Low Low Low Mile 1986 ROW Porsche 944 Turbo For Sale

I have written about several Porsche 944 Turbos over the years.  Some with low mileage, but nothing like this.

1986 Porsche 944 Turbo Time Capsule for Sale:

From the seller –

“I know the word “time capsule” is way over used by car dealers but I don’t know how else to describe it. A 1986 (the first full year for the 944 turbo in the US) 944 turbo in Guards Red with Black interior and with 3603 miles on it. Just coming off a full inspection and sign off by the local Porsche dealer, this sweet ride has rec’d all new tires, battery and oil service. In short, it’s ready to go! The history on this great car is that it was acquired new and held in the collection of a local gent who happened to be a multi franchise new car dealer. It received periodic use and service through the years and was then sold to it’s second owner. It is the second owner who is now offering for sale. Without question, this is an extremely rare find for a 25 year old car with 3600 miles and in a condition so well kept as this. I didn’t go check them all but I can’t imagine how this wouldn’t be the nicest 944 turbo in the country. And we haven’t even begun to talk about the widely respected handling of the 944s. With near perfect weight distribution you can’t help but be impressed with its performance. Clean Carfax of course. VIN is WP0ZZZ95ZGN140244, an ROW delivery.”

This is an amazing vehicle, it would even be more so if it were not a ROW car.  But hey, beggars can’t be choosers.  I would support the seller’s claim that this very well may be the best 951 available at this time.

That said, there are a couple of things that trouble me:

  1. This is a museum quality car, I cannot see someone buying this and turning it into a daily driver.  Since most enthusiasts like to, say, drive their cars that could keep this car from realizing its full value.
  2. Buying this car will lead to a hefty service tab.  It is a safe bet that this 951 needs a timing belt, rollers, and water pump.  It also needs new tires as I am sure these are rotten.  Lastly, all hoses and gaskets would likely have to be replaced as they would have gotten dry and brittle over the years.  This could give a new owner pause.

That said, if you are someone looking for the lowest mileage 944 Turbo money can buy this would have to be it.  I am curious to see where bidding on this one goes.  Currently the action is up to $12k with a few days left.


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11 Comments on "Low Low Low Mile 1986 ROW Porsche 944 Turbo For Sale"

  1. Matto says:

    One of the things I really like about this site is the commentary about the cost and value proposition of the car, but this one is sloppy. The ad says, “this sweet ride has rec’d all new tires, battery and oil service”. So, while maintenance items are still a concern, it’s wrong to say it would need tires.

  2. chanifin says:

    At the risk of seeming uninformed. What does ROW delivery mean?
    Why is this an issue

  3. Aaron says:

    @Matto, I saw that in the ad but in looking at the tires they do not look “new.” This may be just my perception but I think sellers equate tire use to mileage more than age.

    @Chanifin, ROW stands for rest of world, at some point this car was imported into the US. It is not a big deal but I would rather have a car that was initially delivered to the states.

  4. Wes says:

    It appears to be concours quality for sure but “museum quality” is a bit much. The 944, even in turbo form, isn’t an historic car so there’s no reason for the buyer not to enjoy it. Someone could buy this car, put 2k or 3k on it per year and still have an insanely low mileage car 10, 15 or 20 years from now.

  5. Larry says:

    Wes makes a good point – the 944 turbo (in particular, ’86 is the least powerful, least desirable year) is unlikely to become a serious collector car.

    Maybe a good 4th car…something fun you take to local car shows or occasional rides on nice days. As Wes said, net mileage still remains very low.

    That said, I wouldn’t buy it for the reasons Aaron mentioned. Parts age, whether you drive the car or not – and Porsche parts aren’t cheap. Maintenance costs will be higher, and you won’t get many miles for those dollars.

    Finally, the ultra-low mileage pricing wildcard means this typically sub-$10K car will likely bid out to over $16K (which is into ’89 Turbo territory).

    Recent ’86 944 Turbos with low (40-50K) miles have been bidding to the $8-9K range. This one with 50K miles sold for $5910 (probably the best deal I’ve seen in the last few months):

    If you want a driver, get one of those. If you want a car you trailer to shows and hang a big “WOW!!! UNDER 4K ORIGINAL MILES!!!” sign on, here’s your opportunity.

  6. Kyle says:

    This 951 has been listed by a private seller at Weissach Autohaus. A fairly high end well respected dealership in the Northeast that specializes in Porsches. It’s been listed for $19,900 for a few months now under a broker service program. The dealership says it has been inspected an offers the inspection sheet if requested. The Ebay listing looks like an attempted to advertise it better, but don’t expect to get less then $19,900.

  7. Wes says:

    Thanks for the info, Kyle. $19.9k is simply too much money for this car. For that kind of cash you could buy a 944 with more mileage and take care of a LOT of maintenance.

  8. Larry says:

    Sold for $19K. Apparently, the ultra-low mileage wildcard was in play.

  9. Jim Post says:

    Whats not mentioned is how many KM’s were on the car before they swapped in a speedo in MPH. That final price is just down right silly.

  10. Aaron says:

    This is my biggest concern Jim, and there is really no way of knowing for sure. The buyer took a huge risk here.

  11. Jim Post says:

    The only way to know is to see the import papers and to see the shop papers from when the swap was done.