1981 Porsche 924 Turbo

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Silver | Coupé | 5 Speed Manual | 2.0 litre | 107,721 kms | SOLD

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Launched in 1977, the Type 924 was Porsche’s very first front-engined, water-cooled car (though the 928 was designed earlier, it wasn’t released until a few months later) and would go on to spawn an entirely new generation of cars from Stuttgart.

Just like an underground band with a cult following dedicated to their own particular brand of neo wave-alt-prog-roots-funk-revival, the Type 924 has a vehemently loyal fan base for its radical break from Porsche traditions as well as its reliability, practicality, and handling — the latter of which was said to be superb, with Excellence magazine calling it “the best handling Porsche in stock form”.

Penned by Harm Lagaay, who also designed the 911 993 and Carrera GT, the 924 featured a rear-mounted transaxle, sophisticated suspension and bodywork that was both incredibly aerodynamic and safe for the time.
Updated in 1979 with the availability of a five speed manual and rear disc brakes, power was also upped to 110HP and in the same year a turbocharged model ingeniously named the “924 Turbo” was launched producing a hefty 170 HP and marketed as the most powerful 2 litre prodiction sports car in the world. Performance was now within ear shot of the heavier, more exxy 180HP 911 Super Carrera.

The car offered is an Australian delivered, Porsche 924 Turbo sold new by John Newell Porsche Centre, Sydney on the 11th of September, 1981.

Meticulously maintained from new, this rare car was ordered in Diamond Silver Metallic over Black leatherette with Pinstriped Velour inserts and features the complete “Lux Pack” including air-conditioning, electric windows and mirrors, tinted glass, rear windscreen wiper, heated rear-window, rear privacy screen, leather gear shifter as well as the factory fitted leather bound 911 Turbo steering wheel- small and sporty to handle.

Back to basics in the best possible way, inside the sporty cockpit all of the original switch gear is in superb condition, the retro green and orange VDO gauges are crystal clear, even the analogue clock still works, the leather steering wheel is firm to the touch and the seats present as if new.

Outside, the car still features its original lattice turbo wheels with Pirelli P1 tyres, the NACA bonnet intake and rear spoiler, the body work is to a factory finish and all of the original “924 Turbo” decals are still present. Even the original John Newell dealer sticker is in the rear window, all tell-tale signs of a well maintained car.

Recently subject to a detailed service whilst also replacing the front shocker mounts and upper steering bushes, after a short drive behind the wheel of this proper driver’s car listening to the turbo spool, feeling the incredibly linear acceleration and exceptional handling it’s easy to fall in love. The pop-up head lights never lose their novelty either…

The car comes with its original stamped books including Driver’s Manual, and Guarantee and Maintenance booklet bound within its Porsche wallet as well as receipts for servicing so often lost. The original John Newell Service card is in the booklet too.

With great provenance including being recently celebrated at the Stuttgart Porsche museum, campaigned on track including the Le Mans 24 hrs race in 1980 and eminently usable either day to day or for threading through winding weekend roads the 924 Turbo is fast becoming a true collectors item.

Incredibly hard to find in such well-maintained condition, this Australian delivered 924 Turbo would make the perfect addition to any garage or collection. Bang for buck, you cannot beat this totally engaging and rare sports classic.

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