Posts Tagged ‘944’

Schwarz Sport – 1986 Porsche 944

March 4, 2016

Porsche’s 944 offers an accessible yet iconic Porsche experience. It may not be a 911, but let’s face it, 911s were never this accessible, or this user-friendly. And the 944 offers cool 1980s design cues including a molded glass hatch, box flares, and flip-up headlights. Torque from the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is good, and the rear transaxle makes for a well-balanced car – the only similar offering in the 1980s was Alfa Romeo’s GTV6. Finding a good example of either under our self-imposed price cap is a bit of a challenge, though, so it’s nice when one comes up – let’s have a look at this 1986 Porsche 944 for sale for $3800 in McMinnville, OR.

1986 Porsche 944 2 left front



Half a 928 is not a 914 – 1984 Porsche 944

February 13, 2016

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


No Oxymoron – 1985 Porsche 944

May 19, 2014

After a recent article highlighting oxymorons in car-nut land, here are a couple more: Front-engine Porsche. Cheap Porsche. Or are they? If you were a young car nut looking for an older sports car, one with some good durability behind it given regular maintenance, and attractive enough to have been featured in movies, what would you pick? Sure, the Miata is an obvious choice, and they have their place, but they’re far from unusual, and arguably derivative of existing designs. E30 BMWs are also a good option, but even if their performance lives up to the claim, their styling doesn’t really scream sports car. So how about a cheap, front-engine Porsche? Check out this 1985 Porsche 944 for sale for $2950 in Los Gatos, CA.

1985 Porsche 944 left front