The Porsche 944 was all the good bits of the 924 with added 928 sparkle
The development of the lack lustre Porsche 924 realised a much better car with an in house Porsche engine. Launched in 1981 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Porsche 944 was an instant hit. Less pretty than its predecessor, but with more purpose and an aggressive style, the Porsche 944 was the benchmark sub super-car coupe, spurring Porsche to make more affordable sports cars, such as the Boxster.
The 944 bridged the gap between the 924 and the 911 as an accepted Porsche. Unlike the 924, although it came from the same Audi Factory in Neckarsulm. With a 2.5 litre inline four cylinder engine developed by Porsche it had the right credentials to earn its status in the family album. Three years later we saw the Turbo version boosted by an additional 60 bhp and an up-rated gearbox and clutch to suit followed by the Turbo SE model with more power and a bigger turbo. 944S and then S2 were powerful non turbo options in the late eighties with the later having a new 3.0 litre engine producing over 200 bhp. Eventually, the Porsche 968 took over where the 944 left off with a family resemblance from the 944 and the 928 using the 3.0 litre engine but with variable valve timing.
|Years Produced||1983 - 1986|
|Performance||0 - 60 mph 9.1 sec / Top Speed - 116 mph|
|Power & Torque||105bhp / 103Ib ft|
|Engine||1597cc four cylinder / 8 valves|
|Drive-train||front engine / RWD|
|Transmission||Five speed manual|
VALUATION SINCE LAUNCH
Porsche’s are precious and the 944 is now showing signs of increase in value, let’s take a look at recent market trends.
A BUYERS GUIDE
With Porsche quality in mind, the classic 944 has for many years been underrated for no real reason. Finally this is changing and now would be a good time to invest. The bodywork was galvanised at the factory and a rust inhibiter was made to protects the car just fine, but we are now talking about a 30 year old car so we can forgive the Porsche if its inhibiter is now struggling to inhibit.
Areas to check are rear sills, front wings, around the windscreen and between the rear bumper and back panel. Interiors were available in fabric or leather and both can suffer serious wear so choose wisely as a re-trim can set you back £1000 per square metre. Suspension on early models can have ball joint issues that manifest in a clunk from the front suspension when manoeuvring; later models have aluminium suspension arms front and rear. Shocks should be replaced every 50,000 miles. Brakes and pads are usually trouble free but may require attention with age. They should be replaced if the brake disc looks scored or has a lip around the edge.
944 engines have an aluminium block which makes it hard wearing 8 valve versions require routine maintenance so make sure you get good documented history
INSURING A Porsche 944 Turbo (1985-1991)
As classic cars the Porsche 944 is remarkably competitive to insure. At Heritage Insurance with 50 years experience behind us, we offer a tailor made package for one or more cars. We include both our in-house agreed value service and salvage retention should the worst happen at no extra cost, and with limited mileage and club members discounts our annual fully Comprehensive policy proves excellent value for money. Here are some typical examples of how little your insurance could be.
- Quotation based on full comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 60.
Annual premium – £104.50 with a £150 accidental damage excess.
- Quotation based on full comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 45.
Annual premium – £112.59 with a £150 accidental damage excess.
- Quotation based on full comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 30.
Annual premium – £149.22 with a £150 accidental damage excess.
*NB: All insurance quotes are based on the same criteria: The vehicle being garaged overnight. Accident, claim and conviction free and a limited mileage of 3000 per annum with full use of a main car daily. All quotations are based on an Agreed Value of £6,000. Prices may alter depending on individual criteria. Quote carried out January 2016.
Lamborghini may be famous for making farming machinery, but Porsche manufactured more than 125,000 tractors in the ’50s and ’60s, and once designed forklift trucks and airplane cockpits.
Mark Wilkinson (Managing Partner of Heritage Classic Car Insurance) says
“Porsche made a considerable approach to the masses without losing the Porsche status with the 944. Now everyone who really wanted a Porsche could genuinely afford something special with 911 credentials, almost and performance car status for far less expense.”