1978 Porsche 924 Limited Edition

In the past two weeks, I’ve reviewed both a 1987 Porsche 924S and a 1988 Porsche 924S “Special Edition”. The while both of those cars shared their big brother 944’s engine and suspension for a more sporty feel, today’s 924 is from the beginning of the model run. This is the car that generates probably the most violent reactions in the Porsche crowd, with many claiming it is unworthy of a Porsche badge. This is unfortunate, as the original 924 design was groundbreaking in both aerodynamics and styling, and is the most pure expression of that iconic look that would carry through the 1990s and be copied by many other companies. Sure, it shared the engine from an Audi 100 and didn’t really have the power to match its looks, but let’s not forget that the iconic 356 also borrowed heavily from the Volkswagen parts bin. Most of these early 924s have gone the way of the dodo, so it’s exciting to see this Limited Edition 1978 model pop up on eBay:

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Year: 1978
Model: 924 Limited Edition
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 53,000 miles
Price: $3,700 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1978 Porsche 924 Limited Edition on eBay

This is a super rare California original 1978 Porsche 924 Limited Edition with only 53k miles! It is one of only 1800 that were made. It is a beautiful gray exterior that shines up superb! It has a nice set of cloth insert seats that really hold you in place as you are taking the turns! This 924 is equipped with the original 2.0 Audi motor that produces 125 horsepower and over 125 lbs/torque. It has a huge sunroof that goes in the trunk and it still has the original bag that it goes in. This car was recently sold and fraudently misrepresented on Ebay as a near museum quality piece and a true survivor. The car was described as immaculate and flawless etc. and I do not want to mislead the next owner.

I am selling this car for my friend who is simply trying to get back some of the money that was spent on this car. This car has super potential and truly is in remarkable exterior shape with a nice interior as well but if you are looking for a show car (as he thought he was buying) this is not for you. She starts right up and idles great after about a minute of “warm-up” time. The clutch grabs as it should but does feel a little spongy. The rear hatchback will need the grommets that are sold here on eBay to allow it to have a tighter seal when it is closed. It does not leak to my knowledge. The tires are great but she does need a set of brake pads front and rear and will in the future be ready for a set of shocks all around.

The windows work great but one of the switches has a mind of its own. The AC is not working but is fully intact. I have a German car sickness that I do not want to be cured of– I am well versed in the 924/944/968 chassis and can tell you that this car is ready to rock and roll with a minimal amount of effort. My friend knows that he has a rare piece of Porsche history but his family circumstances do not allow him to have a car that needs to be finished. He was under the assumption he was buying a museum car. This 924 is a blast to drive and has a great visceral feel without the added weight of the 944 Queenesque “fat-bottomed girl” rear flared fenders. She revs out like a cat with its tail on fire and is what a sports car used to feel like. This car is equipped with a manual rack for the steering which puts the driver in total control of the road. She is truly a point and shoot go-kart for the open road.

The original 924 motor was much maligned as a fake Porsche because of the Audi motor but the ease of maintenance and smiles per gallon that she will provide has proven over time to be a real winner. The steering wheel is in nice shape but could use a cover or be refinished. The dash is in nice shape but does have a properly installed coverlay on it. This car is well above a project car but a few notches below a museum car. It is simply NOT what my friend was trying to purchase. This car could be used as a great daily driver or a Sunday leisurely cruiser. If you have always wanted to own a Porsche but have a VW budget this is THE car for you. I have great positive feedback and have honestly tried to disclose all that I know about this wonderfully engineered piece of German automobile history. The next owner would be proud to have this car in his or her garage. If you have any questions please ask! From my previous experience with the 924/944/968 chassis I can tell you that NOTHING is quite like the feeling of meandering down the coast with the top out and Led Zeppelin on the radio. This car was created to carve through the twisties like a hot knife through butter! I wish that I could keep this car for myself.

I have plenty of other photos upon request and please ask if you have any questions. The reserve on this car is extremely reasonable.

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I like that the seller is upfront that the car is not a museum piece, but rather an exceptional quality driver. From the look of the photos presented, he’s not hiding anything – the car looks to be in fantastic condition. One has to feel a bit for the story presented; that the car was represented as a museum-quality piece to the current seller when it was not, and they’re selling to limit their losses. As many classic cars are being over represented these days in online auctions, this scenario isn’t very hard to believe!

You could buy this car and drive to your local Porsche show, and would probably be scoffed and berated for having continued the existence of a 924. You could buy this car and drive to your local coffee shop meet, and spend a lot of time explaining why you didn’t buy a 944. But if it were me, I’d buy this car and drive it to a Volkswagen and Audi meet. I guarantee that upon arriving you’d have a group of appreciating enthusiasts pining over the condition and uniqueness of this car. It is actually a great counterpoint to the 1983 Scirocco I wrote up last week. For about a third of the money, you can have a very similar experience in this car, if not feel a bit more special. For those that claim it’s not deserving of the Porsche badge, I respond it’s not deserving of the treatment afforded it by the Porsche crowd. A car of this quality deserves to be appreciated and enjoyed, and I think the next owner will – and they’ll have gotten a bargain for sure.

