This Porsche 944 has been stored in a temperature controlled vault for 27 years

It's basically a time capsule

46w ago

A couple of days ago, we talked about the owner of a rare supercar who had never even registered the vehicle and then he put it on sale with only 34 miles on the clock. Well, it gets worse than that (or better, depending who you ask) because this 1990 Porsche 944 S2 is for sale after sitting in a temperature controlled vault for 27 years.

The owner originally bought the 944 brand new from a Porsche Center dealer in Connecticut in 1990 and the vehicle was registered again in 1993 when the car, with hardly any miles under its tires, was placed into a temperature controlled garage and left there.

Under the hood, you'll find the naturally aspirated 3.0-liter inline-four, producing 208 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque, sent through the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. When it was new, this car had a top speed of 150 mph and a 0-60 time of 6.8 seconds.

The car is in excellent condition, with less than 2,000 documented miles. The original wheels are spotless and so is the original Baltic blue body paint. This version of the 944 also features all the components that Porsche had fitted to the S2 to make it look like the Turbo, including the rear diffuser and the rocker extensions. It also comes with all the bits and bobs including dual airbags and ABS brakes, which were optional extras that had been fitted. Inside, there's a perfect interior with seats that look brand new, because they basically are brand new.

The car was listed on sale from eBay in New York with a buy-it-now price of $58,000. At the moment, there are over 90 watchers and the seller will consider offers. Included in the sale, there's the original title from 1990 and also the 1993 registration. Then there are two sets of keys, dealer inventory key tags, all the original brochures, the unused tools, the driver's manual and a lot more besides.

It is a steep price, which makes this more expensive than most 944s currently on sale. It is indeed unique and well preserved but I'm not sure you're doing your car any favors if you leave it unused in a garage for nearly thirty years. What do you say?

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  • Why do people buy cars and turn them into ornaments? You want something to stare at, buy a vase with your favourite car painted on it. A car is meant to be driven! Sticking it in a garage for so many years is akin to going buying a new pet, then locking it in a cage all it’s life. And trailer queen cars that are towed to and from shows, with the only turn of the wheels being on and off the trailer, is on par with feeding Hannibal Lector a Pepperami through the grill of his face mask, instead of freeing him and giving him a succulent T-bone steak.

    A car is a living entity. Like our bodies and minds they need stimulation, fuel, activity to keep us alive, so do automobiles. Preserving a car is like preserving your body all of your life, there’s no point being the healthiest corpse in the morgue.

    That Porsche needs to be bought by a road trip fan, and treated to a 3000mile cross country excursion👍🏻

      10 months ago
    • I know someone that bought a Mazda Miata mk4 brand new and he drove it home and many years later,That Miata has straight up only 32 like only 32 Mile and I was like, why... just why.

        10 months ago
    • What's mind blowing, is that it was 944. Not, a 959 or Carrera GT, or something worth keeping immaculate. It's like buying a V6 Mustang over a GT 350, and then garaging it. Why?

        10 months ago
  • It’s not worth it one bit. You’d be cheaper buying a good model for less and reconditioning it. Even though it looks pristine all the rubber components will need replacing the engine and gearbox will need looking at not to mention the simple things like the tyres will be long out off date. This is why even museum cars are driven once in a while

      10 months ago
    • Actually, the rubber components are soft, pliable and usable. The engine and gearbox are flawless, the fluids changed- oil coolant and brakes....

      Ask me how I know.

        10 months ago
    • I’m not really interested in arguing

      I do know tyres have a life span. The engine will need a rebuild as the oil has been at the bottom off the sump the rings will be seized to the boar. The valve steam oil seals will be brittle and not...

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        10 months ago
  • I don’t know man ... I buy cars and bikes to use them. In the case of my truck and my bikes ... they get used hard ... so I don’t understand the guy who plants his in a garage, never to see the light of day, but I’m not going to dog him out for doing it. It’s his prerogative. To each their own.

    I see a lot of die cast junkies on DT. Some of those models are very pricey and nobody gives them a hard time for putting them on a shelf and not pushing them around the man cave, uttering fake engine noises ... vroom vroom

      10 months ago
  • The owner i roughly asking the original price adjusted for inflation.

      10 months ago
  • Due to my staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic except for grocery shopping and a few other important, short trips, I have used less than a tank of gas in my 2019 30th. Anniversary Edition MX-5 Miata in about three months, but I still take it out for about a ten-mile, mixed speeds and roadways drive at least once every two weeks. I will also be getting it serviced, including an oil change, soon.

    It is very bad to let a car sit undriven for very long. The rubber parts on gadgets that I've not used in years rot over time and become sticky like glue, and plastic parts have dried out and broken apart when I picked them up. On a car after all those years, the seals and rubber parts have probably rotted, and metal parts that should have been regularly bathed in oil have possibly corroded. Fluids have probably separated with some hardening, like in an unused can of paint. Plastic parts are likely brittle and easily broken. I'll bet that 944 has turned to junk.


      10 months ago
    • You have a point

        10 months ago
    • No, it's ready to drive., and I've owned a dozen 944s. This one is flawless, begging someone who would otherwise buy a cookie cutter commonplace car, to pick up a time capsule and drive it daily for the next 25 years.

        10 months ago