Journal: What is the Greatest Classic All-Wheel Drive Car Ever?

What is the Greatest Classic All-Wheel Drive Car Ever?

By Yoav Gilad
August 19, 2014
41 comments

Four-wheel drive has been around for quite a long time. So long in fact that by 1900, several companies were making vehicles with some variety of 4WD. And in that very year a certain Dr. Ferdinand Porsche built his first system. But as cars developed, four-wheel drive saw limited use only in vehicles that were designed to operate off-road for very specific purposes. It wasn’t until the mid-1960s that Jensen fitted their Formula Ferguson full time four-wheel drive (all-wheel drive) to their FF (similar in appearance to the Interceptor but mechanically very different). Subaru followed suit in 1972.

Audi began experimenting with it in the late ’70s and a rule change in 1979 allowed all-wheel drive in the World Rally Championship, but all other manufacturers thought it too complicated. It has been de rigeurin rallying since Audi won their first Championship in 1982. But since Jensen first introduced it on their FF, a myriad of cars have been built that try to tame the asphalt by putting power down through all four wheels. And with output constantly increasing, all-wheel drive keeps increasing in popularity. So we’d like to know what you think.

What is the Greatest Classic All-Wheel Drive Car Ever?

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C Helme
C Helme

Lancia Delta of course – it won the World Rally Championship no less than 6 times in a row!!

The Audi Quattro simply used an existing 4WD system from a military vehicle and if I remember correctly did not win that often. How is it the greatest then?…

TG
TG

Jeep CJ. As Enzo Ferarri said, it is America’s only true sports car.

Dennis Cavallino
Dennis Cavallino

All AWD Lambo’s minus the Gallardo.

Fausto

Audi Quattro S1 for sure, followed by Lancia Integrale and Porsche 959. These 3 are amongst the mysticism of automotive technology for all they achieved both in technologic advance and winning races.

Ted Uziel
Ted Uziel

Audi Quattro S1 – this is a no brainer people. This car is the grandfather of all AWD cars. Without it there would be nothing.

Giuseppe Fraschini
Giuseppe Fraschini

The Lancia Delta S4 for sure!

Rick
Rick

My vote goes for the Porsche 959, although I gotta say I’ll eat my hat if the Audi Quattro doesn’t win this.

Laurent
Laurent

Citroën built a 2CV 4×4 between 1961 and 1966. I think it’s construction, like many Citroën models is quite original. This car uses 2 engines / 2 gearboxes ! I have been in my young age in such a “Deux (2) Cheveaux (CV)”. It has truly impressive crossing capability. In terms of classic all-wheel drive car ever Audi should get the place number 1… NEVERTHELESS because I am french 🙂 and I cherish the concept of thinking different 2CV 4×4 is the one I would elect because it was simple and adapted from a model you can come across any… Read more »

Elian Hasanaga
Elian Hasanaga

Audi S1 Sport quattro by far

Walter Moore
Walter Moore

Even though it had a checkered career in rallying, I have to go with the Audi Ur-Quattro and the S1. More than any other modern vehicle they are why you can buy an AWD minivan/luxury car/etc today.

Svetoslav Stoyadinov
Svetoslav Stoyadinov

It is the Audi S1 Sport quattro! 😉

TheRallyStache
TheRallyStache

Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16v Evoluzione II. Nothing else dominated WRC for as long as this.

Wolfgang Gullich
Wolfgang Gullich

Definitely the Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione

Bridgetown
Bridgetown

When [u]one[/u] supercharged 7L V8 isn’t enough, you’ll need AWD
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Bridgetown
Bridgetown

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Subarista
Subarista

Subaru SVX LS-L

Hayden
Hayden

Let me guess… you own one?

I own[ed] one and it was only good as a GT car. The AWD is there as a safety feature if anything. A Subaru-selling-point for lack of a better term. That car would have been just fine with 6-speed manual and RWD; nevertheless, it is one Subaru’s most interesting cars.

