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1990 Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet - 37K Original Miles
“The secret star of the 944 line-up.” – Marcus Klimesche, founder, elferspot.com, Porsche enthusiast resource site
Produced for just three model years, 1989-1991, the Porsche 944 S2 is among the rarest of the transaxle, water-cooled Porsche sports cars. And with just 6,980 cabriolets built in all, the drop-top version is special indeed.
The 944 S2 had the biggest four-cylinder production engine of its time in terms of capacity, and was the first transaxle model available both as a coupé and a convertible. Its naturally aspirated 2,990cc powerplant, internally called M44/41, managed to be both, torque-y and rev-happy, delivering 280 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, and 211 horsepower at 5,800 rpm, well short of the 6,400 rpm redline. This was achieved by significant engineering changes to the standard 2.5-liter base 944 engine. A 16-valve cylinder head, two overhead camshafts, a lighter crankcase, and forged pistons were added to create a unique engine, close in performance to earlier 944 turbo cars. Only the 944 S2 cars had this engine, and all were fitted to a 5-speed manual transaxle. The remarkably balanced handling resulting from near 50-50 front-rear weight-distribution remains one of the distinctions of the Porsche transaxle cars.
The 944 S2 offered here stands out with its rare combination of black exterior paint, black fabric convertible top, and partial leather upholstery and trim in "Linen." (The car's option sticker does not disclose the color of the interior, but it is indicated on the included original window sticker.) The resulting "ebony and ivory" combination is very appealing The remaining option codes show a nicely spec'd example, including the uncommon but desirable electrically adjustable, well-bolstered sports seats, and air conditioning. The full list:
L41 – Black paint
383 - Height adjustable sport seat (left) electric
387 - Height-adjustable sport seat (right) electric
454 - Automatic speed control
490 - Sound package
494 - Two speakers on back shelf
533 - Alarm system
573 - Air conditioning
593 - Anti-lock braking system
946 - Partial leather seats-front
The standard “Design 90” 16-inch diameter aluminum alloy wheels are of staggered widths, 7” front, 8” in the rear. An upgraded Nakamichi cd 400 audio head unit is present as the only modification to the car. The model designation normally found on the rear deck has been removed to suit owner preference, adding to the overall stealthiness of the car (but these OE badges are available online).
The overall condition of the car is excellent-plus indicating its 37k miles—just over 1,000 miles per year—were gently accumulated. Wear indications are minimal, front to rear, top-to-bottom, inside and out. Switchgear, carpeting, embroidered carpet floor mats, fabric top, leather upholstery, wheels, tires, lenses, are all in outstanding condition. A folder of maintenance receipts is included. The car was just fitted with new rubber, timing belt and tensioners, oil change, new brakes, new door sills, new Porsche “944S2” floor mats, and Sport Seats. It is dialed in and turn-key ready for its new home. The car came to us from a collector who appreciates vintage performance, rarity, and classic sports-car good looks. We expect the next owner will share those traits. Be sure to check out all the photos and video on our main website: Garage Kept Motors. Call if interested or e-mail with any questions. Thank you for looking.