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At the outset - the Porsche 944 is one of the best-selling Porsches. It is a further development of the Porsche 924, which was originally intended to be developed in the mid-1970s as a commissioned work for Volkswagen.
It turned out differently and the 924 was finally realised by Porsche. The successful model was given even more Porsche genes with the 944. Between 1981 and 1991, almost 200,000 Porsche 944s were sold. An absolute box-office hit for Porsche.
For all their sportiness, Porsche sports cars are also always suitable for everyday use. With the 944, this is particularly true. The perfect weight transfer makes it very easy to move. Quite the opposite of the "tail-slinger" 911, which needs a skilled driver, especially in the wet. The transaxle design, i.e. the engine at the front and the transmission at the rear, gives you an almost 50/50 weight distribution.
The further suitability for everyday use is shown by the enormous space that the Porsche 944 offers. The boot, which is hidden under a large glass dome at the rear, almost offers conditions like in an estate car. Especially if you also fold down the rear seat.
The other big plus in terms of everyday practicality is the robust, large-capacity four-cylinder engine. It offers sufficient power with economical consumption - even by today's standards. If you buy a Porsche 944, you get a lot of sports car for your money. And that is still the case today.
Ingnoramuses used to scorn the Porsche 944. Quite wrongly. The only flaw you can pin on it - it's not a 911, but it doesn't want to be. Its independent and distinctive design still stands out positively today. And so it is not surprising that the Porsche 944 has a large fan community, both then and now.
The days when you could buy a 944 at a bargain price are well and truly over. For anyone who owns a well-maintained example today, it is either not available here or only at a corresponding price.
As everywhere, the laws of the market also apply here: supply and demand regulate the price. New Porsche 944s are not growing in number, but interest in youngtimers or classic cars is fortunately increasing. This ensures that the prices for a Porsche 944 rise year after year.
The 944 Turbo and the 944 S2 are particularly sought-after. Both models are also available as sporty and elegant convertibles.
There are two different stages of development for both the exterior and the interior. Until 1984, the interior was like that of the Porsche 924. This somewhat original shape has a very special charm. With the 1985 model year, the interior got a modern makeover.
Externally, with the appearance of the Porsche 944 Turbo and later the 944 S2, the front bumper or front and the rear change with a special diffuser at the bottom. Again, it is a matter of taste which one you like better.