Find of the Day: 1991 Audi Coupe quattro

words: Bill, photos: matt_20v via Bring A Trailer

I remember seeing a Coupe quattro for the first time way back when (I’m old) and being mesmerized by it. Today, I get the same feeling because that design is so timeless and beautiful…and few and far between. I used to see one run around town the last several years but it has disappeared. Did the owner move? Was the Coupe wrecked? Did they sell it? Who knows but it’s a sorely missed sight.

So whenever I hear about a Coupe quattro up for sale, my senses tingle. Here’s the ad:

This 1991 Audi Coupe Quattro is finished in Crystal Silver Metallic over gray leather and was acquired by the seller in March 1992. In 2002 2Bennett Audimotive of Davis, California installed a 2.2-liter 3B inline-five, which is mated to a five-speed manual transaxle and all-wheel drive. Additional modifications include H&R springs, Bilstein shocks, Intended Acceleration engine management software, European-specification headlights, 17″ Ronal wheels, an RS2 front bumper and intercooler, an 034Motorsport throttle cam, an aftermarket sound system, and a 2Bennett radiator, turbo-back exhaust, and front Brembo big-brake kit.

This B3 Coupe Quattro is now offered at no reserve with manufacturer’s literature, service records, spare parts, Bentley manuals, an accident-free Carfax report, and a clean Michigan title in the seller’s name.

The bodywork is finished in Crystal Silver Metallic (LY7T) and features an RS2 front bumper with integrated fog lights and clear corner lenses, relayed European-specification headlights, a “quattro”-script rear window defroster, power-adjustable mirrors, a glass sunroof, and a rear hatch spoiler. Work completed in 2004 by Bodystyle European Specialists of San Jose, California is said to include dent removal, hood and lower body molding replacements, and refinishing the rear bumper and left-side panels.

Existing imperfections include stone chips on the front bumper, hood, and mirror caps, damage on the windshield cowl, A-pillars, and leading edge of the roof, clear coat failure on the roof, a crack in the right fog light, and a chip in the windshield.

Silver-finished 17″ Ronal R38 wheels with Audi-logo center caps are mounted with 235/40 Sumitomo HTR Z II tires, which the seller states were mounted in 2018. The suspension is modified with H&R springs and Bilstein shocks, and stopping power is provided by 2Bennett/Brembo four-piston front calipers with 330mm slotted rotors, factory rear calipers and rotors, and an anti-lock brake system.

The interior features seats and door panel inserts trimmed in gray leather, while Zebrano wood accents the dashboard, doors, and center console. Appointments include power-adjustable front seats, automatic climate control, power windows, and a Sony CD stereo hooked to MB Quart speakers, an 8″ Solo-Baric subwoofer, and a US Acoustics amplifier. A Billzcat short-shift kit is installed, and the battery was relocated to the trunk. The cruise control module and air-conditioning systems were removed, and the seller says the turn signal returns are inoperative and the wiper park position does not always work. Flaws include scratches on the wood trim, a tear on the driver’s seat bolster, a sagging headliner, door panel separation, and leaks from the door seals.

The RS2 steering wheel frames white instrument dials consisting of an 8k-rpm tachometer, a 160-mph speedometer, a digital display, and auxiliary gauges. Readouts for battery voltage, oil pressure, and oil temperature are located on the center stack, and additional gauges for exhaust-gas temperature and boost pressure were added in an aftermarket A-pillar-mounted pod. The six-digit odometer shows 182k miles, approximately 170k of which were added during current ownership. The seller states the odometer was inoperative for six years, and total mileage is unknown.

The turbocharged 20-valve 2.2-liter 3B inline-five was reportedly sourced from a 1991 200 Quattro Turbo model, and it was installed by 2Bennett Audimotive in 2002. The oil was most recently changed in August 2020, the starter was reportedly replaced in May 2021, and the seller says the timing belt is due for replacement. Engine modifications include the following:

  • 2Bennett 3” turbo-back exhaust system
  • Bailey aluminum recirculating blow-off valve
  • RS2 intercooler and air filter housing
  • 200 Quattro Turbo oil cooler
  • 2Bennett four-row aluminum radiator
  • Intended Acceleration engine software
  • 034Motorsport throttle cam

Power is sent to all four wheels via a five-speed manual transaxle and Quattro all-wheel drive. 034Motorsport Street Density motor, transaxle, and snub mounts are fitted, and the seller notes oil and coolant drips, and that the rear differential lock is inoperative.

Manufacturer’s literature, service records, Bentley manuals, and spare parts are included in the sale.

The Carfax report shows no accidents or other damage and lists registration, service, and emissions inspection history in California and Michigan. A Manufacturer Safety Recall was issued for the airbag sensor module in 1997.

As of this writing, the highest bid is $12,000. Does this coupe have flaws? Sure and they may seem daunting for an Audi newbie (or veteran, quite frankly). Is this one of the best designs to come out of modern-era Audi? In this person’s opinion, yes. Certainly one of the best designs the 90s. If this tickles your fancy and you want one of the best looking cars from the RADwood era, you have one more day to make a bid. You can find the ad HERE.