1987 Porsche 911 Carrera

For years I’ve had the Porsche Carrera 3.2 on the back of my mind. Ever since driving a 1984 hardtop when I was on my learner’s permit back in high school, I’ve been hung up on these things. It’s like your first love; for some reason, you never forget it. There’s no shortage of low mileage 3.2 coupes, targas and cabriolets out there, but prices are strong. In most cases, you’re looking at $25,000 on up. Every now and then, I see one being driven around the urban jungle. True, they look beat up cosmetically, but it’s a testament to the durability of older Porsches. Not only are they high performance machines, but they can handle the traffic and weather that East coast cities can throw at them, sometimes twenty and thirty years on. This particular 3.2 for sale is particularly tempting for me, as it is for sale right in my backyard and has had a series of hardcore enthusiasts own it. With some attractive performance upgrades and a full mechanical rebuild at 160,000 miles, this car is making the right noises.

1987 Porsche 911 Carrera on eBay

Welcome to my 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera. The 3.2 Carrera represents one of the greatest Porsches ever made. From 1984 to 1989, this 911 represented the peak of 911 evolution and stands today as a great blend between the classic and modern 911. I am not a car dealer, I am an individual selling my own personal car. I’ve been active on ebay for twelve years, with a perfect 100% feedback record. I intend to keep it that way. I will disclose to you here absolutely everything I know about this fantastic car. Test drives are welcome, just let me know when you’d like to come over. Professional inspection at one of the area Porsche shops is also welcome, contact me for details if you are interested. Please note that all test drives and inspections must be completed by the end of the auction; this is a no-reserve auction, and when it’s over, the high bidder wins.

The first thing I will say, is please do not write this one off due to the mileage. There are plenty of all original one-owner Carreras out there with only 80k or 100k miles or so on them. Those cars are great – if you’re looking for a saggy worn out car that will cost you thousands to refresh, or if you just want a car that looks nice in your driveway. If you want a real drivers car, one that has been impeccably maintained, and one that has had a full mechanical rebuild, is tight and crisp, and is ready for many more years of reliable service, then keep reading:

This car has a documented provenance of Porsche enthusiast ownership here in the Washington, DC area. I have owned this spectacular 1987 Carrera for 7 years now, since 2005. I purchased it from Bill Hagy, a manager/owner of RPM Performance, a local Porsche specialist. Just before he decided to sell the car, Bill rebuilt the engine, rebuilt the transmission, rebuilt the suspension with all new rubber bushings and shock absorbers, and rebuilt all four brake calipers. It had essentially a mechanical “total makeover”, returning it to like-new mechanical condition. It literally drives and runs like new! There is no smoke at cold start-up. There is no oil leaks or drips, none whatsoever! The entire underside of the engine is bone dry. Good luck finding another air-cooled 911 with a tight dry engine. You only get this with a high quality rebuild! Bill used this car for years as his daily driver before retiring, and selling the car to me. Prior to Bill’s ownership, this car was owned by Marvin Jennings. Marvin is the current Technical Chair of the DC Region Porsche Club. He knows his Porsches! As you can see, this is not some mystery beater car from a shady dealer. This is a mechanically excellent enthusiast owned car, with no excuses. A thick folder full of many years of service records and receipts is included with the car.

Please scroll down and take a look at the photos. I have tried to photograph the vehicle from every possible angle. As you can see the paint is spectacular, and looks great in the sun. There is not a single dent or ding or scratch anywhere on the body, not one! The front end has 3M clear bra applied to keep rock chips away and keep it looking perfect. The drivers door handle has the usual scuffs from rings and keys, and there is a chip in the clear coat right next to the handle. It’s very minor and is not noticeable unless you’re looking for it. The wheels and tires are excellent. Recent Toyo T1R tires with lots of tread life remaining. The wheels all look great, no dents, no curb rash, no damage at all. One of the rear hub caps is missing, as you can see. They are inexpensive and readily available if you want to replace it. There is an aftermarket oil cooler scoop on the front bumper, passenger side. It is a popular aftermarket item for these Carreras, as it directs more cooling air into the oil-cooler. The scoop is painted to match the body so it looks almost factory. There is a marker light that goes in place of that scoop, should your state inspection require it to be present. Yes, the original marker light and mounting hardware are included with the car. On the front of the car, you will notice that it is equipped with the factory black rubber “chin spoiler”, a nice factory upgrade. The 911’s suspension is of a fully adjustable design. The ride height has been set to Euro ride height, which is just a hair lower than US ride height. Most people think the tall US ride height looks funny, and leaves large gaps in the wheel wells, while the Euro ride height looks more sporting. The suspension has Bilstein Sport shock absorbers. The tie rod ends have been upgraded with 911 turbo tie rod ends. The side mirrors on this car have been upgraded. I had the local Porsche specialist swap the black square shaped Carrera mirrors for the more curvy and attractive Porsche 993 “aero” mirrors. It is all Genuine Porsche parts, and the power mirror functions all work perfectly. I think it looks way better than the older “flag” style of mirrors.

