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Autotrader Find: Insanely Rare 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S

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author photo by Doug DeMuro September 2016

Behold, one of the rarest Porsche models on Autotrader: a 1988 944 Turbo S, finished in Silver Rose Metallic over a bizarre, multishade burgundy cloth interior. You could go to a lot of car shows, visit a lot of Porsche events and still never see a 944 Turbo S. And you're almost certain never to see one with this car's odometer reading: less than 6,900 original miles.

Available for sale at eCarLink near Dallas, Texas, for $67,888, this ultra-clean 944 is probably the best remaining example of a tremendously interesting and unusual model that some Porsche enthusiasts don't know about: the high-performance 944 Turbo S, which was made in very small numbers for only a single model year.

If you're in the don't-know-about-it group, here's some information: You probably already know about the Porsche 944, which was the front-engine, entry-level Porsche throughout the 1980s. At that time, Porsche wanted to make a high-performance version, leading to the 944 Turbo, introduced in 1985, which boosted power from about 150 horsepower to about 220 hp.

Then, Porsche wanted to make an even higher-performance version.

Enter the 944 Turbo S, which sat at the top of the 944 lineup in 1988 only, with a 250-hp turbocharged version of the 944's 2.5-liter flat 4-cylinder. Some period magazines claimed the 944 Turbo S was faster than the 911 Turbo, and there was no doubt that it could haul: Published acceleration tests noted a 0-to-60 mile-per-hour time of 5.5 seconds. That was quite impressive back in 1988, when a V8 Camaro was making -- this is not an exaggeration -- 170 hp.

In 1989, the 944 lost its base-level Turbo variant, and the Turbo S became the standard Turbo -- albeit without the upgraded suspension of the previous year's model. The result is that many 944 enthusiasts consider the 944 Turbo S to be the best of the breed. This one, then, would be the best of the best, as its amazing 6,900 miles are probably unrivaled anywhere else.

Of course, this 944 will probably be preserved in this condition for many years to come. But we hope the new owner finds at least a few minutes to jam the throttle on a nice straightaway in order to momentarily relive the 1980s, when this was one of the fastest cars on the road.

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