Junkyard Find: 1978 Porsche 924

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1978 porsche 924

I’ve learned a couple of things about Porsches while working for the 24 Hours of LeMons race series. One is that Internet Car Experts cannot accept the idea that any Porsche might be had for a three-figure price tag, and the other is that 924s and 944s are absolute nightmares to keep running. You can find cheap 924s and 944s all day long, anywhere in the country, and the sellers will be eager to take your offer. I see these cars in cheap self-serve wrecking yards all the time, but seldom do I stop to photograph the things. This time, though, the radiant copper color of this Porsche 924 was just so compelling that I reached for my camera.

Back in 1984 or so, I knew a guy who made the leap from small-time cannabis dealer to small-time cocaine dealer. Naturally, he needed a car that would let the world know that he’d arrived, so he ditched his Vega and bought a silver 924. Then he got burned in some sort of deal gone wrong about a month later and had to sell the Porsche in a hurry. I’m sure most 924s have several such owners in their history.

You know what other vehicle came with this 2.0 liter SOHC engine? The 1979 AM General DJ-5 Mail Jeep.

This one has a fairly solid body, though the interior is bad.

Thing is, when your Porsche is worth $900 and the mechanic wants $1,500 to make it run again… well, that’s the story with many once-valuable Junkyard Finds.

Just the car for adventurous Germans!

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  • Lon888 Lon888 on Jul 16, 2014

    I remember it well when the "Audi Sports Car" came out. Two years of exposure to Oklahoma's zero-degree winters and 110 degree summers, the craptastic German plastics turned into eggshells and the paint turned into a faded mess. These things were more fragile than 911's from the 60's and 70's and that's saying something!

  • Manbridge Manbridge on Jul 17, 2014

    Looks like one I pilfered a MC cap from at a yard in Colorado Springs?

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