Since it's Valentine's Day we’d like to tell you about one of our great loves, our Porsche 924. Although many Porsche fans still think the 924 is not a “real” Porsche, or scoff at its unconventional looks, we love it. And we’re not alone – recently the car press and social media influencers have been talking regularly about their admiration for the car that helped Porsche through some lean financial times.
Brought in to replace the 718 as the Porsche entry-level model, the 924 was produced between 1976 and 1988 and started life as an ambitious collaboration between Porsche, VW and Audi. It was the first road-going Porsche to have the front engine/rear wheel drive configuration and the first to have a fully automatic transmission. Despite this, critics were unimpressed with its performance, although later turbo versions improved this, and many even considered it ugly.
Recently, opinions have started to change. The 924’s looks are now seen as retro, rather than dated, and its interiors as vintage. For those looking to get into classic cars, the 924 is an easy and practical entry model – priced very reasonably, relatively simple to maintain and restore and with Porsche’s traditional reliability. We also love its authentic Porsche handling and driving experience – if you get behind the wheel of a 924 there’s no question that it is a “real” Porsche.
Our 1980 924 is thought to be the first RHD Carrera GT off the production line and was raced by Tony Lanfranchi for a year, placing first at Brands Hatch. Between 1982 and 1994 it was prepared by AFN for the GT Championship and in 1995 AFN returned it to road-going trim. We love it because it’s a beauty with fantastic 80s styling and an impressive history.
Posted under Blog Fri, 1st Feb 2019