The Porsche 964 is the company’s internal name for the Porsche 911 manufactured and sold between 1989 and 1994. Designed by Benjamin Dimson through January 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.
The 964 was considered to be 85% new as compared to its predecessor, the Carrera 3.2. The first 964s available in 1989 were all-wheel drive equipped “Carrera 4” models; Porsche added the rear wheel drive Carrera 2 variant to the range in 1990. Both variants were available as a coupe, Targa or Cabriolet. A new naturally aspirated engine called the M64 was used for 964 models, with a flat-6 displacement of 3.6 litres. Porsche substantially revised the suspension, replacing torsion bars with coil springs and shock absorbers. Power steering and ABS brakes were added to the 911 for the first time; both were standard. The exterior bumpers and fog lamps became flush with the car for better aerodynamics. A new electric rear spoiler raised at speeds above 50 mph (80 km/h) and lowered down flush with the rear engine lid at lower speeds or at rest. Performance was brisk to say the least, with a top speed of 261 km/h.
This low mileage example was delivered new to Germany in the unusual specification of right hand drive format with the odometer in kilometres instead of miles. We understand the first owner was a British businessman who travelled with the car to the Far East, later returning to the UK with his beloved Porsche. Now showing a mere 50,000 kilometres from new (c. 31,000 miles), the 964 has enjoyed much care and attention in the current (and we understand third) ownership. Notably new carpets have been fitted, the seat faces have been retrimmed, and the car has been serviced regularly by a Porsche specialist.
Presented very nicely in Amethyst Metallic with a linen leather interior, this is a lovely example of a highly usable modern classic.