1988 Porsche 944 Anniversary
Sold For $26,400Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
RM | Sotheby's - AMELIA ISLAND 10 - 11 MARCH 2017 - Offered from an exceptional Swiss Porsche Collection
- One of 157 Zermatt Silver Anniversary Editions
- Recently serviced by Garage Rossier
- Includes its original warranty book
158 bhp, 2,479 cc SOHC inline four-cylinder engine with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension with front springs and dampers and rear torsion bars and anti-roll bar, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5 in.
Though the Porsche 924 was well loved and performed admirably, it was something of a disappointment to open the hood of that beautiful car and find an Audi engine. The chief engineers of Porsche wanted to maintain the stylish lines of the 924 but find a suitable replacement for the current engine – especially now that they were no longer tied down to a partnership with Volkswagen. After considering a V-6 engine, as well as a much too large inline six-cylinder, it was clear that the only suitable engine would be an all-new inline four-cylinder engine.
Ultimately the engine that was produced was half of Porsche’s new 928 V-8 engine. Bore was increased to 100 millimeters, with stroke at 78.9 millimeters, providing an output of 150 brake horsepower. To counterbalance the instability of four-cylinder engines, Porsche utilized a Mitsubishi-patented invention of two opposite rotating balancing axles. The engine was so well made that in 1987, Porsche drove a 944 500,000 kilometers (310,700 miles) in one year before having the engine tested; it passed every test with flying colors.
For the 1988 model year, Porsche decided to build three limited-edition models, one of them being the 944 Anniversary model. Featuring black leatherette, with either grey or maroon “Studio” cloth and silver carpeting, these models were each presented with a plaque denoting their commemorative status.
Offered here is one such model, presented in Zermatt Silver with a grey interior. The accompanying warranty book notes that it was first delivered to Quebec, marking it as one of just 157 silver “Rest of World” specifications made that year. Documentation on file notes that this 944 Anniversary passed to owners in Florida before being purchased by the current owner and exported to Switzerland in 2014. It has been serviced as of January this year by Garage Rossier, with the odometer showing 58,207 miles.