1989 Porsche 944S2

Although the appeal of the budget speed of the 944 Turbo is certainly large, the actual driving experience around town can sometime be a bit lacking and the expense of 25 year old turbocharged technology can be a turnoff. Luckily, Porsche offered its own solution with the 944S2. Well covered on these pages, the S2 offers early Turbo levels of performance from its 3.0 16V motor, with no turbo lag. I’ve said it was perhaps the best all-arounder Porsche has ever built, and I think overall that’s a realistic look at the S2; if all-out speed wasn’t your goal, the S2 offers practicality, lower ownership costs and enough power to take advantage of one of the best handling chassis ever made. Take a look at this 1989 example:

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1989 Porsche 944S2 with 27,000 miles

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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Deja-2: 1989 and 1991 Porsche 944 S2s, plus a 1987 944S for good measure!

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:

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Stunning Twos – 1989 and 1991 Porsche 944 S2s

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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1991 Porsche 944 S2 LS1 swap

There is something that is very satisfying to me about sticking it to the purists, no matter where they come from. Perhaps that signals that I have much larger problems, but for many reasons I don’t think I’m alone. I really enjoy taking the path less traveled; heck, it helps explain why I ended up with a front wheel drive track car with the engine hanging out entirely in front of the axle line. But just as with the 911’s design, I stuck with it and I feel that it works, but importantly to me, it’s also not what everyone else has done. For many years, my planned successor to the GT track car was to swap the 4.2 V8 from an Audi into a Porsche 924S. Why? Because no one would be expecting it. But after a fair amount of research, it seems that the smarter money is to look towards the all-aluminum American V8s which, frankly, just produce much more power per dollar spent. Even smarter money is to buy one that’s already been converted. Such is the case with today’s 1991 944S2 – a car many people desire, made arguable both more and less desirable at the same time with a Corvette engine stuck in the front. Take a look:

Year: 1991
Model: 944 S2
Engine: 5.7 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 76,500 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

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1991 Porsche 944S2 LS1. Rare, final model year of the 944 series. One of only 510 shipped to the states that year. The S2 had many of the same sport suspension and chassis upgrades as the turbo cars. How to improve this fine example of german ingenuity. Renegade Hybrids of Las Vegas conversion kit. “Making Germany’s Fastest Faster” Professionally installed all aluminium LS1 5.7 V-8 using Renegade Hybrids engineered components. I am a PCA member and have had a variety Porsche cars. This is by far the fastest. Complete vehicle build sheet comes with sale. I have loved and enjoyed this 944 as my personal car for a few years since the conversion, 7500 miles,only driving on the weekends and sunny days. New show quality paint. All weather strip and rubber new. No flaws, no body damage,no rust. Vehicle is like new inside and out. Appears as a factory S2 with twice the hp. Built for the street or the track. 911 factory 18″ turbo twist chrome wheels with new Pirelli 225/40/ZR18 tires front,new Goodyear 285/30/ZR18 on the rear.
Vehicle Overview/Upgrades
RH LS1 Conversion
RH Bell housing and adaptor plate
RH High Performance clutch assembly
RH Ceramic coated long tube headers
RH Custom racing oil pan
GM LS1 5.7 Engine LS6 intake
Programmed Gm pcm w/obd 2 diag. plug (no speed or rev. limiters)
Custom dual exhaust system h-pipe, cats
Magnaflow stainless/polished muffler and tip
Koni cup adjustable coil-overs
Rebuilt Porsche 5spd transmission (sync, bearings, short 5th gear assembly)
A/C system r134 climate control
Rebuilt turque tube, new bearings
Lindsley Ultra transmission mount
Fidanza Aluminum flywheel
18″ 993 chrome turbo twist wheels,new tires Hood and hatch struts K & N air filter Aluminum radiator w/pcm controlled dual fans Brakes and slotted rotors w/anti-corrosive z. Excellent condition-near flawless,everything works as factory new. Available for inspection upon request. Never raced or abused. Ready for the show.
This is the top street legal 944 you will ever find. Everything works perfect. Plush and fast. Thanks and good luck. $2000. down within 24hrs after winning bid. Buyer’s responsible for shipping.

