It is one of the pleasures of this business to be able to sample special Porsche like this. With only 13000 miles from new, I imagine the experience is much the same as it would have been leaving Stuttgart in 1993. Before you get the wrong impression, there is also the hidden pain, risk, worry and responsibility of dealing with a 964 Turbo II 3.6 that is of this quality and value.
It must remain a mystery how I ended up owning this ultra rare Porsche. It wasnt easy and certainly wasnt something I told the wife about when I committed myself to it many months ago. However, I’m so pleased that I took the chance and even if it was for a short time, i had the opportunity to own such a wonderful Porsche built in the era when they were built to a quality rather than to a price.
What we have is a ‘like new’ and totally standard/factory stock 964 turbo 3.6. This is a right hand drive car and one of the most rare and desireable of all Porsche models. With that mileage it puts it firmly in the collectible category and firmly out of the ‘I will drive this myself for a week’ category.
However I did of course get to drive it for a decent few miles, its part of the process prior to sale that I drive everything I sell, and on cars like this I want to find out, prior to sale if there are any niggles. Thats the fun part.
Whats it like? I hope my words can convey at least a fraction of how terrific this car was. Just looking at the darn thing is a thrill, but open the door and it looks and smells like new. I felt so responsible, I simply didnt want to blemish it in any way, its survived thus far and the last thing I want is to spoil it. So I put down some protection on the light grey leather seat and carefully got in, being careful to not mark the seat with my pants, or scuff the sill with my shoes, or put my feet on the carpet. I sort of hovered!
As soon as I got in, it felt so expensively built, it just seemed so very very special. The leather on the dash, the instruments, the shut of the door…it just seems like its built with the utmost care, the best materials and by a skilled hand.
Whatever others say, I love the look of the traditional 911 dash with the big crystal clear rev counter dead in front of you, the speedo partially obscured behind the wheel rim once over about 80mph. That seems totally sensible, the rev counter is the most important, the speedo above 80 not so important, you know when you are going fast and you dont need to be looking at the dial to tell!
Turn the key, these 911 Turbo are a surprise….it’s muffled, quiet, almost silent. No bark, no scream, just a deep down sense of power and no ‘manufactured’ ‘sporty’ noise. Natural power.
The 964 Turbo has a nice gearshift and a clutch pedal that doesnt seem hard to me but compared with modern 997 may be rather manly. As you pull away with full lock there is a bit of grumbling from a fairly tight limited slip diff and off you go. In relative silence. Your Mum could tootle around in it no problem and never be aware of what she is driving.
Its never going to be instant like a modern 997 turbo, but this thing just picks up, effortlessly, quietly and rapidly. Driving on my private test track, just brushing the accelerator with the very lightest pressure, it runs at 100mph….and is only just getting into its stride. A little more pressure and you will have 140, and you know this thing is going to keep going and going. Travelling 1000km across Europe would be fantastic in this car. Its alive, responsive but also cosseting you, with relatively compliant suspension and no electronic aids.
Not a tremor from the perfect Speedline for Porsche wheels, just relentless , effortless power. Honestly, I liked it! The thing with a car such as this, is that you would never get bored with it, you dont have to drive it to within an inch of it’s life to enjoy it, it always feels special. And now at 18 years old, its got a friendly look that gets admiration rather than jealousy.
Sure one wouldnt want to splash this 911 around the winter roads, I know its more than capable of coping with that but really, its survived 18 years to be in this condition and its nice to think that in another 18 it will still be like this. This is worthy of keeping in the same state as it is now. Excercising it occasionally, treating it carefully , exploring its performance when you can and no doubt, in another 5 or 10 years its likely to be worth more still.
In no time I was riding along with the new owner, discussing how the image is so different to many a shiny new modern of the same value. It makes you feel good, it makes others feel good, its friendly, ‘even dogs smile’ when they see and hear it coming. That’s priceless.