The Porsche transaxle cars, of which the innovative but misunderstood 924 was the forerunner, proved to be successful beyond all expectations for the Stuttgart manufacturer. Created at first as a potential new sports model for Volkswagen, the 924 was dropped by VW when it was well down the development road, so Porsche brought the project back under its own roof. Being developed simultaneously was the 928, and it served Porsche well to produce two cars on similar platforms at the same time. The 928 was developed for an altogether different driver, this model being Porsche’s first foray into the luxury sports car market. Its 18-year lifespan illustrates how successfully the model was reinvented and given ever more performance and luxury.
As the 924 neared the end of its production life, its replacement, the sportier 944, was positioned as a higher performer in the range. The 924 and 944 were produced in tandem for a while as the 924 refused to die, but eventually it was phased out and the 944 was introduced with more power and greater appeal. The final model in the transaxle range, the 968, was designed by Harm Lagaaij who was also responsible for the 924 design. He regards the 968 as the best and most refined of the transaxle cars.
|Sub-title||The Complete Story|
|Publisher||Crowood Press Ltd|
|Page count||192 pages|
|Format||265 x 210 mm portrait, hardback plus dust jacket|