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Porsche planned to enter the 'Group 4' Sports Car Class for Le Mans in 1980 and based their car on their successful 924 mainstream model. All non-essential elements were removed from the car in an effort to reduce weight. The vehicle was subsequently entered into the gruelling 24 Hours of Le Mans but, in order to comply with homologation regulations, a number of road-going versions had to be produced and Porsche addressed this rule with the Carrera GT. Standard specification included a close ratio, dog-leg, 5-speed gearbox, an LSD, Bilstein shock absorbers, polyurethane plastic front and rear flared guards, a polyurethane plastic front spoiler, and a bonnet mounted air scoop for the intercooler. With a 2-litre turbocharged engine producing 210 bhp, it would reach a top speed of 150 mph and hit 60 mph in an impressive 6.5 seconds. This is a right-hand drive 924 Carrera GT that was originally purchased from AFN by Chris Morrison, who perhaps is best known for managing Blur, Thin Lizzy, and Ultravox. The car was stored for 20 years prior to its recent recommission by Laranca Engineering in Earlswood and there are invoices in the file for recent work carried out amounting to over £12,000. The engine was removed and stripped for a full check over and was found to be in excellent order. There is a large history file containing the original purchase invoice and showing all subsequent owners and service records. Also in the owner's file are invoices from Intaporsche who repaired the car after it was declared an uneconomic repair in 1989 when it suffered n/s front-end damage in a collision. Parts were very hard to come by at that time and after the repair, the car was further used until 1997 when it then went into storage for the following 20 years. Now showing just over 87,000 miles with an MOT, this is a very rare car that should not be missed by any discerning Porsche collector.
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