Project ’89 is Underway—Come Along for the Ride!
Being in the business of all things Porsche rarely yields a dull moment. From keeping up with the latest technology, to admiring the greatest glory models of the past, being a Porsche enthusiast is a rewarding pastime. Imagine my delight when a long-time client brought in a 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4, a true classic, also known as a Model 964. After appreciating what was left of this stellar sports model which he purchased just three weeks prior, we got to work deciding what could and would become of it. His plan was to be able to enjoy driving it, of course, but also to relish the process of restoring it to peak condition.
You see, Model 964 is a special car—and that’s putting it mildly. It’s mid-eighties release unveiled more unified bumpers, and distinguished status as the first generation of 911 models to offer a Tiptronic automatic transmission and all-wheel drive—a defining moment for street-friendly performance cars. This car was 85% revamped from its predecessor, the Carerra 3.2, and also featured the customary removable Targa roof—the last generation to be sold with this feature. As a turning point for models of its kind, the ’89 911 Carrera 4 relied on a redesigned suspension which utilized coil springs as opposed to torsion bars, which was a tremendous change-up to 911 engineering. The MacPherson strut system aided in front suspension as well, and became a mainstay for all versions to follow.
Upon purchase, our client was fully aware that this beloved model would require a great deal of care and attention to render it truly drivable, but also to restore it to the condition it deserves. We were happy to evaluate it on that first day he rolled up to Porsche Orland Park, and we’re honored to get to work on this iconic sports model that, in its prime, boasted a rip-roaring 247 hp, top speed of 163 mph, and could jet from 0 – 60 in a slim 5.5 seconds with the manual transmission. From one Porsche enthusiast to another, I’d like you to join me as I document this journey of restoration. This is just the beginning!