Ogled Original: 1984 Porsche 944 22K Survivor – Sold?

by | Apr 2024 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday

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May 6, 2024, Update – We confirmed the listing for this “ClassiFIND” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

If you attended college in the 1980s, chances are good you lusted after a Porsche 944.  It was a great-looking, practical, and attainable Porsche that remained a very affordable entry point for Marque enthusiasts for many years.  Porsche sold a lot of 944s through its ten-year model run spanning 1982 through 1991. Consequently, many 944s eventually wound up as either lightly enhanced street racers or heavily modified track toys.  Time has a way of making heavily-produced classic cars become rare, and that is definitely the case with the Porsche 944.  Finding an unmodified, low-mileage, survivor-quality example 944 is often a harder feat than sourcing a similar model year 911 or even 928.

This Guards Red over Schwartz Leather 1984 Porsche 944 For Sale bucks that trend. Last spotted on Craigslist in Deal, New Jersey in April 2024, it’s reportedly a one-owner survivor-quality example featuring it’s original paint, interior, and only 21,613 miles.  Even better is the fact that this 944 for sale benefits from a recent major service (Timing and Balance Shaft belts, water pump, and spark plugs) performed by a local Porsche dealer.  This is about as close as you can get to building a time machine and traveling back to 1984 to buy a similar example brand new.

Last offered for $27,900, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask aligns with this guide’s six-month results for all Porsche 944s produced between 1982 and 1991.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for recently:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls well above this guide’s current #1 “Excellent” appraisal of only $17,000. However, the Old Cars Weekly Online Valuation Tool confirms the seller’s ask falls between this resource’s #2 “Fine” Estimate of $24,500 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $35,000.  Cars are only original once, and the premium in this case is for such a low-mileage survivor.

The Porsche 944, introduced in 1982, was a departure from Porsche’s traditional rear-engine layout, featuring a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive design. As a successor to the 924, the 944 was a refinement of its predecessor, boasting improved performance, handling, and styling. With its distinctive pop-up headlights, sloping roofline, and pronounced wheel arches, the 944 exuded the unmistakable aura of a Porsche sports car, captivating enthusiasts and drivers alike.

Under the hood, the 1984 Porsche 944 was powered by a 2.5-liter inline-four engine, derived from the 924’s powerplant but significantly revised for enhanced performance. Equipped with an advanced fuel injection system, this engine delivered a respectable output of around 150 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque in its earliest iterations. While these figures may seem modest by today’s standards, they were more than adequate for spirited driving experiences in the 1980s. The engine’s smooth power delivery, combined with the car’s balanced chassis, made the 944 a joy to drive both on winding country roads and on the racetrack.

One of the most notable aspects of the 944 was its superb handling characteristics, thanks to its near-perfect weight distribution and finely tuned suspension setup. Porsche engineers meticulously crafted the 944’s chassis to provide exceptional agility and responsiveness, allowing drivers to confidently push the car through corners with precision and poise. Whether tackling tight hairpin bends or sweeping curves, the 944 remained composed and predictable, inspiring confidence even at high speeds. This dynamic prowess made it a favorite among driving enthusiasts seeking a true sports car experience.

The 1984 Porsche 944 was available with either a five-speed manual transmission or a three-speed automatic, providing drivers with options to suit their preferences. Purists often favored the manual gearbox for its engaging feel and precise shifts, further enhancing the driving experience. On the other hand, the automatic transmission offered smoothness and convenience for daily commuting or relaxed cruising on the open highway.

Inside the cabin, the 944 offered a blend of sportiness and comfort, with supportive seats, a driver-focused cockpit, and high-quality materials throughout. While the interior design may have lacked some of the luxurious features found in contemporary luxury cars, it more than made up for it with its functional layout and ergonomic controls. The driving position was excellent, allowing drivers to find their ideal seating position easily, while the well-placed pedals and steering wheel further enhanced the connection between driver and machine.

In terms of practicality, the 944 also had its merits. With a hatchback design and folding rear seats, it offered ample cargo space for luggage or groceries, making it a versatile choice for everyday use. Whether embarking on a weekend getaway or simply running errands around town, the 944 proved to be a capable companion that could effortlessly transition between daily driver duty and weekend warrior status.

Beyond its performance and practicality, the 1984 Porsche 944 also represented a significant milestone in automotive engineering and design. It showcased Porsche’s ability to innovate and adapt to changing market demands while staying true to its heritage of crafting exceptional sports cars. Even decades after its introduction, the 944 continues to command admiration and respect from enthusiasts worldwide, serving as a timeless symbol of Porsche’s enduring legacy in the automotive world.

The MotorWeek Retro Review YouTube Channel features this 1983 comparison of the Porsche 944 and Mazda RX-7:

Based on the pictures, this Guards Red 1984 Porsche 944 for sale appears to be a low mileage and well sorted survivor quality example. It’s becoming very difficult to find an unmodified Porsche 944, let alone a low-mileage survivor quality example such as this one.  If the current owner hasn’t done so already, this 944 would make an exceptional Concours contender in both the Porsche and Antique Automobile Club of America circles. Our only question is whether the “1-Owner” description is referring to the current seller or if this is an unregistered, I’ll-sign-the-title-over-to-you flip.

If you are serious about buying this Guard Red 944 for sale, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their vintage Porsche Transaxle hatchback featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1-Owner 1984 Porsche 944
21,613 Original Miles
Guards Red Exterior (Original Paint)
Black Interior with the optional Sport Bucket Seats
Original Window Stickers, Keys, Books, Service Records etc
Serviced by Recent Service By Local Porsche Dealer Including:
Timing Belt
Balance shaft Belt
Spark Plugs
Window Regulators (Driver + Passenger Side)
Clean Title and Carfax with verified mileage”

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