In the glorious history of Porsche, the Porsche’s Transaxle Era has played a significant role with over a generation of iconic cars that started from the Porsche 924 and ended with the Porsche 928 in 1995. To celebrate the brilliant engineering feat for those times, and 40 years of the legendary Porsche 924, Porsche Museum staged a special day devoted to an exhibition of the models from Porsche Transaxle Era titled, “The Transaxle Era: From the 924 to the 928,” will run until mid-October of this year. The Porsche’s Transaxle Era saw more than 400,000 cars made through the years, and the exhibition consisted of 23 of the most significant cars of this Porsche Transaxle Era.
The Porsche Transaxle Era started off with the Porsche 924, which forty years ago shook the automotive worlds by present a four-cylinder sports car with a transaxle design. A technical term that originated by combining transmission and axle, in which the engine transmits power to the rear axle via a driveshaft housed in a rigid cover pipe. The Porsche’s transaxle era Porsche 924 was designed by Harm Lagaaij while the striking glass hatch was a design idea by Richard Soderberg. Interestingly, the iconic Porsche 924 from the Porsche’s transaxle era started off its life as a VW project with a code name EA 425, however, the oil crisis of 1974 saw VW discontinue the work on the car even when the final designs were done and the car was ready for production. It was around the same time when all the rights of this finished ready for production EA 425 sports car were purchased by Porsche and the car got named Porsche 924.
It was brought to the market in early 1976 however, as per the lead designer Harm Lagaaij the EA 425 was always a clear and unmistakable Porsche since inception despite the use of Volkswagen and Audi parts, as he always had the Porsche design ideology in his mind while working on the EA 425 concept drawings, even though the job came from Volkswagen.
During the Porsche’s Transaxle era, the Porsche 924 was being developed at the time the Porsche 928 was taking shape. The Porsche 928 later becoming the epitome of the Porsche’s transaxle era and was hailed by the world’s automotive media as the most advanced sports car of its time majorly inspired by the Porsche 928’s co-steering Weissach rear axle. The star of the Porsche transaxle era, 928 also became the European Car of the Year in 1978.
The legend and the success of these iconic cars from the Porsche transaxle era is such that these cars with innovative German engineering prowess have now become coveted classics, with the Porsche 924, 944, 968, and 928 models increasingly in their worth to the interest of collectors. For more information on the Porsche Transaxle Era visit here and do let us know what you think of these iconic Porsche’s too in the comments section below.