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Audi 200

Supreme provenance: Audi V8

You provenance? We#8217;ve got provenance. out this rather lovely V8 currently for sale on eBay.

As it the Audi V8 represents a rather moment in Audi#8217;s history. It was the Audi to be fitted with a V8 but not only that, it was the first to combine quattro all-wheel with an automatic transmission. The V8 also effectively paved the way for the A8 and therefore Audi#8217;s assault on the market.

And we haven#8217;t even got on to its successful motorsport career.

So the V8 is a rather coveted machine in circles, even if it wasn#8217;t the success Audi had hoped it be.  It just looked too much the Audi 200 to steal buyers Mercedes-Benz and BMW, despite telling anyone who would that all the panels and styling were unique.

Today, numbers are dwindling Big, 25-year old V8 Audis the most sought-after of machines for the casually searching the ’net for motors. Especially those don#8217;t have the kudos/car appeal of an Audi wearing an A8 or A6

Of all which makes them desirable to PetrolBlog.

And we happen to that this particular V8 could have the best of the lot.

It was owned by the late and great, Tony Rolt who was in one of his many obituaries  as “Racing and Colditz hero”. In another. he was to as “one of the last grandees of the motor racing community”. simply don#8217;t make like Tony Rolt

When he passed away in Tony Rolt #8211; or Anthony Roylance Rolt left behind a legacy wouldn#8217;t look out of place in a of  Boy#8217;s Own . Had it not been for the Second War, the name Tony would probably be up there the very best racing of all time. He was already enjoying when, during the Second War, he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Brigade.

In 1940, as part of the British Force, Rolt was awarded for his part in repelling a Panzer bound for Dunkirk. This helping a wounded soldier fighting off the advancing tanks.

when France fell, was captured by the Germans and sent to prisoner of war camps before up in the fearsome Colditz, East This was his punishment for a total of failed escape attempts, one which saw him recaptured just from the Swiss border.

Undeterred, Rolt set about a glider in a hidden room the castle. It was known as the “Colditz and had it not been for the liberation by the US Forces in it would have flown the castle roof. To Rolt it was his to escape, not a fanciful and heroic to do.

After the war, Rolt to motorsport, competing three in the British Grand Prix and a victory with Duncan at the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours. In Rolt would return to Le where he#8217;d finish at the wheel of a Jaguar D-Type (he a C-Type in 1953). Following the events of the 1955 race, at 83 spectators lost their Rolt gave up racing and a career as an engineer.

He would go on to pioneer the development of braking systems and, more notably, the potential of drive technology. His work in field led to the development of the Jensen FF an achievement marked in a small way by the plate attached to this V8.

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Rolt#8217;s Audi V8 was powered by the V8 developing 250bhp. Top speed was a 144mph and it would reach in a leisurely 11.2 seconds you can blame the power-sapping automatic for that. In truth, the 4.2-litre V8 1992 onwards was the one to go for, 280bhp, lots more #8211; 280lb ft as opposed to ft #8211; plus a whole two off the 0-62mph time.

But in its day, the V8 represented a milestone, being the completely new engine Audi had in over a decade. It was a unit it keep all to itself and was, in the equivalent of two Golf GTi 16v engines twin camshaft cylinder and four valves per cylinder. it made all the right noises

A total of 21,565 Audi V8s sold between 1988 and but according to How Many Left?. are just 12 left on the roads of today. So Tony Rolt#8217;s old V8 is a bit special.

Does this Audi V8#8242;s ownership make it any more special the other V8s left in existence? not #8211; it#8217;s not like Rolt achieved anything in particular car. But then cars formerly owned by footballers and rejects from  a Strictly Failed Celebrity Wannabe, Get Me Dancing commanding a there#8217;s no reason why this V8 should be any different.

It sounds like it could do a respray and there are one or two warning to see to on the dash, but it has got an MOT until March and it does come complete Tony Rolt#8217;s ‘FF’ What#8217;s more, 5% of the final will go to Help for Heroes, has got to be a good thing.

Bidding is up to a paltry £499.99, although the reserve isn#8217;t met. A bit of British history in a distinctly V8 #8211; what#8217;s not to like?

V8 images © eBay, Colditz © .

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