What should I be paying?
List price when the Quattro arrived in the UK in 1981 was £14,500, when a Jaguar XJ-S was £19,763, a Lotus Elite £16,877, an Opel Monza S £13,107 and Merc’s 280CE coupe £14,540. By no means overpriced then.
And still not, we’d argue. Mid-30s will pick you up a good one, and £50k a pristine low mileage car with an interesting or important story in its back catalogue. Prices have picked up over the last few years, driven in a small way by the car celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020. Don’t expect them to soften any time soon. It’s not a car that’s ever vanished from sight on the used market, but its star is rising as it ages and we can better appreciate its importance in the history of the performance car.
Expect to get 20-24mpg, and know that the Quattro prefers to run on high octane gas. Stops will be relatively well spaced out given that the Quattro rocks a huge 92-litre fuel tank. That’s bigger than a Bentley Bentayga, folks, and should mean you get 450 miles out of a fill-up.