- Extraordinarily rare
- Mechanically good
- From long-term ownership
- Huge amount of potential
You’re more likely to find a hen’s tooth under your pillow than see another Audi 200 Avant Quattro Turbo on the roads, with just five showing as being registered on UK roads in 2021, according to How Many Left.
Naturally, rarity comes at a price, but this example - which has been in the care of the previous owner for around 15 years - may well be a more affordable ticket into Avant Quattro Turbo ownership, as whilst it is mechanically sound and well-maintained, the aesthetics hold plenty of potential for further improvement. An ideal ‘use and improve’ project with all the practicality of an Audi Avant, but with the underpinnings and performance of something far more exciting.
- V5, showing 11 former keepers
- Extensive invoices and documentation
- Old MoT certificates
- Service records and manuals
- Same owner for 15 years
First registered in October 1986, this example is one of just 6,153 Audi 200 Avant models built, of which only a handful were Quattro Turbo models, which is exactly what we have here.
Boasting a 2.1-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine, this Quattro Turbo is every inch the modern classic ‘sleeper’ with only its retro-tastic ‘QUATTRO’ branding across the rear screen giving any indication of its performance or heritage.
In the care of the current registered keeper for the last 15 years and maintained mechanically throughout this time, the registered keeper sadly recently passed away, and as a result this is an almost-unrepeatable opportunity to obtain a 200 QT Avant, which is ready to use but holds bags of potential for either a sympathetic restoration, or a complete return to showroom/concours condition, subject only to the budget and aspirations of the next owner.
It should be noted that the vehicle's MOT expired on 15 October 2021 and it has not been re presented for MOT since.
- Good overall condition
- Valet required
On the inside, the black leather interior has stood up to the test of time well, and is free of any rips, tears or damage beyond the usual scuffs and imperfections expected of a 100,000 mile-plus vehicle, especially one of this age.
Up above, the headliner requires some attention, whilst the touch-points in the vehicle - such as the steering wheel, gearstick and door cards - all wear varying degrees of usage patina, but nothing that we’d consider too dramatic.
A ‘road angel’ device currently resides on the dashboard, though we are unable to verify if this is working correctly. We also noted that the Blaupunkt radio/stereo is inoperable, as is the driver’s door mirror adjustment system. The vendor also reports that the speedometer is inoperable, and has been since 2016, therefore the mileage displayed is incorrect.
Speaking of the dashboard, there were no signs of any heat damage or cracks that we could see, which is always good news.
Up above, the sunroof worked without issue during our photo shoot, as did the windows and diff-lock switch located on the lower dashboard. The air-conditioning system also worked, though a re-gas would be needed at a minimum. We did, however, note a brake pad warning light illuminated on the instrument binnacle, which will need addressing by the next owner.
- Age-related patina
- Very good wheels
- No major damage
On the outside, this 200 Avant is showing its age a little more, though as far as we can see, there are no signs of any major indentations or damage.
Both front doors require a little adjustment - the front edges sit proud of the wings - and there are some chunks out of the bumper rubber trims, along with the usual wear-and-tear to chrome window strips, bumper edges and the age-related patina seen across the body.
It should be noted that there are numerous areas of bubbling visible around the car, and these have been documented in our extensive photo gallery below. Similarly, the paintwork has seen better days, with the roof, bonnet and tailgate in particular showing their age.
The good news, however, is that there were no signs of any major damage, no heavy cracks to the light lenses (though the offside rear item has some ‘spider’ cracks visible) and no damage to any of the windows, with the rear windscreen retaining its wonderfully 80’s ‘QUATTRO’ decal.
All four wheels are in good shape, and are wrapped in a mixture of AVON and Firestone tyres.
- 2.1-litre turbocharged inline-five engine
- Manual transmission
- Quattro system
- Running and driving
Under the bonnet, the 2.1-litre turbocharged inline-five is in need of some visual TLC, though showed no particular issues on our photo shoot.
Starting with ease and settling into an idle, the only warning light visible on the dashboard was the aforementioned brake pad level indicator, and no other lights made themselves known during our time with the vehicle.
We did, however, note a switch on the dashboard (which looks to be an aftermarket addition) simply labelled ‘pump’ which, when switched, smoothed out the idle considerably, though no further information is known about its exact usage.
In the engine bay, there is evidence of recent works (braided hoses, and the like) though the intake has previously been patched up with duct tape, and a replacement item would likely be beneficial here.
The car’s most recent MoT certificate expired on 15 October 2021, and a new certificate will need to be obtained prior to the vehicle being used on the road. The most recent MOT examination - dated 16 October 2020 - showed a pass with the following advisory items:
- Both lowermost bushes on the rear suspension arms showing play/wear
- Nearside front wheel bearing exhibiting slight play
- Minor leak of exhaust gases at exhaust manifold
- Coolant leak
- Brake pad warning light illuminated
- Slight imbalance in front brakes
The vehicle was also most recently serviced in October 2020, which included a major service with spark plugs, oil and filter changes, and a service for the front brakes, including a full strip and clean.
Rarer than a flying pig, with impressive performance even to this day, and yet still capable of transporting massive loads or the whole family in comfort, it’s no wonder that the Audi 200 Quattro Turbo Avant is coveted by enthusiasts.
Offered in running and driving condition but with extensive potential for further improvement, refinement and aesthetic transformation, this is an opportunity you’re not likely to get again!
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