The Porsche 924 was the first front-engine Porsche, and left a checkered legacy.
The Porsche 924, Porsche 944, and Porsche 968 were a family of front-engine Porsches that gave the German company a needed financial boost, but was nonetheless the subject of much controversy among Porsche traditionalists.
The 924 was Porsche's first front-engine production car when it was introduced in Europe in 1976 and in the U.S. in 1977. Porsche purists didn't like the fact it used an Audi engine, a criticism Porsche address for 1982 with the 944. The 924 and 944 were both stylish 2+2 hatchbacks, with the 944 distinguished visually by blistered-fender bodysides. Both the 924 and the 944 spawned turbocharged models. The 968 bowed in 1991 as the final evolution of the original 924 design, and like its predecessors, had a four-cylinder engine, but was itself derided for its unusual front-end styling.
The pages of pictures and specifications that follow outline the evolution of the Porsche 924 and its descendants from the late 1970s to the mid 1990s.
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