Very rare 1981 Porsche 924 GTR up for grabs at auction image

Automakers really like the association between GT (Gran Turismo) and R as in racing – though the notions usually exclude each other. Well, if you want to be picky, among the myriad of GTRs out there you could at least select one that’s rare.

So it happens Porsche had the solution for you. And while acquiring one of Porsche’s vintage, factory-prepped race cars is usually an undertaking that calls for a huge bank account, if you’re willing to shed for a moment the 911 and 356 series aside, you can find an “affordable” option. This is because Silverstone Auctions will deliver on June 28 to the willing bidder one of the seventeen units of the 924 Carrera GTR. It will go for an estimated 475,000 to 575,000 pounds ($698,000 to $844,500), which is an arm and a leg, but nonetheless a real bargain for Porsche standards. And you’ll get the definitive evolution of the 924 Carrera – the model was offered in Carrera GT, GTS, and GTR evolutions, with the last being of course the best.

Very rare 1981 Porsche 924 GTR up for grabs at auction

So, the 924 Carrera GTR came with a dry-sump flavored turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 375 horsepower and 299 pound-feet of torque, sending power to the rear wheels using a five-speed dogleg gearbox. Also at hand was a fully adjustable suspension and four-piston brakes from the 935, with an integrated roll cage for the driver safety. The example on sale is in pristine condition, having clocked on the odometer just 68 miles, having been used by the owner in Japan a handful of times at Suzuka and Fuji Speedway.