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Sold for: £20,250
In 1989, the second series of the 944 was introduced, powered by a 210 bhp normally aspirated, double-overhead-cam 16-valve 3.0 Litre version of the 944S engine, which was the largest four-cylinder engine in production at the time. The 944S2 also benefited from a revised transmission and the gearing was tweaked to better suit the torque and peak power characteristics of the 3.0 L M44/41 powerplant. The S2 had the same rounded nose and a rear valance found on the 944 Turbo model and this was the first example of the use of an integrated front bumper, where the bumper and bonnet profiles would merge smoothly, a design feature that was to be widely adopted on production cars from the early nineties. The 944 S2 went out of production in 1991 and this example was one of the last to be delivered to the UK and was sold through Rivervale Porsche Centre in Sussex on the 14th November 1990 to its first registered keeper, Mr. Adam Worsfold. Mr. Worsfold had, together with his business partner Tony Brady, established the highly successful hi-fi and amplifier business 'ONIX' which enjoyed massive growth during the 1980s. As befitting a young entrepreneur enjoying the trappings of the boom in home music centres a white Porsche was on the cards, and the number plate H8 0NYX was an overt nod to his success. In 1991 he undertook a tour of Europe in the 944 finishing in Malta and, having parked the car near to a restaurant, it was to Mr. Worsfold's utter dismay that he returned to find an empty space. It must be stated at this juncture that HPI records are clear of any insurance claims or stolen-recovered warnings. In 2002, Mr. Worsfold returned to Malta and, as luck would have it, spotted the Porsche in a car park, however, it was never going to be a simple process and it took another eleven years whilst the car languished in a police compound until repatriation took place in 2013. Arriving back to the UK in a largely blemish free condition Mr. Worsfold spent some £16,000 on recommissioning works carried out by Porsche Centre Bournemouth and other specialists in 2016. The car is presented to auction with an MOT until December 2017 and an odometer reading of a shade under 21,500 miles (Malta is only 17 miles long). With an incredible story that deserves to be told at future car shows, and its one keeper status, this 944 offers the enthusiast an unmissable opportunity.