“yep, I know; I see it Lou…that’s an ’89 or ‘90.” I said.
“wha da fok e yoo toking bout, 89-90!?!”
Lou, a friend from Andalucia, is an intense guy that’s easily agitated when you miss his point.
“wassa matta with yoo? I not toking bout de foking Porch, hombre, I’n luuking at de pooosy!”
“oh her? shit…her ass is flat, man. I’m more interested in that S2 that drove by.”
“you know, a gurl with a flat aass yooshooally have a nice Veenus…”
here we go… I laughed and shook my head knowing this motherfucker was about to wax on about pussy like I do about Porsches. he’s a passionate fellow, and I love that about him, so I let him philosophize on women with flat asses — I’d have my turn about S2s and their rear spoilers.
I rarely see an S2 these days let alone an early one. most of them are the later versions with a visual cue that helps distinguish the two — the rear spoiler.
the 944 S2 was first offered with model year 1989 going through model year 1991…a life cut short by Porsche’s growing restlessness in a shit economy and a product line ready for bread crumbs. but forget history, technical specifications, theories, and any other such nonsense you can google for the moment; helping you develop a keener nose is the point of what I’m putting down here.
the S2’s tail went through an evolution. 1989 and 1990 models had the molded black rubber spoiler used since the beginning of the 944 model in 1982. the 944 wasn’t the first to use this deeper spoiler as some might think, that claim belongs to the 1981 924 Carrera GT which uses the exact same spoiler. if you thought that it goes back even further, you’d be off since the 924 Turbo used a similar design, but wasn’t as deep.
the part number for the three pieces that make up the molded black rubber job has a Carrera GT prefix of 937. the center piece is part number 937 512 555 00, while 937 512 557 00 and 937 512 558 00 flank it’s left and right sides respectively. so besides the Carrera GT wearing one, the 1982-1989 non-Turbo 8-valve has one, so does the 1987-1988 944S, and the 1985-1989 944 Turbo; this is across the board for all markets.
a few things. first, the part number for the upper center piece of the spoiler is 951 512 101 00, the lower portion of the spoiler in the center is numbered 951 512 103 00, followed by the left and right side trim pieces 951 512 405 00 and 951 512 406 00 respectively. each of these fur pieces also come in what Porsche calls Rallye Black (a matte/semi-gloss black finish) replacing the “00” suffix of the part number to 03C for the S2, Turbo, and 968. the exception here lies with the 968; it has second version of the lower center piece numbered 951 512 103 01 that comes with option M602, araised stop lamp; this is the optional third brake light embedded in that piece.
here’s another peculiarity — painted bridge spoilers. the 968 offered it as option M595: rear spoiler with color of the car but such an option proves elusive on ’91 S2 or 1990-1991 Turbos. there’ve been reports from the field of painted spoilers on S2s/Turbos, but how can anyone distinguish a factory from backyard job by a sighting? with Porsche, I believe anything is possible so discrediting a painted bridge spoiler as non-factory can be taken with a shoulder shrug.
so of the 19,945 S2s produced from model year 1989 to 1991, 2,723 bridge spoilered coupés were earmarked for ROW while 510 similarly tailed coupés were given US/Canadian passports in 1991; that includes both Neckarsulm and Stuttgart cars.
I was able to pick out that particular S2 I saw with Lou because it had the molded black rubber rear spoiler, the “16 Ventiler” scripted fender molding, and the Turbo nose; an option M472 rear diffuser and S2 badging in the rear corner confirmed it all. hell, for all I know, this one could’ve been a backdated ’91 at the owner’s insistence.
so be careful when you call out a bridge spoiled 944S2 as a 1991 model, a K or L stamping in the 10th spot will make you look the fool.