964 Series - Carrera 2 & 4 (1989-1994)

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With its distinctive shape and totally individual character the 911 has appealed to driving enthusiasts since its introduction in 1963. In 1989 the first major update resulted in the 964 model in the four-wheel drive Carrera 4 (Built on the experience of the Porsche 959). A year later followed the two-wheel drive Carrera 2. Production of these cars ran from 1989 up until 1993 and the introduction of the 993. During this period some 3,692 were imported into the United Kingdom.


My 1990 C2 Targa


Although over 85% of the components had been redesigned, the body style remain faithful to the classic lines of the 911.

Improved aerodynamics using knowledge gained from Le Mans winning 959 and 962, reduced the drag coefficient to 0.32, and with virtually zero lift greatly improved stability and road holding at high speed. A retractable rear spoiler automatically extends at 50mph and whilst increasing the downforce also doubles the volume of air intake for improved engine cooling. The spoiler automatically retracts at below 60 mph.

The capacity of the famous flat six engine increased to 3.6 Litres. Gained twin spark ignition and become the most powerful normally aspirated 911 production engine with 250 bhp and 310 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm, 0-60 coming up in just over 5 seconds and a top speed of 163 mph.

Tiptronic Electro-hydraulically controlled 4 speed transmission was as an option for the first time, giving the combination of manual and automatic gear selection being supplemented by immediate up or down gear selection by 'tipping' the gear lever forward or backwards.

Compared to earlier versions the 964 also gained from chassis development and improvements in tyre technology, resulting in far more user friendly driving characteristics on the limit, whilst still retaining enough quirkiness of a rear engine design to satisfy and reward enthusiastic drivers.

The introduction of an anti-lock dual assisted braking system, progressive power steering, 3-way catalytic converter and a ten-year anti-corrosion warranty completed the new package.

Offered in Coupe, Targa and Cabriolet versions, the enthusiast was spoilt for choice. A lightweight version the 964 RS followed, and a turbo charged version the 965 maintain the lineage of the 911 family.



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How many 964s were made ?

Year
Region
Code
C2/C4 Coupe
Targa
Cabriolet
Carrera
Cup
Turbo
3.3
Turbo
S
Turbo
3.6
RS
RSR
3.8
RS
America
C4
Anniv.
Speedster
next
1989
ROW
K
2,068
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1989
USA
K
1,117
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
next
1990
ROW
L
9,171
322
895
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1990
USA
L
2,111
158
2,067
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1990
Canda
L
80
158
61
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
next
1991
ROW
M
7,840
1,196
3,886
120
2,298
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1991
USA
M
1,608
746
2,207
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
next
1992
ROW
N
4,844
597
2,885
150
759
80
0
290
0
0
0
0
1992
USA
N
670
211
642
0
289
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
next
1993
ROW
P
3,249
419
1,414
0
0
0
650
129
130
0
911
0
1993
USA
P
520
137
600
0
0
0
0
0
0
629
0
0
next
1994
ROW
R
505
0
315
0
0
471
0
0
0
0
0
581
1994
USA
R
456
0
283
0
0
466
0
0
0
139
0
925
next
Total
34,239
3,944
15,255
270
3,343
1,037
650
419
130
768
911
1,506

Stats provided by Don Watson at Rennlist ( big thanks !!)


Review of 964 C2 from 1990 vs Honda NSX and Nissan 300 zx



Understanding my VIN number

The easiest way to correctly identify a 964 is to check the vehicle identification number (VIN). The VIN is a 17 digit international code. Porsche use two versions, the ROW and the USA requirements code. It is much easier to identify an American 964 as compared to a ROW 964. The following brief explanation of key digits within the VIN will ensure correct identification of type and for the US version more detail can be extracted. This is very important when trying to determine if a 964 is genuine and the model is actually manufactured by Porsche and is not an aftermarket conversion.

WPO
B
B
O
96
0
L
S
4
2
0099
 
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Four Digit Serial Number
   
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Variable by market
   
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3rd digit of type ( always a 4 on a 964)
   
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Manufacturer Location ( S=Stuttgart)
   
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Model year ( K=89, L=90)
   
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check Digit (USA = 0,9 or X, ROW=Z)
   
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auftragsnummer number ( e.g 91, 93)
   
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Airbags ( 0=no, 2=yes) ROW = z
   
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Engine ( A=3.3 T, B=3.6, C =3.6 T, Z=ROW)
                     
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Body ( A=Coupe, B=Targa, C = Cab, Z=ROW)
   
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Porsche World Producer Code

The use of this data is extremely important especially if the 964 being offered is not contained in the list of models found in the timeline section. A number of turbocharged cabriolets are being claimed as factory produced. Their VINs do not support this claim apart from the fact that such a model does not appear in the records of Porsche production for the 964.

Another issue which causes identification problems is the chassis number. This is found on a plate directly below the fuel tank in the luggage compartment. This number will always start WP0ZZZ regardless of version. The important point is that the last five digits of the chassis number match the serial number of the VIN.

964s can also be identified by type number. The type number is located on the identification label found on the underside of the luggage compartment lid and a copy of this label is found in the original service record book provided with every 964 upon original delivery.

Information sourced from Rennlist and John Miles' 964 website





View examples of the main variants of the 964

COUPE - CABRIOLET - TARGA - TURBO - SPEEDSTER - RS

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Photo by John Miles
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The Porsche 964 Carrera 2 Manual
Year: 1989
Layout: Rear-engined Rear Wheel Drive
Engine: Flat-6, SOHC, 2 valves per cylinderÊMotronic, twin-spark,Ê 2-stage resonance intake
Capacity: 3600 cc
Bore / Stroke: 100 x 76.4 mm
Power: 250 hp @ 6100 rpm
Torque: 310 NM @ 4800 rpm
Compression: 11.3 : 1
Engine Weight: 238 kg
Transmission: M64/01
Suspension: -
Dimensions: Length: 4250 mm
Width: 1652 mm
Height: 1310 mm
Wheelbase: 2272 mm
Front Track: 1380 mm
Rear Track: 1374 mm
Wheels: Front: 6Jx16 H2
Rear: 8Jx16 H2
Tyres: Front: 205/55 ZR16
Rear: 225/50 ZR16
Weight: 1350 kg
Top Speed: 163mph
0-100 kph: 5.2 sec


The Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Manual
Year: 1989
Layout: Rear-engined Rear Wheel Drive
Engine: Flat-6, SOHC, 2 valves per cylinderÊMotronic, twin-spark,Ê 2-stage resonance intake
Capacity: 3600 cc
Bore / Stroke: 100 x 76.4 mm
Power: 250 hp @ 6100 rpm
Torque: 310 NM @ 4800 rpm
Compression: 11.3 : 1
Engine Weight: 238 kg
Transmission: 64/01
Suspension: -
Dimensions: Length: 4250 mm
Width: 1652 mm
Height: 1310 mm
Wheelbase: 2272 mm
Front Track: 1380 mm
Rear Track: 1374 mm
Wheels: Front: 6Jx16 H2
Rear: 8Jx16 H2
Tyres: Front: 205/55 ZR16
Rear: 225/50 ZR16
Weight: 1460 kg
Top Speed: 161mph
0-60 mph: 5.2 sec
0-100 mph: 13.2 sec

 
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This comprehensive book covers the 911 Carrera 2, 4, Turbo from 1989 to 1994. It is a buyer's guide and repair handbook with technical reference.








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