This pristine example has just 68 miles on it.
Buying one of Porsche’s vintage, factory-prepped race cars is generally a very expensive undertaking, often costing millions of dollars. However, buyers willing to cast a wider net than the usual 911 and 356 competition vehicles can find lower prices. For example, Silverstone Auctions will offer one of seventeen examples of the 924 Carrera GTR on July 28. It will sell for an estimated 475,000 to 575,000 pounds ($698,000 to $844,500), which will be almost a bargain by rare Porsche standards.
The 924 Carrera GTR was the ultimate evolution of the roadgoing coupe. Porsche offered the hotter 924 in three flavors: Carrera GT, GTS, and GTR. Each one was more exotic than the last. Customers who bought the top variant got a dry-sump version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 375 horsepower and 299 pound-feet of torque, which routed to the rear wheels through a five-speed dogleg gearbox. A fully adjustable suspension and four-piston brakes from the 935 aided work on the track, and an integrated roll cage helped driver safety. One of them even scored a class victory at Le Mans in 1982.
However, this example doesn’t have any professional racing provenance and is in pristine condition. The coupe went to Japan in 1981, and a wealthy businessman used it a handful of times at Suzuka and Fuji Speedway. His records showed he drove the car a mere 68 miles in seven years before putting the Porsche into storage. He then sent the 924 to a specialist shop once a year for service.
Silverstone Auctions claims this might be the most original Porsche race car in existence because of its low miles. The new buyer gets to experience a practically untouched competition vehicle from the famous company 35 years after the coupe left the workshop.
Source: Silverstone Auctions