The Porsche 964 is the company’s internal name for the Porsche 911 manufactured and sold between 1989 and 1994. Designed by Benjamin Dimson in 1986, it featured significant styling revisions over previous 911 models, most prominently the more integrated bumpers. It was the first generation 911 to be offered with Porsche’s optional Tiptronic automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive as options.
Known internally as the 964, Porsche’s new generation 911 debuted in 1989 and was available in two (Carrera 2) and four-wheel drive (Carrera 4) guises with its familiar silhouette clothing a radically revamped platform. Boasting a drag coefficient of just 0.32 thanks to its deeper bumpers, smoother sills and flatter floorplan, high-speed stability was maintained by a self-deploying rear spoiler which rose above 48mph. Powered by an extensively reworked 3.6-litre air-cooled flat-six equipped with twin spark plugs per cylinder and a re-mapped Bosch Motronic fuel injection, the 964 claimed an impressive 250bhp and 229lbft of torque. Fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, most variants were reputed to be capable of 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds with a top speed of over 160mph.
This lovely UK example, presented in Guards Red with light Linen leather has been well looked after – particularly as it’s spent nearly half of its life in storage. For the first eight years, the car covered 49,002 miles and was serviced by a Porsche main agents and specialist as required. From 2000 until 2005 it was placed into storage whilst the owner worked abroad and in 2006 it was recommissioned with the odometer reading 50,942. From 2007 to 2008 the car covered a mere 4,177 miles and from 2011 to 2015 it was once again placed in storage.
The car was then recommissioned in 2016 and in November of that year it had a full service which included a new clutch, flywheel, and alternator. Since April of this year, the owner has also had the paintwork refreshed and the leather upholstery refurbished. All this work is fully documented in the history file along with the service book and invoices to match the service stamps. This lovely example comes with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and a current MOT test certificate which expires in May 2018. As this is the Targa version of this model, it offers the great flexibility of letting the Sun in, or enjoying the soundtrack from that potent 3.6-litre engine with the top firmly on.