Porsche 924S V8 for sale.
Yes, that’s right it isn’t a miss-print and is a V8!! I am selling my brutal 924S V8 toy - WARNING: this car is not for faint-hearted or inexperienced drivers.
What I have for sale here is the result of several thousand pounds of research, development and testing culminating in the beast you see below….. perhaps the ultimate 'Q' car. Owned by me since 2004, this car started life as an ordinary Porsche 924S of 1986 vintage - a very fine car in standard form having all the beauty of the 924 body shape with all the technology of the superior 944 running gear. Road tests highly praise these cars as being superb handlers and they certainly are. This car was a very good example of the marque, low mileage, unabused, with a titled former owner - just right as the basis for a crazy plan……
Its previous life seems a long way behind it now as it has undergone something of a transformation to become the car that Porsche should
have made in the first place - a proper hairy chested sports car that will eat most things for breakfast, make a noise to set the pulse racing and get you smiling from ear to ear every time you sink behind the wheel.
The original wheezy Porsche four pot engine has been junked and the cylinders doubled with the insertion of a Rover V8, more used to hauling around a hulking great Range Rover. To add a little more, we made it breath better through a K&N air filter and a truly beautiful (and massively expensive £1450 alone) custom built full stainless steel performance exhaust system, along with upgrades to the ignition. Fueling duties are taken care of by the Rover hotwire fuel injection system, spliced into the Porsche electrics and fed by new fuel pipes. Now it sounds meaty, but restrained at tickover, wailing under full chat like a Nascar racer - it is one addictive noise.
To cope with all the power, the brakes were gone through with new vented disks all round, pads, stainless braided brake hoses and reworked brake linkage to compensate for the servo-delete. The propshaft was custom made from high grade steel to convert from the Porsche gearbox to the Rover engine ensuring standard consumable parts (clutches etc) can be used in the future. The gearbox was changed for a Porsche 944 Turbo limited slip differential box (worth over £600 on its own) in order to be able to get the power on the road - although it will still happily smoke its tyres in the dry, it just smokes them both! The cooling was upgraded with an additional fan to make sure the radiator could cope and the steering converted with a manual rack from an early 944 – it gives so much more feel than PAS (it isn’t heavy either). The instrumentation was converted to give accurate readings and suitable ancillary gauges fitted - as you can probably see, every area was gone through and developed to work in harmony as a properly engineered conversion - this is not some home built hotch potch but a serious tool. I can attest to the conversion being good, as I have used this car for the last five years, occasionally as my daily transport to commute over 250 miles a week, rain or shine, without a single hitch - it really is that good!!
I won’t bore you with details about engine weights and weight distribution etc. but suffice to say, plenty of work was done to get things ‘right’, rather than just ‘in’ - almost perfect 50:50 weight distribution is the result - about as good as it gets for serious sports cars. Be warned though, this has way more power than grip and needs to be treated with serious respect in the wet - this is not a car for the inexperienced driver. Having said that, if you just want to pootle down to the shops it will do that easily with the torquey engine pulling strongly from around 300rpm - you can just bung it in fifth and potter in a very relaxed fashion if you want and it gobbles up motorway miles as only a German grand tourer can, effortlessly.
If you feel more spirited you can plant your right foot and feel that V8 shove you back into the seat, but hang on tight as the horizon approaches pretty fast! Cornering is awesome with delightful poise and balance - once you have the hang of this car you can corner on the throttle and set up the most gratifying power slides you are ever likely to achieve (on a private test track of course ;-)). For A-road dashes it is blisteringly quick, dispatching slower traffic in an a roaring instant to scuttle off round the next bend and should you find you need to stop in a hurry, the ample brakes pull up true, time after time.
It really is useable as a daily driver, that is what it was developed for and what I have been occasionally using it for. Equally you could use it as a mental track day weapon, fun car or toy to take out when you need cheering up or feel like sorting out the be-spoiler clad youth to show them who’s boss. Naturally it has all the luxuries associated with a car of this nature like electric windows, electric mirrors, huge electric sunroof (which is also removable to give open-air motoring), good stereo, superb heater, remote boot release etc.
Condition-wise, as you would expect from a car used regularly it is ready to drive away and enjoy - be that 400 miles up to Scotland or 10 miles down the road. The interior is in superb condition. Trimmed in black with half cloth Porsche-logo seats, it has not suffered from the usual wear and tear that these models do. The only item that warrants a mention is the dashboard that has cracked on the top - something they are famous for and cheap dash covers are available from the specialists to restore this. Frankly it doesn’t bother me, the rest of the inside looks so good. Otherwise the odometer is sometimes erratic (another well known marque fault) although it indicates road speed as expected and the rev counter is erratic. Bodywork-wise the car is finished in solid black paint and looks good. Clearly it is not a new car and some patina should be expected along with the usual marks collected by cars over time. The only non-standard item is the scoop on the bonnet, necessary to clear the plenum chamber and the only clue to the beast that lurks within - it has been carefully chosen to be as subtle as possible. Further development would see the velocity stack fit under a standard bonnet line, you could also increase the engine displacement if you want to go crazy
. The front wings let the car down the most, sadly both have been damaged right on the front in front of the front wheels and they would benefit from some remedial work and respray – a few years ago I was quoted about £200 to have this done professionally, but have been too busy enjoying the car to get it done - the damage is present in the photos below so you can gauge the severity. Frankly if you were handy, you could do it yourself in a day. There is NO bad rust or excessive corrosion underneath etc. as these cars were galvanized from the factory and consequently survive the harsh UK road conditions very well. The car starts on the button and settles to a lovely idle, running smoothly throughout the rev range, spitting occasionally at wide open throttle as it gobbles fuel and air. The factory Porsche teledial wheels are in excellent condition. The tyres are a matched set of four and have masses of life left in them (less in the rears! ;-)). Naturally all the electrics and ancillaries work as intended, I cant think of anything else that needs specifically mentioning other than the above - check out the pictures to see how smart it looks.
I have all the relevant documents for the car like the V5 (showing the increased engine size), MOT, and a wodge of receipts for some of the bits and work done. The MOT is current until 24/11/09
. I am happy and indeed encourage anyone to view the car – contact me and viewings can be arranged. I am also happy to take potential buyers on test drives, but note it will be me driving – I don’t need to be frightened by test pilots! although don’t worry I will fully demonstrate (within the law!) the potential if you wish (you may wish to bring spare underwear!!). Insurance is easy; I have it on a classic policy with all modifications declared and breakdown etc. included at a very reasonable cost and with no special restrictions. I can assure you the build cost was several thousand pounds higher than the asking price! I am sure the buyer will not be disappointed with this car - it is a truly superb bit of kit.
Location: Reading / Newbury