words: Bill, photos: Ambassador Automobile
There are few cars from my youth that I still fantasize about owning one day – Porsche 930, Ferrari 308 GTS, Audi Sport quattro, etc etc etc but the prices of those have skyrocketed in the past several years. Bummer. So I started looking for the ‘lesser’ models but they are going through the same cycle. It’s the Radwood effect…cars from my youth are climbing in value as people my age are also fantasizing about owning them and the inventory is dropping. Double bummer.
Take this 1985 Ur-quattro for example. It wasn’t too long ago that these were going sub-$10,000. However, this isn’t the roach you find in someone’s driveway covered in tree sap and mold. The original owner was stationed in Europe and shipped it to California when he rotated back to the States.
Here’s the ad:
You are looking at a 1985 Audi Ur-Quattro finished in Zermatt Silver with Black Leather. This car is an outstanding example of one of these cars. In 1985 there were a total of 73 imported to the United States. This car was one of the USA production cars built in June of 1985. It started as a European Delivery car where the owner was in the military in Europe before he brought it home to his residence in California.
If you are looking at this car, then you are most likely familiar with the history of the Ur-Quattro and how it came about production for the Groupe B Class of rallying of the 80s. The manufacturer was purposed with pushing the technology and mechanicals to the limits of the day and produced some of the most powerful and sophisticated cars ever seen. At the top came the Audi with the limited production Audi Ur-Quattro, which came to complete dominate the Groupe B Rally World. With close to 500 hp and employing legendary drivers like Michelle Mouton, Walter Rohrl and Ari Vatenen to name some, Audi took on the Rally World!!
Utter dominance of the Groupe B Class, it was so complete, the cars so powerful, that it led to the end of the Groupe B Class. Fortunately for us mere mortals, Audi was required to produce a limited number of street versions of these exotic cars to Homologate them for race use as a requirement for qualifications for Group B. Only a very limited number of Audi Ur-Quattros were produced and even fewer were imported to the United States. For US production, there were 238 produced in 1983, 64 produced in 1984 and 73 in 1985.
Approximately 5 years ago and 3,000 miles ago, this particular example went through extensive modifications and reengineering to an extremely high standard using the 1991 20v Ur-Quattro as the basis for the modifications. Modifications have been made to the engine, suspension, brakes and interior to offer a level of performance, refinement and handling unimaginable in its day while maintaining all comforts and reliability needed for daily street use while offering stunning performance. The car is estimated to be putting out 310hp and approximately 265 lbs/ft of torque and is extremely fast. The car starts on the first turn of the key and comes to a perfect idle. The modified exhaust sounds outstanding outside but is very subtle with no droning on the interior, just the nice turbo 5 cylinder burble we come to expect from a car like this.
The interior remains in excellent condition with most of it being original except for the modifications listed below. Everything works as it should, and as the pictures show, very little wear is visible on any surface. The dash has no cracks, all glass is free of scratches and is correct and the carpets look almost new and the headliner has no sagging or discoloration. The gauges all work properly included the additional ones and the window motors are quick and work perfectly. The exterior is equally as nice with much of its paint remaining original showing good shine and depth with a little dullness on the roof and sunroof. There are a few small marks on the bumpers, but overall is very good. The rear spoiler is a factory spoiler finished in gloss black and the wheels are finished in their factory color of Zermatt Silver and are in excellent condition. The Headlights are a European conversion without any cracks or wear and they light up the road much brighter than the US headlights ever did. The engine bay with its 20v engine looks very close to a stock 20v quattro with things neat and tidy and placed properly and the trunk is clean as well with no stains or worn carpet and looks like it should. The car comes with a binder with many invoices, its original tools, jack, books and a clean Carfax.
Here is a list of the majority of modification that have been completed.
Engine and Transmission Modifications:
Engine block 1994 Audi AAN 2.2 litre 20 valve inline 5 cylinder
Honed Cylinders, new Rod Bearings and new Valve Guides
New Cam Chain, Belts, Water Pump and Chain Tensioners
ARP Cylinder Head Studs
7A Cams and Oil Pan
3B Water Manifold and Intake (more flow than an RS2 Manifold)
HKS Foam Cone Filter
Setrab Oil Cooler
New Cam Sensors, New RPM and Timing Probes
Firewall mounted Coil Kit
New OEM Starter
034 Motorsport Phenolic Intake Spacer
034 Motorsport Medium Density Engine, Transmission and Rear Differential Mounts
Audi 200 Quattro 034 Motorsport Spec Clutch Kit and Short Shift Kit
AAN Fuel Rail with integrated Fuel Pressure Regulator
New Fuel Pump and Injectors
034 Full Stage 1+ Custom Tuned ECU with upgraded software
Upgraded Waste Gate Spring (raising the boost to a peak of 20 psi)
3 Custom Mandrel Bent Exhaust with Black Tips
New OEM Wiring Harness
Stock factory AAN Engine Harness integrated into the OEM Electrical Platform
All new Relays added and Connections Heat Shrink for safety and reliability
OE Copper Connectors where applicable
The electrical layout mimics a factory Ur-S4 layout (with relays, breakers, etc. behind the glove box)
Ron Davis Radiator with Auxiliary Radiator Delete
Suspension, Tires and Wheels:
H & R Lowering Springs
034 Sway Bar Bushings and Delrin Control Arm Bushings
034 Aluminum Subframe Bushings
TOYO Proxes RA1 Tires on Factory Ronal R8 8 X 15 Wheels
OEM Audi 4000Q Vacuum Booster
OEM Audi V8 Master Cylinder
Porsche Boxster Front Brake Calipers and Upgraded Brake Pads
Audi Ur-S4 Rear Brake Calipers and Upgraded Brake Pads
Stainless Steel Brake Lines
Additional Gauges include, Audi Coolant Temp, VDO for Boost Pressure, Oil Pressure and Voltage
Recaro Trophy Black Front Sport Seats
Personal Fitipaldi Steering Wheel
Custom Floor Mats
Alpine Head Unit and upgraded Speakers
European H4 Headlights
Smoked front Turn Signal Lenses
Factory Gloss Black Rear Spoiler
This car must be driven to truly appreciate the performance, the handling and how modern it truly feels on the road. It feels so fresh like it just came off the showroom with more performance and tuning than they could have dreamt of when it was new. Please call to schedule a time to see and drive this amazing car.
The price? $58,900. The mileage? A whopping 209,008. I’ll let you decide if it’s worth it. Meanwhile, I’ll just start looking for something from my youth that I can afford…like maybe a Stingray bicycle.
The ad is HERE.