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Lot 129 - 1988 Porsche 944 Coupe – one owner and 5,063 miles from new

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ESTIMATE £18,000- £22,000

Auction Syon Park 2019
Auction Date 19th October 2019
Day of Auction Day 1 - Saturday

Lot Details

Lot Number 129
Reg. Number UK Registered
Chassis Number TBA
Year 1988
Make Porsche
Model 944 Coupe

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Description

‘Here was a model much more in the Porsche tradition, a 217km/h (135mph) coupé with sparkling acceleration and superlative handling. Some 90,000 were built during a 10-year manufacturing life.’ – Jonathan Wood, ‘Porsche – The Legend’.

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.

First registered in 1988 to its one and only owner from new, this fabulous survivor is in exactly the same specification as when it left the factory. Purchased new by our vendor as a young enthusiast from Porsche dealer Malaya Garage in Sussex, this must be one of the lowest mileage Porsche 944 in existence, with a mere 5,063 miles recorded.

Offered in the classic 1980s combination of Guards Red with beige velour pinstriped interior featuring comfortable factory sports seats, this is a true investors quality example of a great driver’s Porsche.
Estimate: £18,000 – £22,000
€20,000 – €24,000
$22,000 – $26,000


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