1975 Porsche 924

The Porsche 924 was originally a VW / Audi project; the car was designed by Porsche, and used as many off-the-shelf VW and Audi parts as possible, including a lot from the VW LT Van, as well as its engine. Unfortunately, Porsche found itself in the situation of having no cheap sports car to sell, and decided to take on the 1975 Porsche 924 for its own. I could say that it was a bad move, but it is what it is. There is no way that car could have passed for a Porsche; front engine notwithstanding. The problem, if you can call it that, is that the car was a relative commercial success, even though it was quite under-powered (for a Porsche), until the arrival of a Turbo model a few years later. Never underestimate the number of people that want a car just for the name…

1975 Porsche 924
1975 Porsche 924

The Porsche 924 was equipped with the VW Van engine, a 2-liter, four-cylinder affair that managed to produce 125 horsepower, but was a little rough around the edges. It was enough, however, to guarantee the 924 a 125 miles per hour top speed, and an acceleration to 60 in just under 10 seconds. Despite these less-than-stellar figures, the 924 had excellent balance – it was designed by Porsche, after all – which gave it a crisp and pleasant handling.

The 1975 Porsche 924 and its successors were by no means great cars, but they managed to endear themselves to thousands, and will be fondly remembered; the last 924’s were produced in 1985. If the 924 had been a VW, as it was after all, made by them, it would have been a fantastic car.

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