1982 Audi Quattro Turbo


  • Recently featured on the Late Brake Show
  • Very early example
  • Garage find untouched since 1994

The Appeal

We love a barn find here at Car & Classic but some clearly stand above others.

And what could be more exciting than uncovering an Ur-Quattro that hasn’t seen the light of day for almost 30 years? You can experience the fun by searching through the Late Brake Show youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kFpoh1COeE)

Now this very car could be yours. 

It’s going to need some work to make it roadworthy, clearly, but the allure of an original Quattro Turbo is hard to resist. Without wanting to offer any spoilers for the video, it’s currently a non runner and will need trailering away. 

However, the interior is in good shape and, while there is some corrosion to take care of, the bodywork is in remarkably good condition.

If you’re prepared for the work, the rewards are there for the taking; values of early Quattro Turbos have been on the up for a while. But the joy to be had from opening your garage door to see a fully restored ur-Quattro? 

Now, that would be something to savour.

The History and Paperwork

  • July 1982 build, thought to be one of the first 70 RHD examples
  • First registered 1 September 1982
  • Believed to have been owned by the last owner for 4-5 years prior to being parked up in a garage, for reasons unknown
  • Completely untouched from 1994
  • Star of a recent Barn Find edition of The Late Brake Show with Jonny Smith
  • Currently SORN
  • Old MOTs
  • Some handwritten invoices
  • V5 present

The Interior

  • Brown Zebra velour seats
  • Matching headlining
  • Completely original
  • Good condition
  • Everything in place apart from the radio

Almost a design classic in its own right, a zebra velour Audi interior from the early eighties is quite something to behold. Not only does the distinctive pattern appear on the seats but also in the headlining. 

Over the years it seems to have avoided any serious abuse from its owners and the attention of any small furry animals while in storage. That, and having been out of the sun for the best part of thirty years, means that the soft furnishings and the dashboard are in surprisingly good condition. 

The radio is missing and it’s not known if all of the switchgear works at this stage. But when you do find a suitable stereo, there’s a full set of Alpine speakers to hook it up to.

The boot is tidy, too, and there’s a space saver spare, a jack, and the all important sticker that helps to identify the build date. 

In all, it’s about as good as you could hope for in a barn find interior.

The Exterior 

  • Alpine White
  • Body kit
  • Fuchs Alloys

The Audi Quattro Turbo was launched in 1980 at the Geneva Motor Show in this very colour and with these optional Fuchs alloy wheels, making this a very evocative colour scheme. 

The bodyshell has fared remarkably well, as has the paint, but it will need a full restoration.

It’s not known when the bodykit was fitted but it’s very of its time and so a future owner may decide to retain it. The wheels are in fair condition but the tyres have perished and won’t hold air for any length of time, which isn’t a huge shock at this stage.

The underside reportedly shows no signs of damage but there is some corrosion which will need to be addressed in numerous areas. 

Overall, there’s plenty of work to be done but the starting point could be a lot worse.

The Mechanics 

  • 2.2-litre turbocharged inline five cylinder engine
  • Five speed manual gearbox
  • Four wheel drive, as the name implies
  • Currently a non runner
  • Starter solenoid inoperative
  • Original cam cover has now been found
  • Brakes removed

Under the bonnet the engine looks to be almost complete but it is currently a non-runner. 

The starter solenoid fails to operate and so it’s not been possible to turn the engine over. Also, when the car was put into storage, the cam cover, brake callipers and pads were removed. Thankfully, the owner has just found them, so the original cam cover and brake calipers will come with the car.

We therefore can’t tell you how the car goes down the road but we can easily imagine how it will drive when it’s restored and that it involves a lovely, five cylinder, offbeat, whooshy soundtrack and unbeatable traction.


A fabulous opportunity to bring a very rare and early Audi Quattro back to life, not to be missed for the ur-Quattro enthusiast. Get bidding - this is one car that's sure to be a bit of a scene hero once it's been restored to its former glory!

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1982
  • Make Audi
  • Model Quattro Turbo
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 93,476 Miles
  • Engine size 2200
  • Town Montrose
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Scotland
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
63 bids
  • in•••• £20,250 14/06/22
  • Wa•••• £20,000 14/06/22
  • Wa•••• £19,750 14/06/22
  • in•••• £19,500 14/06/22
  • Wa•••• £19,250 14/06/22
  • Wa•••• £19,200 21/06/22
  • in•••• £19,000 14/06/22
  • Wa•••• £18,750 14/06/22
  • in•••• £18,500 14/06/22
  • Wa•••• £18,250 14/06/22

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