This is the story of a 1984 Audi quattro rebirth. Follow the story below from Black sheep to White swan.

Starting point. 1984 original quattro. This coupe has served its owner well. A daily driver in the snow of Lake Tahoe and weekends at the racetrack. 2Bennett has service this vehicle for many years, kept it very reliable, and now it is time for a new owner and a rebirth.

There were a few problem areas with the body. This large dent in the fender as well as surface rust from years of driving in the snow all must be addressed. Time to strip the car down to a bare chassis and fully rebuild and upgrade everything.

This former Black Beauty will now be rebuilt and reborn with modern components and systems that will transform it into a virtual new car. The looks of an automotive icon and the ride and drivability of a vehicle fresh off the performance car lot.

We took it all to bare metal for a fresh start and began reshaping it.

Full pressure wash of the underside before drive train removal, mid body work. All dirt and grime is removed from the chassis for refinishing.

Engine removed for new brackets and mounts and then new paint.

AAN Code 20 valve turbo 5 cylinder engine ready for the 2Bennett rebuild. Removed from ’93 S4. We will be rebuilding the head and all new bearings and connecting rods for the bottom end as well as oil pan baffling to prevent oil starvation during track driving.

Doors prepared for painting on the inside. With a color change paint job, all the parts must be removed to be painted inside and out.

Following sheet metal work, a multi stage prime and seal system with wet sanding between each stage.

2Bennett bodyshop performed a complete color change paintjob.

Doors, hood, bumpers, and decklid are all painted off the car to ensure a better than original outcome.

Now in it’s assembly bay, the entire suspension and drive systems are removed for restoration and upgrades.

The masking paper and yellow tape are to protect the new paint while the delicate operation of reassembly commences.

Rear subframe with 2Bennett bushings and swaybar kit installed. The car also has 2B height adjustable and rate adjustable coilover suspension.

The interior during the carpet replacement and wiring system overhaul. 2B meticulously blends original wiring with upgrades and the engine harness to function better than original equipment.

One of the improvements to the 1984 original quattro performed by 2B is to add the 1985 and later differential lock control mounted above the left knee. This gives us the ability to add three gauge where the old differential lock was (below the radio).

Engine bay with some wiring and mount brackets for the new systems. 2Bennett wiring harness for the 2B 500w fan system and 2B modified engine harness.

Engine now 2B remanufactured and modified. RS2 manifolds mounted, 2B water pipe installed with new sensors. Engine, vacuum booster for brakes, intercooler, intake plumbing installed. The entire hydraulic power steering and brake booster system is being replaced by a more reliable 2B vacuum boost system.

This photograph shows the 2B updated alternator, power steering pump, cooling fan and shroud system, vacuum brake assist system, etc.

This car is truly being transformed into a brand-new driving vehicle minus all the things that make new cars heavy and bulky.

Engine, cooling system, Air conditioning with our 2B serpentine belt system, 2B intercooler and turbo tract all installed. New European bumpers and 2B OE. replica rear spoiler installed. 2B 3″ Turbo back exhaust.

2Bennett Coil Program suspension with 2B adjustable camber caster mounts installed, 2B front and rear shock tower braces in place. Black [now ultra rare] tail lamp group and new windshield also installed. 2B reconditioned Fuchs wheels, 2B studs, and nuts installed.

This Quattro originally had white 15 x 6″ wheels. The new owner had always wanted the original Audi Sport rally forged Fuchs wheels for this project. Fortunately we had a set in our inventory.

Fuchs wheels freshly restored. Age has caused most of the Fuchs around the world to need some cosmetics. We stripped, machined, refinished, polished and clear coated them back to life [prettier than new].

2Bennett meticulously brought many original Audi parts back to life as if they were new. Most of the parts on these cars are not available anymore. We take pride in bringing them back to life.

Close up of 2Bennett all 304 Stainless Steel turbo downpipe. Note the twin Oxygen sensor inputs and very thick flanges so they never warp. True 3″ downpipe with venturi flair directly out of the turbine visible in the photo.

2Bennett carbon fiber radiator shroud, 2B 4 row Aluminum radiator, 2B radiator shroud and 500 watt fan assembly. 2B radiator shrouding is on all sides of the radiator and updated AC condenser.

2B updated interior with Recaro power front seats, relocated late diff locks, 2B floor mats, and console.

2B Custom upholstered rear seats with Recaro fabric centers and Recaro leather to match front seats. The rear shelf behind the seat was a crumbled broken mess under the faded old carpet. We rebuilt it in our mold and covered the part in fiberglass. Stronger than new, we installed new speakers and fresh black carpet.

The car’s owner took it to the racetrack instead of his track prepared Porsche GT3 and sent this.

This coupe is an example of a car we set up for club track days.

The rollcage before and after paint.

Updated interior with ’87 dash and wiring harness. Late dash extension with extra 3 gauges. RS2 steering wheel with machined hub adapter for horn function. RS2 6 Speed transmission, late suspension and functioning ABS. 2Bennett Coil Program suspension with 2 way adjustable 2B Koni shocks, 2B Camber/ Caster adjust upper mounts, 2B mounts.

3B Code 20v turbo. 2B Radiator with 2B 500w fan and shroud system, 2B Software, 2B baffled oilpan, 2B Crankcase vent system, 2B K26/27 turbo, 2B modified RS2 intercooler, 2B oil cooler.

