The 1986 Audi Quattro S1 E2 Tribute Is a Unique Collector’s Piece

There’s the classic cars we love to chase and then there’s this. More than just a classic, this 1986 Audi Quattro has been transformed as an S1 E2 Group B rally car tribute. Listed on Bring a Trailer, this unique car sold for $124,500 on September 4. Bring a Trailer is a digital auction platform for car enthusiasts. They are one of the easiest ways to sell or buy classic, collector, and enthusiast vehicles, like this adrenaline-rushing Audi.

The Quattro was first shown at the 1980 Geneva Motor Show and production continued through 1991. It is a road and rally car that paved the way to many Audis we know and love today. It was the first rally car that hit the tracks once the rules changed to allow 4WD in competition racing.

In the following two years, the Quattro won consecutive competitions. It was a successful car and all Audis produced with this 4WD system since then were badged with the trademark of a lowercase “q” letter. 

A mix of classic and modern

This particular Quattro was acquired by the seller about one year ago. It was then modified in Sweden as an S1 E2 Group B rally car tribute and imported to the US. There’s a lot to take in when looking at this unique car. Starting off, the body was stripped to bare metal. It was fitted with a kevlar S1-style shortened roof, aerodynamic extended fenders, and front and rear spoilers. The exterior was then repainted to white.

It also has a period Audi Sport replica livery laid over the E2-style bodywork that is reminiscent of Walter Rohrl’s 1985 Sanremo rally-winning S1 Quattro. Additional highlights include kevlar doors with sliding Safir windows, a quick-release rear window, Bosch fog lamps with covers, and smoked taillights. The car sits on white five-spoke Compomotive S1 wheels and Michelin tires. 

It’s powered by a 2.2-liter 20V inline-five fitted with a Turbonetics 60mm turbocharger. Assisting is forged JE pistons, a ported cylinder head, and a dry-sump lubrication system. The 4WD’s power is backed by a close-ratio six-speed sequential manual transmission.

Inside, you’ll be excited to see Sparco fixed-back racing seats with TRS harnesses. The car also features a quick-release three-spoke steering wheel and a suite of VDO instrumentation, including a 300-km/h speedometer, a 10k-rpm tachometer, and auxiliary gauges. There’s also a push-button start and toggle switches that were added. A digital odometer shows two miles though the actual total mileage is unknown. The equipment also includes a carbon fiber dashboard, an FIA-spec roll cage, a rally computer, and more. Learn More