1997 Audi A4 Quattro Super Touring

Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

In the late 1990s, manufacturer-backed teams would come to dominate touring-car series around the world. One of the most pre-eminent was Audi, which spared no expense in its pursuit of the top of the podium. Using its base A4 Quattro as a platform, Audi developed the car significantly and turned it into a race winner.

In addition, Audi sought the best drivers from around the world in order to do their creation justice.

Technically, the Audi A4 Quattro Super Touring boasts some incredible hardware. The 2-liter, 4-cylinder engine boasts a massive 305 horsepower and is mated to a 6-speed sequential gearbox. The ECU is a high-specification Bosch Motronic 2.8 unit, and the roll bars can be adjusted internally, allowing drivers to change the setup of the car on the move.

Paul Hardiman

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Paul is descended from engineers and horse thieves, so he naturally gravitated toward the old-car marketplace and still finds fascination in the simpler things in life: looking for spot-weld dimples under an E-type tail, or counting the head-studs on a supposed Mini-Cooper engine. His motoring heroes are Roger Clark, Burt Levy, Henry Royce and Smokey Yunick — and all he wants for next Christmas is an Alvis Stalwart complete with picnic table in the back and a lake big enough to play in.

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