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In message <email@example.com> Tom Nas writes:
> I seem to recall reading that in '85 or '86, Audi boasted that they were
> making quattro an option on _all_ cars, hence the rare Coupe GT Quattro.
> I've never seen an early Diesel quattro, though. It would probably be
Not at all. The proprietors of our village filling station (Tankstelle Horst
Wassum) in Hofheim/Taunus had a diesel 80 quattro in the early 1980s. If
you'd ever tackled the road from Hofheim up to Langenhain in winter, you'd
know _exactly_ why. Horst and I had many debates in the "Zur Rose" about the
relative advantages of AWD vs. FWD - I had an Audi 80 FWD at the time.
The problem I had was tax. German regulations permitted a company car to cost
up to DM692/month on a lease, with 1% of the capital value taxed on the
employee each month. Anything above DM692/month, or _any_ non-standard
feature, had to be written down on a three-year straight line. The "quattro"
feature was treated like this, and it made the feature ridiculously expensive
on a company car. So I couldn't afford it.
Wassum ran his diesel quattro until he closed the filling station and turned
it into a Lada showroom. He had one of their "toy" 4WDs after that, and did
nothing but grumble about it.
Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club