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The Porsche 944 Turbo is the classic, mid-eighties German sports car you didn’t know you needed. The 944 offered a thoroughly reworked chassis over its 924 predecessors, stiffening and improving the suspension while adding a more robust 2.5L 4-cylinder motor. The 944 received a wider, more hunkered-down look thanks to bulging fender flares, and reworked front and rear bumpers. The car also got a larger, 911-inspired rubber rear wing and in 1986 it received a KKK turbocharger. With a 5-speed manual transaxle, similar to what you’d find in a Ferrari or Corvette, the nimble 944 benefited from a near 50/50 weight distribution. The car’s renowned handling, low price, and readily available spare parts make it a no-brainer vehicle for anyone looking for a track toy on a budget. 


Having driven this car to the photoshoot I immediately noticed how the leather bucket seats hug you, they’re comfortable and incredibly supportive. The car fires right up without hesitation and does not appear to exhibit anything unusual. On the open road, the suspension feels compliant and is also very nimble. The turbocharger, like many from the era, takes some time to spool up so don’t expect much power below 3,500 rpm. Once it gets cooking the car is an absolute blast to drive!


  • 16 Fuchs mounted on new Continental DWS tires

  • Pioneer CD player

  • Clean Carfax history

  • Includes car cover


1986 Porsche 944 Turbo (951)


  • VIN: WP0AA0956GN155732

  • Year: 1986

  • Transmission: 5 speed manual transaxle

  • Engine: 220 hp 2.5 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder

  • Miles: 67,000

  • Exterior Color: Guards Red

  • Interior Color: Black leather

  • Maintenance records dating back to 1989

  • Title: Clean

  • Consignment: Yes

  • Location: Denver, Co


History & Maintenance

Ownership History

  • This car was originally sold in California where it appears to have had two owners. Circa 1997 the car was sold to an owner in Chicago. In the early 200’s the car was sold to the current owner who previously had the car registered in Michigan before moving to Colorado.

Maintenance Highlights

  • In September 2023 the air condition system was converted to R136 and recharged. The resulting repairs have the a/c blowing ice cold. 

  • A folder of maintenance records will accompany the sale dating back to 1989. 

  • The timing belt has been changed twice in the vehicle's lifetime, the last time in May 2000. The same year pads and rotors were done – the car had approximately 53K miles at that time.

  • The owner states oil changes have been completed every 3-5K miles, though we can not verify when the last oil change was completed. 

  • Recently detailed and polished. 


The Porsche 944 was the replacement to the 924 that came before it. The 924 was a lightweight, front engine, rear-wheel drive sports car powered by a Volkswagen/Audi-sourced four-cylinder, intended to replace the 914 as Porsche’s entry-level car. The 944 mattered a lot in the eighties because it was the first time Germany was playing catch up with the Japanese invasion of cheap, fun, and cool rear-wheel-drive sports cars, which peaked during the 1980s and early ’90s. Nissan had the Z cars, Toyota had the Celica and Supra, and Mazda had the RX-7, which not only looked and performed uncomfortably similar to the 944 but were sold at much lower price points. The ultimate iteration of the 944 was the 944 GTR, a tube frame race car with a specially developed all-aluminum 2.5-liter turbo motor making between 525 to 650 hp.

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Interior                A-

The interior of this vehicle is in very good condition, there are no obvious flaws. The seats are in excellent condition, the bolsters don’t show wear, the shift knob and leather-wrapped steering wheel are also in very good condition. We would have given the interior an A or A+ of the original stereo was still available with the car.

Exterior          A-/B+

The exterior of this car is in remarkable condition, for its age. The car was recently detailed and the paint still has a deep natural luster. We don’t see evidence of any repainting and the ppf applied to the rear fenders appears to be original and is also in very good condition. The 944 lettering on the rear panel has an unusual texture, which the owner explained was engineered that way from the factory (as there are mounting screws behind the lettering). There are a few very minor cosmetic issues, a small chip in the paint on the rear right bumper below the brake light, cracking in the PPF in front of the rear wheel, a few rock chips in the leading edge of the hood, and a small paint touch up on the rear bumper. 

Mechanical       A

The cars operates without fault, the engine fires up every time, the battery has plenty of charge and driving is an absolute joy. The turbo spool nicely, suspension feels compliant -- no complaints from a mechanical perspective


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