Porsche introduced the 944 in 1982, using the 924 as a starting point but radically improving the car in many areas.
This included ditching the old VW engine and replacing it with a new 2.5-litre straight-four that was effectively half of the 5.0-litre V8 in the 928 supercar. Producing 163bhp and with bags of torque, it could propel the 944 to 137mph.
With its front engine, rear transaxle layout, the 944 was a fabulously well-balanced machine that had the measure of the contemporary 911 in many respects. In the nine years of production, over 160,00 cars were produced, making it, at the time, the best-selling Porsche. All the more surprising then, that the model has so long been under-valued. Could it be time for a revival in its fortunes?
This 1986 944 is a left-hand drive automatic that has spent most of its life in the Middle East (the sun-bleached paintwork is a bit of a giveaway). Although the paintwork is tired the bodywork appears sound – this could be down to the fact that they don’t put salt down in the winter in the Middle East (or perhaps the fact that the body is galvanized?).
The car was imported in 1999 and used for some time but an undiagnosed engine fault forced it off the road where it has remained since. This Porsche can be seen as a cut-price entry into the world of quality high-performance German auto-engineering or as a source of spare parts for the same – the Fuchs 16” wheels alone can command more than the guide price suggested.
The low estimate reflects the condition of the car but not the potential that is also represented in this lot.