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Nice Price Or Crack PipeIs this used car a good deal? You decide!

There are two types of people: those who think Porsches should be air-cooled and ass-engined, and those who think the Porsche crest on their key fob will likely get them laid. Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe 944S caters to the latter group, but does it come with a price that means getting screwed in a completely different way?

BOOM! There it is. Yesterday’s 1999 Isuzu Amigo came with an ominous disclosure of a bad coil, but also a price tag lower than a 4K TV, which was good enough to win it a solid 82% Nice Price win. Looks like it should be somebody’s new Amigo very soon.


It’s kind of hard to believe it, but winter is coming, and in fact it will be here in not much over a month. Hell, in Canada I’ll bet it feels like it’s already here, and that’s a good thing because today’s 1987 Porsche 944S is in Canada, and is being proffered by its seller as a great car for “tinkering over the winter.” I don’t know anything about that as I don’t think I’ve ever tinkered in my life. Well, maybe once, when I was a teenager.

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Anyway, back to the car. This is an S, which stands for Super, just like the brand on the Man of Steel’s chest. The model was introduced in ’87 and featured a 187-bhp DOHC edition of Porsche’s 2.5-litre four. The cars also got suspension and brake pieces from the 944 Turbo. In fact, I’d like to take just a moment to  point out something about those suspension pieces.

You can generally divide 944s into two eras: the pre-1985.5 and the post.

The earlier cars had a lot in common with the 924, the same dash structure, console, and a lot of the suspension pieces. Then Porsche made some major revisions to the 944, updating a lot of the parts and making the 944 both more upscale than the 924 but also vastly more competent.


There was a price to pay for the achievement however. If you go to a parts house and price front-end ball joints for an early 944 you’ll find that they can be had for as little as twelve bucks a side, and are in fact shared with a number of other cars in addition to the 924. Look for the same part on the later cars and be prepared for a shock as they run over six hundred bucks each. That’s because they are only obtainable as part of the cast alloy lower control arm. You can choose to rebuild the balljoints using an aftermarket kit but that’s a hell of a job.

Remember what we were saying about tinkering with this 944S over the winter?

What all might this car need? Well, hopefully it’s not ball joints, that’s all I can say. In its ad, the seller says the car is a good running example of the marque, but is in need of some minor fixes and an interior restoration. It’s not as though a moose took a dump in there or anything, it just looks like the driver’s seat has split its seams and maybe the whole thing needs a good cleaning. Well, maybe by a Hazmat team

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On the outside, the purple paint looks a bit rough around the edges in the badge picture, but otherwise the car doesn’t exhibit any obvious signs of rust or damage. Factory phone dials hold the car up, and there’s 190,000 kilometers (118,000 miles) on the clock.


With winter on the way somebody better act fast on this Porsche project, and at $2,200 in Maple Money pretty much everybody potentially could. That’s about $1,646 American, or 1,484€ for you Euro-philes. What do you think about this 944S for that paltry amount of cash? Does that have you shouting OH CANADA? Or, does the warning about tinkering have you thinking even that price is too high?

You decide!


Kijiji out of Nelson BC Canada, or go here if the ad disappears.

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Rob Emslie is a contributing writer for Jalopnik. He has too many cars, and not enough time to work on them all.

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