Friday, December 12, 2014

5k: Special Ed: 1988 Porsche 924S LeMans

Do you yearn for the prestige of owning a rare car without the downsides of fabricating your own spark plugs from scratch?  There is an easy way to get the best of both worlds, just pickup a special edition of a mass produced car.  You now get a supply of junkyard parts, healthy aftermarket, and that fuzzy tingly feeling of owning something special....or your psoriasis acting up again.  Porsche built over 150,000 examples of the Porsche 924, but only 900 left the factory (500 headed for the USA) as the LeMans special edition.  Find this 1988 Porsche 924 LeMans special edition here on eBay currently bidding for $4,250 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go, located in Washington, D.C.

The LeMans edition was just one of many special edition 924 variants, including the 931 Turbo, Sebring edition, Martini & Rossi edition, and the fabulous Carrera GT.  The LeMans edition included a gaudy teal rocker stripe, LeMans script and cloth upholstered "turbo" sport seats.  It added quite a few bones to the price sheet with zero additional performance, but they are worth a premium today.

This is later 924 S, so the 2.5 liter Porsche engine is much improved from the 2.0 liter VW/Audi van based boat anchor used in earlier non-S editions.  Expect 160 horsepower in this final year of 924 production, more than ample power to push the 2400 lb chassis around.

The LeMans package was released to celebrate Porsche's victory at the famous 24 Hr auto race, so the cloth interior kinda makes sense because you'll never find leather in a real race car.  With only 21k miles on the odometer, this one looks really nice and the seller has done his best to scrum the previous owner's dead skin cells from every surface.  One has to wonder why the seller took really nice professional photos of the inside, but staged the car at a public rest stop for the exterior shots.

See a better car with LeMans in the name that is priced for LeMons?


  1. Now where did I leave my teal Bolle glasses?

  2. The 924S Lemans was delivered with a teal interior based on the description. Awake readers will note that the interior of this 924S is burgindy making it a 924S SE edition with lowered and uprated suspension and off set wheels. These cars are difficult to verify the mileage as the 5-digit odometer frequently breaks and requires replacing or repair. The CARFAX also does not show any odo history, so the car's mileage is not verifiable.

  3. An "as-new" classic Porsche for Toyota Tercel money? Oh yeah, the engine is in the front..

  4. The seller seems like a bit of a dink in the question and answer section of his listing.


  5. This is not a Le Mans 924S.

    The 1988 924S SE (US) and "Le Mans" (ROW) were Club Sport editions aimed at autocross (US term for autotests to UK readers) and club racers. The final 924S RHD 'run-out' versions in 1988 for the UK (just 37 white and 37 black vehicles) had "Le Mans" logos with stripes on their flanks. Officially known at Porsche as the "Sportliches Sondermodell" (loosely translates as Sporting Special Model) their options package list M-755 was more complete than the Special Edition M-756 for the US.

    Only 980 Club Sport option cars were built in total. 500 units M-756 for US black only, 250 GER 200 black and 50 white cars, 230 ROW 113 black and 117 white; totalling 480 units M-755.

    ROW "Le Mans" Edition M-755:
    Only on the final 74, GB supplied, RHD cars were the exterior side stripes broken by scripted ‘Le Mans’ logos on the lower part of the door, while the rims of the holes in each wheel were either in the Ochre (white cars) or Turquoise (black cars). Inside, all the cars featured cloth-upholstered "Turbo" sports seats, with the cloth door panels also colour-coded. They had the 360 mm (14.2 in) steering wheel and all the 74 British M-755 cars came with a 160 bhp (119 kW) engine plus an electric tilt/removable sunroof fitted as standard. They were lowered 10 mm (0.39 in) at the front and 15 mm (0.59 in) at the rear, and fitted with stiffer springs and gas-filled shock absorbers all round. They also had 'Sport' anti-roll bars with diameters of 21.5 mm (0.85 in) at the front but 20 mm (0.79 in), (rather than 14 mm (0.55 in)), at the rear. Wheels were ‘telephone dial’ cast alloy 6J x 15s at the front and 7J x 15s (at the rear).

    ROW M-755 Paint finishes and interiors were also only offered in two colour choices - Alpine White with Ochre/Grey detailing and upholstery - or Black with Turquoise detailing and grey/turquoise upholstery. On ROW cars there was no Le Mans logo, nor striping and the phone dial wheels in white or black matching color had outer rims of respectively ochre or turquoise. ROW Upholstery was the grey/ochre striped flannel cloth with ochre piping for Alpine White cars, or grey/turquoise flannel with turquoise piping for Black cars.

    US market SE:
    Black only paint scheme with optional SE Edition decal. Equipped with manual steering, manual windows and door locks, sunroof delete, radio delete, AC delete, cruise delete, passenger side door mirror delete, wider 15x7 phone dial alloys for the rear while retaining 15x6 in front, and the M030 package which included stiffer springs and Koni shocks. The cars had a unique lightweight gray knit cloth upholstery (which deteriorated very quickly) with maroon pinstriping, and maroon carpeting. The sunroof, A/C, cruise, power steering, passenger door mirror, and radio could be added back optionally.


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