words by pablo deferrari
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 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.
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..."
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...