Rare Porsche 924 Sells For £495,000
A rare 1981 Porsche 924 GTR sold for £495,000 at Silverstone Classic last weekend. Silverstone Auctions hosted the sale of the car, which had been hidden in Japan for the last 30 years and has only covered 109km on track at Suzuka and Fuji Speedway.
One of 11 competition cars sold at the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, the 924 was imported to Japan when new and has spent its life in the hands of private owners. The car boasts just two owners from new in its lifetime both having spared no expense in maintaining it to factory standards – even the Porsche race technician’s initials remain on the car’s engine management box. Laid up since 2006, the car has been started and run regularly to keep the oily bits in good order and fluids circulated.
The 924 Carrera GTR was a highly focused racing car purpose built for the track. It ran a heavily modified version of the standard car’s 2.0-litre engine tuned to produce (at least) 375bhp giving it a top speed of around 180mph, and four-pot 935 brakes to haul that speed back off again. Tipping the scales at just 930kg, the recoded 4.7-second 0-60 sprint seems almost pessimistic.
Silverstone Auctions sold 72% of the classic car lots on offer at Silverstone Classic, achieving total sales of £4.9million across the event’s three days. A full list of results from the Silverstone Classic Sale, including several Porsche cars, can be found here.