1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Targa
Although it was eschewed by enthusiasts for many years, the 964 generation of Porsche’s 911 is now rightfully recognized as one of the best 911s ever made. The car lies at the intersection of vintage and modern 911s, combining the best of both. Unequivocally a traditional 911 thanks to its greenhouse, fenders, and air-cooled engine, but also genuinely capable thanks to McPherson strut suspension, oomphy 3.6 liter twin-plug engine, modern braking performance (including ABS), and wheels big enough to accept the most sophisticated modern tires, the 964 is ideal for the enthusiast seeking performance and safety coupled with the unadulterated air-cooled 911 experience.
Of particular note was the introduction of the 964 generation in 1989 with the Carrera 4, a new four-wheel drive variant that drew on the ground-breaking sophistication of the 959. The computer controlled system was an important innovation that dazzled contemporary press and customers with unprecedented levels of stability, grip, and traction in a 911. Coupled with the introduction of ABS and a comprehensive rework of the 911’s aerodynamics, the newfound sophistication of the 964 made the impact bumper cars look and feel old-fashioned.
Launched just prior to global recession and with a short six model year production run, the 964 is relatively rare, especially in targa form which was the rarest body style. While Porsche’s North America sales totaled over 30,000 cars in 1986, 1993 production fell to just 3,700 cars. Consequently, great 964s are difficult to find and sought after by enthusiasts and collectors seeking the quintessential air-cooled 911 experience but wanting 160mph+ performance, ABS, and modern levels of usability.
This particular car is an extremely clean 45,000 mile example which is finished in a superb color combination of silver with burgundy interior with the relatively rare and thoroughly desirable sport seats. It runs and drives extremely well and has benefitted from a recent service. It is complete with service records from the current ownership period, as well as its original manual pack with books, tool roll with tools, tire compressor, jack, original D90 wheels, and car cover.