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Up for auction is a rare 1981 Porsche 924 GTR Tribute car.  After a 10 year labor of love, I have decided to place this one-of-a-kind street legal/track monster up for sale.  This is a rare 1981 “all options delete" European Spec normally aspirated 924  (ebay wouldn’t accept the European vin number so I had to fudge the year to get it to stick, but it is a 1981 model).    Very unusual to even see a European 924 in the US let alone one that has been built to GTR dimensions. 
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replica of the American liveried Porsche 924 GTR driven by Barth/Schurti (this is an ex-Holbert 924 restored by Freisinger to look like GTR 003)
Here are the important bits:

-         European spec 9.3:1 compression ratio n/a engine

-          Weber Throttle Body (with ported intake manifold to handle increase in air volume)

-          Custom Bosch K-Jetronic air/fuel Induction System (w/cone filter) with increased fuel flow

-     Straight through exhaust system with original European resonator and racing headers.  No muffler (original bolt-on exhaust with cat is included however).  Has bung for O2 sensor in header (AFR gauge uses this).

-          85,770 original miles (138,000 Kilometers)…..yes the kilometers counter on the speedo still works! 

-          All gauges are metric and are original to the car 

-          Used Mobil 1 synthetic oil since it was introduced in the mid 80’s.

-          Sunroof deleted from factory to save weight (all US spec cars came with sunroofs)

-          All other power options deleted at factory to save weight

-          Lexan rear hatch (saves 50 pounds!)

-     Lightweight Fiberglass Hood (inner and outer shell, retains hood latch as well for street requirements)

-     5 point Sabelt camlock harness (driver side only, original belts are in place as well for street requirements)

-     Sparco racing seats both driver and passenger

-          Lexan Lemans style sliding side windows (lemans correct for 1981).  Does not have roll up windows.  Side windows are fixed lexan.

-          5 speed manual trans (very tall gearing for autobahn touring)

-          Still wears factory original Alpine White paint job (Please NOTE!  Body work is white or in white primer and needs to be finished properly for concourse events.  I was just having too much fun with it the way it is I never got around to it).

-          3 Piece 17x10 custom offset  Compomotive “center-lock-look” wheels up front 255/40 Sumitomo HTRz’s  Tread like new.

-          3 Piece 17x12 custom offset Compomotive “center-lock-look” wheels out back with 315/35 Sumitomo HTRz’s  Tread like new.

-          Koni adjustable “Yellows” up front with Ground Control height adjustable coil-overs w/250 lb springs. 

-     Ground Control adjustable camber plates up front as well

-          Koni adjustable “Reds” out back with height adjustable coil-overs w/350 lb springs (retained and indexed rear torsion bars to give a variable compression rate under very hard cornering).

-     Front Sway Bars upgraded to 26 mm and Rear Sway Bars upgraded to 18mm.

-          Estimate HP at 175 (which for a car this light makes you feel like you are flying!!)

-          6 point Autopower rollcage (legal for SCCA/PCA/NASA/Vintage, etc…..)

-          On-board Halonex fire suppression bottle

-          Four wheel cross drilled/vented disc brakes with stainless steel DOT braided lines.  Fronts are ducted as well with high heat tubing (no spongy pedal at track days ever!)
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replica of the American liveried Porsche 924 GTR driven by Barth/Schurti (this is an ex-Holbert 924 restored by Freisinger to look like GTR 003)
-          Real billet aluminum Lemans RSR fuel fillers on each side (functional tribute pieces not meant for putting fuel into) – UBER Rare!!!$$$$

-          Custom made aluminum-look fuel filler pipes leading from RSR filler valves into rear valance area (tribute pieces not meant for putting fuel into)

-          Real 924GTR dry sump oil filler cap (functional tribute piece not meant for putting oil into) – UBER Rare!!!$$$$$

-          Real Porsche RSR/956/924GTR Boost Controller Knob and assembly (brand new unused condition and currently not connected) – UBER Rare!!!$$$$$

-          Custom designed/track tested glass-fiber front splitter, creates gobs of downforce!  Necessary for any Daytona track events (ie: Rennsport Reunions)!

-          1981 Lemans correct body work as used on 924GTR #36 924-004 (Hugo Boss Entry).   

-          1981 Lemans correct rear spoiler/wing – UBER Rare!!!

-          1981 Lemans correct lighting package:  4x6 main beams (high and low) and factory correct Bosch fog/turn indicator pods (the factory used Porsche 928 fogs and turn indicators paired them up then flipped them over so they would fit the front body profile of the GTR).  Fog Light  Covers are also included to protect expensive fogs at track events (or state inspections!)

