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My new 1981 924
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Author:  John H [ Sat Apr 13, 2013 8:08 pm ]
Post subject:  My new 1981 924

Hi, I guess it's time I introduced myself, as I have been lurking here for a while as I have been looking for a 924, and today I bought one. I have just collected my purchase, a Guards Red 1981 924 Lux, with beige Pashca interior, nothing terribly unusual about any of this until I tell you the mileage. It's done 34,850 from new! That's right, just over 1,000 miles a year for the last 32 years.

File comment: Collecting the car
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The car needs lots of TLC, but is essentially sound, strong and rust free.

Watch this space for more details as the story unfolds. :cool:

Author:  snaggletooth [ Sat Apr 13, 2013 8:11 pm ]
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Congratulations :beer:

Car looks great, fantastic low miles and has those very cool 4-stud teledials.
I've mentioned before that teles aren't really my thing but in 4 stud..... :faint:
Uber cool, pretty rare and quite pricey when they do come up

Hope you join up soon and we get to see this special car in the flesh :food: :food:

Author:  Englander [ Sat Apr 13, 2013 8:15 pm ]
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Welcome! NIce looking car, amazingly low mileage and it's not often you see four stud Teledials.!!
Interesting that there are no side rubbing strips...removed I wonder or was the car resprayed?
Be nice to see some interior pics. :cool:

Author:  John H [ Sat Apr 13, 2013 8:27 pm ]
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Car has had paint, and clearly someone has removed the rubbing strips. The wheels are 15" ATS 4 lug Teledials, with 195 tyres front and 205 back. Unmolested beige Pascha interior, only one small rip in the seam on the passenger chair. Been SORN'd for the last two years, dirty and dusty when I first saw it, like a real barn find.

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Author:  snaggletooth [ Sat Apr 13, 2013 8:51 pm ]
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John, your face is familiar... did you visit the club stand at the NEC?

Author:  John H [ Sat Apr 13, 2013 9:42 pm ]
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snaggletooth wrote:
John, your face is familiar... did you visit the club stand at the NEC?

Only in 1983 ... does that count? :lol:

You may have seen me on other car forums (PCGB, Pistonheads, Porschaforum, etc) I find the same folk keep cropping up, but with different avatars, so it can be hard to keep track.

Author:  John H [ Sat Apr 13, 2013 9:47 pm ]
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I have also dabbled in 924s before, and was on the 924 forums of the time. I had a 924S about 10 years ago, plus a white 924 n/a a few years later. There was also a 968 Coupe (with which I appeared in 911 and Porsche World) and then a 964 Carrera 2. I presently have a Cayman. (and an Mk1 MX5, and an Audi A2, but I'll keep quiet about that :lol: )

Author:  Englander [ Sat Apr 13, 2013 9:59 pm ]
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Really nice interior too :beer:

Author:  John H [ Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:47 pm ]
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Chucking it down this morning, but decided to go to see my brother Bill in Stonehaven anyway, 75 miles away, using the 924. 150 miles later ... I’m impressed.

Remember this is a 32 year old car which until yesterday hadn’t turned a wheel in two years. Yet it thrummed up the dual carriageway to Stonehaven with no problem at all, no leaks, no temperamental displays. It settles easily to a speed of about 75 mph in a very long legged, loping sort of feel. The unassisted steering which is so heavy at parking speeds chats away in your palm, or through thumb and forefinger actually, and the whole car seems to breath with the tarmac in a way that todays tautly sprung cars seem to have forgotten. Modern Audis for instance seem to want to combat the road, batter it into submission. This old Porker just rolls with the road, quite delightful, and very old skool. There are no trip computers, no digital readouts, slow but accurate gearchange, no automatic anything ... this is a very analogue car. I was worried about subjecting it to a 75 mile journey, but it shrugged it off with nonchalance, and felt like it would happily have run all the way to John O Groats at 75 mph without a hitch. With every mile it seemed to get a bit sweeter too, like an elderly athlete coming out of retirement, and getting the stiffness out of his joints with the first few laps. After a quick brunch with Bill of bacon and egg rolls at a local caff, I came back home the coast road, where again it just loped along like an old GT car, rather than the manic sports cars of today. Very rewarding drive. Stopped at Montrose harbour where I took these pics.

Of course it’s not perfect. There is too much vibration and harshness getting into the cabin, I suspect the engine mounts may have hardened or failed (a known fault on these cars I believe?) or perhaps there is a component somewhere not quite balanced. The brakes are still juddery, but getting better. It doesn’t rev as easily as modern engines, nor is it terribly economical, but that’s hardly surprising. I have lots to fettle and improve, but it feels to be a sturdy and reliable travelling companion.

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Author:  George924S [ Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:57 pm ]
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Lovely car you got there ! the more i see 924 without the rear spoiler the more i like them actually.... car looks very neat and given your previous ownership of 924 i guess it wont be difficult at all restoring it. I also look forward to hear about your experience with the Cayman if thats ok. back in 2008 it was either going to be a 996 40 year anniversary or a Cayman S but i ended up buying a 996 coupe triptronic due to very very low miles/condition of the car i bought . i never got over though the driving experience in the cayman s :worship: :worship: , god this car was giving you confidence to corner and had such a lovely driving position !!! anyways sorry i am babbling , look forward to see more pics of your 924

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