The Forgotten Porsche Special. Porsche 924 Carrera

A new book charts the history of Porsche’s largely forgotten supercar.

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When the Porsche 924 Carrera was released in , it was ailed as one of the greatest ‘special’ machines yet released from Stuttgart. But over time, other models in the Porsche line have overshadowed it.

Reports at the time suggested that the 924 Carrera, with 210bhp and a top speed of more than 240kph, handled better even than the 911, but its racing career was plagued by component failures, and speculation suggests that it threatened the 911s sales to the point where Porsche killed all of its front-engined cars.

Restoring the 924 Carrera’s place in history is the task faced by a new book that charts its history. The Porsche 924 Carrera – Evolution to Excellence by Roy Smith is limited to 1500 copies and charts the story of the 924 Carrera, from its early conceptual phase and the 924 Rallye Turbo of 1979, followed by the 924 GTR-/P that earned a sixth place at Le Mans in 1980. It covers the 406 homologation models built to qualify for the Le Mans 24 hours, as well as the 59 competition models and the 17 GTR racing cars.

Written with the full support of Porsche, and with interviews from those involved in the project, the book is, according to publishers Veloce, the first time that the full history of the forgotten supercar has been told, which surely makes it a must for Porsche fans.

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