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1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GT Coupé Chassis no. WPOZZZ93ZBN700217 Engine no. 31500229

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1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GT Coupé

1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GT Coupé
Chassis no. WPOZZZ93ZBN700217
Engine no. 31500229

•One of only 406 built
•Delivered new to Germany
•Recently re-commissioned
•Circa 50,000 kilometres recorded

'Porsche has great plans for the 924. The car that began life as a Volkswagen, then became the basic model for the Porsche lineup, is slated to move upmarket until one day it will replace the 911...' - Road & Track, August 1980.

Volkswagen's decision not to proceed with their designed-by-Porsche 914 replacement led to the latter taking on the project themselves. Launched in November 1975, the resulting 924 drew heavily on Volkswagen/Audi components: the 2-litre, four-cylinder, overhead-camshaft engine being a development of the Audi 100's, and the four-speed transaxle a VW unit. A five-speed Porsche-designed gearbox and improvements to the suspension were early developments, and in 1978 came the first truly high-performance 924 - the Turbo. The latter's extra 45bhp raised top speed to around 150mph, and this figure would be further improved upon by the 924 Carrera GT. A road model with competition potential, the luxuriously equipped Carrera GT was launched at the 1979 Frankfurt Show. Easily distinguishable from lesser 924s by virtue of its bonnet air intake and widened wheelarches, the Carrera GT was built in limited numbers - only 406 were made - 400 cars being the minimum requirement to gain homologation for rallying and Group 4 events. The standard version came with 210bhp but this could be boosted to well over 300bhp for racing. Three cars were entered by the works in the 1980 Le Mans 24-Hour Race, finishing 6th, 12th and 13th.

For 1981, in the February of which year the 100,000th 924 left the factory, two more limited edition derivatives of the Carrera GT were offered. Produced for that season only, these were the GTS and GTR, the former being a 245bhp lightweight variant, although still road legal to comply with homologation regulations, while the latter was an even more powerful (375bhp+) competition car intended for racing and rallying. The 924 line was discontinued in 1988.

Delivered new to Germany and first registered in May 1981, this example of one of the rarest of 924 variants is finished in the model's most recognisable colour 'Indischrot' (the majority of cars were sold like this new). This car had been with marque specialists ERPA Porsche in the Netherlands before being registered in 2006 by Porsche specialist Peter Hofstee. The current owner bought the 924 Carrera GT from Mr Hofstee and had it re-commissioned recently. Works carried out include rebuilding the engine, which received new main and connecting rod bearings; new pistons; and a cylinder head overhaul with new valve guides. Other works included a gearbox overhaul, while the clutch, turbocharger, TDC sensor, and cooling fan were all renewed. All works were carried out by a local Porsche specialist: Boxer Motors. Further works undertaken include a full re-spray in the original colour scheme. Accompanying documentation consists of a Porsche Certificate of authenticity and Netherlands registration papers.

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