Pioneer of Group B and model of the 1983 world title
Evo 2 factory specifications
Outstanding state of conservation
Two highlights of the collection of rally cars are the 1986 Ford RS200 factory and the 1988 Audi Sport Quattro S1
1986 Ford RS200 factory
Estimate: €250,000 – 400,000
Ford RS200 is the only rally car that was designed solely for Group B competition and was presented in a distinct bodywork that was distinct from any production model.
The only setback with the Ford RS200 was that it was introduced too late to make any significant impact.
Ford directors in March 1984 approved to have five prototypes built and in Novemeber of that year the Ford RS200 was unveiled to the public at the Turin Show.
Although the plan was to join the World Rally Championship starting mid-1985 a setback in development delayed the project and production of the 200 cars that were required to be homologated and they were only completed by the end of 1985.
At the Swedish rally in February 1986, the RS200 finally made its debut at the World Rally Championship. Local driver, Kalle Grundel won a few stages and finished third, after Kankkunen’s 205 T16, and Alen’s Delta S4.
It was a good start, but tragedy soon struck as in the next event, at the Rallye de Portugal where the RS200 with Joaquin Santos on the wheel ran off the road to avoid a few reckless spectators and three people lost their lives.
The RS200 was seen in only two more events in the Championship – the Acropolis Rally which had Blomqvist and Grundel leading before they ran into some transmission problems, and the RAC Rally, where Grundel finished fifth.
The car on offer (chassis number 015) is the car driven by Grundel to third place in the Swedish Rally which is the best outcome delivered by an RS200 in the World Rally Competition.
1988 Audi Sport Quattro S1
Estimate €1,000,000 – 1,300,000
Bruno Saby once described the Audi Quattro as “the greatest monster of them all!” It was a fitting description of its brutal appearance, engine’s powerful noise, and its awesome performance.
Despite the Quattro missing its objective in Group B, it had already become legendary after claiming the 1982 world rally championship title in the era of Group 4.
In 1980, the Audi Quattro made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. It was the perfect combination of having a superb performance of a sports car with its 200bhp engine that was matched with the comfort of a luxury saloon.
The first victory for the Audi Quattro came during the 1981 San Remo Rally with Michèle Mouton behind the wheel. By the 1982 season, they completely dominated, winning the world title.
When Group B was introduced Audi responded by modifying the Group 4 version by extending its homologation and entering the car in Group B as the Quattro A2. They also created a true Group B car – the Quattro Sport and manufactured 200 homologation versions of it.
By 1985, just as the Quattro Sport was starting to gain ground, it went up against the 205 Turbo 16, and the latter was able to grab the championship with Timo Salonen driving.
To maintain its competitiveness, Audi had to further develop the model and it is what they did with the Quattro Sport S1. Engineers were allowed to deviate from the production model, of which Audi took full advantage of.
In the final version, Audi relocated the engine back, modified the transmission, and placed the radiators to the back which delivered an improved weight distribution of 52:48 front to rear.
By the end of 1985, Röhrl delivered the car’s first victory at San Remo which gave a well-needed boost to the team’s confidence.
The 1986 season was proving to be a challenging year for Audi as Mouton and Blomqvist moved to different teams, and it was up to Mikkola and Röhrl to raise Audi’s flag.
At the Monte-Carlo Rally, they finished third and fourth behind Lancia and Peugeot.
Joaquin Santos tragic accident in his Ford RS200 where three spectators died led Audi to withdraw from rally car racing.
Audi remained faithful though to Pikes Peak as the results from it were important for the North American market. In 1985 and 1986, Mouton and Bobby Unser won the event, and in 1987, Audi had the Quattro Sport driven by Röhrl.
At “The Race to the Clouds” a 12.4-mile hill climb starting at an altitude of 9,400ft and finishing at 14,124ft, Röhrl’s Audi was undeniably the most extreme Quattro Sport created. It had 600bhp and weighed 2,200lbs. The car was able to beat the record with a time of 10:47.85.
Audi’s honor and reputation were defended, and the Quattro was able to retire from competition being known as one of the best rally cars of all time.
The 1988 Audi Sport Quattro S1 up for sale left the factory on the 14 September 1988 and was finished in ‘Alpinweiss’. The car has only competed in one event being the Race of Champions. This car remains in an exceptionally well conserved original condition both inside as well as the exterior.