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This 1985 Audi Quattro Barn Find Is Your Chance to Get in Cheap and Hit It Big

Ran when parked—in 1993.

One of the most iconic cars that graced the WRC’s Group B of the 1980s was the Audi Quattro, a quirky, all-wheel drive, five-cylinder coupe that wreaked havoc on nearly all competitors unlucky enough to cross it. The surviving homologated cars, of which just 11,452 were produced over an 11-year run, typically command big dollars on the collector car market today. This barn-find 1985 Audi Quattro isn’t commanding anything at the moment, but it definitely could after its future auction winner restores it.

Audi only made 214 of the rowdy coupes in 1985, and a fully restored unit can go for up to $80,000 in restored Concours condition, according to Hagerty. This particular car is far from Concours or even rough driving conditions. Its overall state is listed as 1/5 stars—not super promising—and it appears that nearly every part of the car will need an overhaul before it can be driven for any length of time. 

That said, there’s plenty to work with for an enthusiast wanting a project. The car’s 2.2-liter inline-five engine is said to have 178,000 miles and sends power to all four wheels through a five-speed manual transmission. BR Motorsport in Essex, U.K. tuned the car in the early 1990s before it was stashed away for the past 25 years.

The interior has been taken over by spiders and the engine bay looks to be a few spark plugs shy of a decent drive, but all the major parts appear to be in place. Thanks to its indoor accommodations, the Quattro’s plaid interior appears to be dirty, but intact, and the dash looks to be free of cracks. All of the hard-to-find parts seem to be there but will need some love.

The old Audi is right-hand drive and will likely cost as much to import as it does to buy, but truly interested parties can head to the Classic Car Auctions online event on September 10 for a chance to bring the Quattro back to life. Auction estimates put the final price between $10,500 and $13,200.

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