Sold for $79,200 at 2012 Gooding & Company. The Porsche 944 Turbo was introduced in February of 1985 with a powerplant based on the '924 Prototype' that had competed at Le Mans. Even though there were some early setbacks for the new 944, the development of a four-valve cylinder head on a turbocharged car was continued. The final version had a single KKK turbocharger, which had impressive gains in both power and torque with no rear adverse effect on emission standards.
The 944 Turbo was not well received in most standard GT categories, including SCCA and IMSA, so it was decided that in order for the 944 Turbo to realize its competition potential, Porsche would have to create the venue. In late 1985, Porsche AG developed the 944 Turbo Cup as an affordable, competitive, entry-level venue for motorsports enthusiasts. Initially, it was designed as a single-marque racing series run in conjunction with German ADAC Supercup races. Some examples were later put to use in other countries including France, Canada and the United States.
The Cup cars were essentially standard-production 944 Turbos that were suited for track use. The factory-built competition machines were given a magnesium oil sump, a smaller generator, stiffer suspension, reinforced gearbox, wider tires and modified engine components including a revised turbocharger. Safety features were added including an eight-point roll cage, driver's Recaro racing seat, manual windows and, for weight-saving measures, were stripped of many interior components.
This 944 Turbo Cup is powered by a 2479cc single overhead cam four-cylinder engine with a single KKK turbocharger. It produces 250 horsepower, there is a five-speed manual gearbox, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. It was originally finished in Guards Red with black leatherette upholstery and equipped as a Turbo Cup model with US equipment, Pirelli tires and a limited-slip differential. It was delivered to race car driver Robert Bogan, and was used to participate in the IMSA Firehawk Series, as well as in various SCCA events under Robertson Porsche/Audi of New Orleans sponsorship. Later, the car was sold to Porsche enthusiasts Lloyd Hawkins and completely restored. In 2008, it was purchased by Matthew Drendel.
In 2012, this car was offered for sale at Amelia Island sale presented by Gooding & Company. The car was estimated to sell for $65,000 - $85,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $79,200 inclusive of buyer's premium. By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2012
Sold for $33,000 at 2012 Mecum. This Porsche 944 Turbo has just 1,870 original miles. This was the first year of production of the 944 Turbo and this example is in incredibly original condition. There is an electric factory sunroof, air conditioning, chrome Porsche alloy wheels, Sony CD player, partial leather, central locking system, and cruise control. By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2012
Sold for $8,000 at 2015 Mecum. This Porsche is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. It has been given one re-spray since new, rides on Fuchs wheels, has a leather steering wheel, and an electric sunroof. The odometer shows 95,000 original miles. The exterior is Guards Red with a black leather interior. By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2016
This Porsche 944 Turbo is finished in Guards Red over Champagne. It is an original car with just 9,700 miles on its odometer. It has factory options that include leather seats, Blaupunk cassette radio and Monterey equalizer, electric sliding sunroof, Alpine security system, rear window defrost and Porsche floormats. It has been upgraded with 5 spoke 16-inch Fuchs wheels. By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2017
Sold for $33,000 at 2017 RM Sothebys. The Porsche 944 was produced over a nine-year period from 1982 through 1991. It was the replacement for the 924 and came with a number of improvements in terms of creature comforts and performance over its predecessor. Performance was increased even further in January of 1985 with the launch of the 944 Turbo. The 2.5-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine offered 220 horsepower. Changes included a new front apron to help aid aerodynamics and included integrated fog lights. The gearbox was strengthened, 16-inch wheels were made standard, and the car was fitted with a slightly stiffer suspension.
This particular example was delivered to its first owner through Porsche of Evansville, Indiana, in March of 1986. It had left the factory finished in Alpinweiss (Alpine White) which it still wears today. The car remained in Evansville until at least 2002, before being sold to an owner in Ohio. The current caretaker acquired the car in December of 2008, who had it immediately shipped to Switzerland, where it has remained ever since. Currently, the car has 21,549 miles on its odometer.
It has a white exterior, dark red interior, and white wheels. It has been upgraded with a modern stereo. By Daniel Vaughan | May 2017
In 1981 at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the Porsche 944 was announced to the world. The Porsche 944 was introduced in 1983 as a replacement for the 92 and served as an entry level sports car until it was replaced by the Porsche 968 in 1991. It was based on the 924 and had the same interior instrumentation but had wider wheel arches. During its lifespan the 944 had mechanical and a few aesthetic upgrades, as well as name changes including the 944S, 944 Turbo, and the 944S2.
Powered by 2.5 liter, 4-cylinder engine built at Porsches Zuffenhausen factory, it was capable of producing 174 horsepower. The engine was placed in the front and powered the rear transaxle. In-line 4-cylidner engines were often plagued with vibrations so Porsche negotiated a deal with Mitsubishi for the use of their 2-balance shafts. A 5-speed manual gearbox was mated to the engine and an optional automatic was available. In 1986, Porsche introduced a turbo version of the 944 and improved the aerodynamics of the vehicle. Internally to Porsche, it was known as the Type 951. By turbo charging the engine, the horsepower was increased to 220 horsepower. To add to the performance of the vehicle, the suspension and gearbox were modified, and wider wheels were used.
The 944 was such an amazing package that for 1983 through 1985, Car and Driver rated it in their Ten Best List. The Turbo version was mentioned in the 1986 list.
In 1985, the interior received upgrades including the instrumentation, electrical system, and drivers power seat. The rear suspension was redesigned and new control arms were added.
In 1986 the warranty on the 944 was increased to 10-year no-rust protection and a 5-year or 50,000 mile drivetrain warranty. A sport suspension was optional as was leather interior. A mandatory third brake light was mounted near the top of the rear glass hatch.
In 1987, the 944S was introduced. The 'S' stood for 'Sport' or 'Super' but it was the safety aspects of the vehicle rather than 'sport' aspects that saw improvements. The braking system was improved with the addition of an ABS (Anti-lock brakes) and the interior was given driver and passenger air bags. A sixteen valve engine was now under the hood and the overall horsepower rating increased slightly to around 188.
In 1988 the 944 Turbo S was introduced. This featured a limited slip differential and a turbocharged engine. The horsepower rating was now at 250.
In 1989 the base 944 engine displacement was increased to 2.7 liters. This increase was short lived because of the introduction of the 944S2 which featured a 3.0 liter displacement.
A 944 S3 was planned but after analysis and design, the conclusion was made that a replacement for the 944 was needed. In 1992, the 968 was introduced and sold in parallel with the 928 until the 1995 model year when production of both vehicles ceased.
The Type 945 represents the 944 model but with right-hand drive. The Type 951 designates the 1985-1991 Turbo version and the Type 952 represents the 1988 944 Turbo S right-hand drive.
During a production run that lasted from 1982 through 1989, 113,070 Porsche 944's were produced. 25,107 were Turbos, 12,936 were 944S and 6,439 were S2. By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2009