Trends come and go, and yearnings reawaken. We seem to be crazy about the Eighties again lately -- look around, everyone's rolling up their blazer sleeves. That guy has elbow patches on his.
Us car guys might not yearn for hand-crank starters and kerosene headlamps or non-synchro gearboxes and drum brakes, but no sooner have we started mourning the naturally aspirated engines of the world, and we are already pining for turbo engines with real turbo guts. Turbos are changing, and those too old to care still remember them for what they were, always late and always exciting.
Turbo pioneers are attracting more and more attention, and cars such as the 1973 BMW 2002 Turbo are way past reasonable money. Force-fed 911s we don't have enough zeroes to go around for. Saab Turbos are too rare, so that leaves you looking elsewhere for some good ol' turbo-lag fun. A 1982 MG Metro Turbo would be desirable only for unlikely sentimental reasons, however mad that sounds. But have a look at the price of a Fiat Uno Turbo that hasn't been bent around a telephone pole, or a clean Nissan Sunny GTi-R, or an early Volvo 240 Turbo.
You know what they say about convertibles, the top comes down, the price goes up. Turbos work the same way, except the boost goes up and the price goes up even higher.
That leaves you with the sweet taste of nostalgia from an unlikely source; Porsche. Someone is bound to wake up and smell the oil burning in the Porsche 924 sooner or later. These cars are way too cheap to stick around for long, with drivable, half-decent cars to be had from Dh10K. And now that 2016 has come around, it's the 924 model's 40th anniversary.
Porsche started doing these from 1976 and that means the 924 will attract more attention this year than ever, so prices can only go way higher from the bottom of the pit you'll find them in now. There are loads to choose from including some special-edition models (with Martini racing stripes -- you gotta love the Eighties), but the one you really want, of course, is the 924 Turbo offered from 1979 until 1983. More than 11,000 were made, and only the first year of manufacture got a dog-leg five speed gearbox. The rest changed over to conventional H-pattern 'boxes from 1980, so those cars will be slightly cheaper. But they're all cheap, really.
Unless you find the rare gloriously over-the-top wide-body 924 Carrera GT, in which case call the ambulance because you've just overdosed on the Eighties.