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Just when you thought Audi could not improve on the R8, then along comes the Avus Quattro.
I say “along come the Avus”, but it has been around a while now, in fact Matchbox released this one back in 1995 in a chrome finish with clear windows and red seats.
The number for this model, as with most later Matchbox toys, is always hard to establish as it changes with each issue or colour, they no longer put the number on the base and the idea of the 1-75 range has truly been blown out of the water and has gone.
From what I can work out my one above is MB19 and is in metalflake emerald green the listed number or toy number seems to be MB297.
In 1996 a gold coloured one was issued with smoked glass and black seats and also another chrome version with smoked glass and red seats, in 1999 the emerald green version was issued and whereas all the other were made in Thailand this one is made in China, it has black seats and smoked glass.
From what I believe it is still in production and has been seen in metalflake red.
Matchbox also made a SuperKings version in white and Mattel did make a small version of their own with a full glass roof
The real car
The Audi Avus Quattro was a concept car from the German car manufacturer, Audi. It was first introduced at the 1991 Tokyo Motor Show. The Avus Quattro had an aluminum exterior, which made it a lightweight, sleek and safer automobile. The Avus Quattro’s engine was supposed to be a 6.0 L 60-valve 12-cylinder engine producing 509 hp, capable of accelerating the car from 0 to 60 mph in about 3 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph. The exact car shown at the Tokyo Motor Show, however, had a dummy made of carefully painted wood and plastic for an engine because at the time, such a powertrain was still in development; Audi-made W12 engines were not available to buyers until Audi presented its flagship A8 a few years later. The Avus Quattro is now on display at Audi’s museum in Ingolstadt, Germany.
The Audi Quattro is another one of those iconic cars that has still has a large following, Matchbox, in later years made a diecast of this fantasic car.
It came in various colours and with different decals.
The first shown here in white was made in Macau in 1982 and from what I know have a few different decal patterns but based on the one below on white paintwork, this was the only one to have yellow glass.
This one was made in China, the decal are far more modest and in fact look a lot better, the colour was metallic grey/bronze
This one in red has China on the base plate too but was actually made in Hong Kong and changed the decals again, there is a blue issue made here too for the USA market with similar decals
Finally, the line up including one of my creations in yellow.
To see more on my code 3 custom Audi Quattro Click Here
The two below are the Superkings Audi’s by Matchbox complete with extra spotlights and rally decals there are numbered K-95 and released in 1982 in the UK, some have made in England on the base but most of them were later made in Macau, both of mine are from Macau.
The picture below is a much rarer ‘Made in England’ version, note the different decal set, this picture and model belong to Phil Hemmings and has kindly allowed us to add it here.
Another one I have is the IXO / ALTAYA Audi Quattro A2 1983 1000 Lakes Rally
The Audi Quattro is a road and rally car, produced by the German automobile manufacturer Audi, now part of the Volkswagen Group. It was first shown at the 1980 Geneva Motor Show on 3 March.
The word quattro is derived from the Italian word for “four”. The name has also been used by Audi to refer to the quattro four-wheel drive system, or any four-wheel drive version of an Audi model.
The Audi Quattro was the first rally car to take advantage of the then-recently changed rules which allowed the use of four-wheel drive in competition racing. It won competition after competition for the next two years. To commemorate the success of the original vehicle, all subsequent Audis with their trademark quattro four wheel drive system were badged “quattro” with a lower case “q”.
The Audi R8 is one of those cars I would love to get behind the wheel of, I have a soft spot for Audi’s anyway and to me this is the perfect dream car.
Matchbox released this way back in 2007 and the one below is one of the early models and is still in production by Matchbox now in 2011.
According to the Matchbox Wiki this model has changed it’s number quite a few times as it seems do all later models with a long production run, but my one above would be No MB14.
This was available in a good few colour variations and in 2009 they began to add the side panel colour to look more like the real thing, mainly a black tampo but also in silver, the 2011 models seem to of dropped this detail.
All the same it’s a lovely model and probably the nearest I will get to owning one.
Matchbox Audi R8
Colour, silver, black base, black interior.
Year of release, 2007 to present.
Country of origin, Thailand
The real car
In 2005, Audi announced that the name of the successful Audi R8 race car would be used for a new road car in 2007, the Audi R8, based on the Audi Le Mans quattro concept car, appearing at the 2003 International Geneva Motor Show, and 2003 Frankfurt International Motor Show. The R8 road car was officially launched at the Paris Auto Show on 30 September 2006.
For more on the Audi R8 and the Audi website Click Here