The Porsche 944 Turbo S was introduced in 1988 as a limited-edition model derived from the Porsche 944 Turbo up race car and features firmer springs, a thicker front stabilizer bar, an external transmission oil cooler, and a 30-horsepower increase. This 1989 example comes finished in Alpine White over a Black leather interior and comes equipped with a limited-slip differential, automatic climate control, power windows, integrated fog lights, and more. Showing approximately 128k miles on the odometer, this 944 Turbo S is now being offered for auction by its seller out of California.
The 944 Turbo stands out with its distinctive aerodynamic front nose and body-colored rear diffuser, setting it apart from the standard 944. This example is finished in Alpine White and is equipped with pop-up headlights, integrated fog lights, a power-operated and removable sunroof, and a rear hatch spoiler. It rides on 17" Cup 2 wheels dressed in Michelin Pilot Sport tires from 2021 with less than 2k miles. The seller notes minimal paint chips on the exterior, detailed images are available in the gallery along with a clean CARFAX report.
The cabin features Black leather upholstery with a matching dashboard, door panels, center console, and carpets. Amenities include air conditioning, power-adjustable front seats, windows, Porsche-branded floor mats, and cruise control. The interior has been upgraded with a new Bluetooth-enabled touchscreen stereo and new floor mats. The seller mentions the previous replacement of odometer gears and assures that all gauges and electronics are fully operational with no warning lights.
The M44/52 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, originally rated at 247 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque, sends power to the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission with a limited-slip differential. In its stock configuration, the Turbo S boasts a 30 HP increase over the standard 944 Turbo models of preceding years. Extensive maintenance and enhancements have reportedly been performed on the car, including a new battery, a permanent trickle charger, new brakes & rotors, a new head gasket with valve servicing, new temperature and O2 sensors, a new master brake cylinder, a new water pump, new drive belts, a new timing belt, spark plugs, wires, distributor rotor, and a recent oil and filter change. The clutch was replaced at approximately 100k miles around the year 2000. Recent services include a new oil pan gasket, motor mounts, conversion to R134 air conditioning, and new front sway bar bushings and end links. The seller also mentions a slow leak in the AC evaporator under the dash, requiring periodic recharging. Notably, the last two-yearly recharges provided approximately 6 months of functionality each time. Following the 2021 service, the AC reportedly blows cold and operates flawlessly when recharged.
This sale will include the owner’s manuals, a window sticker, a toolkit, a spare tire, an air pump, a car cover, a battery charger, a sales brochure, and a clean title.
The seller would like you to know: “I have decided to sell my prize 1989 944 Turbo S with 127K miles on the clock. I am looking to replace it with a 60’s or 70’s muscle car. This 944 Turbo S is a piece of history. I am the third owner, and I am now friends with both previous owners. I have all of the maintenance and purchase of upgraded items documentation for this car since new. This includes a dot matrix printout from Porsche USA showing all of the 1898 944 Turbos available on the West Coast and the handwritten comments by the first owner about each one and why he picked the one he bought. Also included is a spreadsheet showing all of the maintenance and customization work ever done since it was new.
Owner 1: in the summer of 1989 #1 scoured the West Coast for the perfect 944 Turbo S for him and found it in Beaverton, Oregon. He had been searching for months to find the perfect fit for him. It would be finished in Alpine white over Black Leather Sport seats with electric height adjustment and feature the Rear seat option and Rear wiper option. Over the next few years, he customized (all work done at Vasek Polak Porsche dealership in Hermosa Beach, CA) this car to include:
As you can see from the maintenance history, owner #1 was fanatic for oil changes, timing belt replacement, brake jobs and clutch replacement. He sold the car to owner #2 in late 1999 with about 88k miles on the clock
Owner #2: moved the car to northern San Diego County and over the next few years had these maintenance items done:
Now this is where I come into the picture. I learned of the car from a friend and purchased it in February of 2021 with 127K miles on the clock. I was looking for a barn find project for me to work on and this one fit perfectly.
Owner #3: At this time, I completed the wake-up procedure by performing these items
In this final configuration I took the car to a few autocrosses and had a great time but the turbo lag on a very short course caused me to have to shift frequently between first and second gears. then took it to Chuckwalla for a PCA-sponsored weekend in January of 2023. It performed wonderfully on the big track and was a blast to drive where the turbo lag was not a problem. I planned for more big track fun, but my wife saw the photos and freaked out when she saw the other cars on the track with me. This is when she said no more racing with other cars on the track, but autocross was ok. So, I did a few more autocross events in the 944 Turbo S, then bought a 2004 Corvette to use for my autocross activities.
So, now that I feel that the barn find has been resurrected, I think that the 944 Turbo S is ready for its next owner. The only current issues are these:
I fixed all of the major oil leaks at great expense, but there is one small one left that causes a dime-sized drip after the car sits for a week. The AC has a slow leak in the evaporator under the dash. Since I have not decided to replace the dash or not yet, I have just been recharging the AC in May of each year so I can drive it in the Summer. The last two-yearly recharges lasted about 6 months each. When recharged, the AC blows cold and works perfectly since it was just serviced in 2021. Finally, the car is in great shape with original paint that is shiny with very few chips and no dents visible. The inside is all original and the Black Leather Sport seats are in very good condition with no rips or tears. All the power windows work as does the power tilt (and removable) sunroof. The rear window is not delaminated, and the rear hatch opens and closes nicely with the key or the button on the inside. The original carpets are in great shape as are the floor mats.”