Porsche Project - 924 Le Mans
PORSCHE 924 LE MANS RESTORATION PROJECT
The 24-Hour of Le Mans, the 48th Endurance Grand Prix which took place on the 14th and 15th of June 1980, saw Porsche’s motorsport team – Porsche System – introduce three heavily modified Porsche 924 GT’s into the competition. With declining sales of the standard 924, and one of the Le Mans GT’s remarkably finishing 6th overall, Porsche took the decision to introduce another ‘special’ model into the Porsche range – the special limited series, 924 Le Mans.
Designated M426, a hundred models were designed to the UK specification out of the 1030 that were built. Painted in a sporty Alpine White, the 924 Le Mans features a three-colour red, yellow and black decorative strip around the waist of the car, as well as ‘Le Mans’ scripted lettering ahead of each of the two doors. Alongside the ‘924’ decorative film on the entry sills, other extra’s include a rear spoiler and removable sunroof, 5-speed gearbox and front and rear stabilizer bars. Inside, a 4-spoke black leather steering wheel was added alongside a leather sleeve on the gear leaver leatherette black and white pinstripe seats, framed with white piping.
The Jasmine PorschaLink UK 924 Le Mans Restoration ProjectThe interior was completely restored, with the seats and door panels completely stripped and retrimmed. Adding to the exterior were black powder coated 6J x 15 light-alloy spoke wheels with 205/60 HR15 tyres, which were removed and completely refurbished while the complete body shell was repainted back to the original Alpine White finish. The iconic decals—which are no longer available from Porsche—had to be sourced from Germany before they were meticulously hand applied to the body of the car.
Coming to us in 2013 as one of the original 100 UK Le Mans models, we were presented with the task of restoring the vehicle to its former glory. While with us, the 924 was completely stripped down before undergoing a bare metal respray. New sills were added due to rust, and the vehicle was built back up with new rubber seals and a complete underseal treatment to the underside of the vehicle.
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