The Porsche 964 Carrera 4 was introduced late in 1988 for the 1989 model year whilst the last 911 Carrera 3.2 were being sold off. The 911 964 Carrera 2 was introduced in 1989 finally replacing the 911 Carrera 3.2. It had of course just 2 wheel drive, but besides from that the C2 was almost identical in specification to the C4. However the lack of the 4-wheel drive system meant the C2 was 100 kg lighter than the C4 making it very slightly quicker on paper. Although technically quicker, its not generally noticeable and there is often more difference between the performance of individual 964 in general than specifically between C2 and C4.
The Carrera 2 did handle differently. Having a sharper and more nimble feel, which suited the 911 purists who were complaining that the with the Carrera 4 “All the fun had been taken out of the 911 driving experience”.
Ultimately it was different horses for different courses. Few would argue that in most road situations, especially if the roads are damp, the Carrera 4 was a more secure A-B weapon.
(picture right of a Porsche 911/964 C2, note 17″ Cup wheels and ‘Cup’ mirrors).
The C2 became available in 1990 with the option of a ‘Tiptronic‘ gearbox. This was a very advance ‘auto gearbox, but with the ability to manually override the system. Controlled by an on board computer, it was a truly ‘intelligent’ auto, with different mapping for different driving styles.
964 Carrera Targa
For the 1990 model year a ‘Targa’ version of both the C2 and C4 was available.
The roof panel is clever, although solid to the touch, it folds to about two thirds of its initial size to stow in the trunk.
The advantages are more security than the convertible, less wind noise, better for rear seat passengers and a lovely wrap around rear window. Structurally pretty good too. The downside is a tendency towards minor leaks as the cars get older, or major leaks if the tops have been messed with. 964 Targa’s were never available as a Turbo body.
picture above is a 1990 Porsche 964 Carrera 2 Targa in midnight blue metallic. Note the ‘flat’ mirrors and ‘Design 90’ alloys that were standard on early cars.
964 Carrera Convertible
ntroduced during 1990, the convertible featured a very well designed and high quality roof, well proven on the previous 3.2 series.>
With no catches to undo, one button releases and folds the hood away. It is advisable if you love your Porsche to unzip the rear screen prior to folding down.
Once down the hood could be covered with a tonneau cover to tidy things up. The cars drive very well roof up or down, very little wind noise, and few problems with water ingress. Available as a C2 manual or tiptronic, or a C4 manual. Turbo look became an option later – see next.
picture is a beautiful 1992 Porsche 911 C2 Convertible tiptronic that I supplied, silver with special order magenta leather and roof.
Twin airbags became a standard feature in LHD European markets from may 1991. This picture is a special order ‘Exclusive package‘ tiptronic convertible. The carpets and leather were in Magenta, with leather covering to the seats, rear seats, doors, dash and console.
Exclusive options further enhanced this car, the air bag wheel was leather covered, and dark polished wood inlaid to the wheel, gear selector and handbrake. It looked lovely.