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.
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.
On 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.)
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 Since it was a while ago, costs involved are no longer valid today, but know that a project like this, if you are starting with a good car and can do a lot of the work yourself, will still set you back something north of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!
Kevin Duffy is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Daytona State College in Florida and a dedicated car guy. He divides his time between teaching criminal justice topics in the online environment and working on/driving cars, particularly Porsches. Kevin is one of the principals in InspiringLifeOver50.com.