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Six Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Porsche 924

  • The Porsche 924 is something of a hero. When you say "Porsche", most people automatically think of the iconic 911. It was the 924 and its successful run from 1976 to 1988 that both saved the company from financial ruin and provided the necessary funds to kick start the 911's development.

  • Just a year after it came out, the Porsche 924 was already a star on TV! From 1978 to 1991, it was the car driven around by J. R. Ewing, one of the main cast-and one of the more controversial characters-of the extremely popular American series, Dallas. Apart from that, the car also featured-albeit less prominently-in some famous movies like Lethal Weapon.

  • In a nod to its European racing pedigree, the first Porsche 924s to arrive in America had black and white checkered flag design for its seat fabric as well as on the door panel. When it comes to valuing older 924s for re-sale, this one little detail sometimes becomes deal breakers for very serious collectors.

  • Everyone knows that Porsche's come from Germany, and that Germans are world-famous for their manufacturing genius and unmatched quality. In a rare act of reaching out and fostering foreign relations (a rarity with European manufacturers at the time), Porsche hired an American, Tony Lapine to design the water-cooled 924. He stayed on with the manufacturing giant for several decades until his death in April 29, 2012.

  • In the era when the Porsche 924 came out, it was easy for people to confuse Porsche and fellow-German auto manufacturer Volkswagen. The confusion was understandable as there were no exclusive Porsche dealerships at the time-Americans had to buy Porsches from VW dealers! This would become an interesting foreshadowing as Porsche would later acquire a sizable share of VW.

  • The 924 has its own racing series in the United Kingdom run and maintained by the Porsche Racing Drivers Association. The Championship began in 1992, and was headed by Jeff May until his death in 2003. As one might guess, only 924s were allowed to participate and compete. The very first cup went to Dave Clark who drove a modified 924S.

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  • The Most Common Gripes with the Porsche 924 17 January 2013

    The Porsche 924 has a very special place in the German manufacturer's history. Before being the luxury sports car brand that it was today, it struggled through the 70s just to keep afloat. It was the 924 that saved the day for Porsche-generating enough revenue to raise the company up and providing the funds to promote the development of the 911 which would go on to be one of Porsche's most iconic and recognizable brands. Today the 924 is considered a classic, and a dream of sorts to many collectors. The following are the most common problems encountered with the 924.


    Showing its age

    Because of the age of the Porsche 924, a lot of the body work did not benefit from zinc-plating-especially those released prior to 1980. This zinc plating is the reason why a lot of vehicles today remain in tip-top, un-rusted condition even under the worst circumstances. The rusting on the 924 is most visible in the car's lowest extremities. Particularly vulnerable areas include the roof gutters, lower door sections, and the front wing edges. Apart from the aesthetic, rusting can cause a dangerous breakdown in the body.

    While the solution may be obvious, it is not advisable for anyone to undertake anti-rusting themselves. Unless the one doing so is a trained or experienced restorer, doing so might do more harm than good. Zinc-coating after such restoration is advisable.


    Can't get going

    Another problem commonly manifested by the Porsche 924 is that it will occasionally be difficult to start. Many immediately assume that it has to do with oil leaks or faults with the engine block itself. This is a dangerous assumption that has led many to splurge on engine re-tunes or replacements only to find that the problem persists. The many fault lies within the fuse and relay box. Over time, the contacts inside the box fuse completely open or closed due to repeated heat-ups. While the problem is extremely inconvenient, it is not as dangerous or life-threatening as one might think.

    An upgrade to Porsche's more modern DME relay permanently fixes the problem-the trick is to get it brand new.