Vaguely VW: 1982 Porsche 924 Turbo – Sold?

by | Mar 2024 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday

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April 8, 2024, Update – We confirmed the listing for this “ClassiFIND” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

In the 1970s Porsche ownership continued to fall under the Volkswagen (“VW”) and Audi umbrella. Porsche leveraged VW’s economies of scale to provide two entry-level sports cars during the 1970s and 1980s. The first was the air-cooled, Type 3 VW powered mid-engined 914 launched in 1970. The second was the water-cooled, inline-four-powered, 924 hatchback.  Originally intended to be a sports car slotted in Volkswagen and Audi’s lineup, Porsche engineers helped with much of the car’s development.  When the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo forved VW management to rethink offering a sports car, Porsche bought the rights to produce the 924.

Initially launched with a 95 horsepower version of Volkswagen’s EA831 naturally aspirated two-liter inline four, the automotive press at the time were not exactly kind to Porsche’s new 2+2 hatchback offering.  This motivated Porsche management to green light the development of a higher-performance version of the 924 that could take advantage of the model’s excellent balance and bridge the gap between the standard 924 and the 911. With successful experience racing with turbocharged cars as well as building the 930 Turbo production car, Porsche chose to use this technology to launch the 924 Turbo for the 1978 model year.

For the 1981 model year Porsche released a revised 924 Turbo Series 2. By using a revised turbocharger with a larger compressor and a smaller turbine running at increased boost, slightly higher compression of 8:1 and an improved fuel injection system with DITC (Digital Ignition Timing Control) ignition triggered by the flywheel, peak power rose to a much more respectable 177 horsepower.

This Pewter Brown Metallic 1982 Porsche 924 Turbo for sale, first spotted on Craigslist in Southhold, New York (Long Island) in March 2024, is reported to be a refurbished dry storage car. While the five-digit odometer reads just under 58K miles, the seller is quick to point out that the total mileage is unknown. The seller incorrectly calls their 924 Turbo a “Stage 2” car when we believe what they meant is that it is a Series 2 example.

Last offered for $12,900, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask aligns with this guide’s six-month results for all Porsche 924 Turbos produced between 1979 and 1983 that recently changed hands.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for recently:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $11,900 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $19,000.

The 1982 Porsche 924 Turbo is a remarkable example of automotive engineering from the early 1980s, blending Porsche’s renowned performance capabilities with innovative turbocharging technology. Introduced as an evolution of the original Porsche 924, the Turbo variant represented a significant leap forward in terms of power, handling, and overall driving experience. Let’s delve into a detailed technical description of this iconic vehicle.

At the heart of the 1982 Porsche 924 Turbo lies a potent powerplant—a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine. This engine was a derivative of the base model’s powertrain but underwent significant upgrades to accommodate forced induction. Equipped with a KKK K26 turbocharger, the engine produced an impressive output of approximately 170 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. This power was routed to the rear wheels through a robust 5-speed manual transmission, providing exhilarating acceleration and top-notch performance on both road and track.

The turbocharging system employed in the 924 Turbo was a key innovation of its time. By harnessing the energy from the engine’s exhaust gases, the turbocharger compressed incoming air before it entered the combustion chambers. This compressed air allowed for a higher air-to-fuel ratio, resulting in increased power output without the need for a larger displacement engine. The integration of a wastegate ensured optimal boost pressure control, preventing over-boost conditions and safeguarding engine longevity.

To complement its spirited performance, the 1982 Porsche 924 Turbo featured a finely-tuned chassis and suspension setup. The front suspension utilized MacPherson struts with lower wishbones, while the rear suspension incorporated semi-trailing arms and coil springs. This configuration provided a balanced blend of agility and stability, allowing the 924 Turbo to carve through corners with precision while maintaining exceptional ride comfort. Furthermore, the inclusion of anti-roll bars at both ends minimized body roll during aggressive driving maneuvers, enhancing overall handling dynamics.

Ensuring effective deceleration capabilities, the braking system of the 924 Turbo was suitably robust. Ventilated disc brakes were utilized on all four corners, providing consistent stopping power even under demanding conditions. Additionally, the incorporation of a dual-circuit hydraulic system with power assistance enhanced brake pedal feel and modulation, allowing for confident braking performance on both road and track.

Externally, the 1982 Porsche 924 Turbo exuded a distinctively sporty and aerodynamic aesthetic. The sleek silhouette was characterized by clean lines, integrated bumpers, and a prominent rear spoiler, all contributing to improved aerodynamic efficiency and enhanced high-speed stability. Signature Porsche styling cues such as the iconic popup headlights and sculpted bodywork further emphasized the car’s pedigree and performance-oriented nature.

Inside the cockpit, the 924 Turbo offered a driver-focused environment tailored to maximize the driving experience. High-quality materials, ergonomic controls, and supportive bucket seats adorned the interior, providing both comfort and functionality. Essential instrumentation such as a tachometer, speedometer, and boost gauge kept the driver informed of vital vehicle parameters, while amenities such as air conditioning and a premium audio system ensured a pleasant driving environment.

The 1982 Porsche 924 Turbo represented a pivotal chapter in Porsche’s storied history, showcasing the brand’s commitment to innovation and performance excellence. Its turbocharged engine, advanced chassis technology, and timeless design elements solidified its status as a true enthusiast’s car, revered by automotive enthusiasts and collectors alike. Despite being produced for only a limited time, the 924 Turbo left an indelible mark on the automotive landscape, serving as a testament to Porsche’s engineering prowess and enduring legacy in the world of high-performance sports cars.

The Hagerty YouTube Channel features this great video by automotive journalist Jason Commisa who makes the case for why the 924 is a relevant Porsche:

As someone who personally took the time to replace the dashboard in a much more complicated 928, I don’t like seeing wavvy plastic dash caps still covering what is likely a cracked dashboard underneath. Restoring the dashboard on a 924 is a much simpler affair and is worth the effort on what is an otherwise nicely preserved car.  We would ask the seller provide undercarriage and engine photos before wiring any money.

If you are serious about buying this 924 Turbo, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their Porsche featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1982 Porsche 924 Turbo Stage 2 car, mileage 56K (TMU)
Refurbished dry storage car, many items replaced or repaired, if interested I will supply a list of everything done to the car. Runs strong.
Will consider interesting trades

Show or go: What would you do with this refurbished 1982 Porsche 924 Turbo for sale? Please comment below and let us know!

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