BaT Auction: 1989 Porsche 944 Turbo

This Porsche 944 Turbo is finished in tan over burgundy leather and is one of 1,385 imported to the US market for the 1989 model year. The car was acquired by the current owner in 2016 following time in Pennsylvania and Montana, and is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four paired with a five-speed manual transaxle. Equipment includes a limited-slip differential, front coilover suspension, a sunroof, an alarm system, air conditioning, and a Blaupunkt cassette stereo with a graphic equalizer. Work carried out in February 2020 included rebuilding the brake calipers, replacing the rotors and pads, and repairing the speedometer. This 951 is offered on behalf of the current owner in California with a car cover, service records from 2016 onward, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Utah title.

1989 Porsche 944 Turbo

The car is finished in Light Bronze Metallic and features pop-up headlights, fog lamps, side moldings, an electric sunroof, and an integrated rear spoiler. The seller notes the hood and rocker panels have been refinished to correct paint chips. Imperfections and paint bubbling are present on the doors. A video of the sunroof in operation has been provided by the seller.

1989 Porsche 944 Turbo

Aluminum 16″ wheels are wrapped in P Zero Trofeo R tires. The suspension has been modified with adjustable front Koni coilovers, Ground Control adjustable top mounts, Elephant Racing sport bushings, and replacement sway bar end links. Braking is provided by four piston front calipers sourced from a 928 S4 fitted over 12″ discs. The brake calipers were rebuilt and new rotors and pads were installed in February 2020.

1989 Porsche 944 Turbo

The seating surfaces are upholstered in burgundy partial leather with a matching dash, door panels, and carpets. Amenities include front seats with electric height adjustment, an alarm system, cruise control, air conditioning, and a Blaupunkt Reno cassette stereo with a graphic equalizer.

1989 Porsche 944 Turbo

Instrumentation consists of a 180-mph speedometer and a tachometer along with gauges for coolant temperature, fuel level, oil pressure, voltage, and boost pressure. The six-digit odometer shows just under 39k miles, and total mileage is unknown. The seller states the speedometer was repaired in February 2020.

1989 Porsche 944 Turbo

The turbocharged and intercooled 2.5-liter M44/52 inline-four was factory-rated at 247 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transaxle and a factory limited-slip differential.

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A video showing the underbody, suspension, and exhaust system is viewable above.

1989 Porsche 944 Turbo

The July 2020 Carfax report shows no accidents or other damage and lists emissions testing, registration, and service history in Pennsylvania, Montana, and Utah through the most recent entry in September 2016. An in-car driving video can be viewed below.

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