As promised, more 964s. Yesterday I featured the extra spicy Turbo 3.6 and today we’ll step back just a little to the original 964 Turbo. So I guess it’s 3 chilies on your Porsche menu rather than four. I’ll start by saying that I don’t feature these turbos perhaps as much as I’d like, but that is mostly because so many of those I come across are more or less the same. So many of them are Black or the occasional Guards Red with a Black or Tan interior and the mileage will be typical. There is nothing wrong with those cars per se, it’s just that once we’ve looked at one there isn’t as much to excite me for the next one.
Here we will look at two that do not come in one of those very standard colors. Ok, so the first one is still red, but Coral Red Metallic is much more rare, in fact I don’t know if I’ve come across any 964 in this color let alone a Turbo. So it’s different and different is good in this case. Let’s look:
You are going to see several Porsche 964s this week as we all went out on a scavenger hunt for a reader/client request and I thought these would be worthy of posting.
My pick for this challenge hails from the United Kingdom. If money was no option you obviously go with the best you can afford. This 1991 964 isn’t the best money can buy, but at a £31,850 ask price it is getting up there. The car holds a resale value well as despite being in the U.K. it is left hand drive. This particular model is a lightweight version ready for track day with a cage, suspension work, and harnesses. It is a 3.3 turbo with 3.8 RS look body.
The vehicle appears to show some use, (is that rust around the engine compartment?), but the seller does not give mileage.
The seller, http://www.seanlockyear.co.uk, looks to specialize in some unique Porsches so I would bet it has been well sorted. There are plenty of cheaper 964s out there, but I like that the seller describes this one as “Hang on it’ll be a wild ride!” I concur.
Oh how I love the 964 series Porsche 911’s! Here is a great looking example with only 88k miles on the clock and an asking of only $17800 on Craigslist:
quote from seller’s listing:
This is a very solid 911 with only 88k miles. It drives very strong and has very solid engine. It is 5-speed. The interior is cashmere with dual leather power seats. It has all power moonroof, windows, locks, ac, abs, very nice sound system, etc,…The both exterior and interior are in good condition. Just got new battrey and tires and oil and filter.
In a brief chat with my buddy Paul from Sports Car Shop, my personal Porsche expert and close friend, his first word were, “when are we headed down to buy this car?!” As you can tell, he agrees it looks like it’s worth a look!
Can you imagine what it cost to put this car together?! The ad states it was shipped to Ruf in Germany for the conversion work!
Check out this Ruf RCT conversion for sale at the Texas Ruf Autocentre:
quote from eBayMotors listing:
Just arrived at RUF Auto Centre is this impeccable 1991 Porsche 964 Coupe with a RUF RCT conversion.
This particular car was sent over to the RUF factory in Germany for a “complete” RUF conversion.
The original 964 was completely disassembled at the RUF factory, the body shell custom painted, interior recovered in full leather, engine conversion installed, transmission conversion installed, etc.
Here is a list of what all was done on the car at the RUF factory as part of the conversion:
RUF RCT Turbo conversion (3.6 Liter – 380HP, 395 ft/lbs of torque)
RUF 6 Speed Transmission Conversion
RUF Short Shift
RUF 18″ Wheels
RUF Strut Tower Brace
RUF Instrument Cluster
RUF Steering Wheel
RUF Front Lip Spoiler
Complete RUF repaint in custom Teal
RUF Interior Leather
Front Brake Ducts / Fog Lights
Our RUF / Porsche trained technicians have given this car a thorough inspection and have found absolutely no issues.
A really rare opportunity without question. But only serious collectors are likely to get excited considering the $69900 buy-it-now listed on the ad.
If you’ll pardon the somewhat cheesy introduction: I have a cold. As we all know, having a cold sucks. It drags everything down and makes everything we want to accomplish more taxing. I’ll live. But in order to feel a little better I wanted to add some vibrancy and beauty to my day. Upon such occasions I love to search for a nice early Porsche.
Such specific searching doesn’t always prove rewarding, but in this case I was not let down. Here we have a beautifully restored Ruby Red 1964 Porsche 356SC Karmann Coupe, located in Idaho, with Black interior and 89,360 miles on it. It’s said to be numbers matching and wearing its original colors. The perfect thing to lift spirits on an otherwise woeful day.
I’ll admit this is somewhat of a rare feature for me. I don’t usually go for Porsches that present in this sort of condition unless it is some exceedingly rare model or color. This one is neither of those things. It does have some rare options though, most interesting to me the large tartan suitcase. I realize that’s neither the most exciting nor sporting option we could come across, but what could be more vintage than a tartan suitcase fitted to a Porsche 356? However, there is a problem: I don’t know if that suitcase comes with the car. It isn’t pictured, even though the seller explicitly mentions it as an interesting aspect of this 356C. That seems peculiar to me. None the less it’s a cool sort of thing to come with the car and even if this 356 isn’t in great shape, an example in such original condition is itself a rarity.
