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10 Porsches To Buy Now, Before They Are Out Of Reach: Part 10 – Porsche 924

By   August 1, 2013

Porsche 924

Porsche 924

We have finally come to the last post in a ten part series about 10 Porsches that are currently within a reasonable budget, but that may become very valuable in the future. In part one we covered the Porsche 911 SC, in part two we covered the 911 Carrera 3.2, in part three we covered the 911 (993), in part four we covered the 911 (964), in part five we covered the 912, in part six we covered the 914, in part seven we covered the 928, in part eight we covered the 968 and in part nine we covered the 944. In this post we will cover the Porsche 924.

Below is the list of Porsches that we covered in other posts. Please note that the order of the Porsches in the below list is the order that they were covered, but not necessarily the order of what is more likely to become valuable.

  1. Porsche 911 SC
  2. Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2
  3. Porsche 911 (993)
  4. Porsche 911 (964)
  5. Porsche 912
  6. Porsche 914
  7. Porsche 928
  8. Porsche 968
  9. Porsche 944
  10. Porsche 924

The Porsche 924 is the real dark horse in this list. The 924 was original designed by Porsche for Volkswagen. VW later decided against building the car and Porsche bought back the design and built the car to be marketed as a Porsche. The car featured great handling thanks to its front engine and rear transaxle design.

The biggest thing that brought the 924 down was the use of an Audi engine. While in Europe the car got a decent for the time 125 horsepower, when launched the car had less than 100 horsepower here in the United States due to meeting emissions regulations. This along with vibrations from the engine made it a car that got mixed reviews.

The performance of the 924 took a jump with the Turbo model. However, once the 944 was released the performance of the new car provided about the same performance without the turbo lag and in a better looking package. The 924 S model was later released and it had a slightly detuned all Porsche engine from the 944 that put out 150 horsepower. Many thought that this should have been the car that the 924 started as.

There is one model variant that is a modern classic. The Porsche 924 Carrera GT (and later there were a few GTS models sold) took the 2.0-liter Audi engine and made it quite a performer thanks to an intercooled turbocharged engine. The road car could go from 0 to 60 mph in about 6 seconds. The car was sold in a very limited run and featured styling close to that of the 944. The Carrera GT was built with racing in mind and in 1980 a Carrera GTR finished 6th overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning its class in that race.

There were only a few 924 Carrera GTs made and they often fetch a good amount of money. Beyond this the car was not originally sold in the United States, so only a few are in this country after being exported at a later date. The 924 Carrera GT is one to buy if you can afford it as it is already collectible.

But for most of us a Carrera GT is out of reach and we would need to look at a different 924. The best model in the lineup is the S model. It offered the best all around performance and is less common that some of the other 924 models. The Turbo would be the next most desirable, but it is the maintenance that really kills your investment on these cars.

The normal 924 has pretty rock solid internals, but they don’t tend to be well looked after. This leads to you being able to find a 924 for $1,200 or less. Having said that if you keep your eye out you can find a well-maintained clean car for around $2,000. For a well-maintained Turbo you are looking at $3,000-$4,000 and for a 924 S it will run you between $4,000-$6,000.

The non-Carrera GT 924 lineup is the most affordable Porsche you can currently buy. Most of the cars have fallen into the hands of those that can’t afford to take care of them. Because of this good original cars are becoming scarce and it is possible that the car could become valuable if two things happen. First enough of the cars would need to rust away or be totaled so that they are very rare. The next thing would be that they would have to become very sought after. The first seems very possible, but the second doesn’t seem as likely.

If you buy a 924 try to buy the best car that you can afford. These cars are pretty cheap, but some repairs can be pricey, so a Pre-Purchase Inspection is always a good idea. The earlier cars are also prone to rust so, keep an eye out for that.

If you do buy a Porsche 924 enjoy the car for what it is, a great handling car with decent performance (at least in the S and Turbo models). No matter if the car does become valuable at some point or not, you will get a fun car with a Porsche badge on the front.

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Video: The Racing Story Of The Porsche 917

By   August 1, 2013

Porsche 917

Porsche 917

Porsche and racing go hand and hand. The German performance car maker has a history of being one of the most successful companies when it comes to winning races. Many great racing machines have been made by the company, but none is more legendary than the Porsche 917. This was a car that in the late ’60s and early ’70s could go from 0 to 124 mph in 5.3 seconds and keep going to just over 240 mph.

This video is about the history of the 917 and how it was such an incredible car. It features interviews with people involved in racing the car including legendary racing driver, Derek Bell. It contains some great vintage racing footage and gives a sense of what the car was like to drive.

The video is for the “Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed” exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The exhibit will have two 917s including a 16 cylinder car that was never raced, but was developed by Porsche as a possible next generation car.

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5 Best Production Sports Cars Of All Time

By   July 31, 2013

Porsche 911 RS

Our List of the 5 Best Production Sports Cars of all Time

There have been some great sports cars made over the years. From modern supercars like the Bugatti Veyron to classics like the Lamborghini Miura there are a lot of great cars to choose from. Some are just incredible straight line performers, while others are more about handling and some can do both well.

We’ve put together what we think are the top 5 sports cars of all time. Checkout the list and see if you agree with us or not.

