An evolution of Porsche's successful 924 Carrera GTP (Grand Touring Prototype) racing program, the 944 was introduced at the 1981 Frankfurt Motor Show. Powered by an all-new 2,479cc SOHC four-cylinder engine equipped with twin contra-rotating balancing shafts, the usage of a rear mounted transaxle to house its five-speed manual gearbox gave it near perfect 50:50 weight distribution. Lauded by the contemporary motoring press as one of the best handling cars of its generation, Autocar magazine found one capable of 137mph and 0-60mph in 7.4 seconds. Thoroughly revised in mid 1985, the model gained a redesigned 'oval dash' interior, various cast aluminium suspension components (front wishbones, rear semi-trailing arms), a larger sump capacity and an improved ventilation system. Though, its impressive output figures (163bhp and 151lbft) and ventilated disc brakes remained unchanged.
Finished in light metallic green with brown cloth upholstery, this particular example is described by the vendor as being in "good" condition with regard to its engine, gearbox, electrical equipment, interior trim, chassis, bodywork, paintwork and wheels / tyres. Said to have covered 144,000 miles from new, a figure substantiated by some "service history (17 stamps) all Porsche dealer or specialist", it was apparently treated to a "new timing belt at 137,452 miles". Sporting a CD player and alarm system (including immobiliser), this stylish 2+2 coupe is offered for sale with aforementioned service history, "old MOTs supplied from 1991", "numerous bills" and current MOT certificate valid until 21st June 2006.