Own­ing a Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6

Classic Cars (UK) - - The Big Test -

‘They of­ten clock up huge mileages – it was a su­per­car you could use, far more so than its ri­vals,’ says owner James Tay­lor. ‘And it still re­tains those qual­i­ties to­day – in­te­ri­ors are hard-wear­ing, and they’re very me­chan­i­cally re­li­able so long as they’ve been prop­erly ser­viced. That said, they will rust even­tu­ally – though not as badly as pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions of 911 – and are prone to mi­nor elec­tri­cal faults, such as bat­tery drains. The ig­ni­tion cuts out if it’s kept idling for too long, harm­ing the bat­tery when restarted. They’re from an era of dodgy af­ter­mar­ket im­mo­bilis­ers and stereos too.

‘They are one of the great col­lectible 911s. Even in a time when Porsches were rel­a­tively mass-pro­duced, fewer than 1500 Turbo 3.6s were built, and it was a proper en­gi­neer­ing tour de force, not a spe­cial edi­tion. As a re­sult, they’ve shot from un­der £50k to al­most £200k in a rel­a­tively short time.’

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