Back in the day, there were a lot of front engine, rear drive Porsche coupes. While the rear-engined 911 has always been the mainstay of the sports car manufacturer from Stuttgart, in the mid-1980’s Porsche also had the 924, the 944, and the 928 rolling off of their production lines. Of those three, the one in my mind that sticks out as most desirable is the 944. But that’s just me.
The 928 was the poppa bear, with a price tag that required salesmen to carry folding chairs and smelling salts so as to catch and revive the uninitiated in mid-fall. Ever the practical and shrewd business people, the German company offered free dry cleaning as standard equipment with every 928 sale for wives who soiled themselves once they realized what their husbands had purchased. That’s just good business.
I’m kidding of course. Dry cleaning, like everything else on a Porsche, is optional equipment. But really if only they had included dry cleaning, I would bet my pure Aztec gold electroplate cufflinks that the 4.7 liter V-8 powered 928 would have been the apex predator of the current lineup. So much for a missed opportunity.
The 924 was the baby bear of the lineup and in 1976 was the first liquid-cooled front-engine rear-drive they produced. The inline-4 had a 125 HP engine which was modified version of the power plant in the Audi 100, who also built the car. Interestingly, it was co-developed by VW as a successor to the 914, which was perhaps not the most successful of successions.
But in my mind the one that was just right was the 944. With similar but much more contemporary styling than the 924 and with a 2.5 liter engine actually produced by Porsche, this was considered more of a pure-bred. Much more powerful than the 924, this model could whip up 163 HP, but still only speed walking to 60 MPH in about 8.5 seconds. Turbo models definitely improved on pick-up but we won’t get into that here since after all, the car could go a top speed of about 154. Plenty fast to go pick up your hush puppies at Long John Silvers.
Regardless of brute performance numbers, the car had almost 50/50 weight distribution and handled very well. Equally as important is that this car to my eye has the best design of the three siblings and it continues to stand the test of time.
This white over black example has 53,000 miles and is in fantastic shape. It was built for the German market and as such has positraction, an American Products body kit installed from the dealer, and comes with original Fuchs wheels. The interior shows well with no cracks in the dash or tears in the seats. Seller notes that some dash lights do not work nor does the power moon roof.
New components on this car include clutch, gearbox, and transmission, water pump and timing belt, injectors and tires. Coolant and oil service recently performed. There is a not inconsiderable list of aftermarket parts included in the sale, which can be found on the original post HERE at craigslist.