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This is a photo of my 1986 Porsche 944. It is Guards Red over black leather with 16" Fuchs wheels.

 

It is a fully documented 3 owner car, and was delivered new to Maplewood Imports here in St. Paul Minnesota in early 1986. The car was originally purchased by a physician from Rochester, Minnesota. He owned the car for 17 years, then sold it to a high school teacher from Fridley, Minnesota. I purchased it in the summer of 2005 from him after a long search for a good 944.

 

It has absolutely no rust, no dash cracks, a lovely patina on the leather, and has clearly been stored indoors all of it's life. It is in outstanding condition for a 944 of this vintage, and 944s like it are becoming increasingly hard to find. These cars are not cheap to maintain, but they are worth every penny.

 

The car went 135,000 on the original 2.5 liter, SOHC engine before succumbing to a catastrophic mechanical issue. I am currently building a replacement 2.5 liter based on a 40,000 mile block and will be installing it in the car during September 2006.

 

I plan on owning this car for the rest of my life. It has provided a lot of joy for me and my future wife. These cars are not cheap to maintain - I've spent equal to the purchase price in maintenance already - but are wonderfully balanced and a great joy to drive. They also have a very special place in Porsche history, as many of the engine technologies used on their modern cars were pioneered in the 924/944/951/968 series.

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Taken on May 24, 2006