Porsche is a German automobile manufacturing company that was formed in the 1930’s. Porsche makes sports cars, SUVs and sedans that are sold worldwide. The Porsche 944 was introduced for model year 1983 in the United States and featured a front engine, rear drive platform using a 2.5L inline four cylinder engine. More Porsche 944 cars were sold than any other Porsche model until the Boxster was introduced in the 1990s. Owners and collectors today find the Porsche 944 to be delightful to maintain with a Porsche 944 service manual.
The Porsche 944 took advantage of the technological advancements made by other Porsche models, notably the 924 that preceded it and the 928, a front engine, rear drive sports coupe also built by Porsche. The 944 proved to be well balanced and easy to drive hard. The steering and braking systems were terrific, and allowed drivers the confidence to push the 944 hard whether on a track or picking up groceries.
The Porsche 944 has become a collectors item in recent years, as buyers have come to realize the potential these cars inherently hold. The Porsche 944, along with other front-engine, rear-drive models built by Porsche, were frequently mocked by the purist crowd, who viewed anything other than a 911 as not a real Porsche. This created the opportunity for savvy collectors to scoop up pristine examples of the 944 at relatively low prices.
Production ended for the Porsche 944 in model year 1992 with more than 163,000 examples built. The most common model, the base 944, accounts for more than 100,000 of the total production. Special models, like the Callaway 944 Turbo, and special edition models of the Series 2 cars are exceedingly rare today and fetch high prices. The Porsche 944 is one of the easiest Porsche models for enthusiasts to buy, restore and drive.
Today, the Porsche 944 has a dedicated following worldwide. Low prices during the 1990’s allowed the 944 to become popular with tuners, and many fine examples of aftermarket accessory-equipped Porsche 944 models can be found on track days even today. Using a Porsche 944 automotive repair manual, even the least experienced enthusiast can easily restore and repair the Porsche 944 and be rewarded with one of the most balanced performance cars ever made.