Black Pearl: 1988 Porsche 944 LS1

The Porsche 944 is a fantastic car on paper — and it ruled the 80s as a mid-market sports car with an engine up front and a transaxle out back for excellent weight distribution and handling.  However, with only 4-banger power available, it was always a bit poky — and is slow compared to today’s family sedans even when equipped with a turbocharger.  It might be cliche to say this, but what the 944 was really missing from the factory was an LS1, and thankfully someone has fixed it for us.  Find this 1988 Porsche 944 LS1 here on eBay bidding for $6,300 reserve-not-met with a $15,000 buy-it-now located in Siloam Springs, AK Arkansas with a few hours to go.

Porsche has always built cars that look good in black, starting with the 356, continuing to 930 Turbos, and the 944 is no exception.  This is one of the few cars that I might consider dealing with the annoyance of owning a black car (hot in the sun, shows dirt/swirls/imperfections/dings) because it looks really nice.

Under the hood is a 5.7 liter fuel injected Chevrolet V8 known as the LS1 (say out loud: ALL HAIL THE LS1) which would have been rated at 345 horsepower and 350 ft-lbs of torque when it was born in a model year 2000 C5 Corvette.  It should transform the 944 into a real 911 killer.

The interior features a giant danger red shifter and some sweet grey patterned seat and door inserts.  It doesn’t look perfect, but this is a car with 85k miles on the odometer.

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