the factory at Ingolstadt, where its original aluminium-alloy engine block was replaced with a new steel block. This was a not-uncommon upgrade, as the original and no-longer-available alloy blocks had proven to be both porous and subject to cracking.

It has since been fanatically maintained, supported by a comprehensive history file and original supporting invoices. The list of maintenance work is extensive and includes a major engine overhaul by MTM Mayer in 2010, at which time the engine was confirmed to produce 348 PS and 348 NM of torque—slightly more than the official factory figures from when the car was new.

Selected other maintenance work includes attention to the front axle wheel bearings and drive shaft, new distributor, spark plugs and air mass meter, as well as a new windscreen. Since 2012, this Sport quattro has been stored in a warehouse, having been moved regularly, and is thought to have travelled less than 10,000 kilometres in the last 10 years. Prior to the sale, this car will be subject to a full Audi inspection, with all necessary work taken care of, including new belts.

For those interested in this incredible piece of motoring history, it is worth taking the time to review the detailed work undertaken over the years in order to appreciate the fastidious nature of care and attention lavished on this car throughout its life. This Sport quattro will undoubtedly make a fantastic addition to any collection of high-performance rally legends.





• Costruito per l’omologazione in Gruppo B
• Estremamente raro; solo 164 le versioni stradali prodotte
• Libretto di manutenzione completo, che inlcude un importante tagliando al motore
90.500 chilometri originali percorsi; recentemente usato pochissimo

L'Audi Sport quattro offerta qui, è la discendente “stradale” dell'icona Audi dei rally, una delle vetture più di successo nelle storia delle competizioni su strada. E’ stata realizzata come parte dei requisiti minimi di omologazione in Gruppo B, che stabiliva in 200 gli esemplari in configurazione stradale che dovevano essere prodotti, anche se Audi ne ha costruite un po più di 200 ma ne ha vendute solo circa 164. Questa quattro Sport è stata fabbricata il 17 dicembre 1984 ed è stata immatricolata, a nome Audi AG, nel Maggio del 1985. Entro i primi due anni di vita, questa vettura è stata inviata alla fabbrica di Ingolstadt, dove il suo blocco motore originale, in lega di alluminio, è stato sostituito con un nuovo basamento in acciaio. Si tratta, questo, di un aggiornamento piuttosto frequente, visto che gli originali, e ormai non più disponibili basamenti in alluminio avevano dimostrato una certa delicatezza, diventando porosi ed essendo soggetti a fessurazioni.

Da allora è stata mantenuta fanaticamente, come evidenziato da un registro con tutta la cronologia completa degli interventi e le relative fatture, con i giustificativi, in originale. L'elenco dei lavori di manutenzione effettuati è ampio e comprende una revisione motore presso la MTM Mayer nel 2010, momento in cui è stato confermato che il motore sviluppa 348 CV di potenza e 348 NM di coppia, dati leggermenti superiore ai dati ufficiali di fabbrica dichiarati quando la macchina era nuova.

Una selezione di altri lavori di manutenzione comprende lavori ai cuscinetti delle ruote anteriori ed all’albero di trasmissione, un nuovo spinterogeno, nuove candele e debimetro, nonché un nuovo parabrezza. Dal 2012, questa Sport quattro è stata conservata in un magazzino, dove è stata comunque mossa regolarmente, e, negli ultimi 10 anni la macchina ha percorso in totale meno di 10.000 chilometri. Prima della vendita, questa vettura sarà oggetto di un controllo completo effettuato dall’Audi, con l’esecuzione di tutti i lavori necessari, compresa la sostituzione delle cinghie motore.

A chi interessa questo incredibile pezzo di storia dell'automobile, vale la pena di prendere il tempo di rivedere l’elenco dettagliato di tutti i lavori svolti nel corso degli anni, al fine di apprezzare l’attenta e minuziosa cura e l’attenzione profusa su questa vettura per tutta la sua vita. Questa quattro Sport sarà senza dubbio una fantastica aggiunta a qualsiasi raccolta di leggende dei rally ad alte prestazioni.

Addendum

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