1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

One of the consistent refrains we hear regarding the 964 Carrera 4 is that you’re typically better off with a Carrera 2. Like with many new models, Porsche’s first attempt at using all-wheel drive on a “regular” car had some teething problems that later iterations solved. So with the 964 you’re buying into “new technology” so to speak. At least in terms of performance or reliability, things like that.

For those who are more historically minded, or who would just prefer all-wheel drive on their 964, the Carrera 4 makes plenty of sense. I understand all of that and as someone for whom an all-wheel drive 911 wouldn’t really be at the top of my want list I’m sympathetic. So I’m always on the lookout for a nice Carrera 2 from that same period and here we have what appears to be one such example: a Guards Red 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe, located in Maryland, with just 29,950 miles on it.

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Year: 1990
Model: 911 Carrera 2
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 29,950 mi
Price: $57,000 Buy it Now

This 964 is about as close to a “new” aircooled Porsche as you can find on the market. They don’t pop up FS in this condition very often anymore. Here’s my extremely clean and highly desirable 964 C2, 5 speed manual with only 29k miles. I’m the third owner of this very well sorted example. Reason for selling is another rare air cooled beauty has caught my eye.

Exterior: It is finished in Guards Red with Black leather interior. All panels are original to the car. Previous owner reported a very minor cosmetic incident that required a respray of the hood.

1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Targa

1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Targa

I have featured a 964 Carrera 4 previously – quite frequently actually. As the first model Porsche released for its substantial redesign of the 911, the Carrera 4 is a not uncommon visitor for us. I have also frequently featured the 964 Targa, because I like Targas and it’s interesting to keep an eye on what was the last of the original Targa design prior to its change for the 993. However, I’m not sure I have ever featured the model that combines the two: a 964 Carrera 4 Targa. That seems strange to me if it is indeed the case. Of the standard Carreras the Targa was produced in far fewer numbers relative to the Coupe and Cabriolet, and with only 1,329 total the Carrera 4 Targa saw the lowest production numbers of the bunch. So some of it is strictly a numbers game. But I still find it strange. Regardless, let’s take a look at one of these rare visitors to our pages with this Black 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Targa, located in New York, with 81,041 miles on it.

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Year: 1990
Model: 911 Carrera 4 Targa
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 81,041 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1990 PORSCHE 964 CARRERA 4 TARGA GORGEOUS BLACK ON BLACK LEATHER
5-SPEED WITH ONLY 80,000 ORIGINAL MILES FRESHLY SERVICED INCLUDING A RECENT $14,000 ENGINE OUT RESEAL AND TOP END REBUILD SERVICE. EXTREMELY RARE CAR 1 OF 316 PORSCHE 964 TARGAS BROUGHT TO THE UNITED STATES IN 1990!!!

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Tuner Tuesday: 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Koenig Specials Supercharged

Tuner Tuesday: 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Koenig Specials Supercharged

The ’70s and ’80s certainly possessed their own sense of style and few things make that more clear than when we look at tuners who were popular during those eras. Not all were so crazy. Looking at a few RUF models we can see that they were content to retain the general style of Porsche themselves, though in fairness a 930 isn’t exactly a shrinking violet. But here our attention will be on the other tuners; the tuners who delighted in bringing their own sense of audacity to the automobile market. Koenig Specials is one such tuner and though they’ve been around for four decades now I think most of us would be familiar with them from their earlier years when they produced complete packages to transform both the appearance and the performance of many cars. On these pages we’re most familiar with them for their work with Mercedes-Benz, but there are a few rare Porsches floating around as well. One of those is the one we see here: a Koenig Specials modified 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe with a mere 19K kilometers on it. It is said that only eight such examples were built, making this a very rare commodity on the 911 market.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe

Our search constantly has us on the lookout for rare models, rare colors, and rare combinations of both. In the world of 911s that usually means something very expensive.

There is another type of search.

A search for the more frequently seen models, but still ones that seem to stand above the rest of the crowd. Since 911s are expensive full stop they’re not cheap, but for those shopping for one in the first place we’re at least delving into more reasonable territory. Sometimes we find subtle combinations of these factors, typically less common color combinations on otherwise common models with higher mileage that helps keeps prices down. That seems to be the case here. This Silver Metallic 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe fits the bill of a standard 911 that appears in nice shape given its age and mileage. However, step into the interior and we find Burgundy leather carpets and seating that we do not see often on the 964. We frequently come across a Burgundy interior in the 3.2 Carrera and perhaps it is this model year’s close proximity and overlap with those outgoing Carreras that made it possible for Burgundy to find its way into this early Carrera 4.

