Fire-up the Quattro! Ashes to Ashes Audi Quattro on sale

12 Feb, 2014 5:20pm Alex Yau

TV’s most famous Audi Quattro comes to auction complete with ‘bullet holes’ from the hit series

Classic car enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that the Audi Quattro from hit BBC drama Ashes to Ashes is up for auction on eBay.

The famous red Audi Quattro is best known as an unmarked police car featured in 16 episodes of the Eighties-based show. Philip Glenister and Keeley Hawes led the Ashes to Ashes cast, but the Audi Quattro was the real star for many fans. 

This older 2.1-litre turbo powered Audi Quattro has been in storage since its final Ashes to Ashes appearance. Its mileage figures trump even the most recent used cars, too, the car having done just over 100 miles in five years. Hundreds of ‘bullet holes’ and missing interior parts mean its new owner will probably have some work to do if they want to take it on the road. 

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Other Audi Quattros can fetch up to £20,000 depending on their condition, but this model could be worth more because of its star status. The auction is currently live on eBay and ends on Sunday evening.

Ashes to Ashes boosted the Audi Quattro’s popularity so much that it came second in a survey of British TV’s most recognised cars, coming behind Del Boy’s famous Reliant Robin from Only Fools and Horses. Audi Quattro parts also became more difficult to source as the car’s profile grew.

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The Audi Quattro debuted at the 1980 Geneva Motor Show and gained a reputation as a world-class rally car that was unrivalled at the time. This was partly due to it taking advantage of new rules that allowed the entry of four-wheel drive cars in competition racing for the first time.

Production ceased in 1991, but Audi unveiled a new Audi Sport Quattro concept at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Audi bosses hinted that it would fit somewhere between the Audi TT and Audi R8 if it went into production.