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The Porsche 924 Carrera – evolution to excellence

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The Porsche 924 Carrera – evolution to excellence
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By Roy Smith
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25x25cm • 320 pages • 408 pictures

ISBN: 978-1-845846-45-9

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• The first in-depth study of this rare supercar
• Researched in Porsche archive material unopened for years
• Created with the full support of Porsche AG
• Racing statistics and full race stories
• 400 images, many never seen before
• Unique exposé of race component failures
• Full coverage of previously unpublished racing information
• Details of over 200 races in the USA
• Interviews with many of those involved, from both Europe and the USA


The 924 Carrera was widely reported at the time as being one of the greatest of the Porsche ‘specials,’ but has been overshadowed in history by other models. Here, for the first time, is the definitive story of the Porsche 924 Carrera. One of the great supercars of the 1980s, the 924 Carrera was considered by many to have better handling characteristics than Porsche’s flagship 911. The book features interviews with many of those involved with the car at the time, both in Europe and the USA, together with race stories, statistics, and a unique exposé of component failures during racing.


This is the story of an incredible and very rare car. Road tests examined the 210bhp, 150mph road car’s performance, magazines hailed it as one of the greatest Porsche ‘specials,’ and rumour says that the last front-engined models could have threatened the sales of Porsche’s flagship 911, causing the front engined 968 model to be ‘killed off.’ From its early conceptual phase and the 924 Rallye Turbo of 1979, to the prototype 924 GTR/P that tested at the Paul Ricard Circuit and went on to place sixth at Le Mans in 1980, this book records the model’s evolution to excellence, based on extensive research in Porsche AG’s own archives. It covers the 406 Homologation models, built to qualify for Le Mans, and the 59 very special competition models, as well as the 17 GTR racing models. With race details covering Europe and the USA, from the Sports Car Club of America production D racers, to the GTO and Trans Am class 924 GTRs of the mid-80s, this is the first time that the full history of this rare supercar has been told.

Independent Reviews

… a must for any lover of the first generation of water-cooled Porsches ... definitely an asset to the library of every car enthusiast.
Oldtimer / Dreamcar Magazine

Every now and then a truly good book comes along, one that is not only excellent in its content, but is also significant due to the rarity of the subject it covers. Roy Smith’s book on the Porsche 924 Carrera is one of those books ... This is not a book that you want to let slip by – get a copy!

Glen Smale, freelance reviewer

[The book’s] appeal is sure to go beyond Porsche fans.

Auto Express

The limited collectors edition of 1500 copies Is definitely a worthy addition to any Porsche library, and it will bring you hours of fun reading the story of a remarkable car.
Liebe zu Ihm (love for Porsche)

When you hear author Roy Smith has trawled through the Porsche archives to produce this book, be prepared for a most forensic fingertip search and evidence gathering, leaving no stone unturned. The book is written in a very human style with stories from those who designed, built, developed and drove the car.It examines the reason this rare supercar failed, and also gives account of component malfunction – something not usually associated with German engineering. The text is fully supported by 400 images, diagrams and blueprints, many direct from Porsche. Forewords by Messers. Bell, Barth and Singer provide a stamp of approval.
When one considers the name Porsche it is the iconic rear-engined 911 that springs to mind, or the might of the mid-engined 956 and 962 models dominating the world of endurance racing, so thinking of a front-engined Porsche takes time to assimilate, though the ‘forgotten’ 924 was such a beast. The story begins with the embryonic styling exercise exhibited at the 1979 Frankfurt Motor Show and follows through to the production of sufficient numbers to satisfy homologation requirements to enter three modified roadcars in the 1980 Le Mans 24 Hours, where they finished 6th, 12th and 13th. Racing models were built and developed by drivers including Derek Bell, Jürgen Barth and Walter Röhrl. Along with the man at the helm of Porsche’s Racing Department, Norbert Singer, they share detailed accounts of their experiences and the history of this remarkable supercar. The print run is limited to just 1500, so make sure you get your copy now!
Vintage Racecar/Vintage Roadcar

An exciting story, involving the opinions of Derek Bell, Jurgen Bath, Tony Dron and even project leader, Norbert Singer.

Leaves almost no stone unturned – the author takes the reader inside the world of designers, mechanics, executives, and drivers by including all types of interviews, road tests, internal documents and notes ... A read of Smith’s book might convince you that the 924 Carreras are forgotten stars.

Roy Smith’s book underlines the credentials of the 924 as a ‘real’ Porsche with the warmth and passion that comes from being a proud owner himself.
Classic Car Weekly

There are plenty of fresh quotes ... along with some super images ... much to like.
Octane (UK)

[The book’s] appeal is sure to go beyond Porsche fans.
Auto Express ****

Roy Smith has a happy knack of uncovering relatively obscure chapters of motor racing history and bringing them into the light with compelling new detail ... Now he has done it again with his most recent effort ... Porsche 924 Carrera is a fine book: Porsche is the most written-about car company in the world and Roy Smith’s achievement is to have found much original material when so many other works on Porsche tend to cover well trodden ground.
Kieron Fennelly, freelance reviewer

A gigantic painstaking work that has received the full support of Porsche.
Be quick, because the edition is limited to 1500 pieces.
Klassiek & Techniek *****

Remarkably in-depth ... Roy Smith has trawled the company's archives to produce a comprehensive hardback, and the result is impressive ... a highly readable account.
Classic & Sports Car (UK)

It’s high time there was a lavish, scholarly and thorough book on the 924 Carrera, and Roy P. Smith has delivered in style ... This is a beautiful book, with an enormous collection of period photography sitting alongside excellently researched, but still enjoyably readable, text. It’s a solid addition to any Porsche bookshelf, but if you’re a fan or owner of a 924 Carrera then it’s a must-have. There’s no better history of the model available.
All Torque magazine

Additional Information

Covers Porsche 924 Turbo Rallye, 1978/79; Porsche 924 Carrera GT/GTS/GTP/GTR, 1979/80/81.


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