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 while 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 which provides 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 Cabriolet. There were several models made but it’s the Turbo that is featured here.
The Turbo was first introduced in 1986 and was given the Porsche internal number of 951. This had the turbocharged and inter-cooled version of the standard cars engine and power was increased to 220bhp. The 944 Turbo was the world’s first production car to use a ceramic portliner to retain exhaust gas temperature. The Turbo also featured several other changes such as improved styling and aerodynamics, a strengthened gearbox with a different final drive ratio, standard external oil coolers for both the engine and transmission, standard 16 inch wheels and slightly stiffer suspension to handle the extra weight. More than thirty engine component changes where also made to compensate for the increased internal loads and heat.
Air conditioning, Electric seats, Electric windows and mirrors, Central locking, SONY CD/Radio, Heated rear screen, Sunroof, Top-tint windscreen, Headlamp washers
Finished beautifully in Alpine White, this 944 looks every bit the part under the studio lights. No expense has been spared in ensuring this Turbo presents to the highest standard, having recently benefitted from a professional respray to the front bumper, roof, bonnet and tail gate – needless to say the paintwork now presents in fantastic order. Smaller details such as the plastics, rubbers and surrounds show no signs of corrosion and present in good condition.
The Burgundy interior looks incredible against the contrasting Alpine White exterior and presents in fantastic condition all round. This 944 gives an excellent driving position with all controls easily to hand, the steering wheel still retains good texture and the gearknob only shows minimal use. The leatherette and pinstripe cloth seats are blemish free having been professionally re-connolised, whilst there is no damage to any of the trim.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The 2.5 litre turbocharged Porsche engine sparks into life at the turn of the key, producing a wonderful soundtrack as it has propels you to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds, reaching a top speed of 152mph. Benefitting from new timing belt pulleys, guide and tensioners and auxiliary belts, this Turbo presents in perfect mechanical health with all major work carried out by specialists to ensure the cars future longevity.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
All four 16″ Design 90 alloys present immaculately, free from and scuffs or marks thanks to recent refurbishment. The brakes on this Turbo operate perfectly with recent work to clean and paint calipers, replace brake hoses, calliper seals and pistons and fit new discs and pads all round. Four new tyres have been fitted.
First registered on 1st January 1986, this 944 Turbo has just returned from an extensive recommissioning project carried out by specialists having been dry stored for a number of years. The original maintenance logbook shows attentive ownership with servicing carried out routinely until 2000, when it was then put into storage and remained unused for the next 16 years.
With invoicing exceeding £16,000 present in the history file it is evident no expense has been spared in restoring this iconic car back to it’s former glory. Having been serviced less than 30 miles ago in July this year, this 944 Turbo ready to be driven and enjoyed by its next custodian for many years to come.
The original owners wallet and all handbooks are present alongside a spare key.
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