The Porsche 924 was produced from 1976 to 1988 and served as the successor to the 914 model. The idea for the 914’s successor was first proposed in 1972, though it took four more years for the actual development to take shape, coinciding with the escalation of the oil crisis. The 924 was the first Porsche that had a front-mounted engine, which was somewhat contradictory to Porsche’s trademark. However, this did not hinder the 924’s period of successful sales and production. Consequently, the 924 has now evolved into a highly coveted classic car.
Initially, Porsche intended to produce the 911 only temporarily. However, the sales of the 911 exploded, leading to further production. This presented Porsche with a ‘luxury problem’ as they feared an abrupt drop in sales if they relied solely on only one car. Therefore, an entry-level model was deemed necessary, and it was previously sold as the '912', then as the '914', and in 1976 the 924 came to market. The design team at Porsche was asked to create an entry-level Porsche that could accommodate four people comfortably while still embodying the sporty Porsche charisma. In 1976, they succeeded with the introduction of the 924. It was a sporty Porsche coupe that fulfilled its promise of seating four individuals, but it was atypical for Porsche because it housed a four-cylinder engine from the Audi 100 in the front. This led to some initial criticism of people stating that it was not a ‘real Porsche’. Nevertheless, times have changed, and the 924 models have garnered true admiration over the years. This is shown in the appreciating value of these models, which, like the iconic 911, make for a sound investment.
Another unique feature of the Porsche 924 was its pop-up headlights, which significantly improved the car's aerodynamics, and its nearly balanced weight distribution, achieved through the combination of a front-mounted engine with a rear-mounted transmission. Both these aspects contributed to its popularity, and by 1988, approximately 120,000 924’s had been sold, following several different variants and minor facelifts.
Porsche 924 S
In 1984, Audi ceased production of the 2-litre engine that Porsche had ‘borrowed’ for the 924. Porsche responded by equipping the 924 with a 2.5-litres engine from the parallelly produced and intended successor, the 944. The modified 2.5 model was then sold as the '924 S' and remained in production from 1985 to 1988.
Both the Porsche 924 and the 924 S are fun and affordable classic cars for enthusiasts. The maintenance costs are lower compared to those of a 911, making it easy to find a well-maintained 924. Nonetheless, the 924 models have received immense appreciation, which is also reflected in their value.
Top speed: 215 km/h (134 mph)