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Silver Rose Rarity: 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S

In every car community, there are “sleeper” cars – truly collectible models that seemingly fly beneath the radar. One of those, in my opinion, is the Porsche 944 Turbo S. These were limited to 1,000 models and featured numerous performance upgrades that enabled it to chase 911s on the street and potentially lap them on the track, given the model’s lap times. The Turbo S shown here is made rarer still for being one of the elusive “Silver Rose” editions, which featured a limited-production color scheme in addition to the mechanical upgrades. This one is a bit of a project but that hasn’t stopped bidders from pushing it to over $14,000 here on eBay with no reserve.

It’s funny: a friend of mine just snagged a 944 Turbo from a driveway in North Carolina where it had been sitting for several years. He unknowingly bought one of the 1,000 Turbo S cars ever sold, and quickly sold it for a very respectable profit, even as a non-runner. The Porsche market does know about these limited production performance models, even if it’s not the first car collectors mention when listing off their favorite Porsches. Whether it’s a 944 or a 911, however, if you mix a German performance model with actual performance upgrades and limited production, you’re likely to have a home run on your hands. According to Road & Track, the upgrades included “…(a) bigger turbocharger, a shorter final drive ratio, Koni adjustable shocks, chassis-stiffening frame brackets, wider tires, and four-piston Brembo front brakes taken from the 928 S4.”

Now, here’s what’s kind of nuts about where the seller has left this car. The Silver Rose 944 Turbos are extra special because of a distinctive interior upholstery scheme and the “Silver Rose” paint. The seller has begun the process of taking apart the interior to convert it to black. Now, I get it – many of us have been there, as black is seemingly the preferred cockpit color – but when you have a model as special as a genuine Turbo S Silver Rose, you leave that interior alone. And if you don’t like mauve, you buy a different car. The pictures show the black bucket seats and black carpeting, along with a black leather armrest, but I’d like to know if the original seats and surfaces are included with the sale, because this car should be put back to its original configuration.

The good news is the engine compartment looks mostly intact, with no evidence of half-finished projects under the hood. The seller reports that the 944 has been in his climate-controlled care for 10 years but it has not been recently run. He also reports that while it had no mechanical issues when parked, he would recommend doing the standard servicing and reconditioning before attempting to drive it, which is common sense for any vehicle that hasn’t turned a wheel in some time. The Turbo S is a very special sort of Porsche, and the must-have for anyone who likes the watercooled variety. Get the interior back to its original specifications and you’ll have a sound investment – not to mention a very quick front-engined Porsche – for years to come.

Comments

  1. alphasud Member

    I remember as a young technician driving my first 944 turbo. It was a 86 model and I was so impressed with the balance and the power and build quality. Perfect weighted and good feedback in the steering and brakes that could really scrub speed with excellent modulation. My first Porsche was a 88 944S with the 16V engine. That was a disappointment and while it still had the balance the power delivery it was gutless unless you grabbed it by the scruff and drove it like you stole it. For me that got old.
    I remember this color and in my area it seemed to be a popular color. It’s a take it or leave it color for me. The burgundy interior however is much nicer than the black. The way the current owner left the car it puts me on the fence. Do you change it back to original or save some money and follow through with the black? I lean towards keeping the car original.

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  2. Bick Banter

    I just don’t see what could go wrong here.

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  3. bobhess bobhess Member

    Wouldn’t put more than 8 or 10K in this wreck. Too bad, the late 944s were great cars. This one just isn’t that rosey. Agree with alphasud’s points.

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  4. t-bone BOB

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    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  5. Jon.in.Chico

    We had one of these at the Porsche dealer where I worked back in the late 80s … the interior was hideous at first but it grew on you … and talk about fast … got a lot of bang for the buck … the factory report said one was driven at 140mph for 24 hours and only lost ½ qt of oil, when it was discovered the dipstick wasn’t placed properly … these were priced “reasonably” a few years ago but it seems people have discovered what a great car they really are and prices have really gone up …

  6. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    SOLD for $15,400.

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  7. t-bone BOB

    Ended: Jan 05, 2022 , 6:00PM
    Winning bid:US $15,400.00
    [ 20 bids ]

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