Just what is it about the 924 that makes me want to own one? I remember seeing them when they were in production and thinking "That's a Porsche?? No way man...someone is trying to flog dandelions in a bouquet". Yet today, I find the thought of blasting through tight curves in this nifty and visually attractive package...well, downright appealing. Find this 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo for sale near La Crosse, MI for $4,500 via craigslist.
We all know the story...Porsche needed to ditch air cooled engines, address safety concerns, meet emissions...blah, blah, blah. Lesser known is that the first water cooled Porsche designed might have been the 928, BUT the first water cooled Porsche to roll off the production line was the 924. The timing of the first model in 1976 couldn't have been better. Porsche as a company was struggling badly and the 924 is credited with keeping it from the brink. With just over 150K produced from 1976 to 1988 it was considered a huge success.
Another little known fact...924s also ushered in the arrival of Porsche's first fully automatic transmission. Fortunately, all Turbo's were equipped with the dog-leg 5 speed manual. The interiors were not known for luxury or durability, after all, this was an entry level Porsche in the day. This example looks reasonably decent and could reflect the claimed 90K on the odometer. A psychedelic pasha interior would be the cherry on top but the brown scheme works nicely and does fit with the era.
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When not receiving complaints of "distracted by cars...again" from his wife, Glenn can be found in the kitchen whipping up exotic cuisine and nourishing nosh.