Mechanically, this car is excellent. Not just “good”, or “okay”, but excellent. As I mentioned earlier, the engine, transmission, suspension, and brakes all had a complete rebuild at 160k miles in 2004. The car has only driven about 40k miles since then, so it still drives like new! Before you decide on that garage queen with only 90k original miles, please please go test drive it. Then come test drive mine. I know that other one will feel clunky, saggy, and worn-out in comparison. The engine has received all the factory recommended updates including the newer cylinder head temperature sensor, 911 turbo valve covers, and 911 turbo engine mounts. It has been run exclusively on Brad Penn and Redline brand high ZDDP oils. The gearbox oil has been changed annually, with Redline synthetic. The valves have been adjusted annually. All other filters have been changed annually. There is no “Made in China” or no-name brand service parts on this car. You know all the usual high quality German and European car parts suppliers, Mahle, Mann, Zimmerman, Brembo, Bosch, etc. The battery is an Optima Red Top. The catalytic converter was replaced in 2009, and will easily pass the strictest of state emissions tests.

The front brakes have been upgraded to the aluminum four-piston Brembo’s you see on later model 911’s. This particular upgrade came from VCI, and cost nearly $2000. It uses Porsche 964 calipers and 951 rotors. All Genuine Porsche parts! No weird one-off or strange parts to track down, it’s all proper Porsche parts. I had VCI media blast and powdercoat the calipers in the original gloss black. They rebuilt them with Genuine Brembo seals and pistons. One of the biggest complaints about the 3.2 Carrera is that its brakes were not upgraded significantly over the previous model, despite adding significant horsepower. You won’t have that complaint, because you’ve got Porsche 4-piston Brembos and huge 951 turbo rotors now! As an added bonus, the 964 brake pads and 951 brake rotors actually cost less than the original 3.2 Carrera service parts. Better performance, lower service cost, all Genuine Porsche parts.

The interior of this car is two tone, with cream colored carpets and door panels, and black seats and trim. The interior is in fair condition, no glaring defects or severely worn-out stuff. Unlike the mechanicals, the interior has not been updated or refreshed in any way, so it’s starting to show its age. The top of the dashboard has a thin crack, as do most cars of this age. The passenger’s knee pad has a dime sized tear in it. The drivers seat has one or two seams that are just barely starting to open up at the corners. It’s been that way since I bought it though, and hasn’t gotten any worse, so I’ve left it alone. The sunroof does not open. It does not leak either, so I’ve left it alone. The CD stereo was high end for 2001, but is dated by today’s standards, and it recently stopped working. There’s a CD trapped inside, a bonus for you if you can figure out how to retrieve it! 🙂 The air conditioning is disconnected and does not work. These cars have over 40 feet of ac hoses and dozens of o-rings, and the whole system is an old R12 design and needs to be replaced with modern R134a components to have good cold ac. Anyone who is selling one of these cars and says “maybe it needs to be recharged?” is either clueless or is trying to deceive you. There are several aftermarket ac kits designed specifically for the 911, take a look at Rennaire, Griffiths, and IceAC. No matter whose 911 you buy, if it’s older than 1990, you’ll need to replace the hoses, condensers, and compressor from one of those three suppliers. It’s a common upgrade and very straightforward bolt-on install, and now you know.

