I actually had a late red 944 S2 about 5 years ago.
It handled exceptionally well and was a lovely drivers car it was a real head turner and the appreciation of the car I got was unreal.
As with most sports cars with heritage the initial buying cost isn't the problem, mine cost £2700 and was in mint condition and well maintained by the previous owner, fsh, no expense spared etc. The maintenance side of things was a the main issue. Although reasonably practical to work on, I felt it deserved to be maintained to the same standard as the previous owner. Plenty of highly recommended independent places charge good prices however parts are expensive and they are unfortunately difficult to avoid paying.
Driving it put a smile on my face every time and I found myself using it more often than the weekends because I couldn't walk past it on the driveway. The only thing to note is that although brilliant fun on the roads when dry, they can be a right handful in the wet/very slightly damp. I am obviously far happier to be sat in the corrado when the roads are damp.
After sadly writing mine off, I was glad to have owned it but went to the Corrado as I felt it was slightly more refined and versatile than the 944.
I too have noticed the prices creep up since and often wonder what mine would have been worth now, at a guess the price of mine probably would have doubled but I would have easily spent that rise and some on maintaining and keeping it on the road. The insurance was reasonable and tax also fair, it was just the requirement of those specialist garage charges that would have eventually taken their toll
> Nice drive (in dry) although wouldn't say better than the Corrado.
> High maintenance fees easily compete with the higher pedigree 911 and more expensive than the Corrado.
> Less refined and versatile than the Corrado.
> I may get stick for this, but in my opinion the Corrado is my preferred option.