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Porsche 964 buying guide (1989-1994)

Porsche 964 buying guide (1989-1994) Classic and Performance Car
Porsche 964 buying guide (1989-1994) Porsche 964 buying guide (1989-1994) Porsche 964 buying guide (1989-1994) Porsche 964 buying guide (1989-1994) It’s said that every car enthusiast should own a Porsche 911 at some point in their lives, but if you’ve never driven one you may wonder what all the fuss is about. Drive one though, and the chances are you’ll instantly be hooked. You’ll realise that many of those stories of tail-happy handling are hype – but despite this, that rear-mounted engine is what makes the 911 unique to drive.

The sound, the rearward weight bias, the shove from the back rather than the pull from the front, the delicious steering – these are all things that the 911’s rivals can’t match. While it’s true that the earliest 911s could be quite a handful, by the time the 964 was launched in 1989, Porsche’s evergreen sportscar had been in production for more than a quarter of a century. As a result it had been honed to become something truly fabulous.

Which one to buy?

This was the first 911 with rear- or four-wheel drive options. The latter gives extra security in hard driving or adverse conditions, but enthusiast drivers will find it robs the car of something when pressing on. It’ll still oversteer if provoked, but compared with two-wheel drive 911s, it can feel less responsive.

The four-wheel drive has a torque split in normal driving conditions of 31:69, biased towards the rear. However, in slippery conditions this can become 100 per cent to the front or the rear, depending on where the grip is. Buy a Carrera 4 and there’s no automatic option, but there is with the Carrera 2. The Tiptronic automatic transmission was popular with buyers of the 964 when new; we’d take a manual every time, but you might prefer the two-pedal option. There were also coupé, cabriolet and Targas to choose between – again, whichever suits you best is down to personal preference.

We’d gravitate towards the Turbo as it’s ferociously quick and will prove to be a sound investment. But running costs can be high and if driven hard, reliability can take a beating. If you want something more hard-core – or an investment – seek out an RS model. Of the 2364 RS cars made, just 47 came to the UK while there were only 50 or so Tourings, 129 RS 3.8s and 20 or so Lightweights. And they’re all extremely valuable...

Performance and spec

Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6
Engine 3600cc, turbo flat-six
Power 380bhp @ 5750rpm
Torque 384lb ft @ 5000rpm
Top speed 174mph
0-60mph 4.8sec
Consumption 22mpg
Gearbox Five-speed manual

Common problems

• Poorly repaired crash damage is a strong possibility, so get an HPI check and also look carefully for evidence of rippled inner wings or outer panels that don’t line up very well.

• As far as the engine is concerned, it’s oil leaks that you need to check for the most closely. Start by see if there’s oil leaking from the cylinder base. Instead of a gasket here, the two metal faces mate to each other but they distort over time and repairs are very costly – post-1991 cars are less likely to be affected, but they’re not immune. It doesn’t help that there’s an undertray, which spoils the view – but don’t just buy and assume that everything will be OK.

• Check the pipework that carries lubricant from the oil tank (in the rear wheelarch) to the engine via a thermostat. There’s a mixture of rigid and flexible pipes and where the two join, corrosion is common. Remove the undertray and everything will be clear to see. Any sign of leaks mean there’s lots of work required to remove everything and replace it.

• The gearbox and diffs are very strong, so just listen out for rumbling or whining – both of which are unlikely. The clutch is more of a weak spot though, as it isn’t adjustable. It should be smooth and not too heavy; if it is, assume a new clutch will be needed soon.

• There’s a dual-mass flywheel designed to improve refinement, but it can break up on cars that have covered a high mileage or which have been driven in stop/start traffic a lot. Listen for clonks at low revs; there was a redesigned flywheel from 1993, which can be fitted to earlier cars to improve reliability. The RS didn’t get this dual-mass flywheel, although Touring editions did.

• The brakes are incredibly powerful, but the alloy callipers react with the steel-backed pads, potentially leading to severe binding. Fixing things means stripping everything down and in extreme cases it can mean replacing pads and callipers.

• While the rear suspension is reliable, issues up front are to be expected. The aluminium lower wishbones pivot on rubber bushes and the front ones perish and separate from their outer sleeve. The result is vague handling, but unless the bushes have been replaced recently, assume new ones will be needed before long.