While it might need a good detail and have mismatched front seats (I don’t believe they came from the factory this way), I am drawn to this car because it appears to be mechanically sound from the extensive description. The upgrades, rebuild and lowered stance make it even more appealing. This would be the kind of classic that I could envision using on a regular basis. Now, to convince myself to keep holding on to that R53 in the garage and not go for a test drive in this thing…..

-Paul

1987 Volkswagen Passat 1.6 GL

The Volkswagen B2 Passat, known as the Quantum in North America, has finally been put out to pasture. You read that correctly. It was announced recently that 2012 would be the final year for this venerable platform in China, where it is known as the Santana. When you think about it, though, there have been other cars with similarly long production runs. The Peugeot 504, Fiat 124 and Ford Falcon were designs that had a normal production span in their home countries but lived on for many years; their designs being licensed out in various other countries. This particular Passat represents the last year of the B2 chassis sold in Europe and has covered a scant 57,000 miles over the last 25 years.

1987 Volkswagen Passat 1.6 GL

One owner Volkswagen Passat. Ideal car for collectors and enthusiasts. Air conditioning and leather interior.

One advantage to buying a used car in Germany is that those which are roadworthy are usually in good nick. This is because the vehicle inspections administered by the TÜV (Technical Inspection Association) are quite stringent, in typical Teutonic fashion. At around $6,500 USD, this is a lot of money for a Passat or Quantum of this vintage. By the time you would import such a vehicle, you might be looking at around another $2,000 in shipping and fees. A pipe dream for most, but for the dedicated Volkswagen enthusiast, it could be just the ticket. With its unique body style and condition, you’ll be the only one at the next VW meet with one.

-Paul

16k Mile 1987 Porsche 944 For Sale

There was a time when all I wanted in this world was a low mileage 1987 Porsche 944.  Not the turbo, too much work there and my pocketbook couldn’t handle the drama.

I got close too.  The husband of one of my co-workers decided to sell his one owner 944 with 90k.  Not as low mileage as I would have liked but it was loved and darn tempting.  I took it for a drive and was amazed by how tight it still felt and how well it was aging.  I took the weekend to think about it and…

Well, I bought a fully restored 1974 914.  In the end the allure of open air motoring was just too hard to resist.  I never should have sold that car!  If I had a dime for every time I said that I would have enough funds to buy another.

Anyhow, about those ’87 944’s.  Here is as nice an example as you will find.

1987 Porsche 944:

From the seller –

“This is totally original w/all the service records. It is a 2 owner car since new w/all the original paperwork, window sticker, warranty books & sales brochure. This car has never seen any weather, always stored in a climate controlled building. The body paint, interior, motor compartment are as they were the day it left the dealership – NEW NEW NEW! This is most likely the best original available in the country today. Options: Color – Porsche Guards Red Interior – Tan leather seats Power windows (all glass tinted) Rear window defogger Electric rear hatch release Power driver’s seat Alpine AM/FM stereo radio (4 speaker system) Reclining front bucket seats Climate control air conditioning Stainless muffler w/chrome tips (factory) Touring package Limited slip differential Central locking system 5 speed transmission 2.5 liter motor 215/65 radial tires mounted on alloy 15×7 wheels.”

In looking at the pictures this car seems to be as clean as the seller states.  About as clean as any 944 I have seen.  Oh, but it has been in a wreck and if AutoCheck caught it chances are it was substantial.  Even with the accident I peg this car in the $12-13k range.  You just don’t seen 944’s with this kind of mileage all that often.

What?  Bidding is already up to $15.1k with quite some time left in the auction?  Shows you what I know, very little.  I am guessing the reserve is in the $20K range and would be shocked if bidding ran that high, only time will tell.

~Aaron.

Black Series 4 of 4 1987 Mercedes Benz 560SEC AMG Widebody 6.0

The last of my series of black AMG W126 cars comes in the form of this, perhaps overpriced, but sweet looking, widebody coupe.

This car has been listed for awhile and I hesitated on posting it because of the woefully inadequate description. Readers know that we try not to patronize/promote ads that frustrate potential buyers, but this one is worth getting out.

