Half a 928 is not a 914 – 1984 Porsche 944

With the 1980s moving ever further into history, it’s a good time to recognize a car from 1984 now fits what was recently the definition of a modern classic – 30ish years old now applies to many popular cars from that decade. Nonetheless, it’s hard to argue that many 1980s cars have a vintage feel, perhaps because they’d already moved on from carburetors, leaf springs, and other things we left behind in that decade. So it’s hard to understand why classic car events don’t seem to embrace the newer cars – you can’t run many of the vintage car rallies in a 944, for example, even though you could have done so with a 32-year-old Porsche 914 back in 2006. The counterpoint is that these modern classics still function pretty well as daily drivers, so part of the reason is many enthusiasts just don’t need a classic car event as an excuse to bring their classic out. With that in mind, let’s check out this 1984 Porsche 944 for sale for the very odd price of $3672 in Estacada, OR.

1984 Porsche 944 left rear

In terms of pure functionality, yes, it will work out as a daily driver, but you do give up on modern conveniences like a fancy entertainment system, airbags and traction control. Depending on the car, your climate control might also be as effective as a platoon of mice breathing on you after nibbling on a peppermint patty. This particular 944 is a nice example, and with siena red metallic on grey-beige interior you get an unusual twist on the standard red-on-tan sports car colors. Polished Fuchs wheels are also a nice twist on the usual. The rear filler panel is also cool, though it looks like the manufacturer of that piece was too cheap to license the correct font.

1984 Porsche 944 right front

Notice the front marker lights have also been spiffed up with the addition of the “944” script. The car is said to have 112,000 miles with recent maintenance including a new timing belt, fuel injector service, front end work, new seals around the sunroof and trunk lid, and tires with 15,000 miles on them. The air conditioner was upgraded to R134a, which hopefully implies it’s functional.

1984 Porsche 944 interior

The interior looks to be in decent condition, though there seems to be a mat on the dash, so expect cracking. Consistent color around the door jambs suggests the paint is the original color at least, if not the factory finish. Another benefit of the 944 is you’ll still have access to a selection of performance tires, something that’s a struggle for older cars with 13″ and 14″ wheels. At 165hp, the 2.5 liter engine and rear transaxle, combined with the spacious hatch, should make for a compelling driver. With documented service history and good condition, this seems like a car you’ll wish you’d snapped up when our calendars say 2025.


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