First built in 1982, the Porsche 944 was an evolution of the front-engine 924. It might not have been a "real" Porsche in the eyes of air-cooled 911 enthusiasts, but the 944 offered great handling at an affordable price. And if you sprung for the Turbo, it actually had a decent bit of power.
But unlike its big brother the 911, the 944 suffered some serious depreciation. Even fairly clean examples can be picked up for very little money. If you're looking for a car that's cheap to buy and still has some enthusiast credibility, the 944 makes a great alternative to the NA Miata or E30 3 Series.
That's what Sam, the owner in 's latest One Take, did. He actually already had a Miata, though, so he went for the 944 Turbo. With a few modifications, his makes right around 300 horsepower at the wheels, and as Matt Farah found out, it's a pretty darn fun to drive.
The 944 may have gained a lot of popularity over the last year or so, but as Sam says, it's still not too late to buy one before prices rise too much.