Representing a major step forward, the Carrera 4 and Carrera 2 versions of the Porsche 911 – code named ‘964’ – were launched in 1989, the former marking the first time that four-wheel drive had been seen on a series-production 911. Porsche had experimented with four-wheel drive on the 959 supercar, and many of the lessons learned from the latter influenced the design of the 964’s chassis and suspension. Face-lifted but retaining that familiar shape, the newcomers had been given a more extensive work-over mechanically, 87% of parts being claimed as entirely new. The pair shared the same 3.6-litre, 247bhp, flat-six engine while power-assisted steering (another 911 ‘first’), anti-lock brakes and a five-speed manual transmission were standard on both, with the Tiptronic auto ‘box a Carrera 2-only option. Its new Type M64 engine enabled the 964 to out-perform the old ‘3.2’ yet still met the latest emissions regulations, top speed increasing to 162mph with 60mph attainable in 5.4 seconds.
Beautiful in Midnight Blue with a Blue leather interior, and offered with its original service booklets and owners manual, this air-cooled Porsche cabriolet is the epitome of fast, usable modern classic motoring.