If you’re from where salt appears on the roads in the winter and you’ve perused the Craigslist ads for older cars in the Northwest, you’ve probably been green with envy at their lack of rust. That’s what’s so remarkable about this Porsche 924, which was stolen in 1991, that was found by a hiker earlier this week.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in Central Point, Oregon, reported the finding. “A man walking in a wooded area this week came across a vehicle reported stolen nearly 27 years ago,” the report states.
“On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at 2:39 p.m., a man called dispatch to report finding an overturned vehicle down a steep embankment. The man happened upon the 1979 Porsche 924 coupe while following his dog off Abbott Prairie Road (National Forest Road 6620), approximately 1.5 miles north of the intersection with Elk Creek Road. The position of the vehicle at the base of a cliff made it nearly impossible to see from the road above,” the Sheriff’s Office continues.
Originally, there was a report that there were human remains found inside the car, but after detectives looked it over, they dismissed that assertion, noting that there were some bones nearby, but they were from a deer.
From its position and debris around the wreck, the Sheriff’s Office determined that the car had been in place for some time. The vehicle’s last registration had expired in 1991.
“Further investigation found the Porsche was reported stolen on January 20, 1991, from the parking lot of the Southside Cinema in Medford (MPD Case #91-1666),” the report continues.
If you’ve ever spent any time in the New England states, you know that even the most stout cars from the late 1970s will rust right into the ground, leaving nothing but glass and rubber behind after nearly three decades.
Earlier Porsche cars — we’re looking at you, 356 and 911 — were notorious for rust. Rust protection was a consideration by the time the Porsche 924 arrived in 1976. However, it wouldn’t be until 1981 that the cars were fully galvanized. This 1979 had galvanized steel, but it was only on the lower half of the body. Considering this car was upside down in the damp leaves for 27 years, the fact that the A-pillars haven’t completely rusted away is incredible.
Porsche 924s had notoriously leaky sunroofs. The bad news: It’s upside down in the mud. The good news: Gravity is on your side.
There’s no word yet on whether this 924 is going to hit the Craigslist any time soon. “The vehicle’s location on steep, rugged terrain presents logistical and environmental concerns for removal. Sheriff’s Office officials are working to determine the best course of action,” says the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Photo Credits: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office