Jake Williams
Jake Williams

In my opinion, it’s a tie between the Lancia Delta Integrale or the Nissan Skyline GTR. Both that have outstanding race history, legendary performance, a similar boxy stance, turbochargers, were made as the pinnacle of their field, and are generally revered as some of the best cars ever made, period.

Edward Woods
Edward Woods

Lancia Delta S4

Woerkstatt
Woerkstatt

Definitley the Audi Quattro S1 !

Nicholas Robilliard
Nicholas Robilliard

BNR32-34 Skyline 4WD

david ferreira
david ferreira

lancia delta integrale!!

William
William

Audi Quattro, not JUST because of the AWD system, but because of the noise, the racing history, and the entire package. when you think audi, you think a group B car just destroying a rally course

Jose
Jose

I’m thinking it’s got to be Audi. Not a specific model but as a company, they brought AWD to the masses. Gotta throw a bone to Subaru but they were boring appliances until the WRX models.

Paul Geudon
Paul Geudon

Porsche 959.

JB21
JB21

Actually, I’m trying to think of a car that’s great because of its all wheel drive, not a great car that happens to have all wheel drive. And only one actually fits the bill in my head is Audi Quattro. I think that’s the only one that I can think of that really changed the perception of what it means to have all wheel drive. Eh, other than Willys Jeep.

Karim
Karim

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and the early Subaru Impreza.

TJ Martin
TJ Martin

Oh man . That … is a tough one ! First thought would be the maniacal Lancia Delta S4 . Another candidate being the Porsche 959 . Then one has to mention the verging on the absurd Alfa Romeo DTM car of the 90’s . You cannot leave off the Jensen FF as it was the first . And then there is that madcap original Audi RS4 Avant . Got to consider the Peugeot 205 T16 . And of course no list would be complete without mentioning the uR Quattros in both Rally , Street as well as Sport guise… Read more »

marktrank
marktrank

Audi Sport Quattro

Ian Miles
Ian Miles

In terms of direct competitors to the Audi, the Pug T16 was more successful and the Integrale much more successful.
In terms of what I would like to own
Integrale EVOII and the R34.

For sheer practicality but perhaps too young RS4 B5.
Very subjective though.

Gianni Burrows
Gianni Burrows

Have to agree on the 205 T-16. Audi may have pioneered AWD and turbocharging on rally cars, but they stayed married to front engine, long wheelbase too long. The little Pug showed the way with mid engine and short wheelbase, short overhang and was much more successful than the Quattro. The Integrale may have been even more successful, but it was Group A and Group B was ended early.

Parasight
Parasight

Fiat Panda 4×4.

Crawford
Crawford

Mazda 323 GTX

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle

As much as i love the Jensen FF. Im gonna have to say the AMC Eagle deserves some credit. It may not have been fast or glamorous but it was affordable comfortable car that just got you where you needed to go. Plus it blazed a trail to all the modern crossovers you see today.

Patrick Frawley
Patrick Frawley
Tuncay Nergis
Tuncay Nergis

Y u no mention Lancia Delta S4? 😮

Jake Williams
Jake Williams

Though it was fantastic, it doesn’t have that much greatness. Discontinued so shortly after it was made and to an extent can be held accountable for the end of Group B. Though it was the 1st supercharged and turbocharged racing car on record, the Delta Integrale is just more well rounded and accounted for. It had 6 World Rally Championship titles!

Althought, I have to agree, and ESPECIALLY when they designed the ECV. Wish we could’ve seen that in the limelight.

Francisco Miranda P.
Francisco Miranda P.

[b]Lancia Delta Integrale HF[/b]

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

Probably not the greatest but as the first the Jensen FF needs to be on the list.

Maximo Forcieri
Maximo Forcieri

Candidates:
Skyline R32
Lancer Evo V
Audi Quattro
Porsche 959
Lancia Delta

and probably many others.

Dylan
Dylan

Subaru Justy