What makes this ad frustrating is the single mention of the car sporting a 6.0 liter AMG V8. We know AMG records and identification are tough, but come on please throw us a little more or at least give some indication that you tried to document the claim. The difference between this sporting a 5.6 liter and 6.0 liter and the difference between the conversion being done in 1987 or yesterday can be swings of $10k. The owner does state that the car was built in Affalterbach and cost $140,000, but it is hard to know if they can prove that or are just stating that based on common knowledge about AMG. As we saw in my previous post about the AMG with the 6.0, the one that had copies of the invoices, these conversions were not all done in Affalterbach.

What we do know is the car looks great and has covered just under 40,000 miles. There is no question as to the authenticity of this being a genuine AMG car it has all the right hallmarks including, the 300 km/h speedometer. The rear fender flares add a bit of muscle to the W126 without going full on Gemballa or Koenig crazy.

We do appreciate the good pictures, including underneath. The car looks clean. The ask is $35,000, not cheap, but not too out of line with what collectors are valuing excellent original AMG cars. You wouldn’t turn a profit buying the car at that price for at least a few years, but prices will continue to rise.

Mercedes Benz 560SEC AMG Widebody 6.0 on eBay

~Evan

Black Series 3 of 4 1987 Mercedes Benz 560SEL AMG

Part 3 of my black AMG cars. This one might be the ugly duckling of the bunch, though that is a bit harsh, as really it just stands out since it is the only four door. With the black out look, including the painted honeycomb grille, and the dark tint the car looks gangster.

The AMG package is cosmetic and consists of bumpers and skirts. The car doesn’t appear to be a Euro model, but it does look like it comes with Euro headlights and taillights and in combo with the AMG kit it gives the proper look.

The interior has some oddities, the owner replaced the stock seats, which were apparently shot, with some Sparco race buckets. These look a bit out of place, but as the owner says, they could easily be replaced again. Their is a modern radio/TV added to the car as well.

The owner says the car has always been garaged and that it runs and rives great however, it may have suffered from sitting for an extended period of time as the owner says the tires are shot and flat spotted. The tire and wheel package on this car are an expensive one, three piece 18″ HRE rims, so too bad about the tires.  The car has 65,000 miles.

This being the 560 it is the more desirable big brother and top of the heap of the W126 sedans. The car is being sold with no reserve and has bids up to $2,300 currently, a steal of a price. Anything under $5,000 for this can be considered well bought, I’d expect it to go higher, but suspect things like the goofy seats may be keeping enthusiasts away. Also the seller has no feedback so bid with caution, but maybe that fact will help you get a great deal.

1987 Mercedes Benz 560SEL AMG on eBay

~Evan

1987 BMW 325i Convertible

The E30 BMW 3 series needs no introduction here at GCFSB. The darling of the range is most certainly the M3. This model represents Genesis, which has garnered the attention of enthusiasts, driving prices into the $20,000 to $30,000 range for top notch examples. This has subsequently increased interest in other E30 models in the lineup. The convertible wouldn’t be my first choice if I was in the market for an E30, but this example for sale in The Hamptons is making the right noises.

1987 BMW 325i Convertible on eBay

This is a 1987 BMW 325i Convertible with 79642 original miles. This car is in very nice condition, interior was restored in 2010 and is beautiful. This car has been owned by a local owner of a high end car repair shop and has been properly serviced throughout. There is a factory hard top as well that can be purchased separately.

This black on red color combination looks like a million dollars. It’s a nice departure from the usual red and white 325i convertibles you come across. Hats off to the upholsterer who recovered the seats, because it looks exactly like it did in 1987. The asking price of $11,000 is a little higher than what I’ve seen lately, but 80,000 miles is not that much for a 24 year old car. All the rubber, brightwork and paint look in good order, except for a few blemishes on the leading edge of the hood. The only thing putting me off is the automatic transmission, however, for certain buyers, this would be a plus.

As the saying goes, buy the best you can afford. This particular 325i convertible is certainly up there with the best the market currently has on offer.

-Paul

1987 BMW M6

Introduced to the rest of the world in 1983, the M635CSi, or later, M6, was one of those ’80s icons. Along with the Porsche 928, Audi Quattro and Mercedes-Benz 560SEC, these represented some of Germany’s finest for the decade. By the time the BMW M6 reached these shores, it was detuned and had catalysts, but still produced 256 horsepower, which was very respectable for the day.

There are still plenty of clean, low mileage M6s to be had by collectors. I like this particular example because it is neither a worn out, high mileage example or a low mileage garage queen. This would be the kind of car you wouldn’t be afraid to use on a regular basis.

