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M44/51 – 2500cc – 4 cylinders turbo
Manual, 5 speed
|Owners until now||
Three owners, current and two previous
Yes, after contacting DeliCARtessen
The Porsche 944 is a model produced by the German manufacturer Porsche between 1982 and 1991, as a substitute for the 924 model (although in practice it never came to replace the 924, and they coexisted on the market for several years), model from which it inherited its platform , improving it on virtually all points.
The 944, with internal production code 951, was a mid-sized coupe, equipped with a front engine and rear-wheel drive, in a transaxle configuration. An estimate of 163.000 units were build worldwide, making it the most successful Porsche in its history until the appearance of the Porsche Boxster and 997 Carrera.
Of the Turbo model, 25.000 units were manufactured, of which over 14.000 were exported to the United States.
It equipped a 4-cylinder engine with 2.5 liters of displacement (M44) which was offered in atmospheric version. In 1986, Porsche introduced the Turbo version, equipping the engine with turbo and intercooler that raised the power of the car to 220 hp.
The Turbo also brought other important changes such as improved aerodynamics, a reinforced gearbox with oil cooling system and a different final gear ratio, a new engine oil cooling radiator (the atmospheric used a water-oil exchanger ), 16″ wheels as standard and a firmer suspension to handle the extra weight. All the internal components of the 951 engine were revised (more than 30 changes were made) to ensure that it would withstand the increase in heat and the higher pressures and internal loads it would have to endure.
Additional changes were introduced in 1987. One of them was the elimination of the oil cooling system of the gearbox and changes in the suspension trapezoids as a result of the appearance of the ABS option. The double standard airbag was also offered for the first time in a production car.
The Porsche 944 Turbo unit that we are presenting today for sale at DeliCARtessen was manufactured at the Neckarsulm plant in Germany and registered for the first time in September 1986.
The car was chosen with the most powerful engine of the time (Turbo version of 220 hp), with exterior color Dark Gray in combination with the interior mix of leather and fabric in black.
The car left the factory with the following list of equipment:
Subsequently, and over the years, the car has been fitted with a turret reinforcement bar for the front suspension, as well as an original Porsche radio cassette player, which although it did not originally belong to this car, integrates perfectly aesthetics wise.
The car was registered for the first time in Spain in October of 1998, and passed onto the hands of its second owner in December 2002, previously being a short period of time in the name of a company. (Probably corresponding to a visit of the car to a used car dealership)
Since 2002 the car remains in the name of a businessman in Valencia, who has it for many years. Later, the businessman dies and the car is stored in the family garage until 2016, at which time the family decides to sell it.
In April 2016, the car was acquired by the owner of a well-known dealer in Valencia specialized in Porsche vehicles, who bought it and carried out a recovery process on it, since the car had been stationary for several years and needed an update. At that moment, and according to the visible history of ITVs, the car had 99.131 km on the clock.
In December 2016, the current owner acquires the car through a dealer of a brand completely unrelated to Porsche, in Madrid, but whose knowledge and passion for these vehicles makes it colloquially known as “Porsche Vallecas Center”.
From the mechanical point of view, and since 2017, when the vehicle is recovered for its circulation, numerous maintenance and repair tasks are carried out as part of a thorough mechanical tuning. Among the tasks performed, it is worth highlighting:
The car equips Michelin Pilot Exalto tires in size 205/55 R16 91Y on the front axle, and in size 225/50 R16 92Y on the rear axle. All tires are installed recently, so they are in excellent condition. The brake discs and pads of both the front axle and the rear axle were also installed during the year 2017, so they are practically new.
At a mechanical level, therefore, the car is perfectly up to date, and ready for use.
As well as it is worth highlighting the great state in which the car is mechanically, – always bearing in mind that it is a car over 30 years old – it should be noted that the outside state is, no doubt , where the car has more defects and where it would need additional work to complete a good update of a car as special as this one.
At a first glance, the car looks good, but analyzing it in greater depth, in practically all the panels there are small damages that would need to be fixed if you want to have a completely impeccable car. In the photo gallery we include some of the flaws that can be seen.
The interior is in perfect condition. The carpet of the floor, or fabric / leather of the seats has no cracks or broken stiches, and only shows slight symptoms of wear on the left side of the driver’s seat, typical of entering and leaving the car.
Both the knob of the gear lever, and the small glove box located between the front seats, have been perfectly restored in Shelter Garage (@sheltergarage on Instagram), and are in perfect condition. The steering wheel shows slight symptoms of use, although it is in an exceptional state for a car of almost 33 years.
All the equipment works perfectly, and shows a good appearance, according to the low use that the car has had throughout its life.
As negative points, just reiterate what was previously commented on the state of the body work and external paint.
The car would need a review of sheet metal and paint on all panels, which has not been carried out in advance on the one hand, to show that a complete painting does not hide accidents or important blows at any point, and on the other hand to let it be its new owner who decides the details and the final finish of the car.
At interior level, only three minor details:
From the legal point of view, and as can be verified in the report extracted from the DGT that would be delivered to the buyer, the vehicle is perfectly legal for circulation. It does not show any issues, and the mileage readings carried out in the different ITV coincide in time with the history provided by its owner.
The Porsche 944 in all its versions, but in this Turbo version in particular, was never a best-selling vehicle, especially due to the high acquisition cost it had (similar to a 911), and also because the buyers of the brand did not consider it to the level it actually had. And it was a shame. The 944 was received with all the honors by the specialized magazines, that surrendered before its combination of refinement, performance and driving.
In terms of performance, this model was one of the best Porsches in history – at the time of its production – and aesthetically the smoothness of its lines and its careful aerodynamics, made it – perhaps – in one of the best-looking sports coupes in history.
The unit that we present today is remarkable mainly for its low mileage (only 100.000 km ), but also for its good mechanical condition, because it is a unit known as “matching numbers“, because it remains strictly standard and from a completely subjective perspective, for offering tons of sensations when driving it. Sensations that come to the driver both due to its behavior, as well as its brutal and tireless thrust when the turbo pressure rises.
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