Porsche 924 GTP Restoration

Porsche Plans A Restoration of A Special 924

2016 marks the fortieth anniversary of one of the most underrated Porsche models, the 924. This model was the first production Porsche model to feature a water-cooled engine and would be the precursor to the 944 and 968. To celebrate this milestone, Porsche is undertaking a restoration project on a special 924.

Back in 1980, Porsche campaigned three 924 GTP race cars at the 1980 24 Hours of LeMans. Each car was driven by teams from Germany, USA and Great Britain - the three biggest markets for Porsche at the time. The GTP featured a number of tricks and changes to make a road-going coupe into a racer. An extensive weight-loss program helped drop weight to 2,050 pounds and a 2.0L turbocharged engine produced 315 horsepower. The car seen in the video is from the Great Britain team, which finished twelfth. This vehicle would be used for testing after LeMans and would be put into Porsche's museum in 1982.

Since that time, this 924 GTP has been left alone. The battle scars and missing body panels have been untouched. But Porsche decided it was time for this vehicle to be restored to its former glory.

To make it happen, Porsche has enlisted the Great Britain office to perform the restoration. The plan is that the various Porsche centers around Great Britain and Scotland will work on key sections of the vehicle. At the time of this writing, the 924 GTP has been stripped down and the various centers have gotten their parts to begin work.

If you are interested in seeing the progress of the 924 GTP restoration, you can check out Porsche's GB page dedicated to this project.

Pic Credit: Porsche


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