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The 944 is a luxury sports car that was built by Porsche from 1982 to 1991 and was a step-change evolution of the preceding 924 model. With a brand-new, Porsche designed and developed, 2.5-litre four cylinder engine, the car had greater visual presence and the performance to match, plus better handling, stopping power and more creature comforts. The bodywork was revised with wider wheel arches, a fresh interior and upgrades to the braking and suspension systems. In 1986 Porsche launched the new 944 Turbo featuring a 220bhp, 2.5 litre four-cylinder engine which was essentially a turbocharged standard unit but with strengthened internals to cope with the increase in power. The 944 Turbo was well received and sold well, prompting Porsche to revamp the model in early 1988. The 'Turbo' had been the basis of the highly successful and entertaining F1-supporting 'Turbo Cup', similar to today's 'GT3 Super Cup'. A decision was made to uprate the power of the full-race cars, and it was decided that the power upgrade should be passed on to the road cars culminating in the launch of the Porsche 944 Turbo 'S' with 250bhp. The Turbo S was undoubtedly the fastest 944 and was introduced in 1988 as a limited production run, with a specification the emulated the "Turbo Cup" race cars. Improvements included the M44/52 engine (with a new turbocharger, modified turbine vanes and enhanced DME mapping), a stronger clutch, transmission and limited slip differential, plus larger 12" front disc brakes (similar to the 928 S4), adjustable Koni suspension (via the M030 option package) and special 'Club Sport' alloy wheels. Initially, there were 1,000 Turbo S cars built of which 77 were sold in the UK. All these cars had the same Silver with a hint of Pink paintwork (affectionately called “Silberrosa” or Silver Rose) and the Burgundy Studio Check cloth interior and all were equipped to Option Code M758. Following the initial run of Silver Rose cars and in response to customer demand, midway through 1988 any colour from the Porsche catalogue, along with any interior option, could be specified instead of the 'Silver Rose' scheme. All the cars featured a stylised 'Turbo' script on the wing as a gesture to earlier high-performance Porsches, and cost a huge 10% more than a standard Turbo. The car presented here is very special indeed and is a genuine, UK-supplied 1988 944 Turbo 'S', being first registered on the 1st June of that year, with the chassis and engine numbers conforming to the specific ranges for these limited-run cars. However, this car is in quite exceptional condition and is a multiple Porsche Club GB Concours winner. It's an all original example with a very comprehensive service and maintenance history - there are servicing records from 1988 with 733 miles travelled right up until March 2016. This car has been used sparingly, covering just 47,177 verifiable miles. It drives and performs outstandingly, with a ported engine and free-flowing exhaust system giving an indicated 280bhp at the wheels on a dyno test. It is simply the best 944 we have ever seen and appropriately this outstanding car wears the super number plate. 'A944 TBO' The 944, the 968 and even the 928 are seeing their values rise in the wake of the '911 explosion' and the smooth and nimble 944 is now happily being recognised as a very desirable classic car. This is a rare car and these limited edition models are much sought-after by Porsche enthusiasts for good reason! This car represents a very accessible route into owning a show-standard Porsche.