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  1. 4re308

    4re308 F1 Rookie

    Jun 13, 2001
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    Hey everyone, just curious how many of you guys know about the abilities of the 944 Turbo? I just bought my 6th 944 Turbo last December and it is in the midst of a ground up restoration. The car just got painted and now we are restoring the wheels and interior. It is a very interesting car in that all the owners are PCA members and the first three owners were past PCA presidents. What makes the car so cool is the rare color combination and the incredible factory options including factory Turbo Cup suspension, experimental Turbo Cup turbocharger, updated racing Quaife LSD, Alpine White paint and Can Can interior with black carpets and Red Sport Seats, factory color matching staggered 16 inch Fuchs and more. Here are a few pics of it since it was painted last week in Alpharetta, GA. Have you guys had some fun 944 Turbo experiences?
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  3. Bullfighter

    Bullfighter Two Time F1 World Champ
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    It’s great to see 944s getting restored. I was in high school when the 944 replaced the 924, and they were my favorite non-Ferrari. Never drove a Turbo but I remember seemingly every tire test in Road & Track used 944s as the best handling car on the market. Now I never see them. The base 944 was something like 9 sec 0-60, but the Turbo was actually fast for its day.


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  4. 4re308

    4re308 F1 Rookie

    Jun 13, 2001
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    Its about time these little gems started getting the respect they deserve. The non Turbos are so much fun to drive! They are all built well and drive great. The Turbos are really a blast to drive. They were about as fast as the 930s of the same time period. Nothing like the old school turbo lag then BAM!!

    Here are a few pics of my old 944s. The black one was an amazing 944 Turbo S with 390HP. The blue one was a normally aspirated Copernhagen Blue coupe and the gray one was a gorgeous Stone Gray Metallic over burgundy Sport seats. I regretted selling each one, but now I have the white one that I plan on keeping for a while!
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  5. max930

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    I've had three and my dad actually bought one new in Reno for my brother in 1986. But my brother did something and my dad didn't give him the car. My dads DD at the time was a 928S. The turbo was close in performance. I was 14 and sat in the turbo in the garage. Wanted it for myself. I almost bought a 1986 cup car in 1998, but didn't want to spend $30k, when low kilometer regular turbo sold for $15k here at the time. Drove the cup car a few times. Would like one and could probably build one into cup specs.
     
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  6. 4re308

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    Jun 13, 2001
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    Wow that is awesome! I have always wanted a 928 or any year. I've driven a few but have always come back to the Turbos. I do love the punch of a V8, I have a Mercedes E55 that fills the void. I'd buy a 928 if I found one I liked!
     
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  8. max930

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    My brother loves 928's, he's had a few. My dad had three, 85, 87, 90. I like 944's more and 911's. But wouldn't mind an 1986.5 928S 5spd. I like the looks over the S4 and you get some upgrades in the S that year. More HP and bigger brakes. Its an S4 in a S body. The GTS have become too pricey here or Id consider one as well.
     
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  9. donv

    donv Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Jan 5, 2002
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    I do love my 928. I was at a local track the other day, and rented a 944 that they have there with a cage and a race seat (but otherwise stock). It was a lot of fun! I was a bit surprised by the power oversteer that it had, but at least didn't spin like one of my friends.
     
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  10. Patek

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    Mar 24, 2006
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    Wow Mitch, that is a great car. You must know Elliot that lives in Blairsville Ga. He seems to be the king of all things 944. He has about 24 of them. Great place to get parts. You should come to the Porsche meet in Helen Ga this friday at the Jumping Goat. Seems to be a massive VW based meet up from Wed. to Sunday. I may try to hit the Friday meet up and then go see the show on Saturday. I have not seen you in a while Mitch. Swing by Hiawassee. John
     
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  11. donv

    donv Two Time F1 World Champ
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    I have to admit, I do kind of want a 924S-- 924 body with 944 mechanicals. However, I don't have the garage space at the moment, and I like all of my current fleet too much to sell anything.
     
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  13. zygomatic

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    It's hard not to like a good 944. I'm a fan of the S2s as drivers (the 3.0L torque helps), but Turbos can be properly quick. The hardest thing these days is to find a good, unmolested 944. Turbos, especially, tend to have seen lots of mods
     
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