Announced in 1981, the 944 was the third of Porsche’s new family of front-engined sports cars. The first of the line, the 924, had arrived in November 1975 and drew heavily on Volkswagen/Audi components: the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, overhead-camshaft engine being a development of the Audi 100’s and the four-speed transaxle transmission a VW unit. Six years later, along came its close relative – the 944 – which was constructed along similar lines and from a distance hard to tell apart from its 924 progenitor.
Beneath the bodywork (50mm wider than the 924’s) was a 2.5-litre, 163bhp overhead-camshaft ‘four’ – in effect half of the 928’s V8 bored out – fitted with twin balancer shafts to counter the vibration often encountered in such units. The rear transaxle – a five-speed affair this time – was retained, while the 924-type running gear was suitably up-rated to cope with the 944’s superior performance. Subsequent developments included a Turbo, 16-valve 944S/S2 and a cabriolet.
This wonderful 944 has had an extensive recommissioning having come out of a six year dry storage period with a history file and photographic record of the work. This included new sills, refurbished original Teledial wheels, reupholstered front seats, overhauled suspension and steering. The brakes were also overhauled, the timing belts were replaced and all fluids and serviced. The sunroof has also been looked after and is said to be dry and in good working order. Every effort was made to maintain originality with this wonderful example and it certainly presents exceptionally well.
Estimate: £4,000 – £8,000
€4,500 – €9,000
$5,000 – $10,000