Lot '80: Porsche 964 Carrera Targa
Launched in 1989, the 964 variant of the venerable Porsche 911 was a totally new car compared to the preceding model. Coil springs replaced the traditional torsion bars, suspension geometry was revised and there was a completely new and much stronger bodyshell which featured a hidden rear spoiler that popped up at speeds over 50mph, dropping back down when the speed fell to 6mph. The gearbox was also new and the slick change marked a huge step forward in what had always been one of the few weak points of the 911 design. The combined effect was to make the 964 one of the best-behaved 911s ever, with none of the wayward handling traits that you either loved or hated on previous models.
Naturally it was still blindingly quick with a new 3.6-litre air-cooled engine that produced 250bhp and could fling the car to 60 in just 5.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 161mph. In C4 format it was also the first mass-production Porsche to be available in four-wheel drive, though sporting drivers are universally agreed that the C2 rear-drive version handles better and is quicker point-to-point in all normal road conditions.
Dating from 1990, this particular car is one of just 3,534 Targa-topped C2 models made before it was replaced by the 993 in 1993. Said to have spent most of its life in Jersey, it is described as being in excellent condition all round. It has covered only some 63,000 miles from new and was last serviced less than 3,000 miles ago. Presented in Guards Red with a black leather sports interior piped in red, it comes with a large history file to show regular careful maintenance. With an MOT until May 2010 and taxed until February, it also comes with a nice 911 number plate and the original Blaupunkt stereo. Take the roof panel off and it could be the ideal companion for the blazing summer we are all about to enjoy - allegedly...
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Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
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|Registration number||A911 KHA|
|Engine capacity (cc)||3600|
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