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In 1989, Porsche introduced the first major change to the 911 with the launch of the 964, still looking like a 911 it was claimed by Porsche to feature 87% all new components over the outgoing 3.2 Carrera. The 911 was traditionally a 2wd car but this new 964 initially featured a new 4wd driveline and a powerful 3.6 twin plug engine, with a 2wd variant following shortly afterwards.
New coil sprung suspension, ABS and power steering offered a significantly modern driving experience over the outgoing Carrera whilst performance was brisk too with 0-60mph coming up in 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 162mph, figures that are still respectable today.
Fast forward 30 years and the 964 looks like a classic 911, being the last to feature the upright headlamps, but with its modern underpinnings, it offers a refined driving experience.
This example was supplied on 14.11.1989 by Porsche Centre Munich to 00 German specification but modified for the Japanese market with a catalytic converter and left hand dip headlights.
Having been exported from Germany to Japan, it was first registered there in 1991 and remained in Japan until being imported into the UK in 2010 with a certified 55473 kms (34,670 miles) by Adrian Crawford of Williams Crawford.
We purchased the car from its first UK keeper in 2012 at 59,500 kms (37,000 miles) and it has remained with its current owner until now.
Finished in the classic colour scheme of grand prix white with black leather interior, it was supplied new with factory air conditioning, 4 way electric heated sports seats, top tint windscreen, electric sunroof and cruise control. It has received further modifications since, including an RS flywheel and clutch, Eibach suspension lowered 30mm to improve handling, teardrop mirrors and a stunning set of original BBS LM wheels.
This car has a comprehensive recorded history both from Japan and the UK and has covered a verified 95,292 kms (59,557 miles) from new.
Today, the condition of the whole car throughout is still quite remarkable and certainly above most European and UK examples we see. This can be attributed to the regular maintenance it has received as well as residing in a salt free climate in Japan and dry storage here in the UK.
On the road, it strikes a very happy balance of feeling more toned and responsive than a standard 964, whilst avoiding the harshness of an RS variant.
If you have been searching for that special LHD 964, this low mileage, high specification example will take some beating.
by Paul Stephens
High specification low mileage and remarkable original condition
Carrera 2 stalwarts will need to continue to look for a Carrera 2 in this condition
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