BF Auction: 1987 Porsche 924 S

Sold For: $7,200

If you’re interested in joining the largest car club in the world, this might be your most affordable way in. The Porsche Car Club of America puts on a lot of fun events all over the country and most people would assume that you have to be loaded to participate. Truth is, they let anyone with a Porsche in, and this particular one is both affordable and respectable at the same time. This is my personal car and we are auctioning it off with no reserve right here on Barn Finds!

There’s a good chance you will most likely draw a crowd when you show up in this little car at your local chapter’s next gathering. All the Cayenne drivers will wander over curiously to see if this is indeed a “real” Porsche. They will look closely and quickly realize that this thing might actually be a worthy member of the club. This 924 is so clean and original that it should be welcomed with open arms at any event. You just don’t see these early front-engined Porsches anymore.

The “S” is special because it combines the lighter 924 body with the more powerful 944 engine. It may not have the aggressive fender flares of the 944 but some claim that it actually handles better. The best part though could be that they are cheaper than a similar condition 944. Plus they don’t have the anemic Audi engine that came in the earlier cars. They also benefit from the beefier 944 brakes, five-lug rims, and suspension. We also installed a rear sway bar from a 944 we found in the junkyard to help with understeer.

The most glaring flaw may be that cracked dash. Unfortunately, this is a common 924 problem. You can get a cover but brand-new replacements are also still available so you might want to start saving up for that. The rest of the interior is in good usable condition. The air conditioning even works! Admittedly, it does have a hard time keeping up with 100-degree days but that might be expecting a lot from an eighties sports car.

The engine runs great and the brakes work well. The sunroof doesn’t always open but we are including a new micro switch and relay. We have also noticed an occasional squeaking noise from under the car so we are throwing in a set of upgraded torque tube bearings (expensive) so they can be replaced eventually. Other major service done includes a rear main seal in 2011, a timing belt in 2013, and a fuel pump in 2020. Recent service records and the original manuals are included with the car.

The real fun will begin when you go on a drive with the club. While the guys in their shiny new 911s are secretly scared out of their minds to touch that go pedal, you will have a big smile on your face as you take each corner with your foot to the floor. With the 924’s front-engine/rear-transaxle layout, these cars are so well-balanced that you really can take them to the limit without too many surprises (unlike some of their brethren).

I purchased this 924 purely to experience what a front-engine Porsche was like. I had already owned a rear-engined 911 and a mid-engined 914 (recently auctioned off here on Barn Finds). The 924 definitely offers the best bang for your buck and it’s the easiest to drive fast. When you drive them all back to back, the 924 stands out as the most chuckable. Hopefully, the next owner enjoys it. Please feel free to leave any questions in the comments below and good luck bidding!

  • Location: Boise, Idaho
  • Mileage: 64,199 miles shown
  • Engine: 2.5 litre four-cylinder
  • Transmission: Manual
  • VIN: WP0AA0928HN454338
  • Title Status: Clean

Bid On This Vehicle

Sold for: $7,200
Register To Bid
Ended: Nov 3, 2022 3:18pm MDT
High Bidder: Alexi
Buyer Premium: 5%
  • Alexi
    Alexi bid $7,200.00  2022-11-03 15:13:48
  • Slix2 bid $7,000.00  2022-11-03 15:11:01
  • Alexi
    Alexi bid $6,900.00  2022-11-03 15:07:03
  • Slix2 bid $6,800.00  2022-11-03 15:04:17
  • Luki bid $6,600.00  2022-11-03 15:02:17
  • Slix2 bid $6,500.00  2022-11-03 14:57:32
  • Luki bid $6,200.00  2022-11-03 14:55:28
  • nedc bid $6,100.00  2022-11-03 14:38:04
  • MatcoG bid $6,000.00  2022-11-01 00:26:56
  • davidlcoop bid $5,500.00  2022-10-29 09:01:46
  • Kcrolex1 bid $5,300.00  2022-10-28 22:26:07
  • davidlcoop bid $5,200.00  2022-10-28 09:07:59
  • Kcrolex1 bid $5,100.00  2022-10-27 20:20:56
  • davidlcoop bid $5,000.00  2022-10-27 15:00:19
  • Drive-em bid $4,500.00  2022-10-27 10:05:48
  • davidlcoop bid $4,000.00  2022-10-26 11:40:45
  • JShore bid $1,750.00  2022-10-26 10:05:25
  • badgerow bid $1,500.00  2022-10-26 09:57:23
  • JShore bid $500.00  2022-10-26 09:36:34

Comments

  1. alphasud Member

    It’s not often you see a nice clean 924S anymore. This car looks good in white which was also not commonly seen. Porsche was always careful to make sure models underneath more expensive ones had less performance potential. Not so with the 924S. Porsche was between a rock and a hard spot in the mid 80’s as they didn’t have a entry level car to compete in the 20K segment. Enter the 924S. The drivetrain upgrades meant this car was quicker than its bigger cousin the 944. If you are looking to get into Porsche ownership this is the car to bid on. One of the best chassis to drive and enjoy. Just place the timing belt and balance belt on the top of your priority list.

