All German Kansas City Car Show



Spotted here lurking around the Porsches is contributor Jonathan Lawson, who is also the creator of the pretty neat Project E36 M3 series.  He's listening to this gentleman say, “there's someone actually checking out Pablo's and your BMW M3 projects…”


…however, man on left: “Yes, this is my car.  No, it’s not a Ferrari.  It’s a Porsche 944 Turbo.”

That conversation actually did happen as I pretended to be looking somewhere else, smiling, while I shot this picture.  So you see, you don’t have to be a car guru who knows Ferraris really aren’t German to come to this event.

Back to the P-cars, it’s amazing to think that the 944 Turbo (aka Porsche 951) style started in 1986, because it still looks great today.  I had built one of these up years ago to a daily-driven 340whp.  Just a 2.5-liter, 8.0:1 compression ratio four-cylinder making that power all day at 17 PSI on pump California 91 octane, weighing just 2800-lb—I miss that car.

Here’s an interesting factoid.  In 1987, the Porsche 944 Turbo became the first car to have driver- and passenger-side airbags as standard equipment. I would have pictured this happening on a big luxury car first.

Here's another one: The 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S was sold for $45k, and the Porsche 911 Turbo (3.3-liter flat-6 turbo) of the same year had an MSRP of $75k, and yet the 944 beat the 911 around Willow Springs with Derek Bell at the wheel, in a test published by Automobile Magazine in July of 1988.


I like this individual’s race-prepped 951, and I bet he really likes his liquor.  I kid, because Jagermeister was a big sponsor with Porsche Motorsport in the 70s and 80s, including on cars like the Porsche 956 and 962 that won the 24 of Le Mans six years in a row!  I just hope the cops that pull him over know this too!


I doubt it’s a quiet, daily driver.  But with probably what is around a 2400-lb curb weight, I bet this 951 is fast around a track!

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