Pablo from flüssig magazine is back once again to take a look at this clean, lower mileage 1987 Porsche 944S for sale in Pennsylvania.
It began with mild curiosity.
My then-future wife already knew of my close-minded, air-cooled superiority complex, but didn’t understand why I thought her 944S didn’t figure into my Porsche passion…then she took me for a ride. I was hooked. This car made me a believer; in fact, it was this very car that would inspire me to start a magazine called flüssig ten years later.
What was it about this little car that nudged, no shoved, me into the world of early water-cooled Porsches? The smoothness. This is a character trait my beloved 911 didn’t possess. In fact, that air-cooled fossil is very much like me; rough, uncouth, noisy…a little bit dangerous, a little bit friendly, but generally behaving like an oaf—a sophisticated oaf.
The S was the exact opposite. Its character mimicked that of my wife, Diane. Well mannered, svelte, elegant. Perfectly bulged hips, thin at the waist, and strong enough to shove you back when provoked. No wonder I was attracted to both.
Now, before we get too far ahead of ourselves, I want to point out the historical significance of this car.
Pablo from flüssig magazine is back to highlight this late model, one of 500 1988 Porsche 924S Special Edition.
I have a thing for women with wide hips.
The cars that I have in my collection reflect this. The 993, 944, and 968; each of them sensually wide at the flanks giving them a sort of feminine muscularity you seldom see on other marques.
I also have a thing for narrow hips on the fairer sex…not taking a preference for one or the other is a testament to the dual personality that’s typical of all Geminis.
You see, even though the wide hips suggest strength, power if you like, the narrow ones speak of nimbleness, agility; a sort of lightness that gives her edge in all things calling for performance. This is precisely why I fell in love with this 924S.
This is not just any old 924S, however; no, no…this one is a very special version of which only 500 were made for the US market and they’re all clothed in black. In fact, very few Porschephiles know that such a version exists, yet here is one that’s got the numbers to prove it. First let me give you a little primer on the S before getting a bit more intimate with SN450529.
Pablo over at flüssig magazine tipped us off to a rare 924GTP for sale in Germany, a template for what would ultimately become the 944. Sit back and enjoy another history lesson courtesy of our water-cooled Porsche guru.
The ‘P’ stood for prototype…this car was the 944 prototype and secrecy had to be kept for two more weeks; the 924 GTP, chassis 924-006.
Under the hood, the engine was pure Porsche. Their first water-cooled four cylinder engine Typ 944/71 (internal designation Typ 949), derived from half of the 928’s V8 but of completely new design, displacing 2.5 liters (2,479cc). Utilizing dry-sump lubrication and placed into the engine compartment at a 45 degree angle, this large capacity was obtained with huge 100 mm bores and a relatively short 78.9 mm stroke. But there was something a bit different going on above those bores…an all new sixteen valve head coupled with a KKK K28 exhaust driven turbocharger breathing in through an air to air intercooler.
Let’s talk about the cylinder head since it bears special mention here. This was a one-off design by Dipl. Ing. Hans Metzger, and although you might think, “ah, so that’s the one that they used for the 944S!”
And you’d be wrong.