Model: 356C 1600 SC
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 63,026 mi
Price: $66,995 But It Now
1964 Porsche 356SC Reutter Coupe with solid factory floors, numbers-matching engine and transmission, excellent body gaps, and rare Large Tartan Suitcase option. Excellent factory color combination: Signal Red 6407 with Grey interior. Garaged and rarely driven, a very original and unmolested example. Many rare factory options, COA included. Runs and drives nicely.
So we’re kind of staking a lot on the originality of the condition of this 356. It is rare that I see one of these that hasn’t undergone a full restoration. However, the interior, especially the seats and carpets, can’t possibly be fully original based on the rest of the car. How could they remain in this condition while other aspects of the interior seem well worn? So I am assuming the seats have been redone, though the ad does not state that as the case. That leaves me in an odd place. Obviously, this 356 needs to be repainted and the interior doors don’t look in great shape. The asking price isn’t too bad given all of these things, but ultimately I need to know more about the history. How did it get to what we see now and what is the situation with these interesting options? The original coco floor mats also seem to have gone missing. With those questions answered I think we could move forward. There are decent possibilities here, especially if the mechanical condition is good, as the ad suggests. But the aesthetic elements aren’t there yet and there’s uncertainty about the options. Maybe I really just want to know the tartan suitcase comes with the car.
It’s the holidays, a time for dreaming and wish fulfillment, and a time when we look for those items that we know we really can’t afford.
But maybe we just look at them anyway, momentarily morphing into Clark Griswold spending his Christmas bonus he hasn’t yet gotten.
It’s the time of year to root through the inventory at places like Canepa just to see what sort of interesting and rare cars might catch our notice. Probably my favorite color combination on the Porsche 356 is Slate Gray over Red. It’s a great combination on any Porsche, but for whatever reason I find it particularly stunning on the 356. In part that may be due to Slate Gray being specifically from that vintage, but there still seems something more. Regardless of the reason I love coming across a nice one. Canepa being Canepa they not only had 1 Slate Gray over Red example, but 2! Rather than go for the full insanity of the 356 Carrera 2 Cabriolet they have on offer, I thought I’d keep things a little more attainable with this 1964 Porsche 356C Coupe. Unlike most 356C Coupes, which feature a 1.6 liter inline-4 producing 95 hp, this one has a built Willhoit 2132 cc engine said to put out 145 hp, bringing it nearly in line with the power from the Carrera 2 itself.
Anyone who is a frequent reader will know that I love new and interesting colors. It’s one of the aspects of any car that is most likely to attract me to it and make we want to investigate it further. I’m certainly not alone in this as color represents anyone’s most immediate apprehension of a vehicle, but I find it especially important and even find myself giving significant attention to colors I don’t even necessarily like! What does this have to do with this 1964 Porsche 356C 1600 SC Cabriolet? 1) It’s beautiful, as most any 356 Cabriolet is. 2) Until now I’ve never come across this color. It’s Champagne Yellow, a color Porsche only made available in the ’60s, and as the name suggests it’s a very light version of yellow with hints of gold. It looks great on this vintage 356!
I’m going to step back from the world of ultimate performance 911s to bask in the beauty of a vintage Porsche. While there certainly existed performance variants of the 356 back in its day, by modern standards performance is very much beside the point when having a look at one of these cars. They’re very lightweight – I was struck by just how small a 911T appeared relative to the cars around it when I encountered one on the street this past weekend – and there is very little separating driver from machine to dull communication between them, but fewer than 100 horses is just that and modern suspension engineering is another world entirely. Yet, when I see a 356, which I think has only happened twice that I can remember, I’m just as struck by how different they look and how elegant they can be. Many vintage automobiles possess a similar stature and it is the nostalgia for these designs that drives many to seek them out. The example here isn’t entirely original – it’s engine is a period correct unit from the 912 – but it comes in an extremely subtle, but still very pretty, Dolphin Grey and comes from very near the end of 356 production. Here we have a 1964 Porsche 356C SC Karmann Coupe, located in California, with what sounds like around 120K miles on it (the seller assumes the odometer has turned over, but doesn’t have verification).
Vintages Porsches always have a more limited appeal unless they are a particularly rare model, in which case the limitations become financial. The 356 does have its share of fans, but with the 911 remaining ever popular it tends to garner much of the attention. That is to be expected given the sheer iconic stature the 911 has developed over its 50 years of production, but I remain strangely attracted to the 356. They’re attractive cars that easily show their foundation as the 911’s predecessor. So even if they’ve be relegated behind the 911, the 356 remains the 911’s roots and for that it deserves plenty of appreciation. The example here comes from near the end of 356 production: a Silver 1964 Porsche 356SC, located in Maryland, with a magnificent Red interior and a reported 58,645 miles on it.