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When World Rally Championship rules allowed four-wheel drive, Audi took advantage, introducing the groundbreaking Quattro in 1980. It dominated international competition for nearly a decade, and a desirable early run of street cars followed, known as “Ur-Quattros.”
Displaying less than 32,000 miles, this example has led a distinguished life. The current owner of 18 years, the former general manager and principal of an Audi dealership, is a devoted Ur-Quattro collector, having owned seven. He states that the car remains almost completely original, including paint and interior, and that it was Audi of America’s show car and a display model in the SCCA World Challenge series.
During the mid-1980s, Audi of America gave this Quattro to German motor sports legend Jo Hoppen, its race team’s manager, according to a letter in the file from Shokan Coachworks’ John Smith. A Quattro enthusiast and Hoppen’s friend, Mr. Smith states that it was then owned by Steve Beiser, whose team prepared the SCCA World Challenge series Quattros. A letter from previous owner Gerald R. Bouchal, who purchased it from Mr. Beiser, said: “The car itself was the ‘show car’ which received all the trick pieces that the race cars had but was not used for competition purposes.” Mr. Bouchal noted the car included a balanced, blueprinted engine with performance camshafts and turbocharger. Meticulously preserved, this Quattro represents an unrepeatable opportunity to acquire one of the most original, and most significant, Ur-Quattros in existence.