Ex-Mansell Quat­tro for sale

A 1984 Audi Quat­tro once owned by 1992 For­mula 1 World Cham­pion Nigel Mansell is up for sale – with an es­ti­mate of £30,000-40,000.

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H&H will of­fer it at its Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum, Dux­ford, Cam­bridgeshire, auc­tion on 20 April.

Ap­par­ently, Mansell needed a fast, ag­ile car for the tight and twist­ing roads of the Isle of Man, his then adopted home. Damian Jones, sales man­ager of H&H Clas­sics says: ‘The Audi’s turn of speed and sure-footed han­dling made it a pop­u­lar choice with driv­ers, but this par­tic­u­lar ex­am­ple would have been a chal­lenge be­yond that of most wheel­men.’

Driv­ing for Team Lotus at the time, the fu­ture F1 and Indycar World Se­ries Cham­pion sold the coupé fol­low­ing his move to Wil­liams in 1985.

Treated to an ex­ten­sive restora­tion since en­ter­ing the cur­rent own­er­ship in Novem­ber 2011, the Quat­tro’s re­ju­ve­na­tion was a labour of love for the ven­dor. Thor­oughly over­hauled, its orig­i­nal 2144cc five-cylin­der 10-valve pow­er­plant ben­e­fited from a re­ground crank­shaft, new ex­haust man­i­fold, re-cored ra­di­a­tor, fresh clutch and a stain­less steel ex­haust sys­tem.

Ju­lian Roup, head of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for H&H adds: ‘In the same way that es­tate agents speak of po­si­tion as the key thing in sell­ing prop­erty and adding value, so auc­tion houses sell­ing clas­sic cars will tell you that it’s all about prove­nance. With Nigel Mansell’s Audi we should see this in play.’

This Quat­tro is of­fered for sale with a copy of the Isle of Man reg­is­tra­tion doc­u­ment in Mansell’s name as well as an Isle of Man tax disc, also in Mansell’s name.

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