What has the world come to? Are the days of the cheap 1980s cars dead? We’re in the days of $50,000 BMW M3s, $30,000 Audi Quattros, $20,000 Volkswagen GTis and $10,000 Sciroccos! And yet, there are still deals to be had, if you’re willing to look – and act, quickly. Because while the 944 Turbo and S2 have been on the “down low” for a few years, we’ve been watching clean examples rapidly appreciate, pulled up by their more expensive cousins. That’s as it should be, because frankly, of the lot, arguably the 944 Turbo is the best performance value of the 1980s, and the 944 S2 is perhaps the best all-arounder that Porsche has ever made. Those S2s are better balanced than all the previously listed cars, quicker than all of them, get better fuel mileage than all of them, and – arguably, I agree – look the best of the 944 production line. Yet the S2 has continuously been overlooked, almost taken for granted. Those days are going away, and opportunities to get a 944 S2 like today’s are going to be increasingly difficult:
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The 1985 Porsche 944 we featured last month has been relisted at $1,000 more, strangely enough. Still, if there’s some flexibility on the reserve, this could turn out to be a water-cooled bargain.
THE BELOW POST ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON OUR SITE FEBRUARY 14, 2014:
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
Back in December, I wrote up a 944 LS1 swap. I was disappointed that the S2 motor was gone and the car had some questionable wheels and graphics, but overall the smile per dollar ratio was pretty high. Today, I have another LS1 swapped 944; this time, it was a Turbo, and now it’s a track monster. With near perfect 50/50 weight distribution for that sub-3,000 pounds, instant torque and a stiff racing setup, this car is ready to beat just about anything you show up in:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Porsche 944 LS1 on Craigslist
As Yogi Berra famously said, it’s deja-vu all over again. If you missed the opportunity to jump in with the two 944 S2s I wrote up last week, you’ve got another opportunity this week, plus one for good luck. Again today we’ve got two of the S2s, in Graphite and Glacier Blue, and a golden 87 944S 16V as well. Perhaps one of these will strike your fancy? Let’s start with the newest:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Porsche 944 S2 on eBay
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: