1990 Porsche 944

S2 Cabriolet
Mecum Houston 2020
Thursday, 3 December - Saturday, 5 December 2020
Sale Price
5 December 2020
Sold Date
Lot Number
Unrestored original
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. WP0CB2947LN481638. Gray over light gray leather. Alloy wheels, Goodyear Eagle GT tires, factory CD stereo, power windows, air conditioning, tonneau cover, tools, air compressor.

Evaluation: Showing just 14,713 believable miles. One owner until 2018. Recent service including the all-important timing belt/water pump. Aside from a small scratch on the passenger’s side mirror, a few tiny chips in the nose, and a few scratches and scrapes on top of the rear bumper, this is a gorgeous car top to bottom. The paint, top, interior, and engine are all super clean. The car doesn’t even look three years old, let alone 30. A 944, but pampered like it was a much more expensive Porsche. Sold to benefit the Folds of Honor charity.

Bottom Line: By the time Porsche introduced an open version of its front-engined water-cooled cars, the 944 was in S2 trim with larger 3.0-liter engine and 208 horsepower, nearly as much as the original 944 Turbo. 944 Cabriolets have generally led easier lives than the earlier and cheaper cars, but this one is still exceptional. It sold for $29,120 at RM’s Porsche 70th Anniversary sale in 2018 and shows just 28 more miles today. It also sold for $26,000 on Bring a Trailer last May. This slightly higher price is more due to Mecum coaxing extra bids for charity than any major change in the 944 market.

by Andrew Newton
17 December 2020
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