Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Summer of Classic Love -

The phrase ‘no-brainer’ is over-used and lazily ap­plied to the point where it’s be­come al­most mean­ing­less.

But this one of the few cases where it’s jus­ti­fied. There are plenty of 944s out there for un­der £5k – and they re­ally are a no-brainer when it comes to the amount of power, poise and re­li­a­bil­ity they of­fer for the money.

You might think with it only be­ing a four-pot and stretched to 2.5-litres it’s bound to lack re­fine­ment, right? Wrong, it’s es­sen­tially half of the tech­no­log­i­cal tour-de-force that was the V8 fit­ted in the 928. It also looks great and it’s beau­ti­fully screwed to­gether, and while 944 prices have been qui­etly creep­ing up there are still plenty around for our £5k bud­get.

Ac­tu­ally, I’d cheat and save up a bit more for the 944 Turbo S – the nor­mally-as­pi­rated 944 is a great car, but it’s hard to re­sist the prospect of 250bhp in a pack­age that mar­ries su­per­car-ri­valling heave with good­ies like elec­tric leather seats and air-con.

In a mar­ket where the un­der­pow­ered 914 and the ‘No, ac­tu­ally it’s not a 911…’ 912 can com­mand big money, I’d grab one while you can.

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