Audi Quattro (A2) Group B rally carEnlarge Photo
It's amazing what you can find on eBay.
Like, for example, a factory-built 1983 Audi Quattro A2 Group B rally car. Such a vehicle can be yours for just $385,000. The seller claims the car is all-original, and it comes with a collection of spare parts, including an engine.
The Quattro is the car that made Audi's reputation as a technological leader and a builder of performance cars. The A2 version competed in the World Rally Championship in 1983 and 1984, winning eight rallies. It was part of the infamous Group B class of ungodly-powerful turbocharged cars that were eventually banned for being too dangerous.
The Group B cars took technology normally reserved for road racing, and applied it to the chaotic world of rallying. Just imagine this winged wonder barreling through a forest at well over 120 mph.
Like other Quattro variants, the A2 featured a turbocharged straight-five and the eponymous all-wheel drive system. It was replaced by even more extreme, short-wheelbase Sport Quattro at the end of the 1984 season.
The various Quattro models have had a huge impact on Audi's development, which is why the German automaker has made several attempts to bring it back. At the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, it debuted the Sport Quattro concept, a V-8 hybrid with 700 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. It was reportedly capable of doing 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, and reaching a top speed of 190 mph.
Audi also built a Quattro concept for the 2010 Paris Motor Show. It featured the 2.5-liter straight-five from the TT-RS, in a modified RS 5 chassis. However, neither of these cars has made it beyond the concept stage.
That means, if you want an Audi rally car, you'd better come up with $385,000. The eBay auction closes Novermber 21.