Model history

1989: The 964 arrives in Carrera 4 coupé form; it’s Porsche’s first volume-production four-wheel drive car. A Speedster is also introduced; 800 are built.
1990: The Carrera 2 is launched. It’s 70kg lighter than the Carrera 4, and substantially quicker too. Standard kit includes ABS and power steering. The 964 Turbo also arrives, with a 320bhp 3.3-litre engine.
1991: The 964 RS appears, with the air-con, electric seats and windows, power steering, central locking and rear seats all ditched. There’s also thinner glass, an aluminium bonnet, composite Recaro seatsuprated brakes plus 17-inch magnesium alloy wheels. The bodyshell is also seam-welded for extra strength while the engine is boosted to 260bhp. There’s a Touring option too, which keeps most of the luxuries and retains the more powerful engine.
1992: The 964 RSR features a stripped-out interior while there’s a welded in roll cage as standard. The 300bhp Carrera 4 Lightweight was built for the track and features aluminium panels, Plexiglass side windows and a glassfibre engine cover. The Turbo S has a 376bhp 3.3-litre engine.
1993: The 3.6-litre Turbo replaces the 3.3-litre car, with 360bhp. It’s built for just one year, with just 1,437 made.
1994: The run-out Turbo S 3.6 has 380bhp; just 90 are made. Another Speedster arrives, in standard or Clubsport forms; 936 are made.

Key clubs and websites

• www.911uk.com
• www.tipec.net
• www.porscheclubgb.com
• http://porscheownersclub.org.uk
• www.porscheclubuk.com
• www.pca.org
• www.porscheclubus.com

Summary and prices

Prices of good 964s have moved significantly in the last few years. Carrera 2 models carry a premium over the four-wheel drive models, especially those with a manual gearbox. £10,000 will buy you a project, while £17,500-£24,000 is enough to pick up a decent runner. £33,000 is about top money for a great example, but dealers will probably ask a lot more for perfect cars. The rather special 964 Carrera RS can be picked up for between £80,000-£180,000 depending on specification and condition.

Words: Richard Dredge
Porsche 964 buying guide (1989-1994) Porsche 964 buying guide (1989-1994) Porsche 964 buying guide (1989-1994) Porsche 964 buying guide (1989-1994)
Last updated: 7th Aug 2015
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  • Porsche - 964 Carrera 4 Coupe - 1990

    €62,500 - €81,250 est. (£55,725 - £72,442.50 est.) €62,500 - €81,250 est. (£55,725 - £72,442.50 est.)
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  • Porsche 964 Targa Widebody

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    Vehicle Description Mileage: 73619 In stock now is this stunning Porsche 964 Targa custom widebody. A car we built to the previous owner’s specification it started life as a standard 1990 Porsche 964 Targa which of course was narrow bodied. Our starting point was to make the car wide-bodied, in steel. Turbo style bumpers were fitted front and rear and an RS style duck tail rear spoiler. A new Targa roof was fitted with new seals. A centre exit exhaust was fitted with twin outlets and a very meaningful sound. BBS deep dish wheels were fitted, their two tone finish contrasting nicely against the bodywork which our bodyshop painted in metallic British Racing Green. Uprated headlights were fitted, as were a new sound system and a deep dished steering wheel. We rebuilt the engine too, just 3000 miles since so the car is run in and ready to be enjoyed.

    • Year: 1990
    • Mileage: 73619 mi
    For sale
  • 1990 Porsche 964 Carrera 4

    £49,995 £49,995

    Philip Raby Porsche Porsche Sales and Service Full details and photos to follow. Your Name (required) Your Email (required) Subject Your Message £ 15,995 £ 49,995 £ 15,995 £ 59,995 £ 35,995 Full details and photos to follow. This 1995 Porsche 968 Sport is one of the last examples built and is finished in rare and eye-catching Amaranth violet with a black interior. It benefits from just having had a major service, including new head gasket, all belts and chains replaced, new water pump, transmission and brake fluid changes. This work was done by well-known Porsche specialist Russell Lewis of RSR Engineering. The suspension has been uprated with new M030 factory specification adjustable dampers and anti-rollbars, which offers superb handling. The 968 Sport is a rare-UK only model that combines the uprated handling of the Club Sport with the comforts of the standard car, thus giving the best of both worlds. Its front-engine, rear-transmission configuration makes the 968 one of the best-handling Porsches of all time which, combined with rock-solid build quality, makes a 968 a join to own and to drive. The Porsche comes with a well-documented history file. Unless otherwise stated, all o

