1986 Porsche 924 S – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Porsche 924 S front side Porsche 924 S front side
Porsche 924 S rear side Porsche 924 S rear side
Porsche 924 S interior Porsche 924 S interior
Porsche 924 S engine Porsche 924 S engine

Astute entry-point to classic Porsche ownership: Rare import model with 944 engine

Porsche’s 924 arrived in 1976, taking the place of the 914 as the Stuttgart shield’s entry-level offering.

For the first time in Porsche history, the car adopted a front-engined liquid-cooled powerplant configuration; initially adopting the 2.5lt inline-four from the Audi 100 (fettled by Porsche).

The improved 944 arrived in 1982, headlined by the now in-house Porsche-developed 2.5lt inline-four.


In overseas markets, however, the 924 continued in production through to 1985, with a 924 S being introduced and produced from 1985 through to 1988. The 924 S took all the 944’s improved technical updates, such as the Porsche 2.5lt engine, brakes, chassis components and interior trim; and wrapped it up in the more classical 924 body.

The 924 S was never sold to Australia officially, but this Champagne example was privately imported from the UK back in 1995. It’s claimed to have spent most of its Australian life in WA, and one of only a few in the country.


It comes numbers-correct with its original engine, comes with books (but pointed out that there’s no history prior to importation), spare key and presents unmodified and very original.

The body is straight with good – but not concours – paint, thanks to a part respray at some stage in its life. There seller states that there is no evidence of any rust save for a tiny spot near the left tail light. The interior too is free of tears and rips, with no cracks in the dash, and complete and functioning electronics – including the power sunroof which has had its plastic gears replaced with more durable bronze units.


Mechanically, the 924 S is described as excellent, with no nasty noises, leaks, or overheating. The seller points out that the car has recently been treated to over $6,000 worth of work and inspection by Sydney Porsche Specialists, and has only covered about 1,000kms since.

The odometer is currently pegged at 75,000kms, and overall looks to be a well-kept example of an uncommon car. It’s certainly an astute pathway into classic Porsche ownership, and there’s little risk of parking up next to another 924 S at your local Porsche meeting!

The car is based in Victoria, and is listed for $25,000 (or nearest offer).

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