As turnkey cars go, this one looks pretty much sorted and ready to roll. There are some aspects that I’m not a fan of; the wheels would look better (in my opinion) in silver and the stickers and tint would have to go. But the white over grey combination is great and stealthy, and the overall appearance of the car doesn’t even begin to hint at the performance potential. Could you build a monster turbo 3.0 that would outperform this car? Yes, for sure – but not for less money, and having seen a fair amount of them done, they’re fast but fragile. The Corvette plant may be not the sexiest solution out there, but it’s utilitarian and gets the job done. Parts are cheap and the motor can be worked on, and the rest of the car retains the remnants of Porsche’s great build quality period. Pricing? Bring a Trailer recently featured a similar Turbo with Vortec 5.3 swap for around $16,000, and I think that’s probably similar to the pricing on this car. It’s a lot of custom engineering at that point, but it’ll handily outrun a stock Turbo or S2 and surprise quite a few people no matter where you go. Just popping the hood at a PCA event to see the reactions would probably be worth the price of admission alone!

-Carter

1990 Audi Coupe Quattro S2 replica

For a long time now, one of the most popular builds that Audi fans have undertaken is coupling the excellent 20 valve turbocharged inline-5 Audi motor to the capable, fun and good looking Coupe Quattro. It makes sense; out of the box, the heavy Type 89 chassis had a hard time feeling fast despite being equipped with the fantastic 7A 20 valve motor. Consequently, both the non-turbo motor and the Coupe got a undeserved reputation as being slow compared to the competition. However, just as the 4000 Quattro was a stout chassis in search of more power, adding the AAN 20 valve turbo to the Coupe Quattro was a match made in heaven – certainly, the factory agreed, since that was basically what they did to create the S2. This particular conversion goes to 11, upgrading the engine, swapping in a TDi-spec 6 speed and all the correct S2/RS2 bits to make a stunning looker with even more stunning performance:

Year: 1990
Model: Coupe Quattro
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 116,000 mi
Price: $18,000

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The modifications and work done on this car is well documented. The car is fast and runs flawlessly. Pretty much everything has been cleaned, maintained, refreshed, upgraded, fixed and works. Interior was removed. Carpet shampooed. All interior bulbs were replaced, even the ones that were soldered. Even the underhood light bulb works.

I have over $20k into the car. Email me (ktnguye1@gmail.com) with any questions or for my contact info if you are interested.

1990 CQ
VIN: WAUGE58B9LA015479
Mileage: 116,XXX
Clean Title

Maintenance
Stainless Steel Brake Lines 116
Brake Fluid Flush and Fill Motul RBF600 116
Timing belt, TB roller, idler, water pump, thermostat 115
Crank, cam, rear main seal 115
PS belt, alternator belt, A/C belt 115
Throttle Body, Valve Cover, Intake Manifold Gaskets 115
Oil filter, oil, quick drain valve 115
OEM G11 Coolant Flush/Change 115
OEM Mineral PS Fluid Flush/Change 115
Transmission Fluid Change 115
Diff Fluid Change 115
Replaced rear block coolant outlet (034 billet) 115
Replaced new power steering reservoir hose (OEM ordered from Germany) 115
Replaced coolant banjo bolt crush washers 115
Replaced coolant feed/return turbo hose 115
Replaced Rear Tranny Output Seal 115
Replaced all vacuum hoses with silicone hoses 115
Replaced all hose clamps with ABA HD clamps 115
Replaced all silicone hose clamps with CT spring clamps and used seal all sealant 115
Leather door cards reupholstered 115
Seat back swapped to Cabriolet with updated seams 115
Fore/aft seat motor replaced 115
Replaced all interior bulbs (dash, buttons, window, mirrors, memory, seat heater switches, cluster, aux, climate control, ash trays, cig lighter, grab handles, dome lights) 115
Fixed/replaced missing/broken parts: (rear parcel shelf, rear seat latch trim/seat belt trim, headlight glass clips, rear parcel shelf trim, mounting brackets for rear cards, brackets/gaskets/seals for front doorcards) 115
Lubricated all hinges, sunroof rails, seat rails, window rails 115
Replaced Exhaust hangers with HD chained hangars 115
New OEM under headlight trim plastic inserts 115
New Driver and Passenger side door seals (all 4) 115
Head gasket, timing chain 109
Spark plugs replaced, tri electrode (PN FD5DTC) 109
Lubricated rear wiper motor 108
Brand new OEM windshield with correct installation (flush a pillar riveted in place) 107
Brand new Behr main radiator 106
Fuel Filter 104
New heatercore 104
HVAC heaterbox rebuilt with all new foam 104
Window regulators replaced 104
Interior carpet replaced with better condition black carpet 104
Replaced 6 piece lower trim moldings 104
N75 replaced 105
Rear tie rods replaced 104
Front ball joints 104
Wheel bearings 104

