While searching for the Pick of the Day, I was hoping to choose a Japanese sports car, specifically a 280Z. While searching the many ads on ClassicCars.com, I was again surprised at how much these cars are selling for. I then checked out the 280ZX to see if they were in any way more reasonable in price. While they were less expensive than the 280Z, they were still quite pricey.
Then I decided to do a search for Porsche 944s and was surprised in a different way. When I looked at 944s in like condition to those Z cars, they were advertised for less, which seemed a bit crazy.
The Pick of the Day is an example that lies in the middle of the market, a 1987 Porsche 944S coupe finished in Alpine White over a Burgundy interior.
This 944S is described by the Kentwood, Michigan, advertising the Porsche on ClassicCars.com as having original paint that is still in good condition, although there are some small chips in the rear right quarter panel. Other than having the air conditioning upgraded to R134 refrigerant, the car remains entirely stock, the seller adds. Best of all, this survivor 944S has covered only 77,000 miles from new.
The 944S was the first upgrade to the standard naturally aspirated 944, moving from a 2 valve to a 4-valve head, which increased horsepower from 150 to 190 and giving the car a 0-60 time reduced from 8.7 to 8 seconds, and increasing top speed from 128 to 141 mph. The 944S also came standard with a limited-slip rear differential, stronger brakes and upgraded suspension.
Judging by the photo gallery with the ad, this 944S looks to be a very clean example both inside and out, with a nice leather interior that shows little wear, and an uncracked dash that still has a period Blaupunkt CD player installed. The engine compartment and underside of the car also look to be in excellent original shape, with no rust seen anywhere.
In comparison to the Z cars that started this story, the 944S is superior in almost every way. I say that having owned a 280Z and a 944. When I drove my 944 from Connecticut to Monterey a few years ago, I was amazed at just how good a car it was.
The 944 did everything well, was comfortable for the long distances, had ample cargo space, got great fuel mileage, and most of all, it was fun to drive. In addition, the build quality of these cars is excellent, at least as good as a 911 and better than most other sports cars from the era.
The best part about this 944S is the price, especially in relation to so many other cars in its category. The seller is asking only $17,900, which looks to be an excellent deal in today’s market.
To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.