1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa

I have always been drawn to the 911 Targa for its balance of open-top motoring with a fixed rear window and as such I’ve written up a wide variety from the air-cooled market. Yet, rarely do I come across and write about the 964 Targa. I’m not sure whether that’s a function of their relative rarity or simply a matter of happenstance, but without going back through the archives I think I’ve only written about one once, if at all. On the 964, the Targa formula remained unchanged from the design we had become familiar with since Porsche originally introduced the hard-window Targa in the late ’60s. This formula would change dramatically on the 993 before having a more intermittent presence within the 911 model range, with the original design finally returning on the 991 – though in a much more technological package. The 964 took the traditional Targa staples of a removable panel with a fixed roll-hoop and large rear window and integrated them into the newly designed body. The rest was pure 964 Carrera: a rear-mounted 3.6 liter flat-six mated to a 5-speed manual transmission delivering power either to the rear wheels or to all four wheels in the newly released Carrera 4. The example here comes from near the beginning of the 964’s run: a Guards Red 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa, located in Brooklyn, with 112,901 miles on it.

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Year: 1990
Model: 911 Carrera Targa
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 112,901 mi
Price: $37,900 Buy It Now

1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa

Guards Red with Black interior

5-Speed Manual Transmission

This is a very well cared for 2-Owner Porsche from Louisville, Kentucky. It has always been serviced at Blue Grass Motorsport, a Premier Porsche dealer.

It is in excellent condition with a very detailed service history.

It comes with the Original Owners & Stamped maintenance manuals, service records, Window Sticker, Tool kit, Spare tire, Air Compressor & 2 Sets of keys.

The engine is strong & powerful. The 5-speed Manual shifts smoothly thru all gears.

The suspension feels tight. The wheels & tires are in very good shape.

This is a car that can easily be driven every day in all climates.

It is in stock condition except for an updated stereo system with CD player & Satellite radio capability.

As air-cooled Porsche prices continue to rise this car will prove to be a great investment.

Please contact Steven Sasson (212) 804-8070 or Steven@LegendLeasing.com

Worldwide delivery & Pre-Purchase inspections are welcome at our location:

JM Legend Auto Group

2785 Coney Island Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11235

(212) 804-8070

If I’m honest, the Targa lines don’t work as well for me on the 964 as they did on the 911SC and 3.2 Carrera. There is something about the 964 body that doesn’t appear to work as well as a Targa versus the Coupe, which I find is a particularly alluring shape. Cars are funny like that I guess. My own aesthetic preferences aside, this appears to be a good clean driver-quality example. The exterior and interior both present well and neither appears to show as much wear as we might expect on a car with more than 112K miles. If a PPI reveals everything to be mechanically sound then it should make for a good option. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the asking price seems quite high. The 964 is the last of the original Targa designs on an air-cooled 911 and at some point that might be significant within the collector market. But this isn’t a collector grade 964 nor have we reached a point where that sort of point appears to be of great interest to many. Get it down to around $30K, however, and I think we’d be looking at something much more reasonable.

-Rob

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4 Comments

  1. Wow, that’s a strong ask. Paid >10k less for my ’91 Targa with 15k fewer miles less than a year ago.

  2. Seller is so tone deaf as to put a close up of the $100 head unit, that sells for change on ebay, as well as mentions it as a line item bragging in the description. It’s cheap, ugly junk and it’s in a Porsche. It’s not a ’79 Buick. It’s a liability and not an asset.

  3. I’ve dealt with Steve Sasson before and he typically has nice cars at market pricing. But, on this one I agree he’s off the mark with price. It’s a 964 with over 100k miles. 964s just haven’t reached the pinnacle that 3.2s, 993s and now SCs have.

  4. Jeff, I would dissagree, 964’s have been red hot these days. I have been half heartedly looking for a good driver coupe and there are none at a reasonable price for a driver car. Those were pretty lean years for Porsche and they didnt make/sell many 964.

    IIRC this targa was plucked off eBay a few months back for somewhere in the high $20’s.

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