Highlights

  • Classic early 944 Turbo in great order
  • Owned by last owner since 1989
  • Completely original low mileage car
  • Huge file of history including original bill of sale
  • Targa roof 

The Appeal

 
When Porsche revealed its first water-cooled car - the 924 - in 1976 it caused consternation among purist fans, who didn't like the fact that not only was it water-cooled but that the engine was in the front.
 
That's because the 924 was originally co-developed by Porsche for Volkswagen before the project was cancelled, but by 1982, the purists’ concerns were largely forgotten. The 924 was a strong seller, so to get it ready for the thrusting 1980s, Porsche gave it a few tweaks, with a new 2.5-litre engine.

The body was also widened at both ends to accommodate a broader track. The resultant 944 became one of the most desirable sports cars of the 1980s, highly popular among the young and upwardly mobile – and later on an icon of “yuppie” Britain.
 
But Porsche wasn’t done yet. In 1986, it introduced a 944 that was as fast and as agile as a 911. The 944 Turbo used forced induction to deliver 220bhp, a 0-60 time of 5.9 seconds and a 162mph top speed. It was edging on supercar territory.

This particular example is a terrific example – the seminal 944 from the first year of production, presented in oh-so-Eighties Alpine White with rare and unusual Pearl White leather trim.

It was supplied new in 1986 as a company car to a branch manager for National Westminster Bank, before it’s long-term second owner bought the car in 1989 and kept it until his death last year. There’s a third owner on the logbook, who is the executor of his will. The car comes with an incredible service history right back to the original bill of sale and has never been restored.
 
There simply won’t be another very early Turbo with such a heritage. The 944 was a hugely desirable car when new, a popular and enjoyable one as a used car and has embraced becoming a classic at a time when Eighties and Nineties nostalgia has reached its zenith. A delightful, usable and collectable example of one of the best cars of its era with the kind of provenance you can’t buy – what’s not to like?
 


The History and Paperwork

  • First registered on August 6, 1986, making this one of the very first 944 Turbos
  • UK V5C in the name of the previous owner’s executor – bereavement sale
  • MOT August 2024
  • Genuine mileage
  • Original bill of sale from Charles Follet of Barbican, London, supplied to NatWest Bank
  • Original handbook and service book, stamped to 1994
  • Folder of invoices since, arranged in date order right through to 2024
  • Huge pile of invoices and receipts going back to day one
  • Several old MOT certificates 
  • Copy of old Used Vehicle Warranty from supplying dealer
  • Original Porsche tools and tool roll
  • Targa roof bag



The Condition

  • Original Alpine White paint – very good finish overall with some minor blemishes
  • Appears to be in good order underneath
  • No major dents or damage
  • Very slight corrosion to front wing bottoms, beneath paint
  • Minor rust bubbles to one sill
  • Minor marks and dents commensurate with age but still presents very well
  • Rare tilt-slid-removeable sunroof with original storage bag
  • Excellent factory alloys 
  • Pop-up headlamps
  • Blemish-free glass tailgate
  • All original badges and trim in very good order
  • Rear boot spoiler and lower diffuser
  • Original stickers from second supplying dealer – Pillings of Cheltenham
  • Ultra-rare Pearl White leather sports seats in fabulous condition
  • Electrically adjustable driver’s and passenger’s seats
  • 2+2 formation with rear bucket seats
  • Superb condition cabin with barely any wear
  • Electric windows 
  • Electrically adjustable mirrors
  • Carpets, door cards and headlining in very good order
  • Original Panasonic radio-cassette player with operation manual



The Mechanics 

  • 2.5-litre 4cyl turbo
  • Five-speed manual transmission 
  • Carefully maintained and annually serviced under previous ownership
  • Starts and drives without fault – reported by the vendor to be in very good running order with no known issues

 


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1986
  • Make Porsche
  • Model 944
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 89,300 Miles
  • Engine size 2500
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town London Colney
  • Location Hertfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
19 bids
  • LoganA £13,750 19/06/24
  • arthur.•••• £13,500 17/06/24
  • LoganA £13,200 16/06/24
  • autosco•••• £12,900 15/06/24
  • dave944 £12,500 15/06/24
  • Mike760•••• £12,250 15/06/24
  • dave944 £12,000 15/06/24
  • autosco•••• £11,750 14/06/24
  • arthur.•••• £11,500 14/06/24
  • darkbat•••• £11,250 14/06/24

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