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For Sale: 1981 Audi Quattro

July 12, 2011

This is what you call a cool find. It’s an original 1981 Audi Quattro for sale. This is the car that really set things off for Audi in the Eighties, and kick-started the Audi quattro all-wheel drive revolution.

The Audi Quattro is perhaps instantly recognisable to early rally fans, particularly fans of the epic Group B rally series of the same era. The Audi Quattro evolved into the S1 in its final stages, featuring an incredible-sounding 2.1-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine. Some examples were said to output up to 600PS (441kW).

Which leads us to today’s Cool Find. It’s the road-going version of that famous rally car. It features a quattro all-wheel drive system and a turbocharged 2.1-litre five-cylinder engine – regarded as the pioneer to the WRX-style vehicle. In standard form the Quattro outputs 147kW and 285Nm, and manages 0-100km/h in around 7.1 seconds and a top speed of 220km/h.

According to the CarPoint ad, this example is in excellent condition and has been maintained to the highest standards. It’s a rare Bronza Metallic example with 117932km on the clock. It also comes with all of the original equipment such as the stereo, centre diff control, and air-conditioning. The ad also says the Quattro has spent most of its life in Australia and comes with all relevant log books.

Interested? The seller’s asking price is $49,995 – a bargain for a car that will definitely be a prized classic in the years to come.

For the full CarPoint ad, click here.

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Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.