*Desirable first year 944 Turbo with single ownership
*Low mileage example showing only 41k miles
*Extensive maintenance records showing $13,000 worth of work
*Recently underwent a comprehensive service by marque specialist
*Available for immediate inspection at our Charlotte, NC office
The replacement of the 924 debuted at LeMans in 1981, an unusual strategy implemented by Porsche at the time. Dubbed the 924 GTP LeMans, the car was based on the 924 Carrera GT LeMans that competed in the event prior to the GTP's introduction. The most noticeable change in the new race car was the departure from the Audi sourced 2.0 L inline-4 engine in favor of the 2.5 L engine developed by Porsche. The new engine was mounted at an angle of 45 degree to the right and utilised a dual overhead camshaft along with counter rotating balance shafts, an unusual and unique feature for its time that provided better weight distribution and ensured smooth power delivery by eliminating inherent vibrations resulting the engine to last longer. The new race car proved to be much more fuel efficient than its predecessor, stopping only 21 times in 24 hours for fuel. The 924 GTP managed seventh position overall behind the race winning 936 in 1981 before being retired and stored in the Porsche museum. In 1982, Porsche debuted the production road legal version of the race car, called the 944, the car utilised many technologies that its race bred sibling had used, including the balance shafts and the engine management system but power was toned down for safety purposes.
For the 1986 model year, Porsche introduced the 944 Turbo, known internally as the 951. The Turbo had a turbocharged and intercooled version of the standard 944's engine that generated 217 hp at 6,000 rpm. In 1987, Car and Driver tested the 944 Turbo and achieved a 0–60 mph time of 5.9 seconds. The Turbo was the first Porsche production car utilising a ceramic port liner to retain exhaust gas temperature along with new forged pistons. Additionally, several other changes, such as improved aerodynamics, a strengthened gearbox with a different final drive ratio, standard external oil coolers for both the engine and transmission, and a slightly stiffer suspension to handle the extra weight. The Turbo's front and rear brakes were borrowed from the 911, with Brembo 4-piston fixed calipers and 12-inch discs. ABS also came standard. Engine component revisions, more than thirty in all, were made to the 951 to compensate for increased internal loads and heat.
Delivered new just days before Thanksgiving in 1986 to Langeland Porsche in Fort Wayne, Indiana, this 944 Turbo has remained in the same ownership till today. Only traveling 41K miles since it left Stuttgart, this 944 was no doubt enjoyed for special occasions.
This Turbo was ordered with Black on Black leather, desirable sport seats with power operation and immediately fitted with popular 16" BBS lightweight wheels, which are date-coded appropriately. Accompanied by documentation from the past 11 years, receipts totaling $13,000 are included in the sale, as is the original manual, maintenance book, tire compressor, tool kit and BBS wheel center removal tool.
The 951 has recently undergone an extensive service with the replacement of all belts, water pump, spark plugs, fluid flushes, A/C service and new Michelin tires fitted to ensure turn-key operation. Additionally, the exterior and interior were extensively detailed and original stone guard renewed with new 3M film.
33 years since first being introduced, the 944 Turbo is now finally enjoying the respect it deserves as an important part of Porsche's history.