SUPERCLEAN 944 TURBO, 43,206 ACTUAL MILES, 1-RESPRAY, 5-SPEED, WON'T LAST LONG!!
Name another 30-year-old car that can still run with the big dogs both on the street and on the track like this 43,206 actual mileage 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo. Few cars represent bigger bang for the buck, and this immaculately maintained car still commands respect wherever it goes, never mind the fact that it's also a blast to drive.
Maybe some 911 guys look down at the front-engined, water-cooled 944, but one drive will convince anyone that this is a serious driver's car. The Guards Red bodywork is a little "Miami Vice" but still looks fantastic, a testament to the care it has received for the past few decades, including a very high-quality respray about 15 years ago. There's no evidence that it was ever raced or abused, and unlike many of its siblings, it hasn't been chopped and gutted to make a track day special. The Turbo's special front fascia carries large fog lamps and extra cooling ducts, but no scuffs or cracks from steep driveways. Fit and finish are typically Porsche excellent and even the black rubber trim like the rear spoiler and weather stripping is smooth and supple. There's a small scuff on the passenger's side, but you need to look pretty hard to find demerits on this car. Check out the overall condition then look at the price and be prepared to be impressed.
The interior is as pure a driving environment as you'll find. Designed by the same guys who win at Lemans, it avoids the quirks of the 911 and delivers all the gear you need to get the most out of the hardware. Supportive leather buckets are grippy but all-day comfortable, and the textured surface seems to be defying the years with its condition. Clear analog gauges put function over style and the 5-speed shifter is the best one this side of a Mazda Miata's joystick. Just about everything was standard (this IS a Porsche, after all) including A/C, power windows and locks, and cruise control. The original 80s vintage stereo has been replaced by a great-sounding Alpine AM/FM/CD head unit and there's a Momo steering wheel, but otherwise it's as the factory built it. The 944 is also practical, with a large hatch area and two rear seats that are useful in a pinch.
The 944's turbocharged inline-four cranked out a robust 217 horsepower from just 2.5 liters. Canted over at an angle for a lower center of gravity, it makes big torque at low speeds, yet its light weight means that the car has almost ideal 50/50 weight distribution. While these cars are ridiculously easy to modify, this one remains completely stock, and given Porsche's impressive durability it should continue to run for years and years. The 5-speed manual transmission has its own oil cooler for track use, and the fully independent suspension is race-bred yet supple and everyone knows Porsche's binders are legendary. Expert maintenance means that it's turn-key ready, and the impressively clean undercarriage is more proof that this car has led an easy life as a fair-weather toy. The exhaust system is an aftermarket stainless setup that sounds spectacular, but that's the only notable mechanical upgrade. Wheels are later polished Porsche Cup alloys which wear big 225/40/18 performance radials.
Go ahead, give this one a try. At nearly 30 years old, it's still impressive on the road and it should be no surprise that these are still incredibly popular track day toys. This one is so clean and well-maintained, there's still a lot of fun awaiting its new owner. Call today!
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- 2.5 Liter
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- 43,209 (Actual)
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- Center Console