The 944 was Porsche’s mid range sports car positioned between the 924 and 911. It uses a rear-wheel drive water cooled 4 cylinder engine mounted at the front of the car, the gearbox is mounted at the rear providing better weight distribution which results in one of the best handling cars to come out of the 80′s.
The aim of the car was to provide a luxurious long distance cruiser as well as an exciting powerful road car. Its body was based upon the 924 Carrera GT, like the 924 it has a sloping glass hatchback providing a practical luggage storage area. The sunroof was a popular option as it was a removable metal panel providing a near Targa like open road experience.
The 944 was introduced for sale in 1982 and ran on for 10 years, it came in either a coupe 2+2 body or a very attractive Cabriolet. There were several models made but it’s the S2 Cabriolet that is featured here.
The S2′s engine capacity was raised to 3-litres making it the largest 4 cylinder engine in the world at the time and it provided an impressive 211bhp and 207lb of torque. It was Porsche’s official replacement to the 220bhp Turbo and uses many of that car’s chassis components including its stronger trans-axle, drive-shafts, brakes, wheels and tyres. It looks just like a Turbo too – the wrap-around plastic bumper/spoiler smooths its snout, simple and attractive disc alloys fill its flared arches, and the under slung rear wing firms up its tail styling.
When launched it’s main competition came from the Audi Quattro and Lotus Esprit Turbo, the S2 out accelerated the Quattro in 0-60 and 1/4 mile sprints and was just a smidgen behind the Esprit but its main trump card was its flexibility; in 4th gear, every 20mph increment from 10-100mph takes less than 7 seconds. No turbocharged car of the time could match this consistency nor deliver the sort of effortless and decisive progress. This smooth power delivery gives the S2 the throttle sensitivity for some predictable and entertaining cornering.
Electric Windows, Electric mirrors, Electric Convertible Hood, Electric Front Seats, Leather Upholstery, Blaupunkt Stereo and Graphic equaliser, Leather steering wheel.
The 944 continues to prosper through a sustained marriage of both style and substance, particularly with this example resplendent in Tahoe Blue metallic. The paintwork has a delightfully consistent hue throughout and remains in excellent condition with no stone chips to report. The bonnet, wings and doors all line up as they should, with excellent panel fit and finish whilst the hood has been recently replaced. Trims, rubbers and plastics retain excellent original integrity with lights free of cracks or moisture. With such a colour rarely seen on any Porsche, the blue metallic shimmers beautifully under both studio and natural light.
The piped linen leatherette compliments the exterior wonderfully well, with dark blue carpets again offering layers in the cabin to balance the aesthetic. The seats retain excellent comfort and support, whilst pleasingly all carpets and gearbox surround are free from any unsightly marks or stains. The only signs of use some slight wear to the leather on the gear selector. The new electric hood operates smoothly and without fuss whilst a period Blaupunkt stereo and brilliantly retro graphic equaliser provide entertainment and period character.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Engine and drivetrain are both in fine fettle after a rich history of main agent and specialist service history. Ignition is without hesitation and the car settles to a steady idle, with clutch and engagement positive and smooth. Having been subject to a major service and overhaul in 2015 including a new timing belt, water pump and cambelt the car is mechanically excellent. As for the engine bay itself, presentation is similar to both exterior and interior; very clean, very tidy and with no signs of abuse.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The series 90 wheels are beautiful in their simplicity and this set remain in good condition wrapped in excellent N rated Continental Sport Contact rubber all round. The braking system had an overhaul in 2015 with its major service, with discs and pads remaining in good condition with plenty of material.
This fantastic Porsche 944 S2 convertible has built a huge history file over its time on the road. All keys, original book pack, leather case and service book are still present, the service record showing 17 service stamps. These are backed up with a thick folder of receipts and MOTs.
It’s last service was on 22/04/2015 at 32,700 miles to the sum of £3,375.92 which included other work to ensure the car was in full working order.
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