SOTW: Porsche 924


The 924's always been considered something of a runt of the Porker litter. Born out of a joint venture between Porsche and VW in the mid-seventies, it's liberally sprinkled with contents from the VW/Audi parts bin and hampered with a wheezy 2.0-litre engine that saw service in the Audi 100 and - whisper it - the VW LT van (though later on in its life it did get upgraded to a 2.5-litre lump).


But a cheaper and easier way into Porsche ownership you are unlikely to find. Its powertrain's lowly origins mean it's not a car for Porsche purists, but that just makes all the more likely to fall into the clutches of the Shed £1k budget.

And cheap doesn't necessarily mean nasty. The cars were built by VW at the old NSU factory under Porsche's obsessive quality control. Bodyshells were fully galvanised and the inevitably sluggish acceleration is offset by sweet handling, thanks to a 52:48 front-to-rear weight distribution.

The 924's also a pretty practical touring proposition: it's got rear seats - sort of - and decent boot space. There's even a racing series for 924s that's been going for nearly 20 years, run by the BRSCC and Porsche Racing Drivers Association.


This one looks pretty tidy, the ad proudly proclaiming that 'this is not your usual rubbish'. It's been the previous owner's daily driver and has a pile of receipts to go with it. Wheels and bodywork look to be in good nick, and the beige 'n' brown World of Leather interior looks remarkably scuff-free.

It's worth bearing in mind, though, that a 27-year-old car will need a bit more regular maintenance than a youngster. And although the 924 has a fairly solid reputation for reliability, if anything does go wrong you'll be potentially faced with some nasty Porsche-priced parts bills. Water leaks and electrical gremlins are particular bugbears.

Even so, if you've got a hankering for a coupe with retro-tastic pop-up headlights and a celebrated badge on the nose, now might be an opportune time to get one. The 924 might just be one of those Shed-today, classic-tomorrow cars...


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THIS IS NOT YOUR USUAL RUBBISH.
THIS CAR HAS BEEN USED EVERY DAY BY ITS PREVIOUS OWNER AND HAS BEEN A VERY RELUCTANT SALE FOR HIM.
IT WAS ONLY SOLD AS HE NEEDED A FAMILY CAR FOR HIS 2 KIDS, AND THE PORSCHE WAS NOT GOING TO DO THAT JOB.
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THE CAR IS MOT,D UNTILL DECEMBER 2012, AND IT IS TAXED UNTILL MAY 2012, SO THE CAR IS READY TO DRIVE AWAY.......AND DRIVE IT DOES WITH EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING.


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THE BODYWORK IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION AND THE WHEELS ARE PERFECT.

OVERALL THIS IS A VERY USABLE CLASSIC CAR AND I HAVE BEEN DRIVING IT MYSELD BEFORE PUTTING IT UP FOR SALE, AND THIS HAS GIVEN ME THE CONFIDENCE IN THIS CAR TO SAY THAT IT WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN.

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  • wildcat45 03 Feb 2013

    Well the 944 SOTW inspired me, and I found this thread.

    And on the back of it, I went out to see a Guatds Red 924 S today.

    You know, for a 27 year old car it wasn't bad at all. A massive service file, last owner for 10 years, not much wrong bodywise, apparently mechanically sound. The interior could do with a littoe bit of TLC and it had a nice period working Blaupunkt stereo.

    But.....

    The inside roof was as wet as an otter's pocket.

    I am guessing its the sunroof. The tilt motor worked but the roof stayed put.

    The vendor, an indy said he was selling the car as is for 1500 quid.

    There tealoy was a lot of water coming in. Theree were bits of the inside with white grwth on it. I sed to get ths in an MGF I owned, so I know that is easy to sort.

    But what about the leak?

    I know it could just be a blocked drain.......if not, what the worst case scenario for fixing this arts and cost wise?


  • green944 28 Apr 2012

  • green944 28 Apr 2012

    Latest restoration project of a 77 resida green 924
    Follow the thread here http://prsche924.freeforums.org/1977-resida-green-...

  • green944 28 Apr 2012

    green944 said:
    924 enthusiasts club meets

    http://prsche924.freeforums.org/index.php
    The 924 enthusiasts club is a new club,dedicated to all the front engined porsches,we have members with 944s,968s,928s and 924s

    Edited by green944 on Tuesday 24th April 21:28
    New 968 owner just joined,we also need more 944s and 928s

  • green944 23 Apr 2012

    924 enthusiasts club meets

    http://prsche924.freeforums.org/index.php
    The 924 enthusiasts club is a new club,dedicated to all the front engined porsches,we have members with 944s,968s,928s and 924s

    Edited by green944 on Tuesday 24th April 21:28

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