7 Of The Best Audis Sold On Collecting Cars (2)

The four interlocking rings that form Audi’s logo date all the way back to 1932, with the merger of automobile manufacturers Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer, which became Auto Union AG. Since that date, the Audi marque has sold itself on innovation, coining the legendary brand statement ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ (Advancement through Technology).

Today, it has firmly cemented itself as one of the most celebrated premium automotive brands, with a back catalogue of not only some of the world's most iconic motorsport contenders, but also cult classics, and breathtaking supercars. For the purposes of this week’s probe through the archives, we’re looking at some of the most impressive Audis to be sold on Collecting Cars.

1981 Audi Quattro - ex-Audi Sport UK

We start this list with a true icon of the 1980s; and while it wasn’t a Group B monster, this Audi Quattro did boast a fascinating history. Originally delivered directly from the factory to the UK, it initially took up duties within the PR department at VAG in Milton Keynes, and promptly appeared in many period car magazines.

Following its PR and press service, it was converted by Audi Sport UK’s works team - at the workshops of David Sutton Motorsport - to be used as a practice and competition rally car. After completion, the Quattro was used by Sutton’s team as a practice car in the Acropolis Rally of Greece for US driver John Buffum, before being used in preparation for the Manx Rally by Finnish legend Hannu Mikkola. In 1983, the car made the transition from practice car to competition car. It was campaigned in the Rothmans Circuit of Ireland Rally, driven by multiple Ulster Rally Champion Robert McBurney.

After a brief excursion to the continent for international events, the car returned to the UK, where it passed through several enthusiasts’ hands and received plenty of mechanical and restorative attention. At the time of sale, it had undergone a programme of work to return it to the same specification and livery as when it competed in the 1983 Rothmans Circuit of Ireland Rally.

Displayed at many classic car events and driven in multiple non-competitive rallies, it was still being used and enjoyed as intended, and was accompanied by a detailed history file, including its MSA Competition Car Log Book. It represents a fantastic opportunity for any motorsport enthusiast to acquire a wonderfully storied example of the famed 1980s performance car, and its new keeper secured this slice of rally history with a winning bid of £52,500.

1983 Audi Ur Quattro

The Quattro is such a seminal model for Audi that it’s no surprise to find another example in this rundown. However, far from having rally provenance, this car in Europe was purely a road-going machine. Brought to market in November 2023, this car had been treated to a renovation a year earlier, and now presented as a wonderful ‘time-warp’ back to the 1980s.

Understood to have had just four owners from new, it was finished in a timeless shade of silver, over a cabin featuring black, brown, and green cloth upholstery with patterned seat centres. Under the bonnet sat the distinctive turbocharged 2.1-litre inline-five, which delivered around 200PS to all four wheels via an engaging five-speed manual gearbox.

Benefitting from a recent service and having undergone a thorough renovation over a 10-month period in 2022, this Audi Ur Quattro was a superbly presented example of the revered modern classic performance car. There was strong interest in this car during its seven-day auction on Collecting Cars, and it was eventually secured by its new keeper with a winning bid of €70,500.

2004 Audi (C5) RS6 Avant

Audi has a great heritage with high-performance estate cars, having started with the RS2 that paved the way for the marque’s famous ‘RS’ performance line. This C5-generation Audi RS6 Avant was a well-preserved example of the powerful ‘super estate’, which had been cherished by a single private owner from new. Not only that, but it had been regularly serviced by its supplying dealer, Finchley Road Audi, with corresponding invoices accounting for around £50,000 worth of maintenance.

Presented in the appealing combination of Mugello Blue Pearl over Saffron leather upholstery, it was also specified with heated seats, parking sensors, climate control, and the Audi Navigation Plus system. At the time of sale, the odometer showed just 42,742 miles from new, and the condition reflected the low mileage and sole owner’s care and attention.

Fastidiously maintained by Finchley Road Audi, with 18 services under its belt, this RS6 Avant was sure to make a fantastic addition to any collection of performance heroes. Offering buyers a compelling blend of performance and practicality, it sold in May 2022 for £20,750.

2007 Audi (B7) RS4 Avant

We segue from one single owner ‘super estate’ to another, in the form of this B7-generation Audi RS4 Avant, brought to market by the Collecting Cars team in Australia in June 2021. This cherished car featured a desirable factory specification, including the ‘sunroof delete’ option, Recaro ‘wingback’ seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and rear door sun blinds.

The heart of the RS4 Avant was an all-alloy 4.2-litre FSI V8, capable of developing around 414bhp, paired with an engaging six-speed Getrag manual gearbox and the marque’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Presented in a handsome Daytona Grey over black colour scheme, and reported to be in generally great shape, it was clear from the comprehensive service history that this RS4 Avant had been well cared-for.

The car was ready for its next enthusiast owner to take the reins and enjoy all that this V8-powered wagon had to offer. When the hammer fell, its new keeper had managed to secure it with a winning bid of A$60,500.

2011 Audi R8 4.2 V8

One of the many things that Audi has excelled at with its road cars is producing genuinely approachable high-performance cars, and its landmark supercar was no exception. This remarkably low-mileage example of the superb R8 V8 was offered for sale in Italy in January 2022, and had covered just 17,194 kms.

Specified in a refined colour scheme to complement its sleek styling, this manual-gearbox R8 was also fitted with a selection of desirable factory options, including xenon headlights, electrically adjustable Audi Magnetic Ride suspension, sport seats, and an infotainment system with Audi MMI Navigation Plus.

It represented a tempting proposition for any keen driver, with a universally praised analogue driving experience courtesy of its howling V8 engine and six-speed open-gate manual transmission. Sure to prove a thrilling daily driver or weekend toy, it received over 10,000 views during the auction, and was snapped up with a winning bid of €67,000.

2012 Audi A1 Quattro

The next car on the rundown also boasted performance and all-wheel drive, but delivered it in a far smaller package. This Audi A1 Quattro was an exceptionally rare limited-edition hot hatch, with just two owners from new, and a punchy 256hp 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four engine.

Capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in just 5.7 seconds, and achieving a claimed top speed of 152mph, this A1 Quattro really was the definition of a ‘pocket rocket’. As with each of the 333 examples built, it was finished in Glacier White, with a body-coloured rear wing and a contrasting black roof and rear panel, over a refined black Nappa leather-trimmed cabin.

Presented at the time of sale in excellent overall condition, it was ready to make an involving weekend toy or a notable addition to any collection of modern performance cars. Offered for sale in the Netherlands in January 2023, this A1 Quattro saw strong bidding, and the hammer dropped at €56,555.

2020 Audi R8 V10 Plus

Rounding out our rundown is one of Audi’s very latest models; an exhilarating 2020 R8 V10 Plus. This single-owner car was brought to market in Australia in December 2022, and was specified in the handsome hue of Kemora Grey, complemented by extensive carbon-fibre.

With just 2,420 kms covered at the time of sale, the car remained in superb order. Under its svelte bodywork sat a mid-mounted naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10, capable of delivering 456kW to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift, giving this supercar truly prodigious pace.

This R8 also benefitted from a generous specification, including voice control, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, heated seats, and Audi’s Virtual Cockpit. It was ready to thrill in any environment, from daily driving to continent-crossing road trips, and it was sold for a substantial hammer price of A$385,000.

Audi has become renowned for its ability to deliver rewarding and powerful cars, which also boast impressive levels of comfort and refinement. This combination means that whether it's a supercar or an estate, you can still expect an impressive driving experience. If you're in the market for a high-performance Audi, then make sure to keep an eye on our Coming Soon section – and subscribe to alerts so you don’t miss out on our latest news and listings.

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