Automotive Classifieds of Interest

1990 Porsche 964 Carrera 2

This month’s issue of Excellence (2/08, page 102) has the market update on the 964 and 993 series Porsche 911 models. These are my favorite Porsche 911’s hands down. And I’m not alone as the market would show. But on the other hand, the Excellence report shows that prices are still dropping. So low in fact, they indicate that ‘excellent’ examples of all 964 Carrera 2 models command under $30k, and well under $20k for ‘so-so’ examples. My first reaction was disbelief as I’d love to own a good-to-decent 964 for under $20k. Where are these examples I thought to myself?!

So I immediately surfed over to Rennlist, TheSamba, Route30Classics, Craigslist, eBay Motors, and Pelican Parts for private party listings (I trust private party listings far more as a rule than dealer listings). Almost all of the 964’s listed on these sites were either in range as Cabriolet’s or out of range. Which begs the following question:

  • Is there a ton of negotiating room in these ad’s?
  • Am I looking in the wrong places?
  • Or is Excellence wrong?
    • How do they come up with these numbers?
    • If they’re auction averages, isn’t it reasonable to assume that the cars purchased at auction were by brokers/dealers who added a markup of some sort?

There was one car that stood out in my search: 1990 Porsche Carrera 2 on Pelican Parts Classifieds

Porsche 964 For SalePorsche 964 Classified1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 For Sale

For Sale: 1990 Carrera 2 Coupe $19,000
120,000 miles
Exterior is in very good condition for the mileage
Interior is in excellent condition
Engine is very strong with no drips
Lowered, with Bilstein sport shocks
Late model year rear brake calipers (same as fronts)
Factory whale tail
Wheels are 17″ aftermarket, I believe Mille Miglia Cup I
Recent (Dec 17, 2007) major service included:
Valve adjustment
Filters, fluids, plugs
Repacked all 4 CV joints
New air temp sensor
New oxygen sensor
New brake light switch
Replaced left rear bumper heat shield
Includes car cover!

The car does not have a radio. If you want me to install an in-dash unit, I will provide one of my choice (radio + CD). In either case the asking price remains the same.

Update 1.6.08: Price dropped to $18k. Maybe there are good examples out there for well under $20k…?

This car looks really solid from the pictures, and the black on black is very sharp (Update:Ed says the car is green and looking at the larger pics, it does look like a really dark green. Thanks Ed!). The only flag in my mind is that this car may have been used as a test bed or track day car. The owner sells application software to log telemetry data over video files generated at track events (VERY COOL!), and it could be assumed that this car was used accordingly. That said, many of the cars that I’ve seen at track days are easily in far better shape than the daily street warriors that show up. A decent inspection should put any worries to bed if the car is in good nick.

So what do you think? I’m hoping that Paul from Sports Car Shop in Eugene, Oregon, will comment as he is my best Porsche resource! Update 1.7.08:Check out Paul’s assessment in the comments.


6 replies on “1990 Porsche 964 Carrera 2”

How can I refuse an invitation like that?

I too read the excellence market update carefully as we have been selling a good number of these 964 and 993 cars recently. The market here locally is very strong and the prices seem to be significantly higher than the excellence guide indicates. Clean examples of these models in various trim levels are bringing low to mid 30’s. Most of our buyers are not however long-term Porsche enthusiasts and do not to differentiate between the earlier models (OBD 1 non-variocam engines) and the later Variocam cars. The selling point seems to be that all are the last of the air-cooled Porsches and perhaps have greater collector value than the later 996s.

I agree with you that good examples under 20K are few and far between, expect the higher miles to come at a price as well, especially if you are a perfectionist. All of these engines leak some amount of oil once they have 50k or so on the clock, while most of it will never hit the ground it will instead burn-off on the heat-exchangers or slime-up the under-engine tray, not a big deal but it is a concern, others will absolutely pour oil out and need immediate attention. Also plug wire sets and ignition components are often worn and costly to replace.

As Excellence has said, and I fully agree, the best bet is to buy the newest, lowest mileage Porsche you can afford, in the long run it’s apt to be the best investment.


I bougth this particular car. I imported in Canada in feb 2008.
I t was two year I was thinking to buy a porsche and 15 year I was dreaming about a Porsche

I visually inspect the car at the owner place and fully inspected at a Porsche specialist over there after few days if thinking; everything came back good except for a sligthly high leak down number.

The owner was nice and I was honest to say that the car made 8-9 day at the track.
The car had limited history and had been resprayed once sometime in is life and a small repair had been done in the passenger rear fender (Nothing major, but some body filler, not too much), just over the ligth. (Probably when the turbo tail came on it).

After looking at almost every little corners of the car at home on my hoist, everthings sound good, nothing that is not fixable anyway. Good I’m not at my first car and I have good contact in the car businees

I will need to put a $1500 to $2500 in the car in order to have it in a accpetable (to my standard) shape. Few body seals, missing body bracket, new shock absorber, refinishing the wheels, Having said that in the longer term I will get the body completely redone ($5K-$10K ).

Also I went with other friend with 964 and we all have the same take off and we are all following each other under hard acceleration, meaning the car is in good shape mechanicaly.

Just a small comment, these type of car are hobby car, not show car or ultra rare examples. They have defects, they are not perfect, mine have high milage, but you turn the key and you go without worries. I enjoy every moment of this car and even if the engine need some work, it is really hard to beat this kind of car, ther is nothing like a Porsche.



Thanks so much for your comment. It’s always great to hear first hand accounts about cars listed here and I’m glad the car is proving to be a good buy. If you have future updates or pictures, I’d be happy to add them to this post.



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