924 Carrera GT – Replica

Among others, GT Racing has been making a kit of body parts that replicate the Carrera GT that was homologated and raced as a 924T (931) in the early 80’s.  I had the opportunity to build one of these kits in 2001, using a 1988 924S as a base, and it turned out quite well.924GTrightfrontquarter

The front fenders are stock steel 944 fenders, with the GT Racing nose.  The rear flares are bonded on with 3M “magic goo” panel bonding epoxy, and I added a fiberglass rear bumper to mimic the European models.  A 944 rear hatch was used with the larger rear spoiler because that is what the real Carrera GT had.  While the hood scoop was meant to feed air to the intercooler, my car was a stock NA 924S, so it has no function; the front vented nose was also an original piece sourced from a 931, although fiberglass reproductions are available.

924GTinteriorrollbarOn the inside, I put in a four-point roll bar (bolt-in) but retained the stock seats and interior.  Stereo, air conditioning, functioning sunroof, power windows and other stock 924S pieces remained.  I also sourced a three-spoke steering wheel to match the original photos that I have seen.

Topping off the Guards Red paint were the replica Fuch wheels with the centers painted white.  (Thanks for Gary Stratton in Winter Park for the bodywork and paint.)924GTleftrearquarter

In all, this was a great car – one of those that I wish I didn’t sell on later.  Since it was a while ago, costs involved are no longer valid today, but know that a project like this, if you are starting with a good car and can do a lot of the work yourself, will still set you back something north of $10K.  A lot of money for a 924S…but just look at it!

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Author: Kevin Duffy, 924S944.com LLC, DeLand, FL

After retiring from a career in Law Enforcement, Kevin Duffy turned his attention to one of his passions, Porsche 944's and 924S's. He owns 924S944.com LLC in DeLand, FL, rescuing and restoring forgotten Porsches, bringing them back to a useful life. He is especially interested in the rare-but-beautiful 924S Special Edition. He can be found at Porsche Club events, including track days, tours and shows, as well as other car-focused events around the southeastern United States.

4 thoughts

  1. Looks just like mine. I have been driving it for the last few days and people stop, read the Porsche crest, wave and give thumbs up . Mine is for sale for $12,500 and worth every penny. Phil Cowherd

    1. Your car was built by a friend at the same time I did mine – a pair. Unfortunately, mine became a track car and is lost to the ages.

  2. This is what I want to do with the 924s.I also had in mind upgrading the engine with a 944 Turbo motor. I love the 924GTs but they are now museum pieces,but the later 924s are still relatively affordable.

    1. One of the issues that you will encounter putting a 951 engine in a 924S is the wiring. The 951 is a Series II 944, and the wiring configuration is completely different. The fuse box is under the hood while the 924S is under the dash. While adapting the 924S harness is definitely do-able, the process will add a level of frustration. Also, the heater control valve and heater controls in you 924S is a cable-operated system while the Series II 944 is a vacuum system – another thing to adapt.

      For similar money you could look into a supercharger for the NA 924S engine. Speed Force Racing is making a supercharger kit that no longer requires ditching the AC compressor, starting at about $6K. They say it takes HP over 200. Supercharged Carrera GT replica? Sure… http://speedforceracing.com/product-category/porsche/944/supercharger/

What do you think?