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Lot 464: 1986 Porsche 944 Coupe

Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2007)

In many ways, the 944 was a landmark car for Porsche, demonstrating that a successful sporting model could emerge from the legendary 911's shadow and be respected in its own right. Although the front-engined four-cylinder format terminated with the subsequent 968 series, the 944 paved the way for smaller Porsches such as the Boxster. Following on from the unloved 924 model, this was quite some achievement and gives some indication as to the 944's merit. Between 1983 and 1991, the Porsche 944 was the benchmark sub-supercar coupe and, with used models becoming increasingly tempting, it proved to be popular. The original Porsche 944 Lux is a surprisingly rugged car with plenty of tried and tested VW suspension parts and a relatively understressed engine. As it developed, the 944 grew more mechanically complex. If well looked after, 944s are trustworthy performers, with the more comfortable, post-1985, oval dash versions certainly the ones to go for. The 944 also has what is known as an interference engine. This means that if the timing belt fails, the pistons and valves will smash into one another with expensive results, an occurrence that's not unknown with cars showing little or no service history. UB6 8TW does not fall into that catagory however. It comes with a service book including a number of service invoices, a handbook and several other publications. This manual transmission version retains much of its originality and with 118,000 miles recorded, still has plenty to give. Owned by the vendor for over 12 years, this good looking example comes with its original set of tools and cover for the removable roof panel. Porsche ownership has never been more affordable.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number464
Estimate£2000-£3000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£3220
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1986
Condition rating0
Registration numberC109 RRR
Mileage-
Chassis numberWPOZZZ94ZGN404204
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