1987 BMW M6 on eBay

Offered here for your consideration, is an extraordinarily clean and sharp 1987 BMW M6 Coupe. I am advised that this vehicle is one out of only 5400 that were shipped to the USA. With only 76,600 original miles, this car is a find. Always garaged and pampered in Southern California, the vehicle is remarkably straight, tight and pristine in original factory paint. The interior upholstery is superb. The carpets appear fresh plus the door panels and armrests are basically unblemished (see photos). Pride ownership is evident. If you are seeking a M6 for an investment or to simply tour and enjoy, this is one to keep.

The car is powered by a 3.5L straight six engine matched to a 5-speed manual transmission. ABS power brakes are standard plus P/S, P/W & P/Locks and cruise control. Air conditioning blows cold. The car has genuine leather upholstery throughout and is quite beautiful with power leather seats with memory. The car sports a sunroof and stereo system.

Condition: Excellent. I personally composed the photos and video of this vehicle on location. They are not enhanced or altered in any manner and speak volumes for the fine condition of this example. Minor flaws: The leather dash top has two stretch-rips in areas (see photos); the driver’s seat side lumbar leather shows some minor wear; the front airdam has some rock-chips in the paint; a very shallow dimple/door ding on the P/S side body was noticed but was too minute to photograph; two of the wheels show minor curb scrapes. The imperfections mentioned are very minor in my opinion. If you are an absolute perfectionist, it would take very little time or money to brings this car up top-notch.

With a couple days left in the auction, there has been a good bit of interest. As of writing this, bidding has reached over $11,000, but hasn’t met the reserve. I would take a wild stab and say it is probably around $17,000 or so. Twenty five years on, this car still looks the part and being a Southern California car is a definite plus for collectors. This is certainly a useable classic if there ever was one.

-Paul

Redone and Modified 1987 BMW M535i for sale

My E28 M5 hunt has heated up a little bit with the right example popping up near where I work, so I’m trying to make monetary and spatial arrangements to perhaps fulfill my dream of 80s M-car ownership. If this opportunity passes, the hunt will continue over the next year and I will have to open my mind to other options. The E28 message boards are constantly alight with M535i vs. M5 arguments, and today’s eBay find takes each side to the next level.

Recently sandblasted and painted underneath with the E34 M5’s S38B38 underneath, this white-on-black wheels M535 has the juice to back up the Euro-only body kit. It’s located in Sweden, but a car this well-done and rare is an intriguing find anywhere in the world.

1987 BMW M535i for sale on eBay


A concise description of how this beast came about:

M535i with E34 M5 drivetrain (S38B38) producing 384bhp at the rear wheels. New MOT and road tax. Clear title.

Newly renovated front and rear undercarrige. Most things have been sandblasted and painted. rear sub frame mounts have been reinforced. New wheelberings, stainless steel brakehoses, abs units, blue racing brakefluid, EBC Red stuff brakepads, Powerflex bushings front and rear. New K&N coneshaped airfilter. Newly renovated steeringsystem=no play. Removable towhook.

Considerable amount of work has been done by changing and modifying things in respect and in mind of achieving a reliable, communicative and enjoyable car to drive.

Alpina 17″ rims (even the spare) with Michelin Pilot sport tyres. Stainless steel 2.5″ double exhaustsystem with two mufflers gives a nice sound but not too loud.

Blue M-interior which is in excellent condition, like new. Sunroof electricly operated. Complete toolkit. External paintjob is in very good condition. Recently polished. Only three places where very small spots of rust exist which has not yet been taken care of. No other rust to be found.

Car is located in southern Sweden and can be viewed daily during office hours. International buyers welcome.

A gorgeous and uniquely Swedish take on German engineering, this car is well-done inside and out, with its $19k starting bid and $21k B-I-N accordingly dear. For the true M5 aficionado who likes it a little strange, this is a one-of-a-kind find that would cost even more to replicate.

