Feature Listing: 1987 Porsche 944S

In the late 1980s, the front-engined Porsche lineup started to get a bit convoluted – especially amongst the 4 cylinder variants. In 1986, you could choose between the the base 944 with the 150 horsepower 2.5 liter inline-4 8 valve motor that had reinvigorated the revised 924 chassis into the 944 for 1982, or if you were gunning for the big boys you could select the 217 horsepower Turbo model. To bridge the gap in performance between the two, Porsche introduced a mid-range model in 1987; the 944S. Based in part on the development of the 924 and 944 GTR Le Mans race cars from a few years earlier, the M44.40 double overhead cam 16 value motor split the difference between the two previous offerings; essentially half the 928S motor, the new “Super” produced 190 horsepower slotting itself almost perfectly in the middle of the other two offerings. Added to the S were a host of Turbo items, including springs and parts of the brake system, as well as some exotic parts such as the use of magnesium in the engine bay to keep weight down. Outside, only discrete “16 Ventiler” badges on the front fender trim differentiated that this was a special model. Coupled with the reintroduction of the 924S model, Porsche now offered four different variants of the 4-cylinder transaxle cars for enthusiasts of differing budgets. The 944S’s base price was around $5,000 more dear than the 924S, but it was considerable $8,000 less than the Turbo model’s base price. Add some options in and these 944Ss could easily crest $30,000, around what it would have cost you to walk out of the dealer with this particular example:

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1989 Mercedes Benz 190E 2.5-16V EVO I

As I have mentioned previously, there are not many Mercedes models that I really lust after. Sure, there are models that I certainly wouldn’t mind driving if someone handed me the keys to them but very few that I really desire. The car you see here is one of those few, in fact it’s at the very top of the list. I would take this car over an SLS, C63 or even the new AMG GT any day because while those cars might be luxurious, pretty and insanely fast, they lack the uniqueness Mercedes and AMG were able to instill in the car you see before you. The 190E 2.5-16 was a rare car to begin with, but in 1989 Mercedes added the Evo I designation to the mix creating a new tier of rare for the brand. Only 502 of these fantastic machines were built and like the regular 2.5 liter equipped 190Es, none of them came to our shores. If you want to own what I consider the coolest Mercedes ever built, you’ll have to import one or move out of the U.S. I hear Portugal is quite nice almost year round.

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10K Friday: Grand Tour Ready – 1993 Porsche 968 v. 1994 BMW 840Ci

You don’t have to despair if you’ve missed out on the E30 M3 and Porsche 911 market – there are still plenty of alternatives that make great occasional vehicles with enough sport to have fun with and enough presence to make you feel really special. Two of the best coupes from the early 1990s are often overlooked and are still very affordable – the Porsche 968 and the BMW 8 series. Now, truth be told most 968s are out of the “10K” price range, and 850i/Cis are often close in disrepair if they’re at or below $10,000. But if you’re willing to take higher miles on the well-built 968 chassis and opt for the smaller motor in the E31, you can find examples of either that fit a budget. Which would you choose?

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1985 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V – REVISIT

The 1985 Volkswagen Scirocco from last fall with a 2.0 16 valve conversion and some nice touches like BBS wheels, Euro bumpers and Euro headlights is back up on Ebay with a 10% price drop to just below $5,000. I think its great looking in the rare to see shade of Titian Red Metallic on these Sciroccos and the upgrades are just what I’d want – for the money, it seems like a pretty hard to beat value performance package.

THE BELOW POST ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON OUR SITE OCTOBER 24, 2013:

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1987 Porsche 944S

There’s no easy way to slice it; Porsches are expensive cars to own. Without a doubt the best way to get into a Porsche is to buy one that someone has already gone through and fixed, and even though 944s are some of the cheapest Porsches to own the same holds true for them. While most enthusiasts really lust after a well documented and maintained Turbo or late S2, buying into that market is going to set up back well over $10,000 – for some, out of their budget for an occasional car. How about the rest of the 944 line then? Well, if the early 944’s performance is a little too pedestrian for you, a simple solution is to look for one of the rare 1987 or 1988 944S models. With a 16 valve development of the already torquey 2.5 liter inline-4, drivers got the best of both worlds in a model that bridged well the gap in between the stock 944 and the gutsy turbo model. Today’s example is presented in classic Guards Red over tan:

Year: 1987
Model: 944S
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 89,113 mi
Price: $8,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Porsche 944S on eBay

1987 Porsche 944 S

RAC Performance is proud to present this pristine 1987 Porsche 944 “S” that has just arrived here at our facility!

