1988 Porsche 944 Turbo with 9,200 Miles

Well, from zero to two in a week, here’s the second non-S, non race car 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo I’ve written up. Like the last one, this one appears quite pristine and mostly stock. It’s in a pleasing color combination, and even has low miles. Really, really low miles. At a shown 9,223 miles covered, it’s also one of the lowest mileage 944 Turbo I’ve seen since new – but amazingly, not as low as the 5,000 Mile 1987 Paul wrote about in February. That car sold for $30,000; is this car the match for that example, and will it make it to that price?

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Year: 1988
Model: 944 Turbo
Engine: 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 9,223 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1988 Porsche 944 Turbo For Sale in Overland Park, Kansas 66212

This is a beautiful, all original, all stock 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo, it is powered by a 4 cylinder Turbo engine and 5 speed manual transmission. The exterior is White with red leather interior. This car had a re-spray paint job and it has a removable sunroof, you cannot even tell if the top carrier had ever been used. The car is perfect, you can tell that when you put it up on my lift, look under the hood and drive it, the 9K is real. I have put new tires and a new battery on it.

The only thing it needed when I got it was all fluids changed and new tires. It had been sitting for 10 years but none of the hoses belts etc. had suffered any drying out. It had been in a temperature controlled garage.

I’ll be honest, looking through the photos doesn’t instill me with a tremendous amount of confidence that the car indeed only has 9,000 miles. It’s quite dirty in several places, and while you can expect some degree of that from having covered some miles and being 27 years old, it just seems a bit tattier underneath than I’d expect. The engine bay is the same when compared to the 5,000 mile example Paul looked at; granted, perhaps there was some super detailing that took place there that this example hasn’t enjoyed, but why not take the time to go for top dollar then? Then there’s the respray; why did the car need a paint job with so few miles? The Carfax detailing of the registration renewals – with no mileage listed in between 1994 and 2015 – is also pretty odd. What’s the story behind the first 8 years of this car’s life, when it covered only 911 miles apparently? Then the seller takes time and space to show the dashboard (reading low brake fluid level!) showing both 9,039 miles and 9,223 miles, while the listing reads 9,100. Something just seems off to me, but if it could be validated this is one pretty cool package. The red leather is an impressive and unusual match in the 944 Turbo, but boy it looks spectacular. The same can’t be said for the late-offset Phone Dials, which never look quite right to me. But my concerns aren’t shared by the active bidders on this car; already, they’ve pushed the reserve auction to $25,000 with a bit over a day to go. Where’s the reserve set? Well, I’d guess the seller is hoping for at least $30,000; as one of our readers pointed out in the last post, about 50% of the inflation corrected value for the car and what will most likely be a long-term investment example.

-Carter

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2 Comments

  1. Why does a $9K car need a paint job? The coolant overflow tank is clear when new and gradually turns yellow as it is subjected to heat cycling… But again, why it is it yellow at only 9K?

    I’m not saying the car is wrong, but I’d sure dig deep before spending my money.

  2. Linky to eBay takes you to a listing that is ended, then relisted. Something’s afoot here.

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