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88 turbo S cost more than a 89 turbo?

Hey I was wondering somthing recently and meant to post a Q about it. Remember that article in European Car (Feb 2005) about the 944's? They provided some price range info that one could expect to pay for these cars and the 88 Turbo S ($13K-$20K) was considerably higher than the 89 Turbo ($9K-$15K). I thought the 89 T was essentially the same car as the 88 Turbo S....is it not? And if so, why would the 88 be worth so much more?
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The Turbo S was only made in 1988. They were selver rose metallic, and had a plaid interior. Only 1000 were made.

The 1989 turbos were equipped the same as a turbo S, but they are not a "true" turbo S.

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but do the Turbo S's actually sell for that much more than the 89 T's just because of the "turbo S" label and limited production?

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Yep, that is about the only reason.

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But, not all 88 Turbo S 's are "silver rose" cars. And to confuse things more, there are 1988 non-S turbos too. Those are the earlier cars. Then when they debuted the "S" goodies, it was in the special limited-run "Silver Rose" cars--somewhere between 1000-1500(depending upon whom you ask) were made with the special paint and the funky plaid. But, after the introductory run, you could also buy a Turbo S in any of the factory colors offered with regular interiors.
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Actually, a fewer than a 1000 Silverossa cars were made and brought to the US, though a 1000 were planned: http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/Pit/4786/Production.html. I don't think the special interior really adds much value -- cloth is much harder to maintain and it's certainly an acquired taste. Paint is unusual, but not special like pearl metallic colors. The 1988 celebration edition 944na's are also rare and equipped with special cloth seats -- but they don't command any premium.

I don't think there's actually any premium. But if there is, my suspicion is that more of the 88TS ended up in collectors hands than the 89T -- so they were better maintained, hence pricier. But that's just my guess.
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How'd that 968 engine find its way into your 944? There's a story to be told here I think......


was it donated from that dead '94 cab?
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Nope -- it was a totally unrelated incident. The motor in my daily driver died and I just figured, "well, if I'm already dropping in a new motor....". I'm still hoping to resurrect my 968 (looking for a good frame shop in SoCal or NoCal)
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What else did you have to replace to make that transplant work? Besides what's listed in the sig I mean.
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