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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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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1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe – REVISIT

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This one definitely seemed worth checking back in on since it’s one of the most eye-catching color combinations I’ve come across on a 964, a model known for some wild colors. Back in May we featured this Amethyst Metallic 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe with Cobalt leather interior and it’s still up for sale. The price has been lowered a little bit (down to $75K) but it’s more or less still priced in the same ballpark it was before. That price is by no means low, but I can’t imagine there are many other 911s out there wearing these two colors. Also, it looks like there are some new pictures in better light and it really helps us appreciate the interaction between the colors. I wasn’t sold on it the first time I featured this one; I’ve come around quite a bit now.

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1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Wide Body

While I don’t want to stretch my hyperbole too far, this car is changing everything I’ve thought about the 964. There are a variety of colors that would work on this 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Wide Body, but I love the classic combination of Black and Tan so this one works particularly well for me. But it’s the non-standard attributes of this 911 that are really setting it apart. We are familiar with the Speedline wheels on the Turbo 3.6 and Turbo S and they are such a great looking wheel on any 964. Here they aren’t the originals for this car, but still provide that same great look. As great as those wheels are it is the whale tail that is drawing my eye the most. Normally a wide-body 911 would be fitted with the tail from the Turbo, as was standard on the M491 cars from the ’80s, but this one has what I assume is the tail from the 911 RS America. The seller makes no mention of the tail and even remarks that the spoiler functions properly, which I assume would normally be a reference to the electronic rear spoiler that is now absent. Regardless of all that I think it looks spectacular in this application and I strongly prefer it to the standard Turbo tail. I’ve always preferred the whale tail over the tea tray so this is not a new revelation for me, but having never seen one on a wide body 964 this is life affirming.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe – REVISIT

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The very pretty Diamond Blue Metallic 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe we featured in early June remains up for auction. The seller has added a $34K BIN price to help entice buyers and provide clarity on what sort of price he’s seeking. Previous auctions have fallen a few grand short of that number though so we’ll have to see where this ends. With more than 155K miles this 964 has lead a pretty good life thus far and still presents well, but buyers will have to make sure they’re fully versed on its maintenance to understand any costs that may arise in the near future.

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1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet

It’s been hot. But as we slip past the mid-point of August cooler temperatures are on the way and some of the best days for open-top motoring are on the horizon. So why not begin investigating those options? Cars like the 911, with their strong sporting pedigree, aren’t always the most likely choices for convertibles, but that open-top experience has been a part of the Porsche lineup since nearly the beginning. And why feel like you have to drive something boring just because you want the wind in your hair and sun on your face? The first 911 Cabriolet was released in 1983 and they’ve been a consistent presence in the lineup ever since. The one we see here also combined some new technology in the guise of Porsche’s all-wheel drive system. This certainly wouldn’t be your most sporting 911 available, but its 911 DNA will insure in makes for a captivating drive. Here we have a Black 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, located in California, with Grey leather interior and 71,610 miles on it.

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2000 Porsche 911 Millennium Edition

I write up a lot of 911s and it’s pretty rare that I come across a model or edition I’ve never seen before, but that’s exactly what happened with this one. This is a 2000 Porsche 911 Millennium Edition, located in Chicago, with 50,150 miles on it. Never let it be said that Porsche can’t find a reason to release a special edition. Like many other such editions this 911 distinguishes itself from other 996 models through a variety of options and cosmetic enhancements. Those options definitely skew to the luxury side of the Porsche spectrum rather than the performance side as the Millennium Edition had pretty much every available option for the 911. Each was based on the Carrera 4 Coupe and they are pretty rare with only 911 total built.

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1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe

I’ve been going through a lot of 911 Turbos lately – not that there’s anything wrong with that – so let’s move on to something valued a little more on the attainable side of the spectrum. This also rekindles my search for interesting 964s, something that was sparked by again seeing the lovely Carrera 4 that typically roams the streets of my neighbornood. Here we have a Venetian Blue Metallic 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe, located in California, with a White leather interior and 148,051 miles on it. Venetian Blue is a great color that we’ve seen a few times on the 3.2 Carrera and this would be the first I’ve seen of it on a 964. In part, that’s because it wasn’t available, which would make this a paint-to-sample option. We don’t have verification of the originality of that paint here so I think that may be one of the first chores prospective buyers will have to embark upon, but in most other ways this early example of the 964 looks in very nice shape and the seller has provided us with a good deal of pictures to assess that condition.

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1999 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe – REVISIT

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The 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe we featured back in April remains for sale. With its Mirage Metallic over Boxster Red color combination this is one of the prettiest 996s we’ve come across, but the consensus was that the price was too high. Well, it’s probably still too high, but it has been lowered by nearly $5K and now sits at $32K. If that price were lowered another $5K I suspect we’d see this 911 snapped up pretty quickly, but at least we are moving in the right direction. We’ll see whether it has any takers.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe

My quest for interesting 964s continues apace and while many of them exist they are rarely easy to find. Enter the example we see here, a rare Diamond Blue Metallic 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe, located in Florida, with Marine Blue leather interior and a robust 155,102 miles on it. Readers might recall that I featured a Diamond Blue Metallic 3.2 Carrera Coupe last week with a similarly contrasting interior. That 911 offers a nice juxtaposition for grasping the changes Porsche instituted when it debuted the 964, the first full redesign the 911 had seen in over a decade. The new shape was a little rounder, a little more stocky looking. It also came with a host of technological changes, most significantly the debut of the Carrera 4 – Porsche’s first all-wheel drive 911. While the system has seen significant improvements since its debut it still stands as one of the more significant changes brought to the quirky engineering of Porsche’s most iconic road car.

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