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> HELP! Is there anyone who knows 924's better than I do?, 924 Martini Edition + complete project $1,500
Ace Le Count
post Aug 10 2020, 12:27 AM
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Okay fellow Porsche enthusiasts, I've recently come across the opportunity to buy a 924 Martini Edition for $1,500 and I was wondering if there is a way to know for sure that it's an authentic World Championship Edition (equipment code 426) and not a standard 042-equipped car?

It comes with another car for parts. Needs a few things as it's been sitting since 2003. It is missing the plaque, but has the red interior and side stripes that it's supposed to have. The seller was driving it and cracked the head due to an air bubble. It was replaced but the fan belt snapped on the way home. After that it just sat. 17 years later, the seller claims that mice have chewed up the plug wire. What do you think? $1,500 for 2 924's. The second car appears to be pretty complete, too. Is there a way to authenticate the martini car? How can we know for certain that it's the real deal? The VIN is 9247210022

The cars are in another state.

I've posted a thread on 924Board.org, but it seems to get less traffic than 914 world, so I thought I'd reach out to the 914 guys and gals for advice.

I'm 17 and can't afford to buy a halfway decent 914 at today's prices. The unicorn deals are getting harder to find as we speak.

(That's why I'm looking at 924's in addition to 914's)

What do you all think?

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post Aug 10 2020, 12:30 AM
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post Aug 10 2020, 12:44 AM
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post Aug 10 2020, 12:45 AM
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post Aug 10 2020, 02:49 AM
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look under the seats,,, I have one,,
http://www.924.org/models/Martini.htm


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post Aug 10 2020, 06:46 AM
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Are you wanting a car to drive or a long and expensive project?

I think the 924 is cool...always liked them. But, that's a heckuva project to get the car back on the road.
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post Aug 10 2020, 07:06 AM
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PLEASE don't take this the wrong way.
Buy a different car. One that you can drive and enjoy now and not spend 5 years and 10 grand restoring. Wait until you are a little older, out of school, and have dependable income to start tearing into old cars. There is a lot of fun to be had with more modern cars that are a good bit cheaper and a LOT more reliable and have things like decent audio and air conditioning.

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post Aug 10 2020, 08:31 AM
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if you must have a porsche at 17 (lucky kid) then find a boxster and have fun. You can find them for very reasonable prices. That 924 duo there will cost you an immeasurable amount of time and money to put on the road unless you are already an accomplished mechanic and have access to wholesale pricing for parts.
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post Aug 10 2020, 08:40 AM
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QUOTE(VaccaRabite @ Aug 10 2020, 09:06 AM) *

PLEASE don't take this the wrong way.
Buy a different car. One that you can drive and enjoy now and not spend 5 years and 10 grand restoring. Wait until you are a little older, out of school, and have dependable income to start tearing into old cars. There is a lot of fun to be had with more modern cars that are a good bit cheaper and a LOT more reliable and have things like decent audio and air conditioning.

Zach

(IMG:style_emoticons/default/agree.gif) unless you have $10-15K in your pocket (to get started, not finished) I would pass.
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post Aug 10 2020, 08:51 AM
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My teenager has a '82 Audi Coupe ( any '81-90) looks good but unique, sporty, handles great with nice examples from $1500 to $5K and ready for the road. Galvanized body so not as many rust issues.
They're built like little German tanks, even your parents will like it.
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post Aug 10 2020, 08:52 AM
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Agree with everyone, the cheapest Porsche will be the one you spend the most $ on... There is a Martini 924 on Pelican for IIRC 8K and it’s in good running condition.
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post Aug 10 2020, 08:54 AM
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QUOTE(sixnotfour @ Aug 10 2020, 01:49 AM) *

look under the seats,,, I have one,,
http://www.924.org/models/Martini.htm

Lol you and I have the same taste!

