One of the most influential designs of recent decades, the Audi Quattro brought four-wheel drive into the motoring mainstream. Introduced in 1980, the Quattro was outwardly based on the Coupé’s similar body-shell but used a different floor-pan to accommodate its four-wheel-drive transmission and independent rear suspension. Its engine was a development of the five-cylinder, 2.1-litre unit first seen in the Audi 200 saloon and equipped with a Kuhnle, Kopp & Kausche [‘KKK’] turbocharger. In road trim its output measured 200 bhp, with considerably higher output available in competition tune. Performance figures for the road model saw it achieve a top speed of 135 mph and it could reach 0-60 mph in just 7.2 seconds.
As a rally car the Quattro excelled in winning the Manufacturers’ Championship for Audi in 1982, the Drivers’ Championship in 1983 [Hannu Mikkola], and both Championships in 1984 [Stig Blomqvist]. But its enduring legacy was founded by demonstrating the advantages of four-wheel drive on a production car.
The current owner of this particular car —after being advised that it had been maintained by a recognised marque specialist—acquired it privately in January 2017. It has undoubtedly benefited from a large-scale refurbishment, including the fitting of a new radiator and work on the turbocharger. During its history, the car had been placed in storage in 2006 while the vendor devoted himself to his other cars; he then re-commissioned it in 2008.
Described today by the owner, a long-standing member of the Goodwood Road Racing Club, as in ‘good useable condition’, WOI 9447 continues to be maintained for use both on the road and for special events. One memorable ride was through the snow to the special Goodwood Road Racing Club’s 20th anniversary track parade at last year’s, 76th, members’ meeting.
Members at the annual Goodwood House Open Day voted this all-time classic car as the winner of its concourse. Having achieved that accolade, it proudly opens the 2019 season of cars going on display in the rotunda of the Royal Automobile Club’s Pall Mall clubhouse.
On display courtesy of GRRC member Simon Bignell from Wednesday 2 January to Sunday 13 January 2019.