Interior
S2 3 spoke steering wheel 115
S2 cluster and aux gauges 104
VDO boost gauge w/ matching white face/red illumination (vent mounted) 104
OEM “quattro” floor mats 104
OEM driver side lower cubby shelf 104
Manual heater control conversion with new OEM heater valve 104
S2 euro only black interior (A, B, C pillars, trunk trim, grab handles, dome lights and more) 108
Headliner reupholstered in black B5S4 type headliner 108
Carbon Fiber Trim (door, ash tray, climate control, aux gauge) 115
JHM weighted 6 speed shiftknob 115

Exterior
S2 front bumper 104
S2 rear bumper 104
LHD RS2 projector headlights 104
DDM HID 55W lights 104
S2 fog lights, brand new when installed 104 (French spec yellow)
S2 indicators, brand new when installed 104 (yellow)
Treser tail lights 105
B4 hood and core support conversion 104
OEM front/rear S2 badge 104
LED license plate bulbs 115
Front and rear B5 mudflaps 110
35% tint all around, except front windshield 104

Brakes
S2 5×112 hubs 104
Front Porsche 996 calipers 106
Front RS2 Caliper carriers 106
Front S8 rotors (323x30mm from 00-03 S8, pads from 996 911 non-turbo) 106
Brand new rear rotors/pads (B6 A4) 106

Suspension
KW V1 Coilovers 107
034 Motorsport Aluminum subframe mounts 106/115
034 Motorsport street density engine mounts 104
034 street density rear diff mounts (both) 115
034 street density rear diff bushing 115
034 Motorsport/Meyle HD strut mounts 110
Apikol snub mount 104
CQ front and rear sway bars with sway bar links attached to KW coilovers 115
OEM HD Rear control arm bushings 115

Wheels/Tires
5×112 17×8 OZ Chrono Evo (16.4 lbs ea) 105
245x40x17 Pilot Sport Tires 105
Front/rear 5mm H&R hubcentric spacers (PN 1055571) 105
034 wheel stud conversion 106

Engine Block
1992 AAN Block
Block honed 109
Brand new OEM AAN forged pistons 109
Brand new OEM piston rings 109
DM Forged/Scar rods with ARP hardware 109
Calico RS2 coated main bearings 109
Calico coated rod bearings 109
7A harmonic balancer 104
7A oil pickup tube 109
7A oil pan 109

Engine Head
1990 7A Head
7A cams 105
7A head machined for ABY water manifold 109
Brand new OEM head guides 109
Brand new OEM hydro lifters 109
Brand new OEM valve seats 109
Brand new OEM intake valves 109
Brand new stainless steel exhaust valves 109
ARP main 109
ARP head studs 109

Engine Misc
K26/GT3071R 109
S2 ABY oil feed and return lines (oil pan extension return style) 104
034 Motorsport silicone boost hoses 104
034 Motorsport silicone heater hoses 104
034 1.9 Bar wastegate spring 104
S4 windage tray 104
Metal headgasket 109
RS2 Aux Radiator 115
Euro ABY engine heat shields 115
Billet cam gear w/ new OEM bolt/washer115
Billet crank gear w/ new OEM bolt 115
Carbon Fiber Radiator shroud, timing belt cover, coil cover, ABY airbox cover 115
7a distributor as cam position sensor w/ 034 metal distributor gear 115
034 billet distributor cap 115

