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“luuk, luuk, luuk — luuk a tha!”

“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.
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1989-1990 Porsche 944S2 rear spoiler pieces
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das original — the 1981 Porsche Carrera GT was the first to wear the flüssig whale tail.
“de Veenus…” he cups his hand over his crotch to mimic a woman’s pubis, “ees very round, you know what I mean? ees like a sangweech.”

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.
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1985-1989 Porsche 944 Turbos wore the molded rubber spoiler.
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1991 Porsche 944 S2 with the factory finished bridge spoiler
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1990-1991 Porsche 944 Turbo with bridge spoiler
by 1990, the 959 would inspire change to the grand dame’s looks to what’s commonly known as the bridge spoiler. the 1990 944 Turbo would be the first to wear it until the end of its production in 1991. in 1991, the S2 would be the only one of its species to wear it from the factory. the introduction of the 968 in 1992 would be the last 4-cylinder water-cooled Porsche to use this very spoiler until it’s life was cut short in 1995.

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.
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1991 Porsche 944S2 rear spoiler pieces
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the top two shots are a rarity — late production 1991 944 S2s built in Stuttgart with painted spoilers. this would be option M595 not used in Porshce's parts catalogue for any 944.
the possibility of the factory offering an unofficial M595 as the last kiss goodnight to the series might’ve happen when production of the S2 moved to Stuttgart at the beginning of 1991. spoiler painting was offered for the 928 S4 of the same vintage as option M595, so what’s a few 944s thrown in while they’re at it? some enthusiasts point to a figure of 130 coupés and 419 cabriolets; the VINs range from WP0ZZZ94ZMS4 00001>10000 for the coupés and WP0ZZZ94ZMS4 30001>40000 to be scattered around Europe only according to Porsche. how many of those 130 may have left the womb with painted tails is anyone’s guess…I may take on the challenge to find this out after I save the whales.

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. 
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1992-1995 Porsche 968 with standard "rallye black" bridge spoiler.
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a 968 Club Sport with option M595; an option offered on coupés throughout the model's run
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the rarest of them all — a Porsche 968 retrofitted with its parent's molded rubber rear spoiler
some enthusiasts adopted this modernized look on their early S2s and some going even further back in the 944 evolutionary chain to include early Turbos and impact bumper (non-turbo, pre-’89) 944s. updating or backdating doesn’t rub me between the front pockets so much, and it throws off the nose when guessing the vintage from afar. 

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.

highball!
 


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