1980 Porsche 924 Carrera GT Diecast Model

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AutoArt 1980 Porsche 924 Carrera GT diecast car
  • Year: 1980
  • Brand: AutoArt
  • Make: Porsche
  • Code: AA78003
  • Model: 924 Carrera GT
  • Scale: 1:18
  • Color: Guards Red

The Porsche 924 was initially a car that in 1973 Volkswagen commissioned Porsche to design as their flagship coupe sports car but instead Volkswagen decided to build the Scirocco. Porsche continued development and introduced the car themselves as an “entry level” Porsche to replace the 914 model. The original car was first introduced in 1976.

The 924 was a departure for Porsche being a water cooled, front engine car but was much easier to build than the 911 or 912. The 924’s initial problem was that it was underpowered (the two liter engine making less than 100 hp) but this was remedied by the addition of a turbocharger and the kind of steady year by year improvements that Porsche is noted for.

By 1980 Porsche was looking to race their “entry level” road car and to comply with homologation regulations produced just over 400 “Carrera GT’s. The Carrera models were now producing over 210 hp out of the factory and the car bodies were modified with spoilers and blistered fenders to make the cars more aerodynamic and allow for wider tires to be installed. The actual racing versions were campaigned with some success in the early 80’s

In all Porsche had great financial success with the 924 producing over 152,000 of the cars in various variants from 1976 to 1988.

Autoart has chosen to model the 1980 Carrera GT road car as part of their Millennium series and I think many will be happy they did.

Fit and finish are up to Autoart standards so you get the tight even seems and clear “clean” paint that we have come to expect. The doors hood and hatchback all fit perfectly as do the “pop-up” headlights. The badging is likewise very well executed with very clean and crisp tampos. The fender flairs and “aero” pieces really gave this car a distinctive look and Autoart has done a nice job transferring those features to the model.

The side mirrors, wipers and particularly the glazing are nicely done is all of the cars lighting clusters. It is pretty clear that Autoart is taking advantage of new polymer compounds that are available as the cars they are currently producing have consistently excellent window “glass” and light clusters that are devoid of the waviness and clouding that was so common in the past.

The stance looks to be “spot-on” with the wheels and tires well turned out .The overall effect gives the car a “That’s right, I’m bad” look that was the hallmark of the Carrera GT when compared to earlier 924 models. Under the hood Autoart has done a nice job with the engine compartment. The treatment is mostly just patterned plastic pieces but they are very crisply done and finished. The tampos are likewise a big plus and really add to the realism of the space.

Close inspection will reveal mold lines on some of the plastic parts but it is far from a deal breaker or major distraction. Autoart has clearly chosen patterned plastic as a way to keep costs in line so they can maintain a reasonable price point for their cars and I think they do it as well or better than anyone else in the industry.

The interior is nicely finished, particularly the seats which Autoart has really captured the detailing of. The interior is fully “carpeted” and the dash and interior panels nicely done. I just wish that the flocking used for the carpet didn’t “shed” so much as the detail interior pictures pick up every stray piece of it.

Some collectors might question the color of this car and for those who are not enamored in having a Porsche in red can opt to get the model in silver or black. Whatever color you choose the Porsche 924 Carrera GT will be a welcome addition to your collection.

-Frank Lemire

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