Exhaust
RS2 exhaust manifold 105
Stebro exhaust 105
3″ Iroz Motorsport v-banded downpipe 109
Vband cat for DEQ 115

Intake
RS2 intake pipe 104
ABY intake manifold w service channels removed for increased airflow 104
S2 ABY front crossmember 104
S2 ABY intercooler 104
Forge 007 DV 104
034 phenolic intake spacer 104
ABY airbox 115
ABY/S2 headlight/airbox ducting shroud (6 piece) 115
Custom powder coated EFIExpress MAF Bypass Tube for ABY Airbox 115
Euro ABY Silicone Inlet Hose w/ N75/valve cover breather, N75 hooked up 115
Mann Catch Can with Oil Return Line 115

Electronics
S2 ABY wiring harness 104
24 psi AAN PNP VEMS standalone tuned by Marc Swanson at EFIExpress 105
Wideband sensor 105
EGT sensor 105
LS2 EFI express coilpacks 105
Stock VR sensors for the crank 105
7a dizzy for the hall sensor for cam trigger 105
Internal 4bar MAP sensor 105
Rclick code hopping keyless entry integrated into alarm w/Audi flip key 115

Fueling
RS2 fuel rail 105
4 bar FPR 105
Siemens 60# Deka Injectors EV1 109
Brand new fuel pump 115

Transmission
Spec Stage 3+ clutch 104
034 short shifter kit 104
7A style Fidanza 12 lb (vs 25.5 OEM) flywheel 106
034 Motorsport street density trans mount 106
Iroz Motorsport RS2 transmission mount with spacer 106
B5 S4 modified linkage 106
4k driveshaft 106
01E TDI 6 speed with longer stronger flexible main shaft, longer 4,5,6 gears and 100mm output flanges 115
Retrofitted 6 speed lockout 115
New driveshaft support bearing 115
New (not rebuilt) driveshaft U-Joint 115

Audio
Alpine headunit w/ipod cable and remote (matching red illumination, model CDA-9887 HD/XM/MP3/BT, 4x 50W) 104
Alpine Amp (model MRP-M350 200W) 105
Alpine 10″ Type E subwoofer in enclosure 105
Alpine Type S 2 way front/rear speaker (4″ and 5.25″) 107

Extras
Brand new 6 piece lower trim moldings
Brand new set of 4 door card weather seals
Winter wheels: Ronal R38 17×8 35ET w/245/40/17 blizzaks
Bentley Manual
Laptop and tuning cable
S2 leather binder and manual
Driver side seat base
Stock US spec tail lights
Crank position sensor
Donut tire/rim that fits over Porsche BBK (fits into stock location in trunk)
Brand new sealed A/C dryer

Reading through the build list on this car, it’s easy to see the claimed $20,000 invested; indeed, I bet if I started to add up the details on my car I’d come up with somewhere around that figure too. The question is, does that make the car worth $18,000? Well, that’s a bit harder to justify – especially when you consider that there recently was a real factory S2 for sale in Canada for $10,000. I have to believe that over the next two years, the market price on these built S2 replicas is going to crumble as real cars make their way over since you can pick up a pretty good example for the equivalent of $5,000 – $6,000 in Europe.

However, about this car; it’s pretty awesome, it’s undoubtedly fast, it looks fantastic – there’s a lot to like here! I really like the incorporation of the correct S2 front end rather than the commonplace RS2 “catfish” bumper cover which often looks out of place. For me though, despite the great condition and quite impressive build sheet, I’m just not sure it’s worth $18,000. For that price, I’d really rather have very nice 944 Turbo or 968 in all honesty, but if the S2 is your goal, perhaps this strikes your fancy.