    Like 10
    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      The timing belt was last done in 2013 at 57,924 miles.

      Like 2
      • alphasud Member

        And will need to be done again based on time.

        Like 4
  2. Cooter914 Cooter914 Member

    How long have you been the custodian of this lovely Lass?

    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      I bought it this past summer. Great little car!

      • ithardin

        In your opinion, is the car strong enough to drive out from where you’re at to Kansas City?

      • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

        @ithardin – I’m sure it could make the journey but after paying for a flight, room, food, and gas, it would probably be cheaper to have it shipped.

  3. bobhess bobhess Member

    Ah, the no name seller strikes again! After owning a ’77 924 with a pumped up ’78 European special edition engine and suspension mods I can sure support the fun factor of these cars. They are fun, fast, and comfortable.

    Like 7
    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      This one is my personal car.

      Like 5
      • Neil G.

        Would this car be able to make a 1,000+ mile non-stop trip back to my home?

        Like 1
      • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

        @Neil G. – Most likely but as with any old car, bring your toolkit and a AAA car just in case!

      • Rallye Member

        Jesse,

        I’d still want my AAA card with me in a new car but the tool kit would be useless.

  4. ithardin

    I recently joined the PCA as a “test drive” member (meaning I don’t own a Porsche YET, but they let me tag along to events). I’ve been researching and looking and researching and looking. This might be the one.

    Like 3
  5. chrlsful

    like the body lines & post ’76/8. I like the 928 as double the cylinders, both affordable 4 me…

  6. angliagt angliagt Member

    Jesse,

    This is a cool car that I wouldn’t mind owning,but
    we have six vehicles now.
    Why would you want to sell it?

    Like 1
    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      Same problem as you. Too many cars and not enough space.

      Like 2
      • bobhess bobhess Member

        How are you going to resist buying another car to replace it? I’ve tried it and it doesn’t work that well.

        Like 2
      • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

        @bobhess – Already did!

        Like 1
  7. Scotty Gilbertson Staff

    As expected from the boss, this is a fantastic write-up and great photos, Jesse! I would love to have this car, it looks like a very nice, well-maintained example of almost the perfect Porsche, at least for someone who likes things to be a little different from what everyone else has. A red interior would have absolutely forced me to bid on it.

    Like 2
    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      Thanks Scotty! You could always buy a Pasha upholstery kit for the seats. I was tempted to do that just to spice things up.

      Like 1
      • Rallye Member

        “anemic Audi engine” wasn’t anemic in the 924 I worked on a few times. It was the Al Holbert prepared car that Doc Bundy won the D/P championship with.

        Like 1
  8. Dwcisme

    Back in the dark ages, my brother had a 70’s 911S and his girlfriend has a blue 924. Always pissed him off that people would pay more attention to her car than his.

    Like 1
  9. Blue

    I had a dark blue twin; a fun car, with good gas mileage, that is simple enough that I could work on on it. I had an over heating problem I solved with 2 electric fans with an on/off toggle switch under the dash (come to think, I did not tell the buyer about it). Cost $20.00 no tax. I saved the seats with lamb fleece covers, I highly recommend them.

  10. Charlie Member

    Tiiming belt. Age alone. Cheaper than a whole engine.

  11. Troy

    That’s exactly what I need something to get me a big ticket and points on my license

  12. V12MECH

    The 924 is simply the best Porsche for the price range.I believe the S model has good future valuation for one that has been cared for.

    Like 3
    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      @V12MECH – Yeah if you’re going to get one, you want the S or a Turbo.

  13. Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

    The reserve is off so this will sell to the eventual high bidder. Good luck guys!

  14. Joshua Mortensen Staff

    Driving video just added!

  15. SirRaoulDuke

    Prices have been creeping up on the 924 S, get one for a good deal while you can. And this one looks to be in fine driver condition.

    Like 1
  16. Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

    Good luck to all our last minute bidders! This is currently a bargain where it stands.

    Like 1
    • luki

      Is there a countdown timer?
      When does the auction end?

  17. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    SOLD for $7,200.
    Someone got a tremendous buy!

    Like 3
  18. Phil Ethier

    Back in the 90s, I had the opportunity to drive an early 924 on an autocross course. The balanced handling was wonderful. Fast? Well, no. The Europa I had at the time beat it senseless on the course. But it was nevertheless a joy to drive on-course. It felt very like the Spridget I had recently owned, in a cushier, more-practical car. Kind of like the autocross-speed-comedown I’m doing now, changing from an Elise to a Cayman. I encourage the new owner to take the 924 S around the cones. Fully-enjoy the experience, and don’t pay too much attention to the timer.

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