    • Year: 1990
    For sale
  • Porsche 964 RS Recreation Project

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    Vehicle Description Engine Capacity: 3600cc Transmission: Manual Body Style: Coupe (No Sunroof) In stock now is this left hand drive 964 Carrera 2. Being a non-sunroof car with a limited slip differential we are offering the car as the perfect basis for upgrades which can be decided upon by the new owner. We can build the car into whatever you require, whether that be an RS recreation, a stripped out trackday, race, sprint or hillclimb car or anything else you might desire. Our workshops can upgrade the suspension, brakes, wheels and tyres and engine to any spec you require. We can fit a rollcage, harnesses, bucket seats, lightweight interior, fire extinguishers, RS style doorcards, lightweight carpets etc to your specification. Our bodyshop can paint the car any colour in the world, whether it be a classic Porsche colour like Maritime Blue, Viper Green, Signal Orange or a colour from any other manufacturer for example Ferrari Giallo Fly or Lamborghini Verde Ithaca. We could even do classic racing colour schemes such as Martini, Rothmans, Gulf etc. We can cut graphics to suit, whether that be a simple Porsche script along the doors or a more complex design, your company colours or

    • Year: 2016
    For sale
  • Porsche 964 Cup Car

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    Vehicle Description Engine Capacity: 3800cc BHP: 344 This is a very rare opportunity to acquire a Porsche 964 Cup Car racer which is registered for road use. Originally manufactured in 1990 as a genuine factory Cup Car the car was raced extensively throughout the UK including the Intermarque Championship (including an overall victory in 2002) and the Porsche Cup and Porsche Open championships. Since then the car has been the subject of an extensive upgrade programme which has seen the power output rise to 344 BHP whilst the weight of the car is just 1018kg plus fuel and driver giving a stunning power to weight ratio. Upgrades include: Engine 3.8 litre engine with Mahle barrels and pistons, Carillo rods and a GT3 mk1 crank Motec M600 with Jenvey throttle bodies Custom full race exhaust reducing weight by 66% over the standard unit Supplementary oil cooler and custom oil tank Bodywork GRP doors GRP front and rear wings GRP bonnet GRP engine cover 3.8 RS replica rear spoiler OZ Magnesio Signal Orange Paintwork Interior Extended full cage including door bars Lexan side and rear windows Stack rev counter and fuel guage Heater removed for weight saving, fan for front screen Carbon fibre

    • Year: 1990
    For sale
  • Porsche 964 RS Recreation Project

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    Vehicle Description Engine Capacity: 3600cc Transmission: Manual Body Style: Coupe (No Sunroof) In stock now is this left hand drive 964 Carrera 2. Being a non-sunroof car with a limited slip differential we are offering the car as the perfect basis for upgrades which can be decided upon by the new owner. We can build the car into whatever you require, whether that be an RS recreation, a stripped out trackday, race, sprint or hillclimb car or anything else you might desire. Our workshops can upgrade the suspension, brakes, wheels and tyres and engine to any spec you require. We can fit a rollcage, harnesses, bucket seats, lightweight interior, fire extinguishers, RS style doorcards, lightweight carpets etc to your specification. Our bodyshop can paint the car any colour in the world, whether it be a classic Porsche colour like Maritime Blue, Viper Green, Signal Orange or a colour from any other manufacturer for example Ferrari Giallo Fly or Lamborghini Verde Ithaca. We could even do classic racing colour schemes such as Martini, Rothmans, Gulf etc. We can cut graphics to suit, whether that be a simple Porsche script along the doors or a more complex design, your company colours or

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 25000 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 964 RSR Recreation

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    Vehicle Description Mileage: 9 878 Body Style: Widebodied Coupe BHP: 301 In stock now is this stunning Porsche 964 RSR recreation. Based around a widebodied 964 Celebration shell the car has been built to the highest standards with a no-expense-spared approach. The engine was fully rebuilt by Jasmine Porschalink with balanced and polished crankshaft and rods, new shells and guides, new valve guides, chains and head studs, the heads stripped, polished and gas-flowed etc. The car runs an RS flywheel and clutch. A straight through exhaust allows the car to breathe and gives a purposeful sound. The car is running a Motec M84 ECU which was set up by Bob Watson Porsche and then dyno’d showing a healthy 301 BHP at 5890 RPM and 267 ft/lbs at 5600 RPM, up from a stock 247 BHP and 228 ft/lb Handling and brakes are of course upgraded to suit, Bilstein Cup shock absorbers which have been re-valved, 964 RS springs and top mounts, 964 RS ARB and links, carbon fibre strut brace, 993 RS brake system with 993 turbo front, 964 RS at the back, both crossdrilled. A Heigo rear half cage aids rigidity. All this work would be wasted if a weight saving regime wasn’t implemented, to this effect the car has