-Carter

Wagon Week: 1993 and 1994 Audi S2 Avants

I recently wrote up a few quattro GmbH specials that didn’t come to the U.S.. While over the past few years Audi enthusiasts here have spent countless hours and dollars recreating one of those cars, the RS4, from U.S. spec S4 sedans and avants. But rewind a decade and it was this car that many were trying to reproduce – the Audi S2. As crashed or heavily used 200 20V and S4s came up for sale, the reality of creating a S2 on U.S. shores became a possibility. Most utilized the popular Coupe Quattro chassis; a few enterprising individuals built S2 sedans – rare even in Europe. But despite being one of the most popular wagons of all time, the S2 Avant was seldom chosen because the small wagon was never brought to the U.S., meaning you’d have to not only import the chassis but then convert it. Of course, an easier way would just be to buy a whole factory S2, a possibility now that prices have dropped though we’re still a few years from these being legal on our shores. Today I have two examples to dream about:

Year: 1994
Model: S2
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 225,000 km (139,808 mi)
Price: E. 5,499 ($7,591.37 today)

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Vehicle description:
Dual airbag model
Carbon inlays
No TUV
Missing front bumper
OK tires – they were replaced 3/2012 and can still be driven a season
Service book available
More information only via phone
E-mails will not be answered
Price firm
No trades
No payment by installments possible.
The vehicle will be completed in the next few days so the price will go up.

There’s a lot to like about this S2; Europa Blue Mica is one of the prettiest colors of this generation of Audi, the Avus alloys are perfectly suited to the design, and it has quattro-script cloth seats. Unfortunately, it’s missing the front bumper, but as many choose to pursue the RS2 look this isn’t something that can’t be easily overcome. Personally I’d go for the original bumper as I prefer the slightly more square look of the S2, and since they’re shared with a few models they can be had reasonably easily with some searching. At $7,500 it’s pretty appropriately priced and looks good – the seller indicates that if the car is fixed the price will go up, which would probably make it fall into line with this Black 1993:

If you’re not a fan of cloth or the Avus alloys, this black 1993 has the earlier 5 spoke Ronal alloys which look a bit more old-school than the Avus wheels. With grey leather, the same mileage as the blue car but no damage this car seems like a reasonable deal:

Year: 1993
Model: S2
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 225,000km (139,808 mi)
Price: E. 6,800 ($9,387.40 today)

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Vehicle description:
Rare Audi S2 Avant ABY, all wheel drive, 230HP, 5 cylinder turbo engine, full leather interior, alloy wheels, automatic climate control, heated seats, fully original condition, power windows, power steering, fog lights, Full Service, no issues, more information on the phone, open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 18:00, Saturdays from 9:00 to 12:00 or by appointment, inspection / test drive by appointment only

For the price, either of these cars is pretty reasonable. They fall into line with similar condition S6 Avants in the U.S., and anyone who has gone through the S2 conversion would agree that the entry price on these cars is probably well worth not going through the conversion headache and expense. In a few short years these cars will be prime for importation and likely initially be a touch cheaper, though I have a feeling that there will be a ripe market importing good examples for a premium. For some, there won’t be any replacing the original! I’d still choose a S6 plus Avant over these first, but these small wagons sure are neat!

-Carter

Double Take: Blower v. Displacement – 1989 944 Turbo v. 1991 944 S2

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Recent technology, engineering and computers have challenged the age-old automotive adage: “There’s no replacement for displacement”. The other day I caught an article claiming the new twin-turbo Audi S8 and S7 can be beefed up and are running sub-4 second runs to 60mph. Not bad for only 4 liters; that would best any muscle car from the 1960s without too much trouble. That, coupled with the Porsche 968 I wrote up the other day got me wondering; given about the same money, would I choose a 944 Turbo or a 944 S2? Well, lucky for us I found two good examples at right around the same miles and price; let’s start with the Turbo:

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Year: 1989
Model: 944 Turbo
Engine: 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 102,073 mi
Price: $13,000 Buy It Now

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Maintenance:

-Clutch kit replacement and re-surface of flywheel (2006, 62,751 mi)

-Timing belt and water pump replacement (2009, 85,347 mi)

-Alternator replacement (2009, 89,378 mi)

-New tires (2011, approx. 2000 mi driven on them)

-New battery (2013, 102,073 mi)

History:

I’m the third owner. Originally purchased in Germany (Canadian Military Car Sales, Nurnberg). Second owner had it for approx. six years / 8000 miles when I purchased it in 2011. I have the original paperwork and still in contact with the second owner. I drove it (approx. 59,000 mi)so it has normal wear and tear on it but mechanically it is in excellent shape and runs quite good.

