Ultimate Porsche 924 Under the Hammer at Silverstone
Just 17 Porsche 924 GTRs made it into the hands of private buyers so it’s not very often that you have the opportunity to buy one. Luckily for people with pockets deep enough (more on that further down), perhaps the most original Porsche racing car on the planet is to be sold at Silverstone Auctions’ Classic Race Car Sale on 28th July.
This car was imported to Japan when new and has only had two owners in the time elapsed since it was delivered in 1981. And the owners in question have lovingly cared for it, maintaining it with 100% originality and sparing no expense. According to Silverstone Auctions, even the Porsche factory race technician’s initials remain on the engine management box.
In fact, the owners of this car have been so fastidious that since new it has covered just 109km on track at Suzuka and the Fuji Speedway, with each journey being recorded on paper. Though laid up since 2006, the car has been started and run regularly to keep the oily bits in good order and fluids circulated.
Arguably the ultimate transaxle Porsche, 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-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.
So just how deep do your pockets have to be to own this unique piece of Porsche heritage? Well, Silverstone is estimating it will fetch between £475,000 and £575,000 – wholly believable figures and a demonstration that it’s not just the values of 911s that have sky rocketed in recent times.
Keep an eye on the Auction Watch section of GT Porsche as we’ll report back what the 924 Carrera GTR actually sold for.