There are few cars with greater motorsports pedigree than Audi’s Sport Quattro. The Four Rings only produced 214 of the all-wheel drive rally machines for Group B homologation, so naturally, it’s a big deal when one goes up for sale. RM Auctions is selling a Sport Quattro in Arizona in January which is “without a doubt” the finest example in existence, the auction house says.
Audi was campaigning a Group 4 Quattro in the World Rally Championship when its engineers decided the heavy monocoque chassis, long wheelbase and rampant balance issues just wouldn’t cut it for Group B. They developed an all-new model, with a wheelbase shorter than the Group 4 Quattro’s by 12.6 inches and carbon panels to help reduce weight.
Their new Group B racecar walked all over the competition in the 1984 season, with Stig Blomqvist and other drivers locking in the manufacturer’s title for Audi that year. Blomqvist is also responsible for earning the Sport Quattro its last win, at the Rallye Côte d’Ivoire in Africa. The car’s utter dominance throughout the season cemented it as a legend in WRC history, and generated significant consumer interest for the limited-edition road going model.
Under the hood of the road-going Sport Quattro, Audi stuffed a 2.1-liter five-cylinder turbocharged engine which produced 302 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The cars also came equipped with Ronal rally-style alloy wheels, AP racing four-piston brakes at all four corners, a five-speed manual transmission and of course, Quattro all-wheel drive.
This Sport Quattro example was acquired by its current owner from Japanese collector Yoshikuni Okamot. The original white paint is complimented by a grey leather interior with cloth-covered Recaro racing seats. The car also includes original tools, jack, owner’s/service manual, installed radio with manual, and an extra set of racing belts, which have yet to be used.
This being the finest example of a run of only 214 cars, RM is projecting it to sell for a hefty sum. The current estimate is at $350,000 – $475,000, however we wouldn’t be surprised to see this car fetch even more than that.