The Porsche 944 (1982-1991) was a continuation of the 924 platform, but it was equipped from the factory with better engines and wicked fender flares. The 944 will forever be held in contempt by the rear-engined aircooled fanatics, but the Turbo 951 version was just as competent on a race track as any 964, if not better. If you want to further embarrass a 911 on a track, ditch the turbo four and stuff an alloy V8 under the hood. Find this 1988 Porsche 944 with LS1 V8 for sale in Daveport, IA currently bidding for $5,000 reserve-not-met on ebay with 1 day to go.
The seller of this 944 has taken an interesting approach to selling the car, by completely listing the money that has gone into the car and being up-front and honest saying he wants to make a profit. There are likely thousands of cars for sale on ebay with similar seller aspirations, but I’ve never seen a private seller admit he is making a profit. Even the dealers say “oh man, I’m getting slaughtered on this car, I took it in a trade, paid $10k in maintenance and am selling for a loss.” Of course the dealers are lying…
This 944 is powered by an LS1 out of an undisclosed GM vehicle, but it is probably the 305 horsepower Camaro from the late 1990s. It should be a considerable bump up in performance from the stock 158 horsepower 4-banger and will probably deliver comparable fuel economy…if you change the rear end ratio first.
The interior of this 944 is covered in some sort of black/grey/white plaid and was probably some expensive stock option that only looks slightly ridiculous today.
Bottom line, at $5k this is a good deal…at $10k…not so much. See a better GM V8 powered Porsche? firstname.lastname@example.org