The Porsche 924 was getting old when they introduced the 924S version, but that doesn't mean it isn't a good used car to get today, especially when you consider how cheap you can find a low production version like the SE (Special Edition). It also benefits from all the learning of the years of 924 production and ends up being best of the breed (short of the extremely limited production 924 Carrera GT). Find this 1988 Porsche 924S Special Edition offered for $10,000 in Alameda, CA via craigslist. Tip from Kaibeezy.
In 1988 as production of the 924 came to an end, Porsche released a club racer edition called the SE (Special Edition) in the USA and "LeMans" for the rest of the world. It was only available in black and was equipped with manual steering, manual windows/locks, no sunroof, no radio, no AC, no cruise control, no passenger side mirror, and wider wheels in the rear. A buyer could add back some of those comfort options, or could continue into track territory with the M030 suspension package (Koni shocks, stiff springs), M220 limited slip diff -- which is what the original buyer of this car appears to have done.
The 924S tosses the Audi sourced inline-4 from the older 924 and instead is powered by the Porsche 2.5 liter inline-4 from the 944. Power was up to 160 horsepower in 1988 (same rating as the earlier 2.0 liter 924 turbo) and performance was excellent once you factor in the 2400 lb curb weight.
The 924S SE came with a special set of grey cloth seats with maroon piping and maroon carpets. This one looks nice and the 88k miles on the odometer are probably true (be sure to verify miles with oil change receipts and other ways because the odo gears are susceptible to damage that allows the car to rack up the miles without counting them. The repair is cheap and easy if you do-it-yourself, but many owners would wait until they needed to sell the car to replace the broken odometer.)
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