-          1981 Lemans correct interior layout for the 924 GTR:  The 1981 924 GTR Lemans “Hugo Boss” #36 (924-004) entry was actually the same car used for the 1980 Lemans car #4 (924-004) and so 924-004 retained its original “flat dash” for the 1981 running of Lemans as well.  HOWEVER, it’s sister car, the #1 Hugo Boss 944GTP entry of 1981 had the newer “integrated” dash/console configuration that was used well into the eighties with the 924GTR BF Goodrich entries in 1982, and various GTR IMSA offshoots thereafter.

-          924 GTR correct shifter and solid aluminum knob

-     1981 Lemans correct side view mirrors with correct custom mounts

-          Correct Bosch battery cutoff in center console (functional tribute item currently not hooked up)

-      VDO metric gauges with flat-front glass with Lemans correct anti-glare bezels around each one, gauges placed in correct 924GTR layout.
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replica of the American liveried Porsche 924 GTR driven by Barth/Schurti (this is an ex-Holbert 924 restored by Freisinger to look like GTR 003)
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the original Porsche GTP 001 prototype
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the original Porsche GTP 001 prototype
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the original Porsche GTP 001 prototype
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replica of the American liveried Porsche 924 GTR driven by Barth/Schurti (this is an ex-Holbert 924 restored by Freisinger to look like GTR 003)
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the original Porsche GTP 001 prototype
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the original Porsche GTP 001 prototype
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the original Porsche GTP 001 prototype dash
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in the 1981 Le Mans race, the 36 Hugo Boss car was actually a 924 GTR raced by Schurti/Rouse in IMSA GTO class that came in 11th. in that same race, Barth/Rohrl came in 7th in the 924 GTP (006) number 1 Hugo Boss car.
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the German liveried Porsche 924 GTR 004 driven by Barth/Schurti
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replica of the American liveried Porsche 924 GTR driven by Barth/Schurti (this is an ex-Holbert 924 restored by Freisinger to look like GTR 003)
the point was missed...by a very wide margin.

this car can't be seen as simple creation of a replica that fell short by lacking a turbo-charged engine. nor is/was the bidding starting at 25K a cue for one to criticize the value of what really is just a stripped 924 with swollen fenders; had any of these points crossed your mind, I'd go so far as to say you're behaving like a elitist oik with a collection of small screwdrivers and a penchant for ironing your socks because you were caught with your willy in your hand as a kid and ordered to pursue a more productive endeavour.

cull your snickering and look at this car not through a small window of it's shortcomings, but by the pedestal the builder of this machine has put the forlorn 924 on. in fact, what he's really done, in a serendipitous fashion, was to peg the car many so-called Porsche purists turn their nose up on to a level that rivals the stale, over-published, and overplayed 911 RS/ST/R Gruppe creations.

a complete volte face was needed in what seems to be the never ending 911 masturbation era we're witnessing, and this car is just the one to do it. rid your vocabulary of terms such as replica, tribute, clone, or any other such coy euphemisms suggesting a forgery...this is far more than that; it's a jubilee, a celebration of one of the most important Porsches born during what was nearly the period of ruination for the Marque.

while the six examples created have been retired and locked away for the sake of preservation and taken out on special occasions, this 924 will be the reason why the newspaper delivery boy who has never seen such a car will develop a newly found fascination with a generation of Porsches that have been nearly forgotten and drowned out by the cheers for the 911. the younger generation needs to see this car whoosh by them on any street to know of its existence much like a Muira or 400i.

I can't help but think this sort of celebration will catch on amongst the ranks of vintage Porsche enthusiasts. that this owner took the initiative to do proper research is another reason one might consider following suit from a slightly different historical angle, perhaps with the 924 GTP 16-valve, or GTS. 

the images I've complimented the jubilee version with will help one see exactly how close and precise the builder chose to get with what technically looks more like a GTP...of course, nothing will be aesthetically perfect from an assembly standpoint, but neither is Porsche's approach when it concerns a handful of cars destined for the rigors of competition.

it's been offered for sale a little longer than it should've been; enthusiasts don't seem ready to justify such an expense for a car of little importance. one thing is certain, though, its future custodian will surely become a pioneer of a new movement whose time is fast approaching...best to get in line now while you still can.

highball!


for a bit more history on the GTP, see our article here:


http://www.flussigmagazine.com/1/post/2014/08/1981-porsche-924-gtp-the-first-944-prototype.html

the listing:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1981-Porsche-924-GTR-Lowered-Price-NO-RESERVE-/161492319724?_trksid=p2054897.l4275
 


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