1986 Porsche 924S
Three owners from new, the second for 25 years; recent
£22,000 restoration by Parrs; 148bhp 2.5 engine; very smart
When Porsche launched the 924 in November
1975, it marked a radical departure for the company: not only did it have a
front engine, it was also cooled by water rather than air.
Initially Porsche fans were not entirely convinced but,
once behind the wheel, few could find anything to complain about. With its front
engine, rear transaxle layout, the 924 was a fabulously well-balanced machine
that actually out-handled the wayward 911.
Initially power came from a 2.0 123bhp four-cylinder
engine but from 1986 this was replaced by a larger 2.5 engine from the Porsche
944 which produced 148bhp. Usually supplied with a five-speed manual gearbox, a
fully automatic version was also offered – the first Porsche ever to have this
At two-thirds the price of a 911, the 924 was a huge
success for Porsche and remained in production until 1988, effectively saving
the company at a difficult time in its history (and also inspiring the
suspiciously similar Mazda RX7).
Supplied new by AFN of Guildford in January 1986, this
lovely 924S Automatic has had just three owners to date, the first lady owner
keeping it for six years and the second Doctor owner keeping it for 25 years
(1993 – 2018). Options include Teledial alloy wheels; electric door mirrors;
remote central locking; power steering; electric sunroof; electric windows and
rear window wiper.
It has covered 150,500 miles with a good service history
comprising nine stamps in the book up to 149,672 miles in March 2018 plus
invoices for another three services which makes 12 in total, the last service
being carried out less than 500 miles ago. However, the service record only
tells part of the story because what makes this 924 special are the other
invoices that come with it.
In December 2006 the car was subject to a Cat D insurance
loss (not difficult as 924s were worth very little at the time) but the Doctor
had the damage repaired and carried on using it. In 2015 he demonstrated just
how attached he was to the car by sending it to Porsche specialists Parr of
Crawley for a money-no-object restoration. Over the next two years it was
treated to an extensive rebuild which cost over £22,000. This included an
overhaul of all mechanical aspects with many new parts, a rebuilt gearbox,
partial interior retrim and a full bodywork restoration, all detailed in copious
invoices on file.
As you would expect the car now looks very smart indeed
although there is a dent on the right corner of the front valance (see last
photo on website) and there are some minor silicone pimples in the paint on the
bonnet which are not possible to show in photos. It comes with all its original
hand books and an MOT until March 2021 with no advisories recorded. Being
offered here at a fraction of the costs lavished on it to date, this freshly
rejuvenated 924S will make a great entry-level Porsche for the lucky new owner.
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