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1983 Porsche 944
This 1983 Porsche 944 is a tarmac rally-prepared Australian-delivered race car boasting an extensive list of modifications. It is powered by its original naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine which outputs 120kW (160hp) to the rear wheels. This example is fitted with a five-speed manual transmission. It currently displays 62,003km on its odometer.
The Porsche 944 was determined as the grand touring sports car from Porsche, though this example is far removed from its original purpose. Even still, the 994 was introduced in 1982 as the next front-engine, rear-wheel drive model after the 924. It crucially utilised a new Porsche-developed 2.5-litre engine as opposed to the Audi/Volkswagen-based 2.0-litre of the 924. The chassis balance was much improved and the wheels were set wider to benefit the performance driving you’d expect from a Porsche. These mid-level 944 models offered a good balance between Porsche driving qualities while remaining competitively priced when compared to its 911 contemporary. The 944 was so popular that it was the brand’s best-selling model until the Boxster and 997-generation 911 came along.
Finished in its original shade of white, this 944 is noticeably stripped-out in preparation for rally driving. Much of its interior has been removed with the goal of limiting weight, so sound deadening and carpeting has been replaced with a pair of racing bucket seats with harnesses, and a roll cage. The exterior is adorned with Martini stripes and sticker decals, while equipment including a removable steering wheel, fire suppression system, Terratrip rally computer and intercom, lightweight bonnet and boot, upgraded suspension, 944 Turbo brakes, lightweight battery, fixed headlights, and shift lights have been added.
Built in April 1983 and delivered new to Australia, this car has undergone extensive works to prepare it for Australian tarmac rallies. This work was completed by Porsche specialists at Intermarque and Harrison’s RRR in Victoria on behalf of its current owner after it was purchased in 2007. The vehicle was campaigned at tarmac rallies and club-level events between 2007 and 2011 though it has since sat still for a decade – aside from the occasional drive to keep it ticking over. The car won its class at Targa in 2011. There are no known mechanical issues – the vehicle starts, drives, and stops as normal. It would need a service and new tyres to bring it back to competition-ready.
Exterior condition is best described as race-used, with stone chips peppering aspects of the front end and marks along the lower portions of the side and rear. The white paintwork displays in good condition overall and the stickers show no signs of lifting. There is a crack in the headlight cover and one around the driver’s side door lock. The four 16-inch alloy wheels appear in good condition without curb rash, while the Yokohama tyres could use replacement.
There is no carpet or sound deadening in the interior which was removed in the car’s rally preparation. It’s a functional, clean space, and although it’s not pretty, it’s built for a purpose. The owner notes the driver’s side window motor needs looking at. The seats, dash, and door cards all appear in good condition without tear or damage.
To the best of the sellers knowledge, this listing is accurate and not misleading in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently registered in Victoria under a club permit and is not transferable. There are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number.
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