1989 Porsche 944 Turbo with 38,000 Miles

I suppose it’s beating a dead horse just a bit, but it’s astounding what a good deal the overlooked 944 Turbo is these days. You can get a very clean early 86 944 Turbo for around $10,000 – significantly less than what an equivilant E30 M3, Quattro or 190E 16V will cost you. Performance from the turbocharged inline-4 will surprise the other three legends, too. Even in early 220 horsepower specification, the 944 Turbo will easily out accelerate, out turn and out brake the other three. The most aerodynamic of the three, it will also return the best fuel economy on a long trip. The only downside is that, unlike the others, the rear seats are mostly useless to anyone who has legs; but they’re there in a pinch, and the versatility of the hatch in part makes up for some of the downside. But for Porsche, it wasn’t quite enough to have a car capable of besting its contemporaries, so in 1988 Porsche upped the ante with the “S”; an additional 30 horsepower, trick M030 Koni suspension, limited slip differential and forged Fuchs wheels led the list of changes that were carried over into 1989:

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Year: 1989
Model: 944 Turbo
Engine: 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 38,443 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

Up for sale is this 1989 Porsche 944 Turbo presented in rare factory glacier blue(silver). This Porsche is equipped with a 2.5L 5-speed manual engine. The wheels are also super rare original factory cup wheels with brand new tires. This 911 runs and drives great and was never raced however has some paintwork. This car was originally from FL. These cars in good condition and low miles (38,400) are incredibly hard to find and will not stay on the market long!

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Mileage is certainly on the lower end of the spectrum for these 944 Turbos, and the color is a rare one to see. It’s certainly understated and a pleasing color combination. The S spec forged alloys are still there and as is typical they’ve discolored slightly; time consuming stripping and polishing is possible, but I’d recommend getting them professionally done as they’re hard to keep looking good. The car even sports the factory option “Turbo” script on the passenger fender – a neat and rare option, though probably not to everyone’s taste. The only downside here is the obvious front-end work; most notable is the missing crest on the headlight panel. That piece is fairly easily replaced, but I’d want to know why the crest and indentation for the crest is gone; what damage is behind there? It doesn’t appear that the sides were repainted as the paint film in front of the rear arches seems original (and cracked, as many are) and the back looks clean, so this was likely a typical front-end collision on these cars. I say typical because if you’ve driven an S spec 944 Turbo, you know how fast these cars are – and how deceiving that speed can be. This is a car that makes you feel like a super hero, squirting in and out of traffic with ease and little regard for legality. In that light, it’s good that they cost less than the other 80s legends; that way, you can afford the tickets you’re likely to get.

-Carter

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5 Comments on "1989 Porsche 944 Turbo with 38,000 Miles"

  1. Cole says:

    944 in general, but especially 944s and 944 Turbo – all years – the most under appreciated sports car of the last 30 years. These are such a ball to drive, fuel efficient, and very reliable as long as the belts / waterpump services are kept up.

    Oh ya – and FAST. Even the slowest 944 keeps up to most sporty cars of today.

    Let the others overpay for like mentioned cars from BMW / AUDI, 944 enthusiasts are happy that the entry point of 944’s is still an affordable one. When these eventually go up in value (all Porsches do) , it will be a rapid rise.

    I’ve driven many and have had multiple thoughts of selling my 83 911 SC to get a 944 instead. Wife says I can’t have both at this time of my life. (2 toddlers). If you own one, don’t let it go!

  2. m491 says:

    I would venture to say the 928 is the most under appreciated with the 944 following behind. Even 924 turbos are getting an uplift in the market these days. Shop now while the good ones are cheap.

  3. audemars says:

    The 944 Turbo is one of the greatest sports cars ever made. I just don’t know why they have not increased in price.
    I sold my 68,000 mile 944 Turbo in 1998, for $11,500. Today, they are still at the same price (excluding inflation)…

  4. Vic says:

    Check out the Trans Am in the back ground. Must be a trailer park somewhere nearby.

  5. Cole says:

    While I agree the 928 is also extremely under appreciated, it’s a V8 car – expected to have tonnes of power and perform to a high level. The 4cyl is probably what makes most think “its only a 4 banger, how fast can it be?” the 944’s engine to performance ratio out of this world. It is a sleeper in the true sense of the word. Take someone for a drive in any 944 today – if they didn’t know it was a 4 cylinder, they could be tricked to thinking its a 6 or even a small V8.

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