Bonhams says so: The Porsche 944 is a true classic

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Jun 24, 2021 | Porsche, 944, Bonhams

Bonhams has sold things that you just can’t find anywhere: Neil Peart’s drum kit ($500,312), old Chinese folding chairs ($5.3 million) and a Ferrari 250 GTO ($38.1 million). The famed auction house dates back to 1793 and regularly auctions off the world’s finest treasures: art, jewelry and, yes, motor cars.

On the docket for its MPH July Auction: a 1992 Porsche 944 S2.

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While the 944 S2 carries a certain panache thanks to its 3.0-liter engine, this one sounds like a fairly common example. The odometer shows 106,700 miles, while the body has been restored: “This included two new genuine Porsche front wings and sills being fitted, which helped to remove all rust from the vehicle.”

The estimate is $13,000 to $17,000.

What would our Porsche fans pay for one? 

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dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/24/21 5:26 p.m.

 RHD car. Not a popular thing in the states and I think it should have airbags. This car has a non stock steering wheel or maybe it is a euro car and they did not require air bags?   The color is interesting. While I like it the classic Porsche red is what I associate with these cars

EDIT  it looks like only LHD cars got duel airbags so maybe RHD cars did not get them?  

I don't think the wheels are original. I think they should be offset. Or maybe only the MO30 optioned cars got the offset.  Humm not sure on that. Those look like a set of old 928 rims.  The rear spoiler I think is from a 968 but again it may be offered as a option in Europe. There was a super rare wing for about 15 cars that were made for the British market that I think got that type of wing. These cars also got upgraded suspension and a re mapped ecu.  If this is one of these cars then it is worth big $$$$. 

dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/24/21 5:29 p.m.

Oh and now the cars in my yard are no longer junk they are officially True Classics. Going to tell my wife this. laugh

Javelin (Forum Supporter)
Javelin (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/24/21 11:08 p.m.

Wow, I really did buy the right car!

ddavidv UltimaDork
6/25/21 7:02 a.m.

Mediocre performance in a car with expensive parts, and a model that gets little respect among the Porsche disciples.

I'd rather have an E30. Those blatting 944s were usually in my way when I raced my BMW.

dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/25/21 8:39 a.m.

So annoyed that Anthony and I did not get the deal done on his s2. Dam covid happened mucking it all up.  

These are in my book the best 944 made.  Yes a turbo can be made in to a monster of a car but  these had so much more under the performance curve making them about the best every day drivers 944. 

The 968 tried to blend the 944 and the 928 style wise.  I know some like it but I never liked the look of the 968.  To me it was trying to please to many people by trying to condense the 944 and the 968 in to a single car. Or in a weird way instead of carrying on with the 944 as a separate brand the 968 became the car for those that could not get in to a 928. I never understood why the 968 happened.  

One thaught was the front impact pedestrian regulations may have killed the 944.  The more rounded headlights of the 928 and them tipping up from a laid back position instead of the pop up configuration may have allowed it to pass pedestrian impact requirements and as such this necessitated the 944 morphing in to the 968.  

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/25/21 10:41 a.m.

Pet me down as a fan of the S2, too. 

Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter)
Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
6/25/21 11:31 a.m.

By the time I was in the market a few years ago, the S2 was out of my reach. 

I've owned two. Needless to say, I'm a fan.

Javelin (Forum Supporter)
Javelin (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/25/21 12:06 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

Pet me down as a fan of the S2, too. 

I bought Danny Shield's S2 to drive cross country! ThunderCougarFalconGoat picked it up today.

chandler UltimaDork
6/25/21 12:10 p.m.

The triple blue S2 cabriolet is one of my favorite cars I've had. Good power, great road handling, classy/classic styling.

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