While owning the TR7 and the Metro, I realised I didn't have a good motorway car. I bought a book on Porsches and was pleasantly surprised to find you could buy one for £3000 (in 1991). I read that 924s were being considered classic cars which were relatively fast and reliable. The 'pull out' roof would be quiet on the motorway and make the car fun for the summer when taken out. I thought the best part about owning one would be saying 'I’ve got a Porsche!'
When I decided I wanted one, I checked a few out before buying this turbo. I went to see a black Porsche 924 for £3,400 it was a good looking car, but the passenger door had dropped and the history was a bit patchy. It drove very well, but I wasn't sure about the black paintwork, I think it had been re-sprayed. Looking back, if I had bought the car, I would have been a richer man and might have had a fonder memory of the 'Porsche' Marque.
Many of the Porsches advertised, turn out to be in strange colours and in below par condition. I saw the car I bought, a white 924 Turbo for sale for £4,400 (in 1991). The car was in excellent condition with a FSH. After seeing it, I offered £4,000, which broke me as I was only meant to be spending £3,000. The offer was accepted and I drove home in an incredible amount of car for the money.
The Porsche 924 Turbo was a different beast to the normally aspirated car. It was actually built at the Stuttgart Porsche factory rather than the Audi plant. It had disc brakes all round, 5 stud wheels, a large bore exhaust, and a turbo charged 177bhp engine, which was one of the first engines to be tuned by an engine management system (computer chip). All were later to appear on the new 944. In 1982 when the turbo was built, it was the fastest production car Porsche made, faster then the 911 3.0 litre.
The car lasted three days before blowing its turbo! I got stung with a £2,000 repair bill and was not in the best of moods with the car. I joined the Porsche Club of
I did have some pleasant journeys with the Porsche. I took it to a wedding in Devon and had some good trips going to
I still believe Porsche's are good reliable cars which give a lot of driving pleasure. I would suggest you try and buy one which somebody has owned for at least 4 years and don't take the car to a 'performance specialist' or a Porsche Dealer but to your local mechanic who will look after it for you at a reasonable price (The turbo replacement should of only cost £300 (back in 1991)).