A specially curated display of some of the finest Audi Quattro examples will be showcased at this years London Classic Car Show which takes place on 20-23 February 2020 at the new home of Olympia London.
The illustrious Audi Quattro will be celebrated at this years London Classic Car Show to mark 40 years since its unveiling at Olympia London 20-23 February 2020. The specially curated Quattro showcase is set to include some of the best examples of the German road and race car.
It was at the Geneva Motor Show in 1980 the revolutionary Audi Quattro was introduced to its now insatiable enthusiasts, quickly establishing the brand’s reputation as a serious engineering powerhouse.
Transforming the world of rallying by winning World Rally Championship constructors’ titles in both 1982 and 1984, and helping the legendary Hannu Mikkola and Stig Blomqvist to claim the 1983 and 1984 drivers’ titles. Originally intended to be a low-volume model, the market demand was so high that it went into full-scale production overdrive for 11 years, resulting in 11,452 cars being made before production ceased in 1991.
Five Audi Quattro Stars
Five headlining Quattro models will be showcased at The London Classic Car Show, which is part of Audi UK’s ‘Cherished Fleet’ of historic models. A 1981 left-hand drive Quattro 10V in metallic blue will represent the car’s formative years; this early UK-specification model was produced before right-hand drive model development had been carried out and was subsequently introduced from 1982 onwards.
Alex Fisk, Audi UK Digital PR Manager said:
“As revered today as it was back then, the Audi Quattro holds a very special place in the history of the Audi brand.
“Almost 40 years to the day since it was first seen by the public, we’ve chosen to celebrate the Audi Quattro’s special milestone at The London Classic Car Show amongst its passionate visitors that share our love for this magnificent machine.”
Retained by Audi UK from new and flexing its 2.2-litre, 20-valve powerplant will be one of the last Quattro 20V models built, this car remains unregistered and is one of only two known right-hand-drive examples that only has delivery mileage.
A 1985 Audi S1 E2 will represent the Quattro in competition. This genuine Sport Quattro rally car was driven by Swedish rally driver Stig Blomqvist to second place in the 1985 Rally of the 1000 Lakes in Finland, and then to victory by German driver Walter Röhrl in the Semperit Rallye later that season. The pairing finished second and third in the championship. Unfortunately, an accident at the RAC Rally for Röhrl left the car badly damaged, but it was rebuilt as a test car for the experimental PDK double-clutch gearbox, a forerunner of the contemporary Audi S tronic dual-clutch transmission. Still active, the car has run at various events, including the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb.
A further two models from Audi’s Cherished Fleet will join the party: a short-wheelbase 1985 Audi Sport Quattro road car, which was purchased from Audi AG as a demonstrator in 1985 and is one of just over 200 manufactured. It was cosmetically restored ten years ago and has recently undergone a mechanical refresh to ensure it is fit for the anniversary celebrations this year.
Alongside will sit a 1990 metallic pearl white 20V that was originally acquired by Audi UK in the early 2000s. It is regularly used in the media for driving and display purposes and has become one of the fleet’s most popular and hardest working cars.
Tickets can be accessed via this link for the event.
Images courtesy Audi UK.