Mileage: 158,000 Miles
Engine: 2.5-liter Inline-4 M44 Engine
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual Transmission
Exterior color: Alpine White Exterior
Interior: Black Leather Interior
944 Online Short Shifter
968 CS Sport Leather Steering Wheel
Leather Front and Rear Seats
Kenwood Bluetooth Head-Unit w/ Microphone
Power Heated Mirrors
Power Assisted Driver’s Seat
Power Removable Sunroof
Porsche Classic Black Floor Mats
Illuminated Key (that works)
Hella H4 Euro Headlights
Bilstein B8 Sport Shocks
Dansk Porsche Exhaust
15-inch Forged Fuchs Wheels
Wheels Painted Grand Prix White
Owners’ Manual and Service Booklet
Extensive Recent Maintenance:
Timing Belt Service
Water Pump, Thermostat, Radiator
Distributor Cap/Rotor/Spark Plugs
This 1986 Alpine White Porsche 944 is a fantastic driver-quality example with some highly-desirable options. It is in exceptional condition for its 158,000 miles, benefiting from significant recent maintenance and having an excellent previous ownership pedigree. Factory options include power windows, mirrors and sunroof, leather front and rear seats, Bilstein B8 sport shocks, a limited-slip differential, and 15-inch Fuchs wheels finished in Grand Prix white—the latter ooze of 1980’s radness! 1986 was the last 944 model year Fuchs were available, and most 944s optioned with them have had them sold off. Factory upgrades and aftermarket additions include a genuine 968 CS sport steering wheel, 944online short shifter, Hella H4 Euro headlights, modern Kenwood stereo with Bluetooth and Sirius Satellite Radio capability, and a Dansk Sport exhaust. The original delivery date was February 2, 1986, being sold by Porsche Audi Motorcars Inc in Bedford, Ohio. It remained in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia under several subsequent owners for several decades before coming to Colorado in 2017 with a local Porsche Club Member. It came to us from another Colorado owner in trade. It has a summary of records that dates to new, including a factory service manual, stamps in the owner/service manual, and receipts and invoices for more recent work. Notable recent maintenance includes a timing belt/water pump service done in 2020 at 149K miles, clutch and flywheel and shifter at 149K miles, instrument cluster refurbishment, air conditioning system refresh, spark plugs, distributor cap and rotor, fuel filter, motor mounts, crank pulley, muffler, idle control valve, oxygen sensor, and painting the headers. In preparation for sale, we replaced the fuel injector seals, the battery, and added a 50-state catalytic converter to ensure Colorado (and probably California) emissions compliance. A properly sorted, well-optioned, and correctly maintained 944 is hard to come by; very few survived the decades when these were $4k cars unscathed. As it sits, this is an excellent driver-quality example of a 944 ready to be enjoyed by its new owner that has some wonderful options and significant recent maintenance. For the money, there are few cars that offer the bang for the buck as this one—especially with a Porsche crest on the hood.
The Alpine White paint on this 944 is in good condition, being very presentable for its age and mileage. The car has been repainted at some point, gauging between 5 and 10 mils over most panels, with a few exceptions being deeper. Close scrutiny does reveal typical minor imperfections, with notable examples being a shallow 10-inch scratch on the passenger-side quarter panel, a few smaller scratches on the driver’s door, and a few areas where the paint was burned through on hard edges due to over-polishing. The car has been spared from significant rust thanks to all 944s being galvanized from the factory. There is a small area of bubbling paint on the passenger side rear bumper, and surface corrosion on exposed metal under the passenger door. Lift shots are available on our website if you are reading this elsewhere. All VIN and warning tags are legible and in place. The black work on the bumpers is slightly faded, but consistent with age and mileage. The windshield is crack-free, with only light pitting. The weather stripping around the rear windshield is also worn in a few places. The exterior lights are all functional and in good shape; the pop-up headlights function as they should. The Hella H4 euro headlights are a fantastic upgrade over the US headlights. The wheels are presentable with light chipping to the white paint; there is also curb rash on the rear driver-side and front passenger-side wheels. The wheels are wrapped in Falken Ziex ZE950 A/S tires with 2016 DOT dates and 7/32s and 9/32s tread depth front and rear, respectively.
The Black Leather interior is in good shape. There are no odors, and it has never been smoked in. The carpet has no stains or tears; it is protected by Porsche Classic floor mats. The headliner is in good shape, save for a few small tears near the hatch on the passenger side. The door cards are excellent, except for some tape holding the driver-side window controls due to cracked plastic connectors. The 968 CS steering wheel is nearly perfect, thanks to its recent replacement. The original 944 steering wheel is also included. The dashboard has three smaller cracks, but is otherwise in good condition. The glove box can be temperamental to close, a typical 944-ism. The instrument cluster, stalks, and warning lights are all functional and in good condition. The driver seat has the typical wear on the outer bolsters; the passenger seat is much better. We rebuilt the driver’s seat mechanism, all power seat functions work correctly. The rear seats are in pristine condition. The shifter has typical wear, and is a solid-mount type that transmits some vibration at higher RPMs due to its design. The exterior lighting switches are in good condition and function properly. All power windows, mirrors, and locks function correctly and are in excellent condition. The heater works, and the air conditioning blows cold; there is a small leak requiring it to be recharged periodically. The Kenwood head unit has Bluetooth and Sirius capabilities, and sounds great. The LCD clock has a few dead pixels, making it hard to read. The rear hatch must be opened using the key. One key, the owners’ manuals, and the factory spare tire and jack are included with the sale.
This 944 has an excellent previous ownership pedigree with significant recent maintenance and proper ownership documented throughout its history. Recent maintenance includes the timing belt/cooling system service, clutch, motor mounts, fuel filter, spark plugs, distributor cap and rotor, and fuel injector seals, along with the other items outlined in the summary paragraph. The M44 fires on command, idles smoothly, and pulls strongly to redline. It sounds glorious through the Dansk sport exhaust. The clutch take-up is correct, thanks to its recent replacement. The shifting is slightly notchy due to the short shifter and some vibration is transmitted through the shifter at higher RPMs due to its design. The Bilstein B8 shocks add considerable athleticism without compromising the ride; the overall package handles wonderfully and is delightful to drive on Colorado’s twisty roads. The brakes are strong with plenty of life left. We added a catalytic converter to ensure emissions compliance, which we pay for in the state of Colorado. As it sits, this is a turn-key 944, we wouldn’t hesitate to drive it across country and recommend doing so if it goes to an out-of-state owner.