May 13, 2019
When new, this 1987 Porsche 944 was at the bottom of the model lineup, if you will, of the famed sports car builder from Stuttgart, Germany. At $26,155 it was by no means a stripper, but buyers could move on up to the 944S ($28,905) or the 944 Turbo ($33,905) if they had a mind to. And the financial means. All 944 models came with Porsche’s 2.5L four, with internal differences enabling it to develop either 147, 188, or 217 hp respectively. The 944 was produced from 1982-91, derived from the 924 which debuted in 1976. The 924 was the first road-going front-engine, rear-wheel-drive Porsche to go to market, followed by the larger 928 in 1978. Neither ever replaced the rear-engined 911, which is still spawning derivatives today such as the 911 Carerra, Targa, and Speedster. This white 944 was spotted a couple of summers ago during a bicycle trek through Cheektowaga.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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