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 9878 mi
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  • Porsche 964 RS America

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    Vehicle Description In stock now is this rare Porsche 964 RS America. Having covered just 31,360 miles from new the car has been expertly set up to be quick and nimble for fast road or track use. Upgrades include: * Sparco Racing Seat * 18 gallon fuel cell * JRZ double adjustable shocks * Porsche Motorsports adjustable springs * Big Red Porsche Turbo Brakes * Custom front brake disks and hubs * Custom Rothsport integrated brake cooling ducts * 5 speed G50 transmission with short 3, 4 and 5th gears * Rothsport short shift mechanism * Auxiliary transmission cooler * GT limited-Slip rear differential * No sunroof The engine was built by Chris German of Chris’s German Auto Service in Washington, a renowned engine builder, who produced a very powerful 3.8 litre engine, recently the car was dyno’d at a very healthy 375 BHP. Work included Motec engine management, upgraded pistons and cylinders, upgraded connecting rods and rod pins, custom cams and Porsche Motorsport 3.8 heads. Less than 500 miles have been done, all on road, since the rebuild and a new clutch has been fitted. A rare sight in the UK this left hand drive (they all are of course) RS America goes as well as it looks and can

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 31360 mi
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  • Porsche 964 RS

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    Vehicle Description Mileage: 4 290 0 to 60: 5.30secs Top Speed: 162Mph BHP: 260 This stunning right hand drive Porsche 964 RS has covered just 4290 miles from new. An all original panels, matching numbers car it has had no paint either, nor needed any. Originally delivered through Jebsens in Hong Kong the car came to the UK in 1997. A superb history is present in both Hong Kong and in the UK, it has been serviced on time rather than mileage due to the low mileage it has covered. A true timewarp example the car is as clean underneath as it is on top. A very rare opportunity to acquire such a low mileage example of this appreciating classic. Sold

    • Year: 1997
    • Mileage: 4290 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 964 Cup Car

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    Vehicle Description Engine Capacity: 3800cc BHP: 344 This is a very rare opportunity to acquire a Porsche 964 Cup Car racer which is registered for road use. Originally manufactured in 1990 as a genuine factory Cup Car the car was raced extensively throughout the UK including the Intermarque Championship (including an overall victory in 2002) and the Porsche Cup and Porsche Open championships. Since then the car has been the subject of an extensive upgrade programme which has seen the power output rise to 344 BHP whilst the weight of the car is just 1018kg plus fuel and driver giving a stunning power to weight ratio. Upgrades include: Engine 3.8 litre engine with Mahle barrels and pistons, Carillo rods and a GT3 mk1 crank Motec M600 with Jenvey throttle bodies Custom full race exhaust reducing weight by 66% over the standard unit Supplementary oil cooler and custom oil tank Bodywork GRP doors GRP front and rear wings GRP bonnet GRP engine cover 3.8 RS replica rear spoiler OZ Magnesio Signal Orange Paintwork Interior Extended full cage including door bars Lexan side and rear windows Stack rev counter and fuel guage Heater removed for weight saving, fan for front screen Carbon fibre

    • Year: 1990
    • Mileage: 25000 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 964 RS Recreation Project

    POA POA

    Vehicle Description Engine Capacity: 3600cc Transmission: Manual Body Style: Coupe (No Sunroof) In stock now is this left hand drive 964 Carrera 2. Being a non-sunroof car with a limited slip differential we are offering the car as the perfect basis for upgrades which can be decided upon by the new owner. We can build the car into whatever you require, whether that be an RS recreation, a stripped out trackday, race, sprint or hillclimb car or anything else you might desire. Our workshops can upgrade the suspension, brakes, wheels and tyres and engine to any spec you require. We can fit a rollcage, harnesses, bucket seats, lightweight interior, fire extinguishers, RS style doorcards, lightweight carpets etc to your specification. Our bodyshop can paint the car any colour in the world, whether it be a classic Porsche colour like Maritime Blue, Viper Green, Signal Orange or a colour from any other manufacturer for example Ferrari Giallo Fly or Lamborghini Verde Ithaca. We could even do classic racing colour schemes such as Martini, Rothmans, Gulf etc. We can cut graphics to suit, whether that be a simple Porsche script along the doors or a more complex design, your company colours or