-NR

1987 BMW L6

The E24 BMW 6 series is one of those classic BMWs that make me yearn for the days when the Ultimate Driving Machine was indeed the Ultimate Driving Machine. No i-Drive, no electronic power steering, no stability or traction control interference. Just pure, unadulterated driving pleasure. At the end of its production run, for one year only, BMW produced a limited run luxury version, called the L6. Essentially a 635CSi, this special model had almost every interior surface covered in leather, including the dashboard, console and headliner. As a result, it was an absolute upkeep nightmare and examples that come up for sale often have interiors looking way past their prime.

Here is a rather well preserved example for sale in Philadelphia.

1987 BMW L6 on eBay

L6 Package and All Leather Package. The all-leather option means that knee panel beneath the dashboard, glove compartment, driver stowage box, door trims, rear side panels, sun visors, roof lining, A and B pillars, grab handles, even the instrument panel is covered by the same top-quality leather as the seats have.! LOADED with Premium Sound! Power everything. Power Seats, Heated seats, Memory seats with Lumbar support! A real luxury sedan the ultimate BMW driving machine! The most rare and sought after color combination!

+The car has been inspected by our mechanic and was found in excellent condition!

You are looking at an exceptionally well kept, great looking sport inline 6 cylinder luxury automobile, one of the finest series that BMW makes. 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. It’s been very well kept and serviced; in fact it runs almost like a new car. It’s a great Classic color for this model and combined with the gray leather interior adds lot of luxury appeal to it. It also has the Premium Sound & comfort packages.

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. A never-smoked-in beauty that looks great and smells clean.

The engine is an exceptional inline 6, one of the most powerful in the segment. Runs strong and smooth provides the power you have come to expect from a BMW. The transmission has the BMW mark on it as well and shifts like on a new car, no skips or slips on shifts. The engine compartment is clean, and free of any leaks.

No electrical problems were found! AC blows ice-cold and the heater is hot. As you can judge yourself from the pictures, the interior is clean. The seats are 16 way adjustable including lumbar support for both driver and passenger. Extra comfort comes from heated seats on both front seats, and extensive lumbar support for the drivers and passengers seat. The power locks, windows, seats and moon roof (and all the other electrical features) all work and are in excellent condition, and it is also one of the first models that came with projector lights, that are still missing from most modern cars.

The vehicle comes with the original BMW set of tools is intact, 12 speaker sound system. Not many of those 635 model BMWs were made for the US, this is your chance to own a truly unique sport luxurious sedan painted in a classic gray that stands out.

While this is certainly a nice example of an L6, almost $16,000 for a non-M6 E24 is a bit over the top. The high retail over at NADA.com is about $9,000, and I would wager to say anything a shade over $10,000 would be a good sum for a car in this condition and mileage. Still, it is nice to see an L6 out there that hasn’t been beat into the ground and it’s interior looking like a team of felines have had at it for a few years.

-Paul

1987 Porsche 944 Turbo with 25k miles

The Porsche 944 is no stranger to GCFSB, with its superb balanced chassis mixed with everyday practicality. The turbocharged version is an entirely different proposition altogether, offering 911 levels of performance for much less cost nowadays. Here is a clean, low mileage example for sale that has been modified a bit to give it a performance edge, but all the original parts are included.

1986 Porsche 944 Turbo with 25k miles on eBay

I have built an enthusiast website, www.vintageandsportscar.com and I’ve built a comprehensive page for this car in the portfolio section, as well as a few others that I have. Also there is a youtube video that you can link to.
The turbocharged version of the Porsche 944 was introduced to the press in January 1985 at St. Paul de Vence in the South of France. It was immediately hailed as one of the best cars Porsche had ever produced. It offered the same performance as the classic 911 Carrera, but with greater efficiency, comfort and less noise. It was also far more balanced and could achieve faster lap times as the handling was so predictable. In period road tests professional drivers were able to lap up to 2 sec faster in a 944 Turbo than in the 930 Turbo. With less experienced drivers the gap would be greater as the 930 was much more of a handful than the well balanced and predictable 944 Turbo

Porsche did their usual thorough job testing the 944 Turbo on the race track with several very popular one-make racing series in North America and Europe. Unique to the Porsche commitment to motorsport as development tool, they raced the 944 Turbo for a full year before introducing the model to the public.

Race testing at the 24 hour “Longest Day” of Nelson Ledges in Ohio led to new Aluminium rear suspension arms and a modification to the cylinder block casing which was made 1mm thicker, and a revised sump with more fins for air cooling.

