words by pablo deferrari
let's start with the 924.
you see, Porsche wanted to re-emphasize the fact that this car was indeed a Porsche and not lead you to believe that some yobbo simply slapped a Porsche emblem for the sake of prestige. so in order to make this fact a bit more bona fide, and not something that could easily be forged, they also used an adhesive film on the rear glass that read "Porsche."
no mistake would ever be made. maybe they too, meaning Porsche, wanted to convince themselves of its pedigree as well because we would also see this double badging continuing with the 944 series; both under the rear tail lamps and embossed into the spoiler. precisely why they chose to repeat this fact probably went to the grave with it's originators.
so, beginning with MY 1979, the 924 got the adhesive label versions, this time with "924," in black or white, on the upper right hand corner, and "Porsche," also in black or white, along the entire length of the panel beneath the rear lights that would continue on until MY 1991, the last 944...the S2.
from a collector's perspective, even though the 924 remained pretty much unchanged from birth up until 1985, the early versions had this unique, if not subtle, difference to them making them just a bit more special. it also makes for an obvious visual clue for the budding aficionado to spot the differences.
all told, I really dig the "Porsche" script on the glass...it has a pretty refined, sophisticated look to it much like the script on the Porsche 5621 series sunglasses...it looks cool as hell. and apparently, only a handful, something like 4000 out of the 52,303 cars made from '76 to '78, got this label on the glass.
so count yourself amongst the elite if you have one of these early 924s.