Hitting Bottom – 1986 Porsche 944

One of the best places to look for great deals is in cars that are at the bottom of their depreciation curve. Often, this has as much to do with the car as with how many survive, or how popular it was. And it does appear that a high survival rate, due to robust drivetrains and zinc-oxide-coated bodies, is contributing to the low, low values of Porsche 944s, particularly the base models. For example, you can find this 1986 Porsche 944 in apparently very decent condition for only $3200 in, well, it’s hard to tell where it is – the listing does not specify location, and the car’s Illinois plates together with the seller’s northern Utah phone number do not give a definite clue. But the seller is moving cross country, so at least you’ll know he soon won’t be in the same location as the car!

1986 Porsche 944 left front

The paint seems to remain quite glossy, and the black Fuchs with polished lips look smart. The car seems to have avoided any major dents in its 27-year lifetime, and really looks quite good, probably in part due to the fact it’s been garaged. The seller explains the low price by saying he’s rushing to sell due to the aforementioned move.

1986 Porsche 944 right rear

From the other side, the car looks good as well. There are a couple of tears in the upholstery, but other than that, the seller suggests the car is in good condition. Apparently, there are only 90,000 miles on the odometer, which means there is a lot of life in the car yet, given good maintenance. Somehow, for this price one could reasonably expect to see half again as many miles.

1986 Porsche 944 interior

Unfortunately, there are no pictures of the engine, just a rather useless picture of the air box and a sticker from a company that makes aftermarket chips. However, the seller offers more pictures, and at this price, the car is definitely worth a call to check it out.

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