One of rally racing’s most iconic cars will soon be hitting the auction block at Bonhams on March 21, 2015. It is an original Audi Quattro A1 that was first driven by seven-time 1000 Lakes Rally winner Hannu Mikkola of Finland.
Originally made by the company in early 1982 as a Group 4 car, this model with chassis number ‘900012’ first got its first taste of gravel in Rally Monte Carlo of the same year. Driven by Mikkola, the car finished second just behind Walter Rohrl’s Opel Ascona.
In 1983, it was retained by the company and was used as a training car for their drivers before being converted to Group B specifications. It was then sold to a Finnish Volkswagen/Audi importer where it was bought by renowed ex-SAAB rally driver Antero Laine where he used it during the 1983 RAC rally, 1984 and 1985 Finnish Rally and in the 1984, ’85 and ’86 Arctic Rally.
The car exchanged hands again in 1987 when it was sold to Erkki Heikkurien who won that year’s Manntta 200 Rally. The car competed in other rally sprints and ice-covered stages up to 1989 before being bought by well-known Swedish Audi collector Anders Carlsson in 1991.
It was put on display at a local museum but was auctioned off in 1995 at the Brooks’ Olympia and is now with the current vendor. After delivery, it was brought to rallying specialist Konrad Schmidt Motorsport GmbH in Cadolzberg, Germany to have it inspected and restored to tip-top condition. Audi AG has confirmed that the car is indeed a works car and competed in rally races from 1983 up to 1991.
The 1982 Audi Quattro A1 Group B rally car is expected to fetch somewhere between GBP 240,000 and 280,000 (about PhP 15.92 million and 18.64 million)