Porsche built the 924 Carrera GTS only 15 times. Röhrl won rallies with one. Then as now, a 911 Turbo would be cheaper than a motorsport 924.
If Walter Röhrl wins rallies with a car, it can mean two things: It is a sporty car. Which applies only to a very limited extent to the basic version of the Fiat 131 or the Opel Ascona. Or Walter Röhrl wins with every car. Well, the fact is that Walter Röhrl and his co-driver Christian Geistdörfer won four out of six races of the German Rally Championship in a Porsche 924 Carrera GTS in 1981.
Only 15 out of 59 Carrera are GTS
Röhrl’s gold and black car is one of 59 examples from the Weissach racing department. The competition model was painted exclusively in Guards Red from the factory. Larger cooling air openings in the front apron and a hood on the hood supply the turbo four-cylinder with air for cooling and breathing. And there is a lot to cool with 245 hp from two liters of displacement. For comparison: the standard 924 Turbo has 177 hp. Turbo, Carrera or Basic: Find a Porsche 924 on the motor-klassik.de marketplace.
Plexiglass headlight covers replace the electrically operated pop-up headlights – this saves weight and improves the drag coefficient. Porsche specifies a top speed of 250 km / h. The curb weight is a slim 1,050 kilograms – also thanks to sliding windows made of the plastic Lexan and the consistent avoidance of unnecessary equipment for fast driving. Roll cage, 6-point belts, fire extinguishers and emergency stop switches are standard. The brakes come from the 911 Turbo, the bucket seats from the 935.
Now more expensive than a 911 Turbo
At the original price of 110,000 marks at the time, there would have been a 911 Turbo – including a few extras. The top model is rare: only 15 out of 59 Carreras are GTS. It should come as no surprise to anyone that the prices for this rare competition Porsche are high today. The Munich dealer Schalt gate currently has a 924 Carrera GTS on offer.
Active life, a few kilometers
The car was first registered in Germany in 1981 and sold to Connecticut in 1982. From there it came back to Europe via a London owner and finally to a Porsche collector in Germany. During this half-world tour, the 924 was on the road a lot, but was rarely driven: the counter shows 34,800 kilometers. It should cost 279,990 euros. The currently most expensive new car from Porsche, a 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, is 235,348 euros.
Never, that’s completely crazy!
Of course, rarity justifies the price!
Quite expensive, the motorsport version of the former underdog 924. The model has long been accepted as a classic and as a Porsche – this is shown by the sharp rise in prices of the normal models as well as the exorbitantly expensive and extremely rare Carrera GTS.