    • Year: 1964
    • Mileage: 25000 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 964 RS America

    €109,500(£97,630.20) €109,500(£97,630.20)

    Year of construction 1993 displacement 3600 ccm KW 184 KW PS 250 PS kilometres 136850 km color dunkelblau leather Stoff grau one of only 701 examples built only 2 owners since new great overall condition fully documented histroy price 109.500,- EUR

    • Year: 1993
    For sale
  • Porsche 964 Carrera RS RCT

    £139,995 £139,995

    The Carrera RS was fitted with a revised version of the standard 3.6-litre 964 engine. It had an increased power output as well as a lightweight flywheel coupled to a G50/10 gearbox with closer ratios. Featuring a RUF turbo conversion this particular example has all the benefits of the agile RS, combined with the awesome power of a factory wide body Turbo.

    • Year: 1992
    • Mileage: 36389 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 964 Turbo Flatnose

    £114,995 £114,995

    Make: Porsche Model: 964 Turbo First Registered: 01/08/1991 (J) Mileage: 75,765 Miles Previous Owners: 5 Engine: 3.4 Ltr Flat 6 Turbo Transmission: Manual Paint Colour: Horizon Blue Trim Colour: Black Leather Carpet Colour: Black Doors: 2 Seats: 2+2 MOT: TBA TAX: TBA HPI: Clear Warranty: 3 Month Cover Included - Upgrades Available

    • Year: 1991
    • Mileage: 75765 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 964 Carrera 2

    £49,995 £49,995

    The 3.6-litre air-cooled engine is in excellent mechanical fettle having benefitted from maintenance recorded since the early nineties. The engine bay itself is clean and tidy with all mechanical components in great order. Having clearly been a well looked-after example, the Carrera 2 drives extremely well; the engine pulls hard and the five-speed manual gearbox operates with precision.

    • Year: 1990
    • Mileage: 80205 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 964 Turbo Look cab Usine

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    Features : 964 factory turbo look convertible. Log books . All file of invoices . 3 Owners car . Delivery new in Germany but in France since 1998. Comment : Car received a complete paint plus it receives also a new soft top . Wheels redone . Real stunning as looks on pictures.

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 68365 mi
    For sale
  • PORSCHE 964 C2 RS RECREATION 1990 POA

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    guards red, recaro sports bucket seats, rs carpets, full bolt in roll cage, bilstein pss 9 adjustable suspension, 6 point schroth harnesses, rs brake discs and brake calipers, goodridge brake hoses, front brake ducts,re rear bumper cup mirrors, cup alloys, lightweight rear windows

    • Year: 1990
    For sale
  • Porsche 964 Carrera 2

    £79,900 £79,900

    JZM are proud to offer this exquisite 964 Carrera 2 Tiptronic Coupe that is supplied in time warp condition. The vehicle is an original panel & 1st paint example that appears to never have been driven in the rain, certainly no winter drives over the years in this Carrera.

    • Year: 1990
    • Mileage: 12270 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 964 Carrera 2

    £53,900 £53,900

    This 964 Carrera 2 makes for interesting reading. Yes this 964 may have covered a well documented 130,000 miles, however it has also recently benefited from an engine rebuild in the last 9556 miles with JZM. (The rebuild is fully documented with plenty of visual references)

    • Year: 1989
    • Mileage: 130000 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 964

    £56,950 £56,950

    Electric Mirrors, Air Conditioning, Full Leather Boss Motor Company are delighted to present this extremely rare Porsche Carrera 2 Coupe TipTronic, Finished in the rare RS colour of Ruby Stone Red with Full Black Hide. This example has only covered 54,000 miles from new.This car not only benefits from being presented in a stunning and hard to find colour combination but is also preferably not fitted with a sunroof.JZM Porsche Serviced and will come with a new service. The car currently is fitted with genuine Fuchs forged alloy wheels but will come with its original wheels also.

    • Mileage: 54000 mi
    • Engine size: 3600
    For sale
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