  • Ferrari 250 GTO
    Ferrari 250 GTO
    The beautiful design and great performance of the 250 GTO make it one of the all time greats. Only 39 examples were sold in order for homologation of the car for racing in the FIA’s Group 3 Grand Touring Car class. These cars are extremely valuable with one going for $35 million dollars in 2012 and they are owned by the likes of Ralph Lauren. When you think of great Ferraris the 250 GTO is pretty much in a class by itself.
  • McLaren F1
    McLaren F1
    The F1 was the first production road car by McLaren and it was a doozy. For a while it was the fastest car in the world with it being able to hit a top speed of 243 mph. Unlike the modern Bugatti Veyron that accomplishes its high speed using many technological tricks and a huge engine, the F1 was all about high horsepower, lightweight materials and great suspension. Oh and it seats three with the driver in the middle, which is about as cool as it gets.
  • Porsche 911
    Porsche 911 RS
    Is there a more iconic sports car than the Porsche 911? The rear-engined car is designed backwards and yet is able to do things that other sports cars only dream of. The car is the pinnacle of engineering taking a platform that performed well, but with finicky the handling, and evolving it into a complete package. Beyond all this there aren’t many sports car models that can say they have been in existence for 50 years.
  • Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
    Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
    The 300SL Gullwing is one of the most recognizable cars in the world. In many ways it can be thought of as the father of supercars. When it was introduced it was the fastest car in the world and could only be enjoyed by the wealthy. When you think of the fact that a car from the ’50s was capable of hitting 160 mph (depending on gearing) that puts it in supercar status right there. Of course the brakes would make that a very scary speed to be driving. Of course it is the “Gullwing” doors that really make it the iconic car that it is.
  • Chevrolet Corvette
    Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
    The Corvette is the American sports car. There have been other sports cars from the United States, but none has been as successful as the Corvette. The model has been with us from 60 years. It started with a lightweight stylish sports car with an inline-6 engine, but it was when a V8 was put into the car that it started to become a legend. While some of the models have had their quirks the car has really grown up and the 2014 Stingray looks like it will be an incredible sports car.

So those are our top 5 sports cars, did your favorite make the list? No matter if you agree with us or not, we want to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Also, if you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to subscribe to this blog for the latest news, videos and lists like this (scroll down to see the subscribe box).

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Pebble Beach Will Celebrate 50 Years Of The Porsche 911 Plus Porsche 918 Spyder

By   July 31, 2013

50 Years Of The Porsche 911 and Porsche 918 Spyder

50 Years Of The Porsche 911 and Porsche 918 Spyder

From August 14th – 18th the Monterey Peninsula is the place for any car enthusiast to be. This year the events will have a lot of great celebrations including a celebration of 50 years of the Porsche 911. The anniversary will be one of the center piece celebrations as part of the 63rd Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The 911 celebration will include a 1972 Martini 2.1 Turbo RSR, the 1978 “Moby Dick” 935, the 1978 “Baby” 935 and two 911 GT1s. These cars will be on display in the garage area of Laguna Seca during the Monterey Motorsports Reunion before moving to Pebble Beach.

The Porsche Zentrum will feature the future of the company with the new Porsche 911 GT3, the new Panamera S E-Hybrid and all the current cars in their lineup. The Porsche 918 Spyder will also be at various locations and will be at the Concours d’Elegance on Sunday.

If you are able to go, Monterey will be great this year. But don’t worry if you can’t go, we will be there keeping you posted on all the happenings (so scroll down to our subscribe box below to make sure you don’t miss anything).

Press Release

Porsche is continuing to celebrate the 50th birthday of its 911 sports car at the 63rd annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with static and dynamic displays of new and historic models. From Aug. 14 – 18, a special, limited edition 50th Anniversary Porsche 911 will be showcased alongside rare Porsche road and racing cars.

The upcoming 918 Spyder hybrid super sports car will be at various locations throughout the Monterey peninsula during the weekend, including at the Porsche Zentrum at Quail Lodge, Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

On Friday, Aug. 16, The Quail Motorsports Gathering will feature a Porsche exhibit highlighting 50 Years of the 911. One of the first 911s sold in the US will be displayed alongside the new 50th Anniversary 911 and the 2014 911 GT3.

The Porsche Zentrum (8000 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel, Calif., 93923) will host the current lineup of Porsche models, including the 2014 911 GT3 and the upcoming plug-in electric Panamera S E-Hybrid, from Aug. 14 – 18.

A special Porsche 911 class, the Weissach Cup will be featured at the 38th running of the Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 911.

A 1972 Martini 2.1 Turbo RSR, the 1978 “Moby Dick” 935, the 1978 “Baby” 935 and not one, but two 911 GT1s will be on display in the garage area of Laguna Seca, before they move to Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for display on Sunday. The latest 911 GT3 Cup car which will race next year in the United Sports Car Racing (USCR) series will debut and be on display all weekend at Laguna Seca.

Video: New Porsche 911 GT3 (991) Launching From 0 To 124 MPH

By   July 31, 2013

The New Porsche 911 GT3

The New Porsche 911 GT3

The new Porsche 911 GT3 looks like it is going to be a very fast and somewhat controversial car. The controversy is largely over the fact that only a seven-speed dual clutch PDK transmission is available in a car that is known as a driver’s car. No matter the transmission and how purists feel about not being able to get one with a traditional manual transmission, the car is very fast.

This video shows just how quick it is. The video shows the speedometer as the 991 GT3 uses launch control to go from 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph). The short video shows you how quickly the speed picks up and how those last 500 revs are just insane. The GT3 is certainly the best value for a modern supercar and just wait until the RS model is made available.

Let us know what you think of the new Porsche 911 GT3 in the comments below.

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