- Chassis # WP0AC2961RS480291
- Engine # 61R00516
- Just Over 53,000 Miles & Finished In Polar Silver Metallic
- 1 Of Only 1,437 Produced Worldwide
- Original Engine & Transmission
- Offered With Factory Books, Tools, Spare, Jack, Air Pump, And Recent Service
The Porsche 911 produced between 1989 and 1994 is the third generation (964) of Porsche’s famous 911 line of sports cars. It introduced significant styling changes over previous generations like exterior bumpers and fog lamps that were made flush with the car for improved aerodynamics as well as the signature Speedline wheels. Speaking of aerodynamics, the 964 also brought with it an electric rear spoiler that raised at speeds and was the first car to offer Porsche’s Tiptronic automatic transmission and all-wheel drive as options. The suspension received revisions too, replacing the torsion bars with coil springs and shock absorbers. New safety and convenience features for this generation included power steering and ABS brakes as standard equipment, dual airbags, a better climate control system, and revised warning lights. This naturally-aspirated variant came with a new 3.6-liter flat-6 engine dubbed the M64 that put out 247 HP and 310 N·m (228 lb·ft) of torque. 0-60 times for the NA 964 were 5.5 seconds with the manual transmission and 6.2 seconds with the Tiptronic transmission.
A Turbo variant of the 964 was introduced in 1990 that re-used the 3.3-liter engine from the 930 with slight modifications that made it less prone to turbo lag. This helped alleviate the reputation that previous generations of Porsches had earned for being hard to control thanks to their significant turbo lag. Due to this issue, the Porsche 930 Turbo had earned the nickname “The Widowmaker.” The Turbo 3.3-liter engine turned up the power to 316 HP and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque and knocked the 0-60 time down to 4.8 seconds.
In 1993, Porsche dropped the 3.3-liter for a KKK K27 turbocharged version of the 3.6-liter M64 engine making an increased 355 HP and 520 N⋅m (384 lb-ft) of torque through either a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed Getrag G50 manual transmission. The 3.6 further knocked down the 0-60 time to 4.0 seconds. This version was only sold for the 1993 and 1994 model years with fewer than 1,500 cars produced in total. The Turbo 3.6 was elevated to icon status when Will Smith and Martin Lawrence used a Triple Black Turbo 3.6 in the 1995 cult-classic film, Bad Boys. The Turbo 3.6 not only performs, but it has now become the poster car for 1990s coolness.
This particular example, chassis # WP0AC2961RS480291, is one of those 1,500 cars and is finished in one of the most attractive shades of Silver – Polar Silver. It retains its original engine and transmission according to the build-sheet we received from Porsche. It’s a largely original survivor that was clearly very well taken care of by its previous owners. The car was first registered in 1994 in New Hampshire before the owner moved to New Jersey, New York, and back to New Jersey again. It was then purchased by its second owner in 2002 in Pennsylvania before being sold in 2019 to its most recent owner, also in Pennsylvania.
Though previously documented service history is limited to what is listed on the Carfax and stamped in the maintenance booklet, we commissioned a recent $6,500 service, and the car is now ready to be enjoyed. A compression test performed in May 2021 yielded consistent compression readings from 140-147 psi across all cylinders. During this service, the underside received a full dry-ice blast cleaning to get it as close to showroom condition as possible without removing the original finishes, coatings, and factory-applied stickers.
Upon purchase, the new owner will receive receipts of some of this 964’s recent services alongside a dealer brochure, original manuals, tools, spare, air-pump, and a copy of the build sheet. The Turbo 3.6 variant of the 964 is an incredibly rare and exciting machine to drive and certainly worthy of its holy grail status as one of the best Porsche Turbos ever produced. The low-end torque curve that the 3.6 Turbo was famously known for helps make boost delivery more predictable and fun. Once the boost kicks in, and you row through the first three gears, you are happily pushed back into the driver’s seat by the 355 horses under the hood. It handles corners magnificently, is tame around town, and is an absolute brute when accelerating onto the highway. In short, this is one very fun and rare Porsche.
body and paint
The Polar Silver paint is consistent with great shine. There are small blemishes such as stone peppering on the nose area and a few other small blemishes throughout the paint. All of the easily visible VIN stickers are present. The body is straight down the sides and the panel fitment is excellent as expected. Overall, this car presents a bit better than one would expect from the mileage indicated and has certainly been taken care of.
glass and trim
The glass appears to be all original as is the trim which is supple and largely blemish-free. There are some signs of stone pepper on the windshield commensurate with the mileage and to be expected. All of the window etchings read proper “Sekurit” glass with the windshield reading “Sigla.”
