Unveiled at the 1981 Frankfurt Show, the 944 was an instant hit. Utilizing what was effectively half a 928 engine.
The 944 was Porsche’s most successful car line in Porsche history until the introductions of the Boxster and 997 Carrera.
In 1989 the 944S2 was introduced, powered by a (155 kW; 208 hp) normally aspirated, dual-overhead-cam 16-valve 3.0 L. The 944S2 had the same rounded nose and a rear valance found on the Turbo model. Barely any slower than the Turbo in 'real-world' driving conditions, the S2 handles beautifully in classic front engine/rear wheel drive style.
The 944 S2 Cabriolet, a first for the 944 line that featured the cabriolet body built by ASC-American Sunroof Company at Weinsberg Germany. The first year of production included sixteen 944 S2 Cabriolet for the U.S. market. For the 1990 model year, Porsche produced 3,938 944 S2 Cabriolets for all markets including right-hand drive units for the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa.
The aim of the car was to provide a luxurious long distance cruiser as well as an exciting powerful road car. Any 944 is a good and effortless performer. It’s just that some models – the 944S2 with its meatier 3-litre engine, turbo brakes and better gearing in particular – are more outstanding than others.
The 944’s charms are apparent from the excellent weight distribution, which earned it handling accolades when new, to the nostalgic traits of German build quality—evident even in the soft click when you close a door—that simply aren’t found in newer Porsches, the 944 is a reminder of a special period in Porsche’s history. Add to that 2+2 practicality and a spacious rear hatch, and the 944 is a classic you can use daily.
For people wary of 911's habit of swapping ends if you lifted off during hearty cornering, and who are fazed by their ever spiraling prices, the 944 remains the pragmatic and penny-wise way to own a Porsche.
The car has certainly led a pampered life, with all plastics, rubbers and surrounds showing no signs of corrosion whilst the roof is spotless with a clear rear screen.The seats retain excellent comfort and support, whilst pleasingly all carpets and gearbox surround are free from any unsightly marks or stains. As for the engine bay itself, presentation is similar to both exterior and interior; very clean, very tidy and with no signs of abuse.
The original service book states this S2 was manufactured on the 9 November 1990.A fully stamped service book further bolsters the provenance of this wonderful example.