I think I feel like posting a bunch of 964s this week. We’ll see how that goes. Apparently, yesterday’s Japanese market Slate Grey Carrera 2 recently sold and given the relatively high asking price it certainly seems the 964 is garnering some attention these days. This one here, a Guards Red 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6, takes us nearly to the top of the mountain. It’s not quite all the way to the top since that position belongs to the Turbo S, but given how rare those cars are – and how insanely expensive – I think we can all make do with the regular Turbo.
The Turbo 3.6 is one of the last 911 Turbos Porsche released prior to switching to twin-turbocharging and all-wheel drive for the 993. This ended a long line that Porsche began with the 930 and as a sendoff of sorts these Turbos certainly do the model proud. With a single turbo and all of the power directed to the rear wheels that makes them plenty attention grabbing for any driver.
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.6 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 40,956 mi
Price: $218,895 Buy It Now
The Porsche 964 was a beloved model for Porsche enthusiasts being the first 911 to modernize with features that had otherwise become commonplace, like power steering, air bags, and anti-lock brakes. Yet it still maintained its raw mechanics, and omitted the electric gadgetry and fluff that many sports cars of the time had adopted. But it was the end of the 964 era that boasted its greatest accomplishment, with the introduction of the 3.6 litre Turbo –the last of the single, large turbocharger engines and the Crème de la Crème.
The 1994 3.6 Turbo is easily the best of the 964s and arguably the best of the Porsche 911 Air-Cooled Dynasty itself. True to the tradition of Porsche Innovation, the 3.6 Turbo presented a substantial advance in performance and handling, boasting the most power and torque of the 911s.
Up until the 3.6, the 911 Turbo was a Beast, no doubt. But the 3.6 was one step closer to civilized – not quite tame, but with a few more manners. The previous models were known for their difficult to control bursts of power, making them a little less friendly for the everyday driver. Although the acceleration of the 3.6 seems barely legal, the outrageous thrust of this engine is more controllable, smooth, and predictable, and turns any man into a road-worthy racer.
This example was manufactured from the Exclusive Program. Special ordered by the first owner, this example is 1 of only 288 made for the U.S. market.
Porsche Exclusive options included:
18 In. Original Polished Speedline Alloy Wheels
Remote 6-Spd CD Changer
Raff (Supple) Leather with contrast piping
Leather Wrapped Shift Knob
Both the 2nd and 3rd Collector-Owners took immaculate care of this vehicle. We purchased from the 3rd owner, a seasoned collector who invested over $15K in 2015 alone. Fresh $4K service at 40,870 miles completed by Porsche certified facilities. Receipts present.
Most Recent Service Includes:
Brand New Tires as of July 2015
New Front and Rear Hood Struts
New Steering Rack Boots
Hydraulic/Brake System Flush
Power Steering Fluid Change
The original Guards Red paint has an absolutely gorgeous luster, aptly accented by fantastic Speedline wheels that demand your attention. As you can see in the pictures, this is easily a Condition 1 car, with an impeccably maintained interior featuring black supple leather seats and red contrast piping. Prepare yourself for a rush of speed at only 3500 rpm, with max speeds at 174 mph. It is a shame that due to their rapidly increasing value, these cars are barely driven and fully experienced. Still, a joy ride can be stolen here and there before she is tucked back into the garage – nobody has to know.
It’s been a while since I featured one of these, but it doesn’t appear prices have really moved much. They’ve been pretty expensive ever since I started writing for this site and I doubt we’ll see that change. Though, as I noted above, they are still a far cry from the prices we see for the Turbo S, which approach, and can even exceed, $1M.
Given its mileage I would probably expect this one to be just under $200K rather than nearly $220K. That said, the general condition here looks very good. This dealer always touches up their photos so the exterior shots are tough to gauge. Nothing stands out to me as problematic, but it would have to be seen in the flesh to know for sure. The interior looks in nice shape though with little visible wear and very clean. The radio clearly is an aftermarket unit and it looks like there’s a complete system installed. Those appear to be the only non-original items on the car. We hear a little bit about its history, but nothing substantial on either the ownership or service side of things. Hopefully documentation is available, but nearly every Turbo 3.6 I’ve featured has been quite well kept and this one looks no different.