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Auction Block: 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GTR

Photos: Khiem Pham | Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

As the front-engined, four-cylinder, entry-level car from Porsche in the ‘70s and ‘80s, the 924 isn’t typically thought of as being among the best cars produced by the legendary German marque. But the souped-up racing spec 924 Carrera GTR? Well, that’s a different story.

The Le Mans-racing Porsche 924 Carrera GTR was the ultimate expression of the 924, with a 375 horsepower two-liter inline-four engine that propelled the car to a 180 mph top speed. Porsche also built 17 slightly-less-powerful customer versions of the 924 Carrera GTR, and it’s an incredible car that’s been largely forgotten about. But now someone will get the chance to bring it some renewed glory, as a pristine 1981 example is being auctioned off by RM Sotheby’s. Of the 17 that existed, it’s one of the only examples never known to have been raced. In fact, this thing has barely been driven at all. The car was owned by a Japanese businessman who apparently only ever took it out for its yearly maintenance and, other than a single fuel line replacement, the car is all original and unmodified. It’s set to be auctioned off by RM Sotheby’s on May 22 in Amelia Island, FL, with an expected purchase price of $375,000 to $450,000.

Purchase: $375,000+