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Porsche 924 Published: 10th Aug 2018 - 0 Comments - Be the first, contribute now!

Porsche 924
Porsche 924
Porsche 924
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For all its faults there’s no arguing that the 924 is one of the unsung heroes of Porsche’s illustrious history. This oddball VW/Audi/ Porsche mix not only saved the company, over 40 years ago, but enabled Porsche to ultimately prosper. When it was introduced in 1976 – five years after the initial brief – the 924 replaced the 914 and 912 as the affordable Porsche and a hugely practical and usable one at that. Sadly, more than four decades on people still say it’s not a proper ‘Porker’. They’re wrong!

Driving

Although launched close together the 924 is not little brother to the 928 nor compete with the more powerful air-cooled Porsches or enjoy the image of the superior 944 and 968. That said, they acquit themselves well, especially the 140mph Turbos. Not fast by today’s standards, but they all cruise well with a Golf-like refinement and fuel economy. The 924’s real strength lies in its handling and road holding that belie the design’s age. Thanks to a rear transaxle, weight distribution is almost equal making the 924 beautifully balanced. Even if the 924 isn’t your fi rst choice as a classic, they make superb, dependable daily drivers and the hatchback facility makes this Porsche a surprisingly usable classic.

Values

Judging by their prices, 924s have come of age. For good ones, expect to pay around £7000. you can double this for a Turbo. The very best sell for between £10-20K but (matching 944 values); Carreras are a different matter as only 75 were imported so expect to pay £70-100K. You can double this for the ultimate GTS and GTR versions, the latter being a 375bhp 911-beater of which only 17 were made. Racer Derek Bell won’t part with his for love nor money…

Timeline

1977 Introduced in the UK with fuel injected 2-litre Audi power and choice of (fourspeed) manual or automatic; upmarket Lux trim follows

1978 Five-speed manual now standard in the UK. Special edition Martini: striped racing sponsor livery plus reworked suspension and alloy wheels

1979 Turbocharged models: 170bhp Lux equipment with a 911-Turbo steering wheel and trim, uprated running gear and chassis with optional sports dampers plus front and rear ventilated disc brakes

1980 Full bodyshell antirust galvanisation. Standard 924 gained a 21mm anti-roll bar and Turbo wheel option

1981 Alpine White Le Mans complete with special body stripes, Le Mans script, a Turbo rear spoiler and sports suspension; for’82 anti-roll bar changes option LSD plus Turbo sound insulation

1985 924S using 150bhp 944 engine, reworked chassis, etc

Best models

924S

Equipped with detuned 944 engine plus similar chassis and optional limited slip differential it silenced the critics; pace upped to 160bhp for ’88

Turbos

With 45bhp more power, turbo thrust, reworked chassis… these are real affordable supercars. More go for ’81 with almost 180bhp provided

924

If you don’t want gigantic go, they are generally fine plus gained the Turbo’s chassis after 1980. Look out for the Martini and Le Mans special editions

Top buying tips

Restos

In spite of soaring values, rebuilds are probably not viable although the 924 is easy to maintain as certain hardware came from both the 1302 Beetle and early Golf/Scirocco ranges

Improve

Standard cars becoming rare as they are so easy to improve; you can install 944/968 or 928 brakes, fit Boxster rims, for instance. For expert advice on all matters 924 look to Werke924.com and the 924 Owners’ Club

Rust

Full galvanisation of the body was employed for 1980, but they can rot in all the usual places and inherent low values may have led to past bodging

Engine

Audi’s 924 engine (not VW LT van!) is very durable if maintained although can suffer head gasket failures; 924S uses 944 unit that was known to suffer from bore wear as well as failed counter rotating shafts causing it to run roughly

Trim

Hardy interiors but the dashboard’s tops, crack. Bear in mind that if originality is critical, some of the early and comical seat pattern trims may be hard to obtain or replicate



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