Cruising: 911 964
Not sure why, but the 964 variant of the 911 has been a particular favourite of ours.
Perhaps it’s because we like the underdog. And the glorious history of Zuffenhausen-wrought auto loveliness this is probably the designation of the totemic brand that is least loved by the rank and file.
According to many it has a myriad of faults in the mechanics – the height of which was the acknowledged fact that in the earlier (pre 1991) models, they were fitted without a head gasket. This bright idea backfired, apparently, when heat caused the engine seals to warp and oil weeped out liberally.
There are loads of other myths, legends and scare-stories about these 911s – but for us they are all transcended by the classic bug-eyed steez.
After the 964 the 993 came along – with that slightly rounded out form (still lovely, particularly the Turbo)- but in the name of progress 911s, in our honest opinion, haven’t been quite as ‘911-ish’ since.
The video below is the perfect illustration of how that original profile is retained in the 964 – even alongside a seventies classic.
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