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1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe

I’ve shown a lot of high-priced cars lately (this can be hard to avoid with 911s) so let’s get back to basics with this Marine Blue Metallic 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe with 84,463 miles on it. The Linen Grey interior provides stark contrast with the exterior and the overall combination reminds me a lot of color palettes more familiar on the 3.2 Carrera. Of course, with the ’90 MY we aren’t far from those Carreras at all so the relationship makes sense. Regardless of model it’s a very attractive combination that I’m sure will turn quite a few heads and the condition of this one looks very good.

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1992 Porsche 911 Turbo

1992 Porsche 911 Turbo

In my frequent searching for interesting 930s I sometimes forget about the mechanically similar 3.3 liter 964 Turbo that served as the 930’s successor. Even when looking for 964s themselves I’ll many times gloss over the 3.3-liter Turbo, preferring to focus on the rarer and much more sought after 3.6-liter Turbo that came at the end of 964 production. Given relative pricing of an early 964 Turbo and an ’89 930 I guess I’m not the only one that tends to neglect the 964 variant. Of course, the collectability of the one-year-only 5-speed 930 has a bit to do with these price differences, but for those seeking a driver the 964 steps in as a nice option with the same 5-speed as the ’89 930 mated to a more powerful flat six. Not a bad combination. The one we have here hasn’t blessed us with a great selection of pictures, but I don’t notice anything glaring and definitely think it’s worth a longer look. Here we have a Black 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in California, with a Grey interior and 65,982 miles on it.

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1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

There’s good and bad to monotone. On some cars it looks good and everything works together well, while on others a little more contrast is probably welcome. Wherever you might fall on the color contrast continuum, I will say that these monotone examples – other than the fairly popular triple black combination – typically rely upon rare and interesting colors and in that regard they are almost always worth investigating further. Generally these combinations aren’t purely monotone as there tends to be some contrast with either a slightly lighter or darker interior to help break things up just a little, but overall the colors are close enough. The example we have here falls squarely within this realm and I imagine the question of whether it works will be quite subjective. Here we have a Wimbledon Green Metallic 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster, located in New Jersey, with a matching Wimbledon Green leather interior. Big tennis fan I guess?

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1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa

1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa

I’ve been seeing dealers here and there with higher priced 964s of late, but try as they might to push the market upward for these cars it doesn’t really seem like it’s happening. At least not at the pace the higher prices would suggest. In the eyes of many (and I include myself in this crowd) the 964 has come around. Somewhat unloved during its production the 964 occupies an awkward space between the much-loved classic 911 that served Porsche for so long and the wonderfully beautiful 993 the represents the apex of air-cooled 911 design. For a while that awkward spot shaded my view of the model, but I have sense turned 180 seeing it not as a problematic spot in the lineup, but as a blessing. In its design, the 964 remains more firmly attached to its predecessors than to its successor and in that regard serves as a welcome evolution of the classic 911 design. As I’ve remarked before, seen on the roads now they possess a presence that I didn’t feel in earlier years and a presence greater than that of the 993. Day or night when a 964 approaches me I know what it is as that iconic 911 shape comes into better view. The one we see here brings a brightness to that shape with its Guards Red exterior and contrasts it with a Black interior. At just 52,174 miles this 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa should have a long life left ahead of it.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe 3.8 liter

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe 3.8 liter

I don’t feature all that many modified 911s, preferring to focus on mostly original examples, and when I do they tend to fall into one of two categories: Motorsports Mondays posts where the modifications have taken an obvious focus on track preparation, or backdated 911s attempting to marry the aesthetics of the long-hood 911 with more modern mechanicals. In both cases, the nature of the car and the modifications is quite explicit and obvious; these would not be mistaken for an unmodified 911. What we don’t see often are cars like this one, a 1989 Porsche Carrera 4 Coupe that from the outside might look like any other Carrera 4 Coupe of its day. That generally means we’re looking at more subtle modifications or, as is the case here, almost entirely internal. The most significant change here is to the engine which has been built out to 3.8 liters. That work was done twenty years ago and the engine has since seen a rebuild at 67K miles. We also get Turbo brakes and an upgraded suspension with the focus of much of the work being on bringing this 964 to “RS” spec. The interior is mostly some aesthetic add-ons I could do without, but all of that is easily reversible or further modified to suit your needs. In the end we have a nice looking Carrera 4 Coupe that packs an additional performance punch.