The iconic three-section, cup-style Speedline wheels are in good driver quality condition consistent with the mileage indicated. They have their original finish and “Speedline for Porsche” etchings along with wheel lock lug caps with the exception of one missing lug cover. The delicate finish has aged and each wheel has blemishes that can be seen in the photos. Overall, acceptable per the mileage. All of the tires are Continental Extreme Tires dated 2018 and have plentiful tread.
Stone peppering can be found on the front bumper and hood as is typical with 911s. The top right-hand corner of the rear bumper has a small blemish about an inch in size. There are a handful of other minor paint scratches that have been touched up and are noted in the photo set.
seats and surfaces
The original grey interior is in excellent condition per the mileage. The seats are supple and blemish-free save for a bit of wear on the driver's side bolster. Seats function as they should. The door panels are in excellent condition as is the dash, exhibiting no cracks or fading. The headliner and sun visors are original and present as new. The gauges function properly and are relatively clear with only minor haze. The original radio is in place but does not function. The carpets are original and free from rips. The floor mats both front and rear are excellent, benefiting from aftermarket Turbo mats over top of the originals to protect the original mat surfaces. There are a couple of small stains on the carpeting of the rear seat sections- See Photos. The rear seat belts have slightly frayed on both sides due to the way the seats fold in relation to the retracting mechanism of the belts which must have pinched the belts in the same spot at some point. The glove box now closes and stays closed but as is common with 964 glove box doors, it will need further adjusting. The pedals have been modified to Sparco units.
functionality and accessories
Everything works as it should including gauges, lights, heat, A/C, windows, sunroof, and wipers. As noted above, the radio does not work and the glove box door closes but will need further adjustment.
engine bay and trunk
The engine bay is extremely tidy and presents in entirely original condition with factory applied stickers, coatings, and finishes throughout. With the exception of a few small paint chips on the intercooler and a firewall heat pad that is sagging ever so slightly, the engine bay presents brilliantly. The car does have aftermarket Borla Exhaust which does give it an excellent exhaust note.
The trunk area is tidy both above and below the carpeting. A previous owner wired a trickle charging system on the car. All of the factory bolts are coated properly with factory markings, and stickers. The factory options code is under the hood as well as the paint code sticker on the drivers fender.
The underside is incredibly clean as we commissioned a full dry-ice blast cleaning of the underside to look almost as clean as it did on day-one. There are a few scratches towards the front valance.
The car quickly fires to life and settles to a smooth idle on cold start with no strange noises or issues. A compression test performed in May 2021 reads solid, consistent compression readings from 140-147 across all cylinders. The engine revs freely, makes great boost, and sounds excellent due to the Borla Exhaust System. We commissioned a full service at nearly $4,500 to give the car a clean bill of health.
The transmission is extremely smooth, precise, and responsive. The clutch feels great as well.
brakes and suspension
The Brakes function as they should with no pulling or vibrations noted. Every so often there is a slight clunk noticed coming from the left front upon going over certain bumps. Otherwise, suspension and handling are excellent.
The tires are Continental Extreme Contact DWS 06 on all four corners. The fronts 225/40 ZR18 and the rears are 265/35 ZR18. The DOT codes read June of 2018 for the front tires and August of 2018 for the rears. All 4 tires are in excellent condition with ample tread and solid side walls.
The 3.6 Turbo is an incredible machine to drive and certainly worthy of its holy grail status as one of the best Porsche Turbos ever produced. The low-end torque curve, which the 3.6 Turbo was famously known for, helps make boost delivery more predictable and fun. Once the boost kicks in, and three gear shifts are completed, you are happily pushed back into the driver's seat thoroughly enjoying the 355 hp these cars produce. It handles the corners magnificently, is tame around town, and is an absolute brute upon accelerating onto the highway.