The Audi Quattro becomes the most expensive rally car ever sold under the hammer.
Known for the most competitive era of rally motorsport, 1980s Group B brought along some of the world’s most fundamentally insane cars and a group of extremely fearless and talented racing drivers. The dangerous nature of this high class of rally with the intention of progressing to an even faster Group S series ended up in the total demise of the sport – and although those days of rally are now long gone, the cars from the Group B era have gone down in history as some of the most memorable icons to ever set ground in motorsport.
With an originally estimated sale price of €1,000,000 to €1,300,000, this stunning 1988 Audi Sport Quattro S1 sold for nearly double the predicted figure, at a whopping €2,016,600 (£1,766,283 / A$3,159,617) – making it the most expensive rally car to have ever sold at an auction.
This particular Sport Quattro has been sitting in the Manoir de l’Automobile museum in France since Group B’s end along with six other Group B cars sold in the same auction, so as its been on display for a few decades, the rally legend does need a little restoration work to get it back to fully working condition again – however, cosmetically, the condition of this Sport Quattro is isn’t short of immaculate.
Sold alongside the Quattro, other Group B legends including the Ford RS200, Lancia 037, Renault 5 Maxi Turbo, Peugeot 205 T16, MG Metro 6R4 and Lancia Delta S4 were all auctioned off by Artcurial last Friday evening, but whereas the latter sold for anywhere between €244,360 (MG Metro 6R4) to €997,440 (Peugeot 205 T16), its the Quattro that took the spotlight with its over 2 million Euro price tag.