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1986 Audi Quattro Coupe

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  • Mileage~85,129 on clock
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine2.2L
  • LocationMaldon


1986 Audi Quattro Coupe

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Glyn Parry
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Audi struck gold with the original Quattro design; box arches and a turbocharged five-cylinder 2.2. litre engine - the match was pure perfection and been a poster car ever-since.

At the International Geneva Motor Show in 1980, Audi released the Quattro, with its box arches and revolutionary state of the art four-wheel drive system. However, the Quattro design goes back to 1977, in the deep snow of Sweden, where a team of Audi engineers were testing their military all-terrain vehicles, which would outperform other more powerful models. This led the team to develop an Audi 80 with the drivetrain from the military all-terrain vehicles, and it was there that the Quattro idea was born to be used in road-going vehicles.

This new design gave the Audi Quattro some of the best handling characteristics from the Audi factory. Coupled with a 2.2 litre turbocharged engine, it was a very exclusive package. Initially planned for low-volume production, the demand was more popular than anticipated once released. With massive success in the motorsport world, particularly in rallying, the Quattro has earned the right to become one of the most iconic cars to come out of the 1980s.

After some ~30 years in a garage, this particular Audi Quattro Coupe has seen the light of day again. So who will take this fantastic opportunity to bring back one of the coolest turbocharged cars to come out of the 1980s?

This listing was written from information supplied by Glyn after meeting Richard the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

The difference between my old XR3i and the Quattro was like night and day - plus, Audis were more corrosion resistant.

Richard purchased this 1986 Audi Quattro Coupe back in 1991. After covering several thousand miles, there was a point around 1993/94 where the car needed some work and a set of tyres. At the time, for one reason or another, Richard put the car in the garage and time just sort of moved on. That was now ~30 years ago, and the Audi hasn’t been out of the garage since then, until we arrived to take the photographs you see here.

It has always been in Richard’s mind to get the Quattro out and running again, but as we all know, life gets busy, and before you know it, another year has passed. Unfortunately, due to health issues, Richard has given up driving, meaning the chances of him having the desire to restore the car is lower.

Please feel free to ask Richard any questions in the comments below.

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Iconic to say the least, made even more desirable by its rally pedigree of the day.

Wheels and Tyres

The original factory spec Ronal wheels are in place and look in reasonably good condition considering the time the car has stood.

It goes without saying the tyres will need to be replaced. They were all flat when we arrived but did blow up and hold some air.

Please see the image gallery to take a closer look at the wheels.


Looking around the Audi, remarkably most items seem to be in good order, and there are no obvious areas for serious concern.

The panel gaps align as they should, and looking at the underside, there is the usual surface corrosion to the suspension, but the floor seems in remarkably good order considering how long it has been standing.

Thankfully the garage was relatively dry.

We've highlighted in more detail our observations through our hi-resolution images and videos, so please take time to look through all the media files for a detailed view of what’s on offer and for you to assess the condition of the car for yourselves.

This is a car that has stood for a long period of time and therefore we're assuming it will need a good amount of work to bring it back up to standard.


As you can see, the Oceanic Blue paintwork has 30 years of dust over it. We did wash and clean some areas to see how it would clean up. There are some blemishes here and there, and there has been some paintwork to the offside door and bonnet, which is documented in the paperwork, but we think with a good detail, this Quattro would look like another car in just a few hours.

The images are taken from a few different angles to show off the car as you would see it if you were standing there for yourselves. So please take the time to fully assess these hi-resolution images and videos of the car, for you to make up your own minds about the condition of the paint.

Glass and Trim

The windows look in good condition with no apparent scratches to point out. As for the seals, these also look in good order with very little perishing.

Being a 1986 model year, there was a revision, and the coupe gained tinted rear lights. These are in good condition with no splits, which is the same as the coupe reflector. The headlights are also in good visual condition and worked when we connected the battery.

Sadly, the only thing missing is the grille which was unfortunately stolen at some point within the last 30 years.


The Quattro had all the technology back in 1986, with the switchable front and rear differential mounted in the centre console.

Seats and Carpets

The seats in the Audi are finished in graphite material with a check patterned centre. These do need a good cleaning but look in good condition, and the bolsters have no excessive wear. The rear seat is also in the same condition as are the door cards, which again would benefit from a deep clean.

The carpets are in good order with a small amount of wear in keeping with the mileage. The headlining looks in good condition and doesn’t appear to have sagged anywhere.

Please see the interior gallery for more detailed images.


One of the benefits of being in the dark for so long is that no UV rays have caused the dash to split or crack. So yes, it needs a clean, but importantly it appears to be damage free.

Fitted with LCD instruments, we did connect a battery, and these did illuminate. The odometer shows a reading of ~85,129 miles.

Please see the interior gallery for more hi-resolution images.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel does have some age-related wear from standing but may freshen up with some work. The leather gearknob has light wear but is in good order and clearly shows the numbers.

Please see the interior gallery for more detailed images.


2.2 litre five-cylinder and turbocharged - it’s no wonder the Audi Quattro Coupe is desirable with good examples now regularly in the £thirties and £forties.

Engine and Gearbox

Obviously, being stood for so long, the Audi does require some recommissioning.

However, we did turn the engine with the car in gear, and it did turn over manually - so importantly the engine isn't seized.

The car was put away running, which would suggest once the relevant recommissioning has taken place, we would say it’s heading in the right direction.

Fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox. We were unable to test this, but again Richard did say that when it was last used, it was working well.

Suspension and Brakes

Naturally a total overhaul of the suspension would be recommended to thoroughly inspect and assess the condition of the various bushes and components.

We had to remove the wheels and free off the brakes to push the Audi out of the garage. The fronts did free off quite easily, and the rears not so easily.

With parts readily available, the braking system wouldn’t be too difficult to refresh.

The Drive

Clearly, we couldn’t take the car out, but there's no reason to say that once the necessary work has been carried out to recommission the Quattro, then it should be a joy to experience the turbocharged five-pot blasting down the road again.

Electrics and Other

We connected a battery to illuminate the dashboard, and the lights worked.

Nothing else was tested.

As far as Richard can remember, there were no issues, but please remember this was near ~30 years ago, and everything would need to be checked before use.

Please see the interior gallery for more detailed images.

History and Paperwork

Project cars don't come around like this every day - the reserve is very low considering the opportunity it gives.

The handbooks are present and correct, including the service book, which shows several stamps for 1986, 1987, 1988, and 1990. There is also a certificate for a replacement turbocharger fitted in June 1990.

There’s no doubt about it, the Audi Quattro Coupe Ur is a wonderful car, and yes, this has been standing for ~30 years, but take a look beneath the dust; this will make a perfect recommissioning project for any VAG group enthusiast.

Once recommissioned and back on the road, you will have one of the most desirable Audis from the 1980s. What a fantastic position to be in!

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
19.11.1990 Service 65,139
29.03.1988 Service 30,232
12.05.1987 Service 20,000
-.12.1986 Service 1,256
Key Details
  • ModelQuattro Coupe
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date19.03.1986
  • CC2144
  • Mileage~85,129 on clock
  • ColourOceanic Blue Metallic
  • Interior ColourBlack / Grey Graphite
  • Interior TrimMaterial
  • Chassis #WAUZZZ85ZGA900137
  • Engine #WR006642
  • RestoredNo - Project Car
  • MOTNo
  • HPi ClearYes - All Clear
  • Former Keepers4
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~32 Years
  • Key FeatureOpportunity
  • Auction ID1195