As frequent readers will be well aware, I typically write about the 911 and as such I write about a lot of pretty high-priced machines. In the 911 world value is very much a relative term and many buyers can be quickly priced out. Thus, when I dip my toes into the value side of the Porsche pool I am constantly amazed at the amount of car you can get. Porsche’s fleet of front-engined rear-drive sport coupes, ranging from the 4-cylinder 924 to the V8-powered 928, can provide some of the best values in the marque while also delivering plenty of exciting driving in an elegant design. Here we’ll look at a very low mileage Black 1984 Porsche 944, located in New Jersey. Having borrowed much of its styling from the 924 Carrera GT, the 944 effectively was the more muscular version of Porsche’s entry-level 924 retaining much of the basic shape along with a 4-cylinder engine, though in this case that engine would be a Porsche designed 2.5 liter inline-4. The result was an excellently well-balanced car that was both more refined and more powerful than its less muscular sibling. It should be no surprise then that these enjoyed quite a bit of popularity in their day.
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Engine swaps are a popular topic of conversation here at GCFSB. From early examples of the BMW 3 series with late model inline-6 swaps to Volkswagen Campers with Subaru lumps hiding out back, the possibilities are endless. Another trend has been V8 swaps into the venerable Porsche 944. This Porsche 944 comes to us via our friends at BlythBros. It’s not a purebred V8 Porsche like the 928, but one glance at this tuned-up 944 and you’d have a hard time believing it wouldn’t be a hoot to drive.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985.5 Porsche 944 LS1 swap on Craiglist Detroit
The Porsche 944 Turbo, known internally as the 951, is leading the charge in terms of the 944’s popularity with collectors. As such, prices have been on the rise for these forced induction coupes, as P-car enthusiasts begin to view them as worthy alternatives to the almighty 911. We saw a low mileage 1986 944 Turbo sell last month for $21,500. Good examples are regularly approaching and exceeding the $20,000 mark. Now comes along this 1987 944 Turbo with just under 6,000 miles. Surely this is one of the lowest mileage examples we’ve seen yet at GCFSB. The asking price is also one of the highest we’ve encountered. Worth the price of admission for an almost new 944 Turbo?
Click for details: 1987 Porsche 944 Turbo on eBay
The 944 is one of those sports cars that is prime for engine swaps, as Carter exhibited yesterday with the 944 he found with an LS3 slotted under the hood. With one of the best balanced chassis to come out of the eighties, the 944 has become a darling of the track day set and of spirited motorists alike. With exception of the Turbo models, most of the range has stayed relatively affordable, even if it is a low mileage minter that you might stumble upon. This 1989 944 for sale in Pennsylvania has covered just over 50,000 miles. There’s not much of a description from the seller, but it appears there are some records accompanying it and it looks like a minter from the pictures.
Click for details: 1989 Porsche 944 on Cars.com
There’s something that is inherently appealing to me about the idea of a aluminum V8 engine swapped into a Porsche 944. Sure, you could argue that just buying a 928 would scratch that particular itch, and in many ways you’d be right. But say you want extra power and cheaper operating costs? These are things that the Porsche 928 doesn’t particularly excel at, coupled with the more complicated and fragile electronics of the 944’s big brother. The smaller, lighter 944 then seems to be a natural choice; with near perfect weight distribution and bits that swap in easily from the higher-horsepower Turbo model, you can have a track-ready sleeper for about the same price as a decently sorted 928 – but choose the right engine, and you’ll have much more motivation at your call. In the case of this 1987 944, that choice would be the all-aluminum 6.2 liter V8 from the new Corvette – the LS3, rated at 430 horsepower and 424 lb.ft. of torque right out of the box: