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Motorsports Monday: Porsche 944 Drag v. Circuit

While there are a lot of Porsche enthusiasts who love to head to the track, the reality is that few can afford to support the costs of a GT3 Cup car or even Cayman S, as illustrated in my last post. Even a modestly prepared car can be an expensive undertaking. As a result, for some time the biggest bang-for-the-buck has been the Porsche 944. Robust, tunable and naturally well balanced, the cult-classic 944 has taken to many different forms of motorsport; autocross, circuit racing and even the occasional rally. But today, while I’ve got a fairly typical 944 Turbo track build, we also will look at an odd place for the 944 to turn up; the drag strip:

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Is there a replacement? 1986 944 Turbo v. 1988 944 LT1

Contemplating these two cars, two phrases came to my mind. The first is the old adage “there’s no replacement for displacement”; a saying which certainly could be questioned poignantly today given the plethora of high output turbocharged motors that are available. The second is a advertising campaign that Porsche has now utilized for several years – “Porsche – there is no substitute”. Combining these two expressions of automotive certainty and black or white belief systems has been the Porsche 944, which amongst other models has become a popular platform to swap American V8s into. Quick power, good balance and cheap parts seem to justify the swap, and in the case of some of the more recent LS motors the weight difference is negligible compared to the turbocharged inline-4 that came in the 951. What you get is instant power – a lot of it. So for comparison’s sake, today we have two Stone Grey Metallic 944s that take different routes. First is an original 944 Turbo from 1986 followed by an F-body LT1-swapped ’88 944. Which is the better option?

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Motorsports Monday: 1988 Porsche 944S Firehawk

If you were a sports car racing enthusiast in the 1980s, Group C might have been the top of the heap but there was some great action in the Firehawk support series. Here was a category of cars you could actually go buy, in very close to their original specification. Looking back, they are the cars we often write up today – BMW M3s, Volkswagen GTis and Corrados competing against everything from Camaros and Firebirds to Honda CRXs and even the occasional Peugot 505. The names that raced the cars were just as famous – and some are still active. Jack Baldwin, for example, ran Camaros back then and I believe it getting ready for another run at the Pirelli World Challenge with his Porsche Cayman S in 2015. Names like Scott Sharp, Randy Pobst, Dorsey Schroder, Andy Pilgrim and even Paul Newman weren’t uncommon sights in 1988. But there were other notable race names from the 1980s; BMW fans would recognize David Hobbs, Ray Korman and TC Klein, for example, and for Porsche fans Dave White combined forces with Bob Akin. Both had extensive race history with Porsche, and they took some Porsche 944s with the paint still wet to Sebring in 1988:

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1990 Porsche 944S2 Cabriolet

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In light of the bidding frenzy on the extremely low mileage Porsche 944 Turbo we featured earlier in the week, I had the urge to seek out another 944 to feature, although this time a little less common of a model. The 944 Cabriolet was sold for two years in the US, with less than 2,500 sold here. It came late in the lifecycle of the 944, equipped in this market solely with the 2.5 liter 16-valve engine. This has been a model relegated to relative obscurity, even amongst P-car fanatics. The weather outside might suggest differently for some of us, but it’s a great time to start thinking about that drop top and get a jump on your summer motoring plans. This 944 Cabriolet for sale in Florida has covered almost 100,000 miles but appears in good shape.

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1986 Porsche 944 Turbo

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We’re always on the lookout for low mileage classics here at GCFSB, but it’s rather special when you find vintage motors with under 10,000 miles on the clock. These types of cars can be a window into the past, reminding restorers how these cars were made in the first place or taking collectors back in time to when they first saw a particular machine on the showroom floor. This 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo for sale in Texas is just such an example. With just under 10,000 miles on the odometer, it looks as if it just rolled off the production line in Stuttgart. The idea of turbocharging had been around for some time, but this was the first car that produced the same amount of power with or without a catalyst. Forged pistons, a ceramic port liner and Brembo four piston calipers and ABS came standard. With a 0-60 time of 5.9 seconds, this was a very quick sports car in its day.

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