What is so special about Porsche sports cars? Well, they combine tremendous build quality, sound engineering and are always fun to drive, which has made Porsches among the most desirable cars in the world, either on the classic market or as new cars.
That popularity has meant that many classic models have become less and less affordable. There are still a few accessible classic Porsches, though, and one of those is a car that might be one of the best cars they built in the 1980s, the Porsche 944.
The 944 was introduced in 1982 as a replacement for the 924, the first of Porsches front-engine, water-cooled sports models known as transaxle cars because of their rear-mounted transmissions to enhance weight balance. The 924 had great handling but lacked in acceleration and top speed.
Porsche took exterior styling cues from the racing 924 Carrera GT and applied those to the 924 body along with a completely new Porsche-designed 2.5 liter inline-4-cylinder engine, which was basically half the V8 engine from the Porsche 928. The 944 was an immediate hit with both journalists and customers, and Porsche would sell 163,192 of them during a 10-year production run.
The Pick of the Day is a 1987 Porsche 944 coupe, part of the second-generation introduced in the middle of 1985 that featured an upgraded more-modern interior as well as an improved suspension.
This Porsche is largely original, according to the Morgantown, Pennsylvania, dealer advertising the coupe on ClassicCars.com. The factory paint is rare Malvern Red, while the original Linen interior looks very intact. From the photos with the ad, the paint and interior appear to be in perfect condition with no visible flaws. An added bonus is that the dash has no cracks due to age. Total mileage on this 944 is 111,000 miles, the seller says.
The seller notes that the undercarriage is in good shape with only slight surface rust. These cars were zinc galvanized from the factory and rust on an original-paint car is rarely if ever an issue.
I love the 944 as a model and feel it is one of the best GT cars that Porsche has ever built. I like the cars so much I actually bought one and drove it from Connecticut to Monterey, California, a few years back.
These Porsches are usually excellent deals as collector cars, and this preserved example in a rare color and an asking price of $13,500 offers a lot of Porsche excellence for the money.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.