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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.

Photo from Bring a Trailer

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.

Photo from Bring a Trailer

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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Our Favorite Porsches For Sale This Week: Volume 129

We’ve been compiling some amazing Porsche models on eBay for a few years now, and we’ve seen some pretty astonishing examples pop up now and again. This week we’re going to try something different by integrating other auto sales outlets into our Porsche search. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our « curated » look at the Porsche market. Keep in mind, some of these Porsches could be great collection investments, while others might prove to do more financial harm than good.


Every other week, we feature 5 of our favorite Porsches for sale. That post is sent out to our mailing list of more than 17,000 Porsche owners and fans and is seen by 10s of thousands of other readers who visit our site directly. If you’re selling a Porsche on eBay and would like to see it featured here, just shoot us an email with the details and we’ll be back in touch. Otherwise, feel free to check out all the other eBay listings we have on our Porsches for sale pages.

1. Low Mile 1997 Porsche 993 C4S For Sale

To portray the importance of this car, simply look to the logo of the website in the upper left corner. This Forest Green metallic 993 C4S with Cashmere interior was the inspiration for the very beginning of this website. Before we were FlatSixes, we were Porsche Purist, and before that 993C4S.com. The speeding 993 C4S logo has been with us since the beginning, both as inspiration for the site, and one of the driving forces behind it. There is hardly a nicer example out there, and certainly none in such a rare shade with so many Porsche Exclusive options. Add this gorgeous machine to your collection, because it deserves to be cared for.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on Sloan Motor Cars.

2. Low Mile 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo For Sale

I recently purchased a 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo of my own, but it’s got far more miles than this one. This year car is a strange one-year combination of early and late 944 suspension bits, and thus some pieces are difficult to come by. That said, it’s a handling dream, and the later « oval dash » interior looks surprisingly modern. This one with a Guards Red exterior and Porsche Script seats is not likely to be inexpensive, but it’ll be worth every single penny.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on Bring A Trailer.

3. CHEAP 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 For Sale

There isn’t much to say about this 996 Carrera 2, except that the price is ludicrously inexpensive. It’s got nearly 200,000 miles on the odometer, the car is wrapped an interesting shade of copper, and the MY02 wheels have been painted black. Aside from that, it looks complete and the interior is clean. This is a Tiptronic model, so don’t expect it to be the most engaging thing ever, but at under 12 grand, you can’t really go wrong. It’s worth more than that in parts.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

4. 8-Mile 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS For Sale

It isn’t very often you’re presented with the opportunity to unwrap a brand new Porsche, but this GT2 RS is still presented in as-delivered condition. It’s a Chalk GT2 RS Weissach with a red interior and carbon buckets. The sticker on this is $340,000, but the seller is asking a $90,000 premium for you to be the first official owner of this car. Is it worth that to you?

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

5. Low Mile Porsche 996 Turbo For Sale

The 996 Turbo remains one of my favorite Porsches, in large part because of the performance that it offers for such little money. These have seen prices wax and wane, but don’t expect this one to go for stupid cheap. A low mile black car with a 6-speed manual is a rarity, especially with a complete Aerokit intact. This might be the one to have. There’s no telling how high this Porsche will go on Bring A Trailer, but I would be surprised to see it crest $80,000. All things considered, it might be worth that.


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This Is What A $200,000 Porsche 944 Looks Like

I’m at the complete opposite end of the 944 Turbo ownership spectrum from this guy, and I can appreciate that immensely. I have a half-million mile 944 Turbo in my driveway right now with a cracked dash, a leaky power steering pump, and an old tired motor, and I love every minute of driving that beast around. Steve Bastian has a perfectly restored and track-prepared daily driver 944 Turbo that he says has had at least $200,000 spent on it, split between himself and the prior owner. Judging by the craftsmanship and the quality of the parts used in the build, I believe him completely. This is not an ordinary 944 Turbo, it’ll track down and beat many cars costing multiple times more.

« There’s nothing like going down a country road, seein’ her spool up, and get down on it! »

I’m not sure that Steve’s 944 is worth several orders of magnitude more than my own 951, but it certainly makes a lot more power with a 3-liter and a huge turbo, and it’ll run rings around mine at the track. Every inch of this 944 has been massaged in the search for perfection, and it might be as close as one can get. One thing is for certain, I’d rather have a perfectly perfected 944 Turbo than a brand new GT3, wouldn’t you? There is something to that old-school analog driving experience that delivers something a modern car just can’t. Even more true when the old school car is old school turbocharged. With lag you can measure with the minute hand of your watch, and power you can feel in the small of your back, this 944 is bound to be hair raising, at a minimum.

In the Porsche world, there are many fanatics who will spend irresponsible money building their dreams. In Steve’s case, much more has been « invested » than the car will ever be worth. The fact is, he knows the car is an act of fiscal idiocy, and loves it all the more for it. This is an owner who will never get rid of his 944, and will likely preach the awesome-ness of the transaxle Porsche for several other folks to « find the light » and make their own 944 purchase. It’s time for the transaxle car to be known as one of the best Porsche driving experiences of all time. Get out and drive one, and you’ll find out just how great it is. Hell, I have three of them, just give me a call and we’ll go for a drive!


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