I Bought a Porsche

Sep 24, 2013

I’ve loved cars since I was a kid. I’m one of those kids who had poster with Porsche 911 racing cars on the wall and one of my dreams was having a 911, but unfortunately the classic 911 are a bit out of reach so I searched for the next (affordable) best thing: The 944.

Porsche 944S My 944 S on a mountain road.

For a few months I wasn’t convinced, cars I’ve seen were a bit out of shape, not well looked after or had their share of bad luck, and that’s normal, they are about 22 to 30 years old, even though they are very sturdy and well built machines. But then I stumbled on an ad with a nice Zermatt Silver 1988 944 S that was almost the right price. I hopped on the train, with a one-way ticket - just in case - and went to Cascais to take a look at it.

All original (not many extras though 1), 109.000 km on the clock, good service history, always kept in a garage, well looked after, with minor bruises, very nice to drive and a good price after negotiation. It was not perfect, but better than good enough, and way better than other 944’s I’ve seen.

I did not go back home by train and got home with a big smile on my face.

The next morning, there was a oil puddle on the floor. A power steering fluid leak from the reservoir tank. A simple problem with a simple fix and easily resolved with a new hose clamp.

About the 944 S

The S version only existed for two years, 1987 and 1988, about 12.000 where built, but 8.000 of those were sent to the US market, leaving about 4.000 for the rest of the world and about 2.800 ended up staying in Europe. Interesting trivia: only 7 cars were sold here in Portugal 2. The S has a 16 valve engine with an extra 30 horsepower over the regular version (190 hp for the S, and around 160 hp for the regular 944).

It is not the most valuable or desirable 944, those are the Turbo and the unofficially named Turbo S with 220 and 250 horsepower respectively, but it’s still pretty rare.

  1. The factory extras are: Green tinted windows, leather/vinyl seats, fog lights and big tires (215/60). It has no AC and no sunroof, I guess it makes it a bit lighter then. [return]
  2. Mine isn’t one of them as it was imported from France. [return]