1k: NACA Ducted: 1979 Porsche 924 Turbo

The Porsche 924 was first released in 1976 and in the ensuing years, countless negative press has been heaped on the Audi van/sedan engine under the hood.  Thankfully in 1979 Porsche introduced a turbocharged version with a few more ponies and a sweet NACA duct on the hood.  Porsche didn’t sell many of the 924 turbo versions in the USA (only 950 in the first year and a total of 7000 by 1983), but if you want a 924, it’s the only one to get.  Find this 1979 Porsche 924 Turbo offered for $1,400 in Berkeley, CA via craigslist. 

Tip from Kaibeezy.

Even with an ugly paint job, if this is a real 924 Turbo, it is a great deal – you don’t see too many of them.  The seller doesn’t identify it as a turbo…in fact he doesn’t even use the name 924, but if that hood hasn’t been swapped from a turbo car, then this is a factory 924 turbo.

The seller doesn’t include an engine bay picture which would have let us see the turbo engine, but the gaudy red interior looks like something that would have been a pricey option of the most expensive 924 available in 1979.  The 5-speed shifter is mated to a 2.0 liter inline-4 that puts out 170 horsepower — putting the light 924 performance on par with a 1979 Porsche 911SC.

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