5k: Special Ed: 1988 Porsche 924S LeMans

Do you yearn for the prestige of owning a rare car without the downsides of fabricating your own spark plugs from scratch?  There is an easy way to get the best of both worlds, just pickup a special edition of a mass produced car.  You now get a supply of junkyard parts, healthy aftermarket, and that fuzzy tingly feeling of owning something special….or your psoriasis acting up again.  Porsche built over 150,000 examples of the Porsche 924, but only 900 left the factory (500 headed for the USA) as the LeMans special edition.  Find this 1988 Porsche 924 LeMans special edition here on eBay currently bidding for $4,250 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go, located in Washington, D.C.

The LeMans edition was just one of many special edition 924 variants, including the 931 Turbo, Sebring edition, Martini & Rossi edition, and the fabulous Carrera GT.  The LeMans edition included a gaudy teal rocker stripe, LeMans script and cloth upholstered “turbo” sport seats.  It added quite a few bones to the price sheet with zero additional performance, but they are worth a premium today.

This is later 924 S, so the 2.5 liter Porsche engine is much improved from the 2.0 liter VW/Audi van based boat anchor used in earlier non-S editions.  Expect 160 horsepower in this final year of 924 production, more than ample power to push the 2400 lb chassis around.

The LeMans package was released to celebrate Porsche’s victory at the famous 24 Hr auto race, so the cloth interior kinda makes sense because you’ll never find leather in a real race car.  With only 21k miles on the odometer, this one looks really nice and the seller has done his best to scrum the previous owner’s dead skin cells from every surface.  One has to wonder why the seller took really nice professional photos of the inside, but staged the car at a public rest stop for the exterior shots.

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