1986 Porsche 944 Turbo

I’m a sucker for two things: great deals on underdog cars and crazy color combination. Welcome to today’s 951!

I’m not going to hide my love of the transaxle 4-cylinder Porsches. I think they’re still some of the best deals going in the Porsche world, provided you know where to look. For example, I provided you with a stellar example of a 924S just a few weeks ago:

1987 Porsche 924S with 17,500 Miles

As I mentioned there were two ways to consider that car. On one hand, I don’t think you could get a better condition, lower mileage Porsche for any less. But on the flip side, there were plenty of other cars that were a lot more desirable for similar money. This 944 Turbo is one of the cars that I referenced. Granted, it’s not quite as pristine as the 924S was, but I still think it has a lot to offer:

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Year: 1986
Model: 944 Turbo
VIN: WP0AA0956GN151471
Engine: 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 76,633 mi
Price: $19,900 Buy It Now

“Confidence-inspiring. Easy to Learn. Terrific turn-in, linearity, brakes, dead pedal, ride and hand and handling over bumps. Carves up corners the way you want. Great piece!” Don Sherman – Car and Driver Magazine

Porsches 944 instantly commanded the respect of the automotive community as it earned the title as the best handling car in America by Car and Driver Magazine in a Summer test comparison review against heavy weight opponents including: Ferrari 308 Quattovalvole, Audi Coupe Quattro, Lotus Esprit, Porsche 911 Carrera, 928s. Shortly after, Porsche integrated its turbo charged technology to its 944 and created a front engine marvel. The 944 Turbo was fast, balance and demonstrated handling capabilities that remained the envy of sports car manufactures around the world.

GR auto Gallery is pleased to offer this excellent, fully serviced 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo. This 951 Turbo was sold new by Autohaus Volkswagen Porsche of Lancaster, PA on November 22 1985. The car was delivered dressed in LM6Y, Crystal Green Metallic exterior paint over Brown leather interior. The car is powered by its turbocharged and intercooled 2.5 liter inline 4 cylinder engine mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. The car comes optioned with factory electronically operated sunroof, “phone dial” wheels, leather front seats, power seats and locks.

The extensive service history dates all the way back to new and indicates 4 owner enthusiasts. Today at 76633 original miles, the car remains in remarkable condition throughout. Important details included: Both option stickers (one in the original maintenance book and one in the spare tire well), Vin stickers on all panels, original collapsible spare with pump (never used) original jack, original removable sun roof with carrier bag, original owners manual, original warranty and maintenance book with early dealer service stamps, original portfolio, original selling dealer card, complete and cataloged service history, complete original tool roll, etc.

Cosmetically, the Crystal Green Metallic paint shows excellent in all areas, the interior remains completely original with the exception of an upgraded stereo, it shows excellent wearing the perfect amount of patina, the wheels show excellent as well and the engine area is clean and detailed.

Most recent service does include a complete ECS Tuning timing belt and water pump kit which includes: new timing belt, water pump, timing belt tensioner, belt tensioner roller, balance shaft belt, belt idler roller with protection cap, thermostat insert with proper gasket, revised water pump housing and impeller.

It is no secret that the Porsche Marque has gained massive popularity over the last number of years and values continue to rise. The 944, with all of its global recognition, is now poised to sharply increase in value. Quality examples as the offered here remain in high demand. These cars demand to be driven and enjoyed and the car offered here has much to offer any driver enthusiast.

I’ve seen quite a few oddball 944 Turbos, but I don’t ever recall seeing a LM6Y Crystal Green Metallic one, and the Brown leather interior is a very interesting match. It was a color only offered on the 944 Turbo in 1986. It’s unfortunate that the photos are a bit over-saturated as it’s a lovely subtle color in the right light. Other options were the M158 Blaupunkt Reno (now gone), M418 side moldings, M425 rear wiper, M454 cruise control, M533 alarm, M650 sunroof, and M946 leather seat covers. Generally speaking these options were typical and unfortunately this car doesn’t have a limited slip differential. But, on the plus side, it does appear to have an extensive history from its enthusiastic prior owners who have documented all the way back to 1988.

In all, it’s an unusually colored 944 Turbo in fantastic condition with lower mileage and what appears to be a great history. The price of $19,900 certainly is on the higher end for a non-S Turbo, but then this it comes to market with a history and in a condition which is increasingly infrequently seen. You could do a lot worse than this car.

-Carter

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3 Comments

  1. Sold at B-J auction in January for $12100 all in.
    https://www.barrett-jackson.com/Events/Event/Details/1986-PORSCHE-944-TURBO-224189
    Interior is listed as Burgundy in that listing.

  2. I used to work there. Sold cars on consignment or auction buys with a steep markup.

  3. LU is brown for sure. BJ got it wrong.

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