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1988 Audi Quattro

Turbo Sport
€1,968,000 ($2,368,488)
Sale Price
€1,000,000 - €1,300,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
5 February 2021
Sold Date
9
Lot Number
#3+
Competition car, original as raced
Artcurial
Auction House
Chassis no. 85ZGA905016. White with gray, red, and black stripes over gray. 2110-cc five, 5-speed, all-wheel drive, Recaro seats, Sabelt harnesses, Momo steering wheel.

Evaluation: Never rallied in anger in period, but did take part in the 1988 Race of Champions, which was a tribute to the late Group B driver Henri Toivonen. Bought directly from Audi by the current owner. In a museum since. Perfectly presentable but certainly not immaculate, it will need sorting before any serious driving.

Bottom Line: All the Group B rally cars out of this collection sold very well, a few of them for surprisingly high numbers, but this is in a different ballpark. Its final price is nearly two times the low estimate and the most expensive Group B era car we’ve ever seen sell at auction. Remember, it doesn’t have a period race history, and yet it sold for twice as much as the Peugeot out of the collection, which was both a works car and a rally winner. Someone just had to have it.

by Andrew Newton
12 February 2021
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