Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
The Porsche 924 Carrera GT came as a bit of a surprise in 1980. Following the success of the nat-asp and turbo production cars, this fiery homologation model with its pumped-up arches, massive intercooler and copious vents made a clear statement of Porsche's intent to take the 924 racing. And at the 1980 Le Mans 24hr, that's exactly what they did - three racers, in Carrera GTP form, entered the Prototype Class run by teams from Germany, the USA and Great Britain.
The one you see here, GTP 002, remains the only factory-run Porsche race car to run under the British flag. It finished 12th overall - 5th in class - at the hands of Andy Rouse and Tony Dron, and it's recently been restored by Porsche Cars Great Britain; in fact, to celebrate 40 years of the 924, this project was no ordinary restoration: Porsche Centre Glasgow worked on the suspension and brakes, Swindon dealt with the engine, Hatfield took care of the gearbox, and the plumbing and electrics was sorted by Porsche Centre Leeds. The body was brought back to its 1980 glory by Porsche-approved repairer Road & Race Restorations. You can read more about the work here.
Spotted at Salon Privé 2016 - more photos here.