BTW please bug Mark, apparently my Karman tag for the Delphi car is lost in his office... I saw the tag about six months back (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif). Car is done (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) thanks for all your help!
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post Aug 10 2020, 09:37 AM
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QUOTE(Jett @ Aug 10 2020, 08:54 AM) *

QUOTE(sixnotfour @ Aug 10 2020, 01:49 AM) *

look under the seats,,, I have one,,
http://www.924.org/models/Martini.htm

Lol you and I have the same taste!

BTW please bug Mark, apparently my Karman tag for the Delphi car is lost in his office... I saw the tag about six months back (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif). Car is done (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) thanks for all your help!

Ha, I talked to him the other day about it.. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/idea.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/headbang.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/slap.gif) new office peeps ?
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post Aug 10 2020, 10:49 AM
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Thanks for all the replies! I love being well-informed.

I'm homeschooled and I've finished high-school a year early. I also have a steady job.

The 924 seems to be the porsche with the least amount of problems besides good rust-free 914's.

They're galvanized, (914 problem) the 2.0's have non-interference engines (944 problem) they don't have IMS, RMS, or air/oil separator problems (boxster) plus a lot of their parts are shared with VW and Audi.

Even 928's are getting very expensive. Correct me if I'm wrong, but from based on the things that I've read, they seem to be cars that are doable for the home mechanic.

But I wouldn't know since I've never had one (IMG:style_emoticons/default/lol-2.gif)

I'm into doing as much as the work as possible by myself and with limited tools.

Thanks everyone!
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post Aug 10 2020, 12:13 PM
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QUOTE(sixnotfour @ Aug 10 2020, 08:37 AM) *

QUOTE(Jett @ Aug 10 2020, 08:54 AM) *

QUOTE(sixnotfour @ Aug 10 2020, 01:49 AM) *

look under the seats,,, I have one,,
http://www.924.org/models/Martini.htm

Lol you and I have the same taste!

BTW please bug Mark, apparently my Karman tag for the Delphi car is lost in his office... I saw the tag about six months back (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif). Car is done (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) thanks for all your help!

Ha, I talked to him the other day about it.. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/idea.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/headbang.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/slap.gif) new office peeps ?

Ya (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
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post Aug 10 2020, 12:26 PM
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Prolly in the minority here, if you enjoy a challenge and it’s not crazy $$ for you.
Go for it. I bought my son a 944 to learn on.
It needed a few pricey items but that’s the cost of admission to this game.
These p-cars aren’t everyday Chevy’s.
Enjoy it! & Good luck.
Sounds like you did some research.
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post Aug 10 2020, 01:20 PM
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I suppose I'm in the minority too. I often wish I had started this in my teens. Especially after seeing the craftsmanship of the real masters here. The real relevant question is, are you the type that like to play the long game?
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post Aug 10 2020, 01:31 PM
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I say buy it and learn. $1500 is nothing for a good education in vintage automobiles. I would have never gotten through life without first cutting my teeth on cool projects.
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post Aug 10 2020, 01:32 PM
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QUOTE(Ace Le Count @ Aug 10 2020, 11:49 AM) *


Even 928's are getting very expensive. Correct me if I'm wrong, but from based on the things that I've read, they seem to be cars that are doable for the home mechanic.


A 928 makes these 924 looks like legos as far as complexity and parts costs go. Don't even think about, maybe, possibly, considering a clapped out 928.

I would offer the following slightly different perspective;

- so long as you are cool with driving it scruffy (wash it but don't otherwise touch the body etc)
- have a coach/adult who will partner with you
- won't walk away after it costs you $3500 to get it mechanically healthy
- look at the money and time as hobby rather than investment

then by all means go for it

People here and on other Porsche forums will be eager to help and share information.

To be clear the other advice give is excellent, I just have a slightly different perspective and don't mind my cars being scruffy so long as I can DRIVE them.
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QUOTE(mb911 @ Aug 10 2020, 12:31 PM) *

I say buy it and learn. $1500 is nothing for a good education in vintage automobiles. I would have never gotten through life without first cutting my teeth on cool projects.

(IMG:style_emoticons/default/agree.gif) Go for it, although a 924 is not a real Porsche. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)
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