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944 Turbo 2.5 – 220 ch [1985 à 1988]

What It’s Like To Drive a 400k+ Mile 944 Turbo

This 944 Turbo should seem familiar to long-time Flatsixes readers. Though it recently came into Ethan Tuft’s care, for the last year it has lived with Bradley Brownell. This white 1987 944 Turbo is nicknamed Corporal Kaos, which makes for one of the most amusing vanity plates I’ve ever seen, and has hilariously high miles. Though it currently shows somewhere North of 350k, the odometer has been stuck at that figure since the late 1990s. The true total is likely stratospheric. But how does Corporal Kaos drive?

Despite the mileage, the car sounds unusually tight. Perhaps my own experience is creeping in here, as cracked and cratered Northeastern roads seem to expose every single creak and rattle in every car I drive.  Where miles of Albany County potholes can make my 98k mile car sound like a collander of loose change, the audio from this 400k+ car isn’t showing anything untoward. The exhaust is also exceptionally subdued, and the cabin sounds surprisingly pleasant. Again, my long tube headers and single Magnaflow are definitely coloring my perceptions here. Not to mention turbochargers act as something of a pre-muffler.

Notably this is not a wildly modified 944, and according to Ethan the experience is defined by a broad powerband from the large 2.5 liter turbo four. While you’ll never mistake a 944 Turbo for a modern turbocharged car, the large relatively large displacement goes a long way towards preventing the peaky and laggy behavior exhibited by many of its contemporaries. Though you can hear occasional whistles from the wastegate, everything seems quite buttoned down and well sorted right up to the moment it doesn’t.

Ethan’s fun in this video is curtailed by an issue with the cooling system, which caused it to leak profusely and overheat. Hopefully the issue can be resolved swiftly, and Ethan can get back in the ring with Corporal Chaos.

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Porsche 930 Turbo vs 944 Turbo… Préjugés !

Finalement, tout les oppose. L’une à un 4 cylindre, l’autre un Flat 6 refroidi par air. L’une à le moteur à l’avant pendant que l’autre l’a dans son sac à dos. L’une à une ligne carré avec pop up et l’autre est une grenouille rondouillarde aux courbes musclées. Pourtant, les deux embarquent une bricole qui […]

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This 1986 944 Turbo Just Sold For $74,000: Is It A Sign Of Things To Come?

Has the 944’s time finally come? The model’s popularity has led to a steady upward creep in prices in recent years, and this recent BAT result may just be the tip of the iceberg. Indeed, even Jerry Seinfeld is getting in on the action, having just acquired a black Turbo and this S2 Cabriolet. This 5k-mile 1986 Turbo just smashed Bring a Trailer’s auction record for the model, doubling the previous top result for a 944 Turbo, and besting the previous top 944 sale by more than $30k. At $74k, this Pearl White coupe has reached beyond the model’s typically-modest pricing, and well into territory normally occupied by low-mile Supra Turbos, Ferrari 328s, and well-optioned 993s.

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This result is the latest in a streak of increasingly impressive results for the model. Recent results from other auction houses, including an impressive $72,600 result at Gooding & Co’s Monterey sale, have approached the result achieved on BAT. According to the included original window sticker the car originally sold for $33,600, meaning that over three decades the car more than doubled its original sticker price, and roughly kept pace with inflation.

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Credit is due to the seller’s exceptionally thorough approach. While BAT sellers are generally very thorough, with galleries often creeping beyond 150 images, this seller went above and beyond with over 400 images. Everything from paint meter readings, to the stampings inside the included set of color-keyed Fuchs wheels were documented. It is pretty clear that this is an exceptional 944 Turbo.

Interestingly, this car came from the same town as the Utlimate Enthusiast Garage featured here in 2017, though it was not owned by the same person. It’s pretty clear, however, that this car lived an extremely pampered life.

While aficionados may argue about the merits of this first-year Turbo compared to the later cars, we challenge anyone to find another comparable Turbo of any year. The real question with this car is whether to keep the phonedials on the car, or mount up those deliciously-’80s Pearl White Fuchs.

Photos from Bring a Trailer LLC used with permission.

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Future Collectible Factory Hot Rod: 1987 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup

This 1987 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup car was featured for sale as a BringATrailer.com exclusive almost 3 years ago already, but we still consider it to be one of the finest examples left to exist today. Only 192 of the race cars were built to compete in the worldwide single spec series, this one being 1 of only 9 of those that were imported into the United States by Al Holbert, the head of Porsche Cars North America. From new it was sold to an executive at Escort radar detectors, which just so happened to be the title sponsor for the US series at the time. The absolute holly grail of the 944 Turbo (aka 951) series, we imagine these ultimate factory prepped race versions to be the next highly collectible Porsche on this side of the 911 world and their recent asking and selling prices have been supporting that theory quite well. Let’s take a closer look at this particular example while we glimpse at the differences that distinguish the racers from their street driven brethren. Extensive parts “delete” help shave some 400 pounds off of their weight, with additional help from the use of magnesium for such parts as […]

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Vintage Photos: 1986 Porsche 944 Turbos at the Factory

It’s the summer of 1985, and Rennlist.com forum member “jerhofer” stumbled upon the first Porsche 944 Turbos (Type 951) at the Audi factory in Neckarsulm while on a trip to Germany. Need we say more? Find more photos of them mixed in with Audis and normal 944s and a link to the full thread on the following page… 8 cylinder engine blocks at the Audi factory.   Find the full thread HERE.

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