Lot 286

Amelia Island 2017

1986 Porsche 944 Turbo

Offered from an exceptional Swiss Porsche Collection


$33,000 USD | Sold

United States | Amelia Island, Florida



Chassis No.
  • Offered from an exceptional Swiss Porsche collection
  • Recently serviced by Porsche Centre Lausanne
  • A U.S.-specification example, delivered new to Indiana
  • Under 22,000 miles from new

Type 951. 220 bhp, 2,479 cc SOHC turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, front independent suspension with MacPherson struts with lower coil springs and tube shocks and anti-roll bar, rear independent suspension with semi-trailing arms with torsion bars and adjustable Koni shocks and anti-roll bar, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5 in.

Produced over a nine-year period from 1982–1991, the Porsche 944 proved to be one of the most successful models in the marque’s illustrious history. The replacement for the 924, the 944 offered a handful of improvements in terms of performance and creature comforts over its predecessor. With a near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution, the car proved to be a competent entry-level GT that was just as exciting to drive as it was to live with on a daily basis.

The 944 Turbo was launched in January of 1985 and at that time, it was the top-of-the-line model in the 944 family. The car’s 2.5-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine produced 220 horsepower. Changes included a new front apron to help aid aerodynamics and included integrated fog lights. The gearbox was strengthened, 16-inch wheels were made standard, and the car was fitted with a slightly stiffer suspension.

Originally delivered to its first owner through Porsche of Evansville, Indiana, in March of 1986, this 944 Turbo was originally finished in Alpinweiss (Alpine White), the same color it still sports today. According to accompanying documentation on file, the car remained in Evansville until at least 2002, before being sold to an owner in Ohio.

Purchased by its current owner in December of 2008, the car was immediately shipped to Switzerland, where it has remained ever since. With only 21,549 miles showing on its odometer at the time of cataloguing, the car remains highly original throughout and presents quite well in its original white over dark red color combination, including matching white wheels to complete the look. Furthermore, it is important to note that the car has been upgraded with a modern stereo.

One of the most exciting front-engined Porsches to drive and enjoy, the 944 Turbo is often overlooked by enthusiasts when compared to other similar models. Nevertheless, it remains a fun and very dependable car to drive, and makes for a compelling alternative to a BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or Corvette of the same era. This example, with under 22,000 miles on its odometer, certainly will not disappoint.