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Car Tales: Wide-body? Here's The Porsche 964 Carrera 4

‘The Porsche 964 is Porsche’s internal code name for the 911 Carrera 2 and 911 Carrera 4 models, which were badged simply as ‘Carrera 2’ and ‘Carrera 4’, manufactured and sold between 1989 and 1994. ‘964’ is used by automotive publications and enthusiasts to distinguish them from other generations of the Carrera.
1994 Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Wide-Body Coupe for sale
‘Designed by Benjamin Dimson through January 1986, it featured significant styling revisions over previous 911 models, most prominently the more integrated bumpers. It was the first car to be offered with Porsche’s Tiptronic automatic transmission and all wheel drive as options.

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‘With the recession of the late 1980s, the yuppy market that had adored Porsches began to diminish.
1994 Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Wide-Body Coupe side view
‘With this target market dwindling, there was a further problem: the 3.2 Carrera seemed past its sell-by date, falling somewhat into the shadow of Japanese sports-cars. In 1987 911 Carrera sales rose no higher than 17,000 cars newly on the road.
‘Part of the problem with 911 Carrera sales was that with the cars’ yuppy popularity – and therefore it being no longer a rare sight on global streets – its exclusivity had inevitably diminished. Whilst still an undiminished status symbol, there were now a good few of them about – not good for those for whom rarity was prized. And coupled to this was the paradox that in 1989, the last year of the model, only 7,000 Porsches 3.2 Carreras were built.
‘By 1990 Porsche was feeling the chill winds of recession.
‘So there were more changes at the top at the Stuttgart car manufacturer. Accordingly, production of the 964 stopped in Spring 1994. But as the 964 series came to an end, Porsche offered a limited edition of the Carrera 4 with widened fenders as on the Turbo model. For North America only 267 widebody coupes were constructed.
1994 Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Wide-Body Coupe rear view
‘And we at Beverly Hills Car Club have one of the very last of these very rare cars ever made, an amazing and highly collectible 1994 Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Wide-Body Coupe (1 of 267 ever produced). Available in Guards Red with a black interior, the vehicle comes equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission, Flat 6 Cylinder 3.6-liter engine, automatic speed control, air conditioning, power windows, power steering, sunroof, 4-wheel disc brakes, and spare tire.
‘Also included is the original owner’s manual, maintenance booklet as well as service documents and receipts copies dating from 2000 to 2021 totaling over $37,000. Do not miss your chance to jump into the ownership of this one-year limited-production factory Wide-Body air-cooled 964 that is mechanically sound.
1994 Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Wide-Body Coupe interior
‘Driven by that G50 5-speed manual transmission, the 964 accelerates from 0-60 MPH in 5.4 seconds; it has a top speed of 163 mph, and its naturally aspirated 3.6 L flat-six engine, called the M64, produces 247 horsepower.
‘The 964 was considered to be 85% new as compared to its predecessor, the Carrera 3.2. The suspension was redesigned using coil springs instead of torsion bars, the first major engineering changes since the original 911. The front suspension used MacPherson struts, a system that has continued for all subsequent versions, but the rear suspension retained semi-trailing arms.
‘Power steering and ABS brakes were added to the 911 for the first time; both were standard. The exterior bumpers and fog lamps became flush with the car for better aerodynamics. A new electric rear spoiler raised at speeds above 50 mph (80 km/h) and lowered down flush with the rear engine lid at lower speeds.
1994 Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Wide-Body Coupe engine
‘A revised interior featured standard dual airbags beginning in late 1989 for all North American production 1990 MY cars. A new automatic climate control system provided improved heating and cooling. Revised instrumentation housed a large set of warning lights that were tied into the car’s central warning system, alerting the driver to a possible problem or malfunction.
‘I have always been especially fond of Porsches and this Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Wide-Body Coupe glides along the road like a dream, one of the loveliest cars I can recall motoring in. Porsches are always a fabulous ride, but this is one of the nicest car I have ever been in.
‘As we know, in a 1999 poll to determine the Car of the Century the Porsche 911 came in at the number 5 slot. (Some of us might think it should have come rather higher…) Along with the original Beetle, the 911 was one of the two in that top 5 that had then remained continuously in production.
‘Again, as we know, the visual impression of the 911 is so supreme. I have always loved the aesthetics of artwork, and to me just the look alone of the 911 is like a subtly evolving piece of art.
Especially when it is deemed a 964.
-Alex Manos, Owner
Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Wide-Body buyer Alex Manos

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