To transform the normally aspirated 150hp 944 engine to achieve 220hp, Porsche used a new KKK turbo running maximum boost of 10.7psi, controlled digitally with Bosch Motronic engine management with anti-knock sensors. The turbo was mounted on the left side of the engine just below the intake manifold to reduce the problems of turbo bearings overheating. An oil supply of 6 litres per minute was fed to the Turbo bearings as well as water cooling from a separate reservoir after the engine was turned off, keeping bearing temperatures below 170 deg C. An intercooler was added that dropped the temperature of the intake charge 50 deg C at 140mph.

The clutch increased in diameter and the brakes were also upgraded with Brembo-souced aluminium 4 piston callipers with thicker and larger rotors. Road and Track went as far as to say that a new standard of “exceptional” needed to be added to their road test report to describe the 944 Turbo’s braking performance, as it “established a new standard which other cars will be measured”.

Total production came to 23,319 units, almost double the number of the 924 Turbo.

The 944 Turbo is one of today great buys, with sub 6 sec 0-60mph acceleration and a top speed of near 160mph, for roughly half what a 911 costs today, despite being priced higher when new.

Specifications:
Dry Weight 2,924lbs
Power 220hp @ 5,800 rpm
Torque 243 lb/ft @ 3,500 rpm
0-100 km/hr 5.9sec
1-160 km/hr 14.2 sec
Standing Kilometer 25.8 sec
Maximum Speed 157 mph
Fuel Economy 15.2 mpg
About this 944 Turbo: This car has had one enthusiastic and fastidious owner for the last 16 years. The car was properly driven, maintained by Porsche specialists, and carefully stored. It has a clean Carfax. The car was purchased with 11,000miles on it, and now has covered just less than 25,000miles. It is in extraordinary condition, and unbelievably retains all of the original manuals, cards, stickers etc. from delivery. The white gloves Porsche thoughtfully supplied as part of the tire-change kit are still in the wrapper. It is still on its original Pirelli P7 tires. Quite simply, this 944 Turbo is one of the best extant today, and offers tremendous value, and even upside potential since very few of these cars remain in pristine condition.

At approximatley 10,000 miles the car was treated to some performance modifications to bring it up to “Turbo S” Spec. These modifications include:
-Turbo S struts, coil over shocks, torsion bars
-Weltmeister adjustable sway bars
-Weltmeister performance chip
-1 bar wastegate spring
-K&N cold air intake
-Performance brake pads
A dyno run was done on the car showing peak torque at 300 lb/ft and 248 hp at the wheel.

Apart from the performance modifications, the car drives as new. The engine shows no drivability issues, and starts up, idles and revs as new. The car doesn’t smoke upon start up or any other time. The car uses no measureable amount of oil. There are no leaks from the drivetrain, and the underside of the car is dry. The turbocharger and wastegate function correctly and will register up to 1 bar of boost before bleeding off excess pressure. The transmission and clutch operate correctly and there no balking changing gear. The car brakes straight. It does not pull to one side.

While the car has less than 1000 miles since its last service, it was in 2009, so the next owner should probably replace the oil, coolant and brake fluid. The A/C on the car was removed but it included with the sale, as are the original suspension, exhaust and air intake. The plastic underbody fairings have been removed to help keep the engine by cooler, and are included. The cars ride height has been set to its lowest level on the adjustable coil overs. The car will scrape easily. There is a minor draw on the battery, and after approximately 10 days the battery will discharge. The car has aggressive brake pads fitted and they squeel at low speeds. The timing belt was replaced about 5 years ago, with only a few thousand miles less than the current mileage. Both the sunroof switch and the power mirror switch operate intermittently.

The next owner could very well opt to put the vehicle back to stock, and would have no trouble as all the original parts are included. Alternatively the drivetrain modifications could be left in place, but the suspension height adjusted for more ground clearance and the A/C re-installed to make the car a fast and comfortable grand tourer. In its current configuration the car offers the maximum performance and handling.

The asking price of $15,000 is strong money for such an example, even considering the low mileage. With one day left and no bids, I’m guessing the seller may have to lower expectations a little to keep in line with the market. Even as good as these cars are, they will most likely not command 911 money anywhere in the near future.

-Paul