SPOTTED: PORSCHE 944
Park the 911-based snobbery, it's time to wake up to the 944
into the classifieds when I got home.
Now, the 944 is one of the cars I vividly recall from my earliest days reading car magazines. No idea why I was more struck by these than 911s but, along with Sierra Cosworths and the like, the 944 seemed like an attainable kind of performance car. A dream within reach as it were.
So it proves today still.
Itís easy to be blinkered by 911s and, sure, if youíve got the funds whoís to say you shouldnít. But that moment where a car goes from being a mere abstract memory to something more vivid and real may, I think, have just happened with the 944. This one I saw, it was nothing too special. Nice but there are better. But it just struck me as so compact and purposeful compared with all the seemingly vast modern cars around. Itís an old car and it looks it now but thatís what makes it more charming. Having spent a while looking simply outdated enough time has passed and itís now taking on a pleasingly classic feel.
944 Turbo S, complete with the desirable S2/Turbo bumper, 250hp, M030 suspension and LSD is the driverís choice for a smidge under £5K. Or if going quickly really is your thing Porsche specialist RPM has a much more expensive but sorted ĎClubsportí of its own specification for £10K.
Nah. I want a proper 80s one though. Itíd mean forgoing the turbo for the separate bumper Lux look. This white one, complete with bulging history file, is pricey at £5,750. But if the reality is even close to the description itís the 944 imagined by my teenage mind and though down on power has the nice 928-style dash, oval-centred wheel and later aluminium suspension components.
So, basically, what we have here is one of the older, slower and more expensive 944s in the PH classifieds. You can do it cheaper Ė a lot cheaper. You can do it faster. But this one, with a set of black Fuchs, is the one Iíd have.
PORSCHE 944 LUX
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Torque (lb ft):†151lb ft@5,000rpm
MPG:†21.4 (overall figure, as tested by Autocar 1985)
See the original advert here.