S2 Soft Top: 1990 Porsche 944 Cabriolet – Sold!
Clocking in for this week’s Sports Car Saturday is a rad-tastic (and limited production) 1990 Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet, listed on Craigslist in Whippany, New Jersey with just 33,800 original miles and an asking price of $22,500. Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool, the seller has pegged the top end of the market for an S2 Cabriolet, assuming it falls into the “Excellent” pricing bracket, with a suggested value of $22,200; if it is indeed somewhere between that classification and a “Concours” example, the high market value of $31,000 may suggest it’s priced appropriately.
The 944 has long been the poster child of Porsche’s front-engined lineup in the U.S., along with the cheaper and less-powerful 924 sibling. I’d argue more enthusiasts could see themselves behind the wheel of one of these rather than the company’s V8-powered grand tourer, the 928 – the “other” front-engined specimen – solely because of the lower projected running costs of the four-cylinder models. Regardless, that doesn’t mean the 944 lacks for performance credentials, as 944s like this one was equipped with a naturally-aspirated, DOHC four-cylinder that weighed in at a hefty 3.0 liters, making it the largest four-cylinder of the day. The S2 package adds the sexy nose panel and rear valence from the Turbo models, giving the N/A examples a more contemporary appearance.
The seller indicates the 944 has seen only fair-weather use, never being used in the rain or the snow. With mileage that low, we’d expect condition to be excellent, and while no interior photos are provided, black on black is rarely a bad combination. The seller notes that the 944 is equipped with a power driver’s seat, and that the only non-original detail is an aftermarket radio. While details are scarce on whether a large maintenance portfolio accompanies the car, the listing says the 944 had its belts recently replaced. The top is said to be in good shape, and while there’s no factory hardtop option for the 944, this is one of those rare convertibles that looks good top-up or top-down. A limited production sports car with a roof that disappears – what could be better? Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1990 Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet – very low 33,800 original miles. Garage kept – Never seen the rain or snow. Excellent condition in and out. Black exterior / black leather interior, power driver seat, belts replaced recently. Convertible top in good shape. 205/50 ZR17 front – 255/40 ZR17 rear Continental Extreme Contacts. Only thing not original is the Alpine stereo added about 8 years ago. Photos available on request.”
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