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1986 Porsche 944 Turbo

Lot No.: 335

Registration: GVU 45D
Chassis Number: WPOZZZ95ZGN102051
Engine Number: 5G07882
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 2500
Year of Manufacture: 1986
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): 18,675
  • Finished in gleaming White with smart Black interior and "Tele-Dial" alloys
  • Comprehensive history folder with 17 old MoTs, thorough servicing records and a verifiable 81,000 miles
  • Recent cam-belt change, full service (02/19), fresh MoT (no advisories), refurbished alloys with 4-wheel geometry check
  • Thousands recently spent to keep this Turbo looking sharp and well-maintained
Following the international success of their nimble 924, Porsche designed an all-alloy, 2.5-litre inline-four for their new 944 which they planned to introduce in 1982. Their talented engineers were able to produce a very smooth running four-cylinder engine by utilising two counter-rotating balance shafts running at twice engine speed. The result is a large four-cylinder engine that feels as turbine-smooth as a six.

Cosmetically, the 944's bodywork was revised with wider wheel arches (similar to that of the 924 Carrera GT), a fresh interior and upgrades to the brakes and suspension. With greater visual presence and the performance to match, better handling, stopping power and more creature comforts, the 944 was a natural step forward.

A 'turbo' version of the 944 was always on the cards, and for the 1985 model year, Porsche introduced the 944 Turbo, known internally as the 951. Forced induction boosted the 2.5-litre engine by a healthy 60bhp, up to 217bhp, with the clutch and gearbox uprated to suit.   The Turbo also featured several other changes, such as improved aerodynamics, notably an integrated front bumper, standard external oil coolers for both the engine and transmission, standard 16-inch wheels (optional forged Fuchs alloys), and a slightly stiffer suspension set-up.  The Turbo's front and rear brakes were borrowed from the Porsche 911, with Brembo 4-piston fixed calipers and 12-inch discs and ABS was also standard. 

The car presented here is a 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo Coupé and is a C16 (UK-supplied) RHD example.  Finished in the classic Porsche colour combination of Grand Prix White with a Black leather/cloth interior, this car has been very well cared for and has been the recipient of much expenditure over the years, with many parts having been either replaced or fully reconditioned, including a full cambelt service at 80,345 miles (current mileage is 81,000), plus a new exhaust manifold heat shield and new hydraulic engine mount.  The vendor describes the car as being ‘nice and powerful on boost and well-balanced, precise and comfortable’.

The car is accompanied by an extensive history file, documenting regular service intervals in an original maintenance booklet (showing almost entirely full of Porsche OPC stamps), numerous invoices, an original book-pack with driver's manual, radio instructions manual plus MoT Certificates going back 17 years, helping to verify the mileage.  
 
This is a simply lovely example of one of the most sought-after Porsches from the 1990s. The 944, the 968 and even the 928 are seeing their values rise in the wake of the '911 explosion' and front-engined Porsches are having the renaissance they richly deserve. This delightful example is very competitively guided and could open the door into a very exclusive club.