The author, Roy Smith, calls it the forgotten Porsche.
The year was 1980. I was 13 years old and while many other young car buffs had posters of the gawd-awful Italian door stop on their wall, I had a poster of the Porsche 924 Carrera. Here was a purebred race car, build using a simple road car as its base. The muscular flares would go on to inspire the Porsche 944, a car I lusted after for years until finally buying one this year.
Sadly, the 944 has not lived up to my expectations, but I have no doubt that the racer that inspired it likely remains spectacular.