This car seems to have an interesting history, matched by it’s interesting color combination. The white interior includes the more rare sport seats with tremendous bolsters; those bolsters show wear (as does the white) which is inevitable if you want to drive the car. The exterior shade is one I’ve only seen on later 944S2s interestingly, and for a Turbo is pretty unique. Some mechanical history is included, which is nice, and while this car isn’t pristine I’d classify it as a very nice driver example. There is some light wear showing outside, the wheels don’t shine as they originally did and the dash is cracked. Great, now stop worrying about those things and just drive it. The 1989s – though not termed “S” – got all of the S upgrades including the M030 suspension and uprated 250hp motor. These are great driving cars, well balanced and fairly bulletproof as long as you don’t turn the boost up too much. Older turbo technology a little too scary for you? How about jumping up a bunch of valves and half a liter to the 944 S2:

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Year: 1991
Model: 944 S2
Engine: 3.0 inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 106,000 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction, $13,000 opening bid

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I have a much loved 1991 Porsche 944s2 with rare options. It is the last year produced and has the one year only options that became the 968. Red with Gray and black interior. Everything works flawlessly and has been maintained to an incredible standard by one of the renowned 944/928 specialist shops. It has new leather because I wanted it not because it needed it. It has 968 matte black cupII wheels with new tires but I have like new original wheels and tires with it. It has ice cold air, Power windows and mirrors, Sunroof, new Porsche drilled rotors and pads. Dash is perfect, no cracks. I just did the full service cam tensioner / timing belt etc. I spent some money on this because my mechanic is the best. Just powder coated to factory specs the valve cover. This car needs nothing. The underside you can eat off of and I just installed a Alpine unit with Bluetooth and audio streaming of IPOD or Pandora radio with out the need to plug anything in but it has a USB plug to charge. Voice dialing and music is amazing. 5speed with limited slip differential(ultra Rare) and the 10 speaker sound system from the factory another rare option code, 968 spoiler. Original working Porsche stereo. 105k miles. All compression is like new and near even. $13500. You wont find many cars as nice and unmolested as this example. I spent years searching for this car. Never tracked adult owner.

David 949 232 8200. Car is a southern California car.

The 944 S2 was indeed the prototype for the 968, only missing it’s 6-speed option and some minor exterior refreshing. To some, the earlier “chunky” looks of the 944 are preferable. Guards Red is a safe bet on these cars and generally always looks great. As usual, I wish the Cup wheels were silver rather than Matte Black, but the sale seems to include the original Design 90s that should be on there. Like the Turbo, some maintenance is done so that’s a plus, and the interior has been refreshed “just because”. Although this car doesn’t have the sport seats of the Turbo it does carry the limited-slip rear end, making it a bit more fun in the twisties.

So, for around $13,000, which is a better deal? Well, both are pretty solid looking cars; ultimately, I think it comes down to what you want to do. Day to day, I’d have to argue the S2 is probably a better choice – they’re easier to drive around town, and because of the linear power delivery they’re actually a tad bit quicker around a track than a stock Turbo in my experience. However, “stock” and “944 Turbo” seldom go together, so if you’re inclined to have an occasional car with more scoot, the Turbo is capable of that in strides. It wouldn’t be hard to push 100 hp more than the S2 out of the 2.5, and then it would be no contest of which would be faster. I do like the rarity of the S2, but that pretty Turbo seems to be calling my name this time around…

Which would you choose?

-Carter

1989 Porsche 944S2

Whenever I’m talking Porsches with fellow gearheads and the topic comes around to the 944, I usually am greeting with more sneers than cheers. Most enthusiasts will always favor the 911 more no matter what, but the 944 offers a bit more practicality and sure footed handling at a more affordable price. Later model 944s are the ones to seek out, like this 1989 S2 with the 16 valve engine for sale in Philadelphia.

