This is a very clear example of the first 911 Porsche Turbo that mortals can drive.
Modifications to the suspension and power distribution made the 911 Turbo based on the 1993–1994 964, which is currently being auctioned on Carrying a Trailer, the first car of its kind not to bite.
• An almost identical sample that we tested during the day has an original price of $109,644. Fewer than 1,500 were built.
• This clean 1994 model has only 25,987 miles and tenders are open until The Afternoon of Sunday, April 3, with the current bid of $310,000.
UPDATE: The Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 sold at auction for $470,000.
This particular 1994 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 isn’t 100% real, but it’s an extremely carefully tended example with just under 26,000 miles on the road meter. The small (and perfectly reasonable) modifications it has made over the years — after-sales springs, stereo systems, and exhaust pipes — seem to be easily reversible to anyone who wants to get it back to full-fledged condition in stock.
But that’s not the problem. We are interested in this particular car because we tested one that is almost identical to it in mid-1993. This is the stage where the air-cooled 3.6-liter turbo engine replaces the previous 3.3-liter blower. This extended turbocharged six-flat engine produced about 355 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, but along with that a much easier-to-drive power curve, in our opinion at the time, humans were much more accessible because
“One no longer needs to graduate from the academy course opposite Hans Stuck to discover the full potential of this car’s amazing power.”
Stylistically, the 964 generation of the 911 is remarkable because this is the last iteration, at first glance, the majority of its body panels look like they appear from the same stamping mold that produced the previous 911s. That’s the majority of cases, except here, the front and rear bumpers are fully integrated into the bodywork. Below, however, the changes are more drastic, with coil springs replacing the twisted rods found on previous models and essentials such as steering power and ABS appearing for the first time. However, the 964 is not the last generation to be air-cooled. That difference belongs to the 993 that followed.
During testing, the 1994 911 Turbo impressed us at the time, with speeds ranging from 0 to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds and passing a quarter of a mile of 12.4 seconds, slightly better than the Cayman S we tested five years ago. . As for tires, we were enthralled at the time that the 18-inch 225/40 front and 265/35 rear tires were “the lowest, fattest type of tyres ever offered on a 911 and they cling to the road with an easier magnetic grip of 0.90 g.” Today, in Porsche terms, 1.1 g is the new 0.90 g.
What we didn’t know at the time was that the 1993-1994 1993-1994 911 Turbo 311 that we wrote about would become one of the most desirable 911s on the planet, with fewer than 1500 produced. At the time of this writing, the Guards Red car that was the subject of this auction was paid more than three times the price of our original test car. It will definitely be higher by the time you read this, with a few more days of bidding yet to take place before the auction ends on Sunday, April 3. Where will it end? We’re not sure we want to know.