Yesterday, Paul wrote up a nice looking 968 with lower miles. The problem with these low mile 968s seems to be that people ask a lot of money for them. Now granted, comparing the money that E30 M3s command compared to the 968 asking prices puts them in a less outrageous context, but compared to the prices 944 Turbo Ss or 944S2s command, they do seem out of line. Case in point is todays two stunning examples of the 968 prototype, the 944S2. Effectively the 968 was this car, restyled and with an extra cog in the gearbox. If you can deal with only 5 speeds and prefer the boxier styling of the 944s, these 944S2s are a screaming deal – for now. Let’s look at a black early example first:
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It doesn’t always take a lot of money to have fun. However, in an era where Volkswagen Mk1 Golfs and GTIs and your garden variety BMW E30s are trending upward, it may seem a bit daunting to maximize your classic car dollar. But there’s always those old standbys, and one that ranks high on my list is the Porsche 944. If you opt for the “basic” version, you can keep the initial outlay reasonable while allowing room for upgrades and repairs. This 944 for sale in Portland, Oregon has well under 100,000 miles on the clock and provides a good baseline for those new to the P-car hobby.
Click for more details: 1985 Porsche 944 on eBay
If you don’t know about the Rothmans Cup 944s, you’d be not the only one. As one of the lesser known single-make race series from the 1980s, the Canada-only Rothmans Cup series didn’t have the flashiest, fastest cars on the planet. It wasn’t even as crazy as the later Turbo cup, where the cars had magnesium and unobtanium bits. No, what the Rothmans Cup was all about was the bare-bones racing. Some of the best drivers in the world signed up, proving the idea was a good one – and the sealed motors ensured a level playing field. It was all about the driving! To help a bit though, the Rothmans cars were stripped to the bones; no A/C, no power steering, no sunroof – and they were beefed up with the M474 Koni suspension and M220 limited slip differential. This isn’t the first time I’ve written up a 944 Rothmans car, as last year we saw a Rothmans Cup in need of a restoration that had trouble trading hands. In much better overall shape and ready to race, this car looks splendid in its original colors:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Porsche 944 Rothmans Cup on eBay
Welcome to Week in Review, where we’ll take a look at some of the vehicles featured on GCFSB over the last couple of weeks:
Friends, I’m afraid. I’m afraid that the already somewhat affordable hobby of 1980s cars is quickly becoming endangered by speculation. The first victim was the E30 BMW, and poaching resulting quickly in the endangered status of decent, affordable examples. But the poachers weren’t done; the E24 M6, E28 M5, Ur-Quattro, original GTis and Porsche 911s have been on their list as well. That has meant in some cases spill-over into poaching similar looking models; even more recently, we’ve seen a spike in Audi 4000, Coupe GT, 635CSi and 535is examples trading for previously unheard of amounts that have most enthusiasts despondent and questioning the sanity of the poachers. There are some glimmers of hope; on the endangered list but so far not hugely impacted by this trend are a few real gems of cars. Most notable of this group in my mind has to be the Porsche 944 Turbo.
The 944 Turbo – referred to as the 951 by insiders or anoraks – has been a giant slayer since it’s inception as a test platform at Le Mans in a heavily flared, super cool 924 GTR chassis – dubbed the 944 LM. The new 2.5 liter turbocharged power plant was truly an impressive feat; the aerodynamic body of the 944 returned quite good fuel mileage per the original intent of the design, but step on the loud pedal and there were few cars that could keep up – and none of them were at the same price point as the 944. Since then the Turbo has become legendary as one of the best handling chassis Porsche has produced, its near infinite tuning potential, the spectacular 80s flares and pop-up headlights, and a comfortable GT. As an all-arounder, few cars can achieve what the Turbo did. Because of the relative undervalued nature of the model though, few remain in really pristine condition; but if you’re in the market they do arrive from time to time, and this one certainly deserves to be on that list: