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993 Turbo Roadster?

Here’s an interesting advert. The first thing that struck me was that it’s a 964, not a 993 as stated. Then looking at the engine and the Tiptronic gearlever, it is obviously not a Turbo. I suspect it’s an America Roadster – the US version of our 964 Turbo-Look – although they don’t usually have a Turbo rear wing or ‘Roadster’ badging. However, I think both those things were options. I’m doing some digging to see if I can find out more, but that’s my current thinking. Now, a UK right-hand drive 964 Turbo-Look Cabriolet is a tricky thing to […]

Early 911 Turbo – a bargain or a nightmare?

One of my guilty pleasures is browsing through Porsches for sale on Pistonheads. Partly dreaming of cars I’d like to own, and partly looking for bargains that I could own. One caught my attention for two reasons. First, because these first 3.0-litre Turbos are relatively rare cars – only about 1500 were built between 1975 and 1977 (of which about 500 were US-spec). They can be identified by their whaletail spoilers which have a main grille that follows the line of the original engine lid plus a secondary grille behind, on the tail itself. It’s a sleeker wing than the […]

Is the 964 the next big thing?

Anyone who knows me will know I’m a big fan of the 964-series 911 made from 1989 to 1993. It’s a Porsche that’s had a tough life. In the early days, the engines leaked oil on a regular basis and, although Porsche quickly modified them to solve the problem, the damage was done, and the 964 had a reputation for being troublesome. And then along came the 993, which had no reliability issues and, for many people, was better looking with its sexy curves. The 964 was to always live in the 993’s shadow and, as such, has been cheaper […]