Sixteen Candles, starring Molly Ringwald and Michael Schoeffling, was released in 1984. It has a 7.2 rating on IMDB, which means it’s liked but not well-liked, especially when you take into account it was written and directed by the legendary John Hughes. And really that’s all I have to say about the movie. A chick-flick that predates me by almost a decade is not really the thing to call for my attention. In fact, the only reason I even know about the movie is because of the Porsche 944.
You see, the Porsche 944 has always been one of my favorite cars. Ever since I read an article about it in Car & Driver as a little kid, I longed for the day that I would be able to buy one. The styling wasn’t from outer space, like on a Countach, so it meant that it was from Earth and there was a chance that I could buy one when I was an adult. It had pop-up headlights! It was a Porsche! It didn’t look like any other Porsche! (I didn’t find out about the 924 or the 968 until I found old Top Gear episodes on YouTube) it was amazing! It was sensational! It was…never available in Honduras, presumably because no one would buy it.
To this day, I’ve never been within reach of one, so maybe that’s the reason I still like them so much. That forbidden fruit aspect, the yuppiemobile that had its time and now the only things that separating us are a bunch of countries and a not inconsequential amount of money. One day while discussing it with a group of friends, I found a lovely red mint example on eBay to share with them. One replied, “Oh, the Jake Ryan special”. One confused look later, she explained the plot of the movie and told me one of the main characters drove a 944.
And here it is. Isn’t it just the perfect car for an alleged 16-year-old? The sort of thing Ferris Bueller would weasel out from his parents on one of his privileged, boredom-induced escapades. canadiancatgreen posted both the silver and the junked 944 on the Cohort, reminding me that it has been a long time since I’ve checked eBay for a 944…hmm….it isn’t red, but it could work. The yuppies have moved to blacked-out SUVs anyway.