While cars like the Audi Quattro and BMW M3 may have popularized boxy flares with their racing credentials to back it up, in my eyes no one pulled off the muscle-bound economy look better than the Porsche 944. The addition of several inches of width and wider wheels to the 924 chassis meant an entirely new feel that mingled with supercar lines instead of Volkswagen lineage. Simply put, they were the most sensual looking German car in the 1980s, and that got even better late in the run with some subtle aero additions that enhanced and updated the look. The smooth Turbo bumpers and rear diffuser carried over to the S2 model, along with some lovely “Design 90” wheels that were also highlighting the 964 model. As Porsche moved to a full update of the watercooled transaxle cars with the introduction of the 968, the outgoing 944S2 even adopted the new “bridge” spoiler design from the not yet introduced model.
Turbo looks without the associated power wasn’t an unknown quantity for Porsche, but the 944S2 was no slouch in its own right. Powered by the M44.41 3-liter inline-4 that had been enlarged from the double overhead cam 944S motor, the 208 horsepower wasn’t as much as the 968 would sport but was still awfully close to what the original 944 Turbo had produced in power. Better yes, with instant torque the S2 was, and still is, a very entertaining drive. Hardly cheap, on paper they were not immediately the smart choice for a sports car buyer in 1990 and 1991, as twin-turbocharged monsters from Japan were all the rage and often less expensive than the best part of $50,000 a 944S2 would cost you. With only around 3,600 imported to the U.S., they’re a bit rare to see but offer great Porsche build quality, performance and even practicality in a very attractive package:
In the not-particularly rarefied world of 944 Turbos, you can usually find a nice example for sale just about any day of the week. While not imported in overwhelming numbers, there seem to be more good condition 944 Turbos up for sale at any given point than E30 M3s, 190E 16Vs, E28 M5s, E24 M6s, and Audi Quattros – combined. That’s because for as much of a performance bargain as the 944 Turbo is today, in the 1980s it was even moreso; a giant slayer that was cheaper than most of the direct competition. That led to many being sold and consequently, today there are many nice ones available in just about your choice of color for under $15,000. But if you’re a collector, there are two turbos that stand apart from the crowd; the unobtanium Turbo Cup factory race cars, and the 1988 Silver Rose edition Turbo S. Today there is a lower mile Turbo S just waiting for your deposit on Ebay:
Model: 944 Turbo S
Engine: 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 43,847 mi
Price: $20,000 Buy It Now
Super clean and only 43874 miles with rare silver pink metallic paint only 1000 finished in this color you won’t find a nicer 944 turbo s out there it speaks for itself call with any questions 914-218-0053 thanks for looking
Yes, it’s slightly pink. Yes, the interior is pretty darn polarizing. But in terms of value, there aren’t any streetable 944 Turbos that are worth more than these. 1988 saw a host of improvements to the Turbo, including more power and the M030 suspension standard, along with new anodized wheels. This car appears to be all original and with under 50,000 miles, they don’t come much fresher than this. Though not much maintenance history is described, this car appears to be well cared for and in completely unmolested original form. That’s fairly rare for any Turbo 25 years on. $20,000 may seem like a lot of coin for a 944 Turbo, and indeed you could probably get two 1986s for the same amount. But consider what a collector status E30 M3 would cost, and this car is an absolute steal. The Silver Rose may not be for everyone, but if you’re looking for a collector grade 944 Turbo that can still be driven occasionally, here it is.