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 racing cars on the wall (the 70’s 911 RSR with Martini stripes) and one of my dreams was having a 911, but unfortunately the classic 911 are pretty much out of reach right now so I set to look for the next 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, good service history, well looked after, with minor bruises, very nice to drive and a good price after negociation. 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. No biggy 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. Only 7 cars were sold here in Portugal 1. 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 pretty rare.

  1. Mine isn’t one of them as it was imported from France. [return]