1984 Audi Quattro Treser
(Featured on 17th October 2010)
Registration: A533 FPK
Sellers original description:
This is one of the most incredible cars we have had in stock for a long time, it is an almost new Audi Quattro with 35,000 genuine miles from new and only two owners. In addition to this it is a very rare Treser version which was incredibly expensive in its day.
The idea for a four-wheel drive car was proposed by Audi's chassis engineer, Jörg Bensinger, in 1977, when he found that the Volkswagen Iltis jeep, could outperform any other vehicle in snow, no matter how powerful. Bensinger's idea was to start developing an Audi 80 variant in co-operation with Walter Treser, Director of Pre-Development.
Quattro car production was 11,452 vehicles over the period 1980–1991 and through this 11 year production span, there were no major changes in the visual design of the vehicle. In 1983 the dash was switched from an analogue instrument cluster, to a green digital liquid crystal display (LCD) electronic instrument cluster. This was later changed in 1988 to an orange LCD electronic instrument cluster. The interior was redesigned in 1984, and featured a whole new dash layout, new steering wheel design, and new centre console design, the switches around the instrument panel were also redesigned at this time.
Walter Treser was in charge of the Audi rally team in the 1980's which won everything in sight and terrified the opposition. He eventually started his own company modifying new Audi Quattro's. This car was a genuine new, right-hand drive example, which was given the full list of Treser enhancements. It was supplied new by Central Garage of Cobham, Surrey who were Treser's UK agents. Walter Tresers Was eventually forced to go bankrupt whe one too many projects failed to pay off but his legacy lives on.
This Treser UR Quattro is a two owner car which has covered a mere 35,800 miles from new in the hands of two owners. It has been in the current ownership since 2005, since when just 3000 miles have been covered and it is stored in a heated and dehumidified garage when not in use. It has only ever been used in fine weather.
Finished in metallic black with Treser full black leather interior and high-back, rally style Recaro sports interior, the car is equipped with a host of other Treser options, which include 250bhp engine with high lift camshaft, big valves, a 8 port metering head, larger intercooler and a special airbox. The body has Treser wrap-around rear spoiler, front apron and Treser alloys road wheels, which are now shod with new Michelin TRX tyres.
A Treser UR Quattro is a rarity in itself but an example with just 35,800 miles on the clock and only two owners form new must be unique. It is taxed and mot'd and currently in daily use by ourselves! This car has to be seen to be believed.