-Carter

1987 Porsche 924S

Please join me in giving a warm welcome to our newest contributor (and longtime reader) at German Cars For Sale Blog, Carter Johnson.

-Paul

Often overlooked by both people who own Porsches and people who want to own Porsches, the 924S remains a bit of a hidden gem. Even people “in the know” often dismiss the 924S as nothing more than a budget offering undeserving of the Porsche name. However, if you could get past the dashboard which carried over from the earlier Audi-engine model of the late 1970s, the 1987 924S was quite the performance bargain. Underneath, it was infused with 944 DNA in the form of engine, suspension and brakes, and while the exterior remained understated and lacked the sexy flares of its 944 and 944 turbo brethren, the 924S was actually quicker to 60 and top speed than the 944, and due to a slightly more slippery exterior, returned better fuel economy as well. As most were under-appreciated, values fell quickly and most were abused – thankfully this is not the case with this low mileage Guards Red 1987.

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Year: 1987
Model: 924S
Engine: 2.4 liter inline-4
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 50,700 mi
Price: $12,900 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Porsche 924S on eBay

1987 Porsche 924S. One owner since new! Gorgeous Guards Red with Porsche logo black interior! 50,700 original miles! Original factory manuals! Full service records from new! Factory removable sunroof! Automatic transmission! Like new inside and out! Possibly the finest, most well documented 924S in existence!

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This car appears to be setting the market for a pristine example. There are two ways to look at the steep “Buy it Now” price – $12,900 is a tremendous amount for a 924S, or $12,900 is a bargain for a pristine classic Porsche. While $13,000 may get you past 944 Turbo entry and even brush a bargain 968 price, it’s unlikely that you could find a example of this quality level of either of those models for anywhere near that amount. While $10,000 might be a more realistic price, it’s just about impossible to find a 924S in this condition and you certainly couldn’t replicate it for the asking price. The only downside for most enthusiasts is the automatic transmission. Still, since it’s not an ultra-low mileage museum piece, this is a classic car that could be driven to events and enjoyed on weekends for many years to come. Better yet, you’d be driving a red Porsche without breaking the bank on maintenance or restoration. Twenty six years later, perhaps the promise of the entry level Porsche has finally come true!

-Carter

1978 Porsche 924 D-Production Clone For Sale

The word clone is a tricky concept.  Done too well and you may as well buy the original, done poorly and it can be a total disaster.  From the pictures I fear this may be the latter, but it takes guts to take on a project such as this with a 924.

1978 Porsche 924 D-Production Clone:

From the seller –

“This light weight 1978 Porsche 924 came from the factory with no sunroof and no power windows and somewhere along the line a fiberglass Al Holbert DP look kit was installed consisting of fiberglass: front fenders, rear flares, and a very aggressive and unique ‘shovel nose’ front spoiler.  The suspension and brakes are from a 944 and provide the five lug conversion which enables real 7&8 x 15″ Fuchs to be mounted and fill up the wide flares.  Rear hatch and spoiler are also from a 944.  The motor has a more aggressive cam and flows into a Ansa free flowing exhaust.  The interior is very nice with excellent condition carpeting, fabric ‘Porsche’ script 944 seats, dash cap, and stereo with a MP3/iPod cord in the glove box.  This is a running and driving 924 but the throwout bearing in the clutch is starting to make some noise and the A/C will need atleast a charge.  No signs of any collision or rust thru issues, there is some minor paint bubbling around the windshield.  While the body is very sound and the body kit was very well done, the paint is a 10 footer – at best.

One very cool looking 924… and with the prices of the 911, 912, and even the 914 skyrocketing upwards, this unique and cheap to buy/maintain Porsche definately offers value with style.  The Fuchs and tires on this 924 alone are worth about a $1,200 – 1,500.00… this whole Porsche can be purchased for not much more than that!”

The seller is correct, this is a 10 footer, maybe a 20 footer at best.  The paint is no good, you can see the oxidation in the pictures.  The suspension, while from a 944, is not set up correctly and has a bit of a monster truck look to it.  I won’t get into the egregious overuse of of emblems, there is no excuse for that.

But what lies underneath is not all that bad.  The interior is clean, the Fuchs are a nice option, and if the body work is solid this could be a decent driver with a reasonable re-spray.  The question then becomes, at $2k or so is this a worthy investment?

I use the term investment loosely as that and 924 are not synonymous.  But you could do much worse in this price range.

<Note: This in fact a D-Production Clone, tip of the hat to Carter J for the clarification>

~Aaron.