Audi Quattro: PH Carpool

Name: Martin Hall
Car: Audi Quattro 1984 (WR model)
Owned since: 1992
Previously owned: Humber Sceptre, Ford Capri Mk1 2.0, Audi 100, Datsun 260Z, Porsche 911 2.2 Carrera

Martin's previous car history is pretty interesting!
Martin's previous car history is pretty interesting!
Why I bought it:
"It is one of the best looking cars ever produced - simple. I had always really liked the car through the late 80s (mainly due to the styling and the imagery of its rally dominance) but never thought it might be something I would ever afford. In comparison to today's prices, my Quattro bought new in 1984 was very similar to a three-bedroom terraced town house in Northampton. In 1990 I bought an Audi Coupe GT, the same platform which the Quattro was built on. I was so impressed with it that I decided to take the next leap and got the ur Quattro."

What I wish I'd known:
"I did very little research really, I just wanted it more than anything else so I got one that I liked, a bit on impulse really. I soon found out all the inherent pitfalls of the car, but as I like tinkering, fixing it as the bugs came out was just part of the ownership."

Quattro cost as much as a house in Northampton!
Quattro cost as much as a house in Northampton!
Things I love:
"Even though I have owned it for longer than I have had children or even known my wife, when I look at it I still smile in the knowledge its mine. Being 29 years old the car is still a joy to drive. The older I get the more I like it as a symbol of when the world was a simpler place. As my wife waves me off to work in the morning asking me to be home for tea on time I can jokingly say 'shut it you slag!', as only a true 80s throwback would. It also sounds like a real car should."

Things I hate:
"There's nothing to hate about it - it's awesome. Anything I didn't like has been changed or improved. From initial purchase I have done lots to it but since the first few years of ownership and all the repairs, rebuilds and overhauls there's been very little since, although I don't use it that often in order for it to go wrong to be fair."

'It sounds like a real car should' says Martin
'It sounds like a real car should' says Martin
"Agreed value insurance is £117 per year. It's quite thirsty, 20 to the gallon. Spares can be very difficult to source and they are getting harder to find, they're pretty expensive too in most cases. I have a large spares collection growing and I pick up a lot of parts from eBay. It's reliable but being at its age it needs a few minor things now and then."

Where I've been:
"Nowhere exciting, I've been to a couple of track days and it's not the easiest to drive on tarmac. I used to drive down to Cornwall every year but I have been planning a summer trip to the Alps in it one day soon.

What next?
"I have never considered selling it but am always looking out for something else. I would like a Mk1 Escort!"

Sourcing spares demands time and ingenuity
Sourcing spares demands time and ingenuity
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  • Turbocharger 12 Aug 2013

    I saw this car last Thursday, parked in a high-performance car park in Northampton... Beautiful smile

  • Dr G 12 Aug 2013

    Still fantastic looking cars; I'm lucky enough to see them being used fairly often as two locals I know use theirs as often as possible.

  • V8Wagon 12 Aug 2013

    Stunning car and it looks great in that colour. Very classy!

  • pSyCoSiS 12 Aug 2013

    Beautiful car and that colour is lovely!

    Well done.

    Keep enjoying it!

  • QuattroDave 12 Aug 2013

    C'mon, speaking as a fellow UR owner there's at least one thing to hate about these...

    ...the serious lack of parts thanks to Audi's NLA policy. If it wasn't for the help and generosity from members of sites like Classic Audi I would have thrown in the towel long ago!

    On a positive note, there's a great feeling driving a car like this. The sound of the engine, the way the whole car rocks from side to side as you blip the throttle at lights. The looks and waves you get when out and about.

    If only the parts were readily available I would keep my car indefinitely.

    Lovely looking example you have though, you don't often see them in that colour and it certainly helps being able to tinker under the bonnet! Mines white (Bentley Ghost NOT pearl or alpine!) with grey leather interior

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