1989 Porsche 944S2 on eBay

Rare red 5-speed manual Porsche 944. Dual overhead cam 16V 3.0L. Low Mileage vehicle. Power windows, leather interior, moonroof, books and manuals. Original rims. The car has been inspected by our mechanic. We will take trade-ins.

You are looking at an exceptionally well kept, great looking luxury Porsche 944 S2, one of the finest series. This car says a lot about its owner, and has been renowned in the world as a symbol of prestige and class, as well as having great performance. The vehicle has been made and assembled entirely in Germany. It’s been very well kept and serviced, in fact it runs like a new car. It’s painted in a great looking bright Guards RED color which adds a lot of luxury and sporty appeal to it.

Porsche 944 car was raced around the world and in the British championship called the Porsche Motorsport Championship. Production was limited to three years; 1989, 1990 and 1991. Judging by the miles and the condition of the car, it has been mostly used on the highway and it has also been garage kept! There are no reported manufacturer’s defects on this vehicle. A never-smoked-in before beauty that looks great and smells clean.

The engine is one of the most powerful in the segment – runs strong and smooth provides the power you have come to expect from a Porsche. In 1989 the 944S2 was introduced, powered by a 211 PS (155 kW; 208 hp) normally aspirated, dual-overhead-cam 16-valve 3.0L version of the 944S engine. The transmission has the Porsche mark on it as well and shifts like on a new car. The car runs great! The engine compartment is clean, and free of any leeks. All the electrical options appear to be in working order.

As you can judge for yourself from the pictures – the interior is clean. This Porsche is equipped with a climate control system and the AC blows ice-cold. The power locks, windows (and all the other electrical features) all work and are in excellent condition.

As seen in the pictures the rims look good, with fresh looking finish while the tires have plenty of tread left. An original spare tire can be found in the trunk. As you can see from the pictures, there are NO door dings or small dents or anything of the kind. The exterior and interior are clean. Not many of those 944 S2 were made for the US, this is your chance to own a truly unique luxurious coupe painted in sporty racing RED that stands out. It’s obviously been garage kept, and is in great condition.

This 944 is priced roughly $5,000 above what it is realistically worth. These later 944s with between 50,000 to 100,000 typically will bring somewhere between $11,000 to $15,000 all day long. Recently, a 1988 944 Turbo S with under 1,000 miles brought over $82,000 at the Gooding & Company auction at Amelia Island. But only 1,000 Turbo S models were ever brought to the US and Amelia Island is the kind of place where the well monied come to play. That sale price is an anomaly amongst 944 values.

-Paul

1989 Porsche 944S2

My father, the man who is responsible for turning me into a car enthusiast, has been toying lately with the idea of selling his MINI Cooper and buying a practical classic. One car at the top of his list is a late model Porsche 944. While derided by some 911 fans, the 944 was a well balanced, practical sports car. There are plenty good examples of 944s to be had these days; one of the best being the 944S2 with the twin cam, 16 valve four cylinder pumping out 208 horsepower. Here is a very mint example of an S2 for sale in Michigan.

1989 Porsche 944S2 on Rennlist

Year: 1989
Make: Porsche
Model: 944
Mileage: 65000
Color: Red
Price: $14750
Location: Midwestern
Body Style: Coupe
Transmission Type: Manual – 5 speed
Stereo System: AM-FM CD

1989 944S2 65,000 miles, excellent condition. All maintenance done at 60k including belts, balance shaft, water pump, etc. Recent new shocks, M030 sway bars. Interior 9/10, Exterior 8/10 (Some minor rock chips/normal use wear). Unmolested, beautiful car, drives perfect and strong. No issues, FULL RECORDS SINCE NEW. Price $14,750 firm.

Considering the mileage, the asking price for this 944S2 is well within a reasonable range. With 65,000 miles on the clock, this is enough distance under this car’s tires to suggest it wasn’t a museum piece nor driven hard and put up wet. There are two things give me confidence in this car. First, there is a Porsche Club of America decal on the driver’s side rear window. Second, there is a Porsche 993 parked next to this 944 in some of the pictures. Also, the fact that this car has surfaced on Rennlist speaks volumes. Let’s hope this ’80s icon goes to a good home.

-Paul