Completed car ready for track days.

Our customer as a kid always wanted an original quattro coupe. When he grew up, it was time. He found one advertised on ebay as being in great condition and bought it. It needed work. The customer sent it to his longtime repair shop near his home in Southern California for a paint job and an updated 10v turbo engine. He ordered lots of new parts from different places as well as several things from us. We even consulted with the shop working on the car to help with the engine and wiring. After a year or so, it became apparent the tech’s were not going to be able to finish the project. The paint job however was completed. After many conversations over time the decision was made to ship the car as is to 2Bennett.

We took delivery of a shiny coupe with what looked like a nearly completed engine update. All is not as it appears. The engine and most of its components were just for show with much missing hardware, no gaskets, and finger tightened nut and bolts. We talked to the customer and came up with a new plan. Get rid of the old mechanical fuel injection and install an AAN code 20v 5 cylinder turbo with more modern electronic fuel injection. With the increase in power, the brakes would be upgraded with 2B Stage2 brakes and many other parts.

Read the full story of this cars journey from an ebay lemon to a spectacular machine.

1st thing was to empty the engine bay and thoroughly clean it.

The new engine and wiring installed. The engine features 2B connecting rods, 2B turbo and oil/ water lines, 2B radiator, 2B intercooler, 2B baffled oil pan, 2B intake tract and silicone hoses, 2B 3″ turbo back exhaust, 2B Thrust Series turbo, 2B software, air conditioning, RS2 intake manifold, RS2 exhaust manifold, modified RS2 airbox, etc.

Completed car. Looks great and drives great.

By completion we had the car for almost a year doing the engine, drive train refreshment, new sound system, and proper road test time. We were glad to have completed a great car. The owner had waited for the shop that started the job without the ability to complete it. Then 2Bennett to finish the job. He was really happy.

The phone rings -“I crashed my car, but it was running great”. We trucked the car from Malibu to 2Bennett to see what we were dealing with. It was worse than it looked. The right front frame rail that took the impact of the boulder was destroyed and it bent the A pillar, door, and roof.

The car would have been considered a total loss, but the recent upgrades raised the value above the repair cost. So we stretched it out and straightened the frame. When the roof and A pillar were within 1mm we replaced the front rail and apron section. The car was bagged and we painted the new parts.

We took some of our Sport quattro rally parts off the shelf and stuck them on the car for a photo. He loved the idea and said “let’s do it”. The only problem was that we only were making front end parts at the time.

We got a set of original Audisport A2 rear panels. This type is the first version of the group B wide bodied quattro. Turns out they were built a little less than perfectly for race cars. We require panels that will be installed on show cars and race cars. We then painstakingly reshaped, straightened, and smoothed out the panels.

A hard gel coat is applied and buffed to a mirror finish. Prepared panels are molded directly from the car to ensure proper fit. All 2Bennett molds have class A smooth surfaces.

We removed all the original fenders, hood, and quarter panels to install the 2Bennett composite parts. The rear panels are removed at all the factory spot welds. We removed and sealed all the exposed corrosion from the 25 year old chassis and bonded the new parts in place.

The entire body needed to be sanded bare to smooth out 2 prior paint jobs. The last paint job was 3 years old, now wavy, and showing rust. We also fixed hidden sheet metal damage at the door handles, roof, and deck lid.

The whole car and all parts were primed with an epoxy primer that is sanded smooth before any color is applied.

As you can see, we built a rolcage to reinforce the chassis that still allows for a complete interior and painted it to match the outside. We painted the engine bay because the paint job that was done before it came to our shop was flaking off. All the paint is good now.

Of course this project has hundreds of special parts we make for this and similar cars. The brake booster was converted to vacuum, intercooler, lights, front support, airbox, etc. were all upgraded again. It helps that we have original Sport quattro parts and access to a complete Sport to use as reference and improve upon.

Fit and finish. Top view of the 2B carbon grill, intercooler, and front support.

We updated the interior with custom upholstered black suede rear seats to match the new Recaro front set, later coupe dash and instruments, 2B 3 gauge dash pod, S2 steering wheel.

We bought the car as a “basket case” from a customer that had taken it apart completely to a shell and quit the project. We sold the car to a customer and he put most of it back together with plans to have us install a new engine.

Bare shell with all mechanical and interior parts removed.

Parts were all in boxes in random order.

Empty engine bay ready for new engine. Engine mount brackets cut from the frame rails, 2B brackets welded in, and the engine bay painted to look original. Notice the pneumatic brake booster instead of the hydraulic system.

4.2 V8 ready for install after full service of belts, gaskets, water pump, etc. 2B engine brackets shown on the engine.

One of many details for our 4.2 V8 conversions is the 2B Carbon fiber airbox. It features a flat panel K&N and latch-on top from a B5 RS4.

Engine conversion finished. Under the hood looks as if the A8 engine came in the car from the factory. Including 2B Aluminum radiator, 2B carbon fiber air box, fully functioning air conditioning, 2B engine mounts and brackets, 2B Aluminum flywheel and clutch, 2B full exhaust system, modified subframe, vacuum brake conversion, etc.

After the mechanicals and engine were completed it was determined that the car deserved a complete paint and body refurbishment. The body was disassembled and all the trouble spots were repaired. Fortunately it had only a few small dents and no rust. A beautiful glossy coupe is the result.

This car was restored and updated from end to end. This car was featured in European Car magazine.