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Mint Green 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa – REVISIT

Mint Green 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa – REVISIT

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen this Mint Green 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa and since we have featured it before it is technically a revisit. But it’s moved on from its previous seller and been given a cosmetic refresh. I’m not sure if it’s the refresh that’s doing all of the work here or if it’s simply better photography, but the Mint Green exterior certainly looks much better than when Paul originally featured it. It’s one of his favorite Porsche colors and since we’ve been going through most of the rare greens Porsche offered it seemed worthwhile to check back in. According to the previous auction it sold for $62,100 so the asking price here represents a substantial increase. When it sold the air-cooled market was doing pretty well, but it has since backed off. Even if the 964 hasn’t suffered in that regard quite as much as the 911SC and 3.2 Carrera I think this will be a tough sell. There’s said to be only two of them so it’s definitely rare, and they’ve taken care of most of the maintenance items that would have concerned buyers the first time around. We’ll have to see where bidding takes it, but I don’t think that will be to $93K.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe

I’ve been having better luck coming across classic 911s for much more reasonable cost of entry lately, but what about once we move past those years? Do we find the same with the 964 and 993? That seems more of a mixed bag – though perhaps it’s not mixed at all with regard to the 993 as they remain fairly expensive – but this 964 does seem quite reasonable. Even better it’s up for auction with no reserve. Here we have a Guards Red 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe, located in Illinois, with Black leather interior and 113,045 miles on it. When Porsche debuted its fully redesigned 911 as the 964 with it they debuted a new model: the all-wheel drive Carrera 4. Following in the footsteps of the all-wheel drive 959, the new Carrera 4 provided more dynamically stable driving for the rear-biased 911. Purely in terms of performance and driver engagement I’m not sure it’d be the preferred avenue, but as Porsche has always prided itself on its blend of performance and refinement the all-wheel drive setup was a logical progression in the 911’s life.

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Irish Green 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 – REVISIT

Irish Green 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 – REVISIT

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The Irish Green 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 remains up for sale with the asking price holding steady at $225K. Given its rare paint-to-sample exterior color and its relatively reasonable pricing I’m actually surprised someone hasn’t snapped this one up. The mileage certainly is higher than many other examples of the Turbo 3.6 we come across, but the Irish Green paint makes it one of the most unique options available. Perhaps some other detail in its history is holding it back?

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Feature Listing: 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

Feature Listing: 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster

Have you been living under a rock? Then here’s a news story – Porsche 911s are pretty hot in the marketplace right now. Consider yourself updated! For the rest of us, this is pretty old news. And by pretty old, I mean they’ve always been very expensive. Take this 1992 Porsche America Roadster, for example. In 1992, you’d have to plunk down $88,000 just for the base price. Most owners left dealers the best part of further $10,000 lighter. That translates to $151,000 or more today, and if you pop over to your Porsche configuration tool it won’t take you long to realize that amount buys you a lot of convertible Porsche today; you’re only about $20,000 away from the base price on the Turbo. Yet underneath the bulging exterior of the America Roadster was a standard horizontally-opposed 3.6 liter with no forced induction producing 247 horsepower. If you’re counting, that’s a little less than half what the new Turbo offers you.

So what did the America Roadster offer, then? Well, you got the look of a Turbo and limitless sky. You also got the brakes, suspension and wheels from the Turbo to help fill out those wide arches. But to really differentiate the model, Porsche decided to release only 250 of them to the public. That makes them about four times more rare than the already quite-infrequently seen Speedster model, and therefore pretty desirable in the collectable 964 spectrum today. Exclusivity of any special model 911 certainly makes them quite special and helps to separate collector examples from those who just pop down to the dealers to buy an off-the-shelf 911 Turbo:

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1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Clubsport

1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Clubsport

Last week I featured a 993 Carrera RS with the Clubsport package and this week we’ll look at its predecessor a 964 Carrera RS, similarly equipped as a Clubsport, a.k.a. the Carrera RS NGT M003 as designated by the option code for the model. Of the air-cooled RS models Porsche produced the version for the 964 remains, for me, the best looking. Not necessarily the best, but best looking. It finds a better balance between aggressive and understated looks relative to its peers all packaged within a design that quite clearly makes known its classic 911 roots. The 993 certainly takes a variety of areas of performance to better heights and for pure historical significance and rawness the original ’73 Carrera RS is hard to top. But the 964 works for me and should provide a road-going experience that meets most every demand I could concoct. The Guards Red example we see here is located in the Netherlands and sits with a shade under 42K miles on the clock.

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1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet

1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet

I guess I couldn’t stay aware from pretty and interesting 911s for very long – not that there’s anything wrong with that. While I sit inside awaiting our 48 hours of rain to cease why not take in the oceanic feel of this Cobalt Blue Metallic 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet. Last week I featured an Amethyst 964 fitted with a white leather interior and in that case the interior didn’t really work for me. The contrast seemed too strong – though some commenters did enjoy it so there was appeal. Here we have a similar white leather interior, with similar black accents to that Amethyst Carrera, and I think the combination works extremely well. The contrast seems just right and the overall feel that these colors project fits the ethos of a Cabriolet to good effect. It certainly does not hurt that Cobalt Blue is such a stunning exterior color.

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