Porsche 911 964 (1989 – 1993) Review

Porsche 911 964 (1989 – 1993) At A Glance


+Improved performance, four-wheel drive, 1990s safety features

-Misjudged styling, lacks the drama of earlier cars

Porsche 911 Type 964 1989 - 1993

The 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 - or Type 964 as everyone in the trade calls them - is a bit of an enigma. It's a 911 with technology to make it safer without sacrificing excitement, and yet it's still seen as the runt of the little. Perhaps it's because the 964 looked like any other 911, aside from the 1980s-standard integrated bumpers - but beneath that familiar styling was an entirely new structure designed to meet ever-changing technical and safety requirements.

In short, the 964 was a 911 incorporating lessons learned from the 959. With integrated bumpers and other wind tunnel-inspired tricks, the body was a great deal more aerodynamic, too. There was also the gadget man’s dream of a rear spoiler that popped up automatically at 50mph (it almost seemed industry standard back then). The 964 was launched initially in four-wheel-drive Carrera 4 form, which sent out mixed messages, but the rear-wheel drive Carrera 2 followed a year later to the released a year later to a round of applause from Porsche fans.

In the end, the two-wheel drive car was by far the best-selling version. And during its short life, the 964 range was expanded to include coupé, targa and cabriolet models. As well as the all-important Turbo version.

Ask Honest John

What's the best way to buy a Porsche 911 at auction?

"Oh, to have the courage to buy at auction. They are still a "dark art" for insiders only in my opinion. I ventured to two BCA auctions to have a look at what goes on and they are certainly not customer friendly. I actually felt like a bacon roll at a barmitzvah. We are constantly tempted by auction adverts in your paper, but try finding out about the buyer's commission rates etc. I am a typical possible customer who wants to buy a Porsche for about £30,000, and am tempted by the auction route. How do I know that the car is not a pup, put into auction because of potential expensive needed repairs, or a damaged/repaired car, clocked etc? Is there a reputable service out there, independent of the auction house, who will hold your hand through the entire process?"
Auction buying serviced: www.fairtradecars.net; www.auctioncarsdirect.co.uk; www.cars-on-commission.com; www.autobarn-cars.co.uk. These are for cash purchases only. Customers must have the cash with them and must commit to the purchase. They cannot change their mind after the hammer falls. It’s very risky to buy a car like a Porsche 911 at auction. It could be okay (finance snatchbacks are probably best, or ex-lease when a director has been fired and lost his car). But if it is a trade entry there will probably be something seriously wrong with it, and on a 911 that could be £20,000 worth. Better to buy from a good independent such as Autofarm or Paragon Porsche.
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