The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Saturday, July 2, 2022

Legend of 1980s motorsport: Duo of Audi Quattros offered at Bonhams Members' Meeting Sale
The ex-works, Hannu Mikkola/Arne Hertz 1982 Audi Quattro A1 Group B Rally Car, estimated at £240,000-280,000. Photo: Bonhams.

CHICHESTER.- A duo of phenomenally fast 1980s Audi Quattros are offered at Bonhams inaugural Members’ Meeting Sale, taking place 21 March at Goodwood, Chichester.

One of the most influential motoring designs of recent decades, the Audi Quattro brought four-wheel-drive into the motoring mainstream – it was the first rally car to take advantage of a change in competition car ruling, allowing four-wheel-drive cars onto the racetrack for the first time in competition history.

Introduced in 1980, the Quattro was based on the outwardly similar coupé’s bodyshell but used a different floor plan to accommodate its four-wheel-drive transmission and independent rear suspension. The engine was a development of the five-cylinder, 2.1-litre, single-overhead-camshaft unit first seen in the 200 Saloon. It produced 200bhp on the road, with significantly more power available when tuned for competition.

James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, said: “It really was a game-changer in the world of high-performance road cars. Outstanding both on the road and in competitive rallying, the model won the Manufacturers’ Championship for Audi in 1982 and 1984, plus the Drivers’ Championship in 1983 and 1984.

“With four-wheel-drive and turbocharged engines pumping out a phenomenal 200bhp, these Group B Rally cars epitomised the hedonistic excesses of the 1980s. They swiftly became too fast and dangerous, and so it was no surprise the regulations were eventually changed to slow the cars down. I doubt we’ll see anything similar again.”

The first of the two cars offered, a 1985 Audi Quattro Sport SWB Coupé, is understood to be one of the original six cars delivered to the UK. Estimated at £220,000-280,000, the car is a superb example of the Quattro Sport, in excellent condition, and featuring a striking colour scheme of red, white and black, befitting of the model’s rallying pedigree.

Completing the duo is the ex-works, Hannu Mikkola/Arne Hertz 1982 Audi Quattro A1 Group B Rally Car, estimated at £240,000-280,000.

Audi’s win in 1983, when Hannu Mikkola took his first World Drivers’ Championship, was achieved despite a rule change that placed the Quattro at a notional disadvantage. This well restored Group B Quattro is one of the works cars that helped Mikkola achieve that well-deserved success after so many years of rallying.

Mikkola later used the car in the 1982 Monte Carlo Rally, finishing 2nd, and later that year in the Swedish Rally, finishing 16th. The car was then retained for training duties well into the 1983 season, before being converted by Audi to Group B specification and sold.

Today's News

March 15, 2015

Art Basel opens its doors in Hong Kong with thousands to visit over the next five days

MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt opens exhibition of works by Isa Genzken

Engraved inscriptions reveal extraordinary 600 year journey of the Mahin Banu

Buddhist art, Qing splendors and historic scroll paintings lead Gianguan Auctions Asia Week Sale

Major survey of Michaël Borremans' work makes U.S. debut at Dallas Museum of Art

Exhibition of recent work by New York-based artist Glenn Ligon opens at Regen Projects

Roll call of stellar artists takes the stage at Sotheby's Prints & Multiples Sale

Smithsonian scientists reconstruct evolutionary history of whale hearing using rare museum collection

Bear Witness Sale at Sotheby's London soars over estimate totalling $54,530,138

Hong Kong restaurants and bars draw up culinary canvas for hungry art lovers

The Tiger of Mysore Tipu Sultan's weaponry for sale at Bonhams' Islamic and Indian art auction

Pre-Columbian artifacts from Bowers Permanent Collection on display thru April 12

Glasgow-based artists Ross Birrell and David Harding fill Talbot Rice Gallery with coloured light and sound

The University of Iowa celebrates the topping out of its new visual arts building

The Parrish Art Museum showcases experimental video art

Gary Indiana's third solo exhibition in New York opens at Envoy Enterprises

Exhibition examines the importance of documentation in installation art

NADA New York announces 2015 exhibitors

Legend of 1980s motorsport: Duo of Audi Quattros offered at Bonhams Members' Meeting Sale

Exhibition at Leo Gallery reflects the current developments of Chinese contemporary art

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars presents new commission in Hong Kong by local artist Morgan Wong

Exhibition at Ippodo Gallery presents the pinnacle of Japanese art crafts associated with Hime

Exhibition of photographs by Stephen Somerstein opens at Modernism Inc.

Poly Auction Hong Kong 2015 Spring Auctions present over 2,300 auction lots in 7 categories

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful