Offered for sale is an absolutely stunning, 71k original mile, mechanically strong 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet (964) finished in desirable and factory correct Black paint over a Classic Grey leather interior, a particularly appealing and surprisingly uncommon livery. As mechanically tight and sound as it is beautiful, this example has always been well cared for and comes with a number of recent service receipts, its owner’s manual and service booklet and an entirely clean CARFAX report. Sold new by Beverly Hills Porsche to its original Los Angeles area owner, he would keep the car until 2013, at which point it was sold to its second owner, also of Southern California. In 2014, the car made its way to Houston, TX, where it’s been garaged and used sparingly until we acquired it earlier this month.
The factory correct Black (Schwarz, L700) finish is in excellent condition throughout, cloaking an entirely straight body with correct and consistent panel fits and gaps throughout. The body and finish is marred only by minor imperfections, none of which are significant enough to appear in any of the pictures or detract from the car’s considerable overall appeal. The glass and rubber is in excellent original condition, and the 16×7 front and 16×8 rear Fuchs “Manhole” wheels look sharp, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport tires with plenty of remaining tread.
The car’s interior is equally as clean, the Classic Grey leather seats, carpets and interior panels all showing only minimal wear. The dash is free of cracks or warping and the original radio has been replaced with a high quality Alpine unit and custom sound system. The soft top has been replaced with a sleeker 993 German canvas top that shows only typical wear, and the original boot cover is in excellent condition.
The car is mechanically excellent, the original 3.6L engine idling consistently and pulling strongly and smoothly through each of the 5-speed transmission’s gears. The car received a comprehensive service 3k miles ago and everything that needed sorting was addressed. The compression is excellent across all cylinders, the car drives and brakes straight and true and its road manners are fantastic. It’s entirely comfortable cruising down the highway or tooling around town, but the AWD handling also becomes abundantly clear when pushing the car through back-road corners. Everything works as it should, including the power spoiler, power soft top, power seats and power windows, making this an example that needs nothing to be enjoyed but an appreciative new owner.
Over the last ten years the 964 model reached the bottom of its depreciation curve and has been quickly appreciating, having recently joined its predecessors in the ranks of timeless Porsche classics. This should come as no surprise, considering that between 1989 ½ and 1994 (the 964’s production run), the U.S. economy was dealing with a recession, yielding considerably lower production numbers compared to its 3.2L predecessor and 3.4L successor.
Further, the 964 is exceptionally comfortable compared to earlier 911s, yet it still retains that visceral, grin-inducing Porsche ride quality and air-cooled engine tone. There will inevitably come a time when enthusiasts will wish that they’d acquired a 964 at 2016 prices, making this an excellent opportunity to acquire a low mileage, mechanically strong, cosmetically beautiful 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet finished in a desirable livery.