Lot 192 - 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo SE
- Believed to be one of 70 UK supplied examples of the Turbo SE
- Circa £45k spent since 2017, £19,841 spent at Porsche Centre Hatfield in 2021
- Recent full body strip down and glass out respray to a very high standard
The Porsche 944 was built from 1982 to 1991 and was built on the same platform as the 924. It was intended to last into the 1990's but major revisions planned for a 944 S3 model were eventually rolled into the 968 instead which replaced the 944. In 1988, Porsche introduced the 944 Turbo S with a more powerful engine 250bhp 258 lb⋅ft of torque at 4,000rpm. This higher output was achieved by using a larger KKK K26-8 turbocharger housing and revised engine mapping which allowed maintaining maximum boost until 5800rpm, top speed was factory rated at 162mph. The post 1985 cars, turbos and S variants are considered more desirable than the earlier cars, having improved interiors, suspensions and engines, together with a limited slip differential and larger brakes.
The example we have here is believed to be one of only 70 UK supplied Turbo SE derivatives and is believed to possibly be unique in its specification of Guard Red with Beige Porsche script interior and no sunroof. The Turbo SE is equipped with ‘M030’ sports suspension, uprated brakes and ‘M220’ limited slip differential, meaning it is truly built for the drivers and offers far better handling than a regular Turbo. The car has had ludicrous amounts of money spent on it in recent years, the previous owner spent £19,841 at Porsche Hatfield in July 2021! The work undertaken was quite clearly very extensive and amounts to 10 pages of invoices, including a brand new steering rack, new brakes, new exhaust muffler and many more Porsche parts, the final total would suggest they were told to go right through the car and make sure it was ‘spot on’. The engine had a rebuild in 2017 due to some damage found on the cylinder head due to a head gasket failure, which resulted in the decision to carry out a rebuild which totalled £11,600! Less than 10,000 miles have been covered since.
Our vendor is the MD of a very highly regarded bodyshop and he had his team strip the car right down and carry out a full respray to a very high standard, as his intention was to keep the car for a long period of time, but circumstances have since changed. As a result, the car now presents in excellent order throughout and the exterior is very hard to fault, the work carried out totalled circa £15,000. The interior is likely all original and is in excellent shape, with some minor wear to the drivers seat base bolster, but nothing which would cause too much stress. The car was recorded as a Category C in 1998, when values would have been particularly low. The vendor said that during the strip down and re-paint, they found that a repair had previously been made to the rear left corner of the car, which looked to have been carried out to a high standard in the first place. The team made sure the car was all straight and correct and with all of the money that has been lavished upon this car in recent years, it’s distant past becomes largely forgotten and the car is now one which can be used and enjoyed safe in the knowledge that almost every area has been attended to in the not so distant past. Supplied with a V5C registration document, MoT test certificate and a comprehensive history folder, this exceedingly rare Porsche is offered with no reserve and should not be missed. Consignor Fraser Smith
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