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Peter Schutz left behind a legacy at Porsche. Aside from saving the 911 and declaring it should continue on to infinity, he put a spin on the 944's future by giving a nod to produce a Cabriolet version.
Schutz came into power in January 1st of 1981 after Dr. Fuhrmann bowed out in December of '80. He had big plans for Porsche heading vigorous expansionist ideas and incidentally, his ambitons ran parallel with Professor Porsche's. He essentially picked up where Dr. Fuhrmann left off with the evolution of the 924 into the 944, and in the same year he started at Porsche, a 944 in prototype form was raced Le Mans. It would come to be known as the 924GTP clothed in Hugo Boss livery.

By the time the 944 was in its third year of existence, Tony Lapine set out to create a new lust for enthusiasts to pursue by penning a car that would make its debut at the 1985 Frankfurt Auto Show, the 944 Cabriolet Studie.
The engine was a 16-valve with 185bhp, this mill would be the forerunner to the 944S and even more interesting is that this 16-valve technology was first used in that Hugo Boss 924GTP used in the '81 Le Mans in turbocharged form.

The prototype was built by Bauer who have been pals with Porsche since 1950. They were hoping to get the contract when production of the Cab was signed off but Schutz awarded the contract to ASC (American Sunroof Company) in 1987 simply because they could do the job cheaper. The only beef was that they had to build a plant in Weinsberg which would take about two years. This delayed the Cabriolet's production until 1989. Unfortunately, Schutz would never be there to witness its birth because his contract was terminated in 1987.
The Cabriolet was borne out of the 944 S2 using its powerful 3.0 liter 4-cylinder generating about 211bhp. But there was also a very rare version using the 2.5 liter Turbo engine slated for Europe only, the 944 Turbo Cabriolet. About 525 of those were made with 255 exported outside of Germany and 100 right-hookers bound for the UK for 1991 MY. The normally aspirated version made from 1989 to 1991, the final year of all 944 production, yielded around 5656 with only 2402 bearing US passports.

Rare? Of course. Desirable? To you and I, yes...but apparently the market isn't taking this gem too seriously unless it's a Turbo, and no one is hot in the ass to snatch them up with the same fervor as, say, pre-74 911s. 

"So while all of the other sheep are Magnus and Singer wannabees anxious to be picked as an R-Gruppe member, here's your chance to snatch up an exquisite ride..."

But they will...you can bet on that one. Especially when one considers the losses due to wrecks and valve-train failure, the pool is shrinking. And if you don't believe me, do a search on craigslist. You'll see a few pop up here and there for asking prices that suggest the market could give a shit at the moment.

Think about it...2402 were brought onto our shores and maybe 1/3 have been sent to Valhalla. So while all of the other sheep are Magnus and Singer wannabees anxious to be picked as an R-Gruppe member, here's your chance to snatch up an exquisite ride while they're not looking.

I remember sitting in chemistry class during my high-school days watching this Spanish teacher pull up in her white 944 Cab with a navy blue top just outside my window every single day.

I had no desire to look up her skirt. My only interest in her was to give some old insincere chat just to get a peek under the hood of her Cabriolet...

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