Owned by a local RAC customer & collector, he had purchased this car with the intention of converting it to a turbo or track car. Upon further research and investigation he made the costly decision to take it back to its original form with a freshly rebuilt motor by “Istook’s Motorsports” of Fort Worth, TX who is infamous for 944 motor work since the 70’s! Many additional cosmetic items have also been addressed to bring this car to its most pristine and original form possible!

Notable Engine Rebuild Details:

– Main Bearings

– New Belts

– New Tensioners

– New Water Pump

– New Oil Pressure Valve

– New Valves & Valve Springs

– New Head (Original was cracked)

– White Powder-Coated Intake and Valve Cover

– New Motor Mounts

– New Guide Seals

– Valve Cover Gaskets

– Replaced Fuel Lines

– And Much More..

Additional Maintenance Performed:

– New Clutch

– New Struts and Springs

Notable restoration efforts include:

– 4 Brand New tires

– Front & Rear Hood Struts Replaced

– All Power Window Switches Replaced

– New Porsche Black Mats W/ Red Stitching

– New Leather Shift Boot

– New Center Console Hinge

– Upgraded Stereo W/ 4 New Speakers

– New Sun-Visor Clips

– And Much More…

NOTE: NAM, branded title issued on this 1987 Porsche 944. CarFax shows a mileage discrepancy, as well as documented light damage over the years. That being said, we offer this car with no reservation based on the mild restoration efforts. Overall, simply a beautiful and solid 944.

If you are looking for that stud of a high-quality driver, that has had excess of $15,000 + spent in services just this year, your search ends here!

Please contact Jared Orem at (214) 435-2917 for further details on this beautiful, Guards Red 944 “S”

The car carries a branded title for minor damage, which may explain in some part why the original side trim and ”
16 Ventiler” badges appear to be gone. However, outside of that, the car has gone through a major mechanical restoration including all of the hard and expensive bits on the 944 – notably, the clutch has been replaced and the engine refreshed. Anyone who has owned a 944 will tell you that neither of these services are cheap or easy, making the $15,000 worth of recent mechanical bills believable. Additionally, the car has new tires and suspension pieces, all of which should make this car a near-perfect driver candidate. The work appears to have been performed at the Ruf Auto Center, a notable enthusiast dealer. At $8,500 Buy It Now, if you’re not terribly concerned with having a branded title due to accident or mileage issues and do some diligence in making sure the pretty exterior isn’t covering up some serious demons, this might just be a stellar deal!

-Carter

1987 Porsche 944S

The affordable Porsche. It’s been the topic of much discussion around automotive enthusiast circles for years. And who wouldn’t want to own a one of the famous sports cars from Stuttgart? But which one to buy as your starter car? While the 911 seems tempting, the 944 is the true bargain of the bunch. With a balanced chassis, robust four cylinder engine and wide fendered eighties good looks, it’s an attractive buy for beginners to the marque. For 1987 Porsche introduced the 944S, with a 2.5 liter, 16 valve four cylinder engine with 188 horsepower. This 944S in Texas is looking sharp in red and truly belies its age and mileage.

1987 Porsche 944S on eBay

Simply unique and pristine one of a kind 1987 Porsche 944 S. Finished off in Porsche’s beautiful Guards red with no fading, the exterior is flawless with no dings, scratches or imperfections of any kind. The interior is near new as well, the seats are light beige, with no wear. Bolsters have no cracking and carpets and leather are free of dirt and stains. Dashboard is like new with no cracking. This 994 S is not only the car you dreamed of back in the day, but a fun and fuel efficient car for today. Featuring a smooth shifting 5-speed. Manual transmission it runs through the gears strongly with no hesitation or shimmy of any kind.

This is a 2-Owner local Texas car. Fortunately, the prior owners kept the car so pristine since day one, we have a stack of chronological order service documentation totaling $25,000.00 in just recommended Porsche scheduled maintenance. This car is like new! Tight-driving suspension, firm Porsche sport seats and all the books, records and extra keys to make this car a complete original.

There’s plenty of lower mileage 944s available out there these days, but I’d wager to say that with almost 100,000 miles on the clock, a 25 year old car that looks this good is going to send positive vibes to potential buyers. Some of the best 944s out there, whether Turbos, 16 valves or base models have been hovering around the $15k mark these days, with your average, well kept examples selling within the $10,000 to $13,000 range. At a shade under $8,000, with two owners and a full service history, this is a good way to get into what was once described by Car and Driver as the “Best Handling Production Car in America.”

-Paul