In honor of Valentine’s Day we’re featuring a car made famous by a truly classic romantic comedy, Sixteen Candles. If you were a teenager in the mid-80s you were undoubtedly exposed to the work of writer/director John Hughes: The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Weird Science and of course Sixteen Candles. And if you grew up loving cars chances are high you instantly wanted the red Porsche 944 like Jake Ryan’s the second you left the movie theater. However, unlike Jake you probably didn’t have the resources for a 944 as a teenager, but now as an adult you just may have the discretionary funds to make your teenage dreams come true.
The movie follows Samantha (Molly Ringwald), whose entire family forgot about her 16th birthday as it was overshadowed by her sister’s upcoming wedding. Not only invisible to her family, she was seemingly invisible to her school’s popular crowd including her dream guy, Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling). The one person she wasn’t invisible to was the self-proclaimed “King of the Geeks,” Farmer Ted, played by a young Anthony Michael Hall. Although Farmer Ted has a crush on Samantha he plays an integral role in helping Samantha get closer to Jake. The movie comes to a climax with the iconic scene of Jake picking up Samantha posed against his Porsche 944.
It’s safe to say that the 944 making an appearance in Sixteen Candles certainly helped Porsche’s sales. In 1983, 14,633 Porsche 944s were produced. In 1984, the year the movie came out, that number skyrocketed to 26,539, the highest production year. The following year that number stayed sky high, with 23,720 944s produced. Both ’84 and ’85 were the highest production years for the Porsche 944 and a large part of that is thanks to Sixteen Candles.
Richard is looking to make someone who always wanted a red Porsche 944 come true with the 1987 Porsche 944 he has for sale. Ironically, the number 16 factors into this car as well as it’s a one owner car with only 1,600 miles.
Porsche 944 Facts
- The 1986 Porsche 944 was the first car sold in the USA with a passenger airbag as standard equipment
- The 944 has its gearbox in the back to balance out the weight distribution
- Some 944 models have the radio antenna curled inside the windshield
- The 944 was completely galvanized to prevent rust in all weather conditions
- 944 sales almost doubled after it made an appearance in Sixteen Candles