Find of the Day: Euro 1981 Audi Quattro

words: Bill, photos: Bring A Trailer

I love this car. I mean who wouldn’t? But my love isn’t just towards the design nor the drivetrain…it’s that interior. I’ve seen many Quattros but most have been leather or cloth.  This one has a mocha brown cloth interior with Zebra patterned inserts…delicious. Here’s the ad:

This 1981 Audi Quattro is a European-market model that was imported into the US in 1982 through California Porsche-Audi Inc. in San Francisco, and it was delivered to Idaho following US certification by Ferrari Compliance of Santa Ana, California. It is finished in silver over Zebra-patterned two-tone cloth, and it is powered by a turbocharged 2.1-liter inline-five paired with a five-speed manual transaxle and a Quattro all-wheel drive. Equipment includes a sunroof, 15″ alloy wheels, front fog lights, and locking center and rear differentials. The current owner acquired the car in 2003 and has since added approximately 3k of its 24k indicated miles. Recent service included flushing the braking and cooling systems, an alignment, cleaning the fuel tank, and replacing the timing belt, water pump, fuel pump, battery, tires, and more as listed below. This Euro Ur-Quattro is now offered on dealer consignment with a set of removed BBS wheels, 1982 sales paperwork, period literature, receipts, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Idaho title.

The car is finished in silver with Audi decals on the lower corners of both doors and a black-finished trunk lid, and the selling dealer notes that paint meter readings indicate that areas of the car have been refinished. Features include European-specification bumpers, fender flares, front fog lights, a raised rear spoiler, and a removable sunroof.

Ronal 15″ alloy wheels are mounted with 195/65 Kumho Solus TA31 tires up front and 215/60 Kumho Solus TA11 tires out back, which were installed in September 2020. A temporary spare wheel and tire are mounted in the trunk, and a set of gold-finished 15″ multi-piece BBS E52 wheels will accompany the sale and are shown in the gallery below. In August 2020 the brake system was flushed and an alignment was performed.

The interior features bolstered seats with mocha brown cloth upholstery and ‘Zebra’ patterned inserts, which extends to the door panels and matching headliner. A panel in the center console contains differential lock controls, and the selling dealer notes that the cassette stereo does not work.

The four-spoke steering wheel sits ahead of VDO instrumentation that includes an 85-mph speedometer, a 7k-rpm tachometer with a checkered redline, a boost-pressure gauge, a fuel-level gauge, and an analog clock. The six-digit odometer shows approximately 24k miles, fewer than 3k of which are said to have been added by the owner over the previous 17 years.

The turbocharged 2.1-liter inline-five was rated at 200 horsepower in European specification. Records indicate that the turbocharger and exhaust manifold were replaced in the 1990s at approximately 21k miles. Recent service included cleaning the fuel tank and airflow meter, flushing the coolant, and replacing the timing belt, water pump, fuel pump, distributor cap and rotor, valve cover gasket, drive belt, mufflers, battery, and ignition components. More than $4,500 in recent receipts are provided in the gallery below.

Power is delivered to all four wheels through a five-speed manual transaxle and a Quattro all-wheel-drive system with locking center and rear differentials. Receipts indicate that outer CV boots have been replaced, and seepage is noted from the rear differential. The seller also notes areas of the underside that have been damaged from improper jacking, and additional photos of the underside are presented in the gallery below.

Sales paperwork dated May 1982 from California Porsche-Audi in San Francisco indicates factory equipment and a total price of $39,240, which included US certification by Ferrari Compliance of Santa Ana, California.

The Carfax report is free of accidents and other damage, and it lists three activity entries in Idaho beginning in August 2009 through its most recent entry in May 2018.

The video provided above shows a tour of the car, included paperwork, the engine starting, and driving footage.

At the time of publishing, the current bid is $26,219 and there are 6 days left. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this go into the mid $30s. You can find this Quattro HERE.