Like the majority of us, I spend considerable time in my day window shopping through our local classified websites including Mudah, Lelong, MotorTrader and Carlist to name a few; looking at cars and even spare parts I’m most certainly not able to afford.
As unproductive as it sounds, the thrill however, of going through these sites is that, no matter what you’re browsing through whether its for limited edition apparels, gadgets, household goods or even car parts, you’ll never know what you’d stumble upon with sheer blind luck.
Last week was one of those moments. Having had the privilege of growing up with a “squashed Beetle” as some would like to refer; I’ve always had a soft spot for air-cooled Porsche 911’s – especially for a certain 1982 Porsche 911 SC. You can imagine then the excitement I felt upon discovering this ultra-mint 1995 3.6-litre Porsche 911 (964) Carrera 2.
These things don’t come by often nowadays, you’ll hardly see one posted online and even more so in the flesh. This is because values for these “toys” have skyrocketed over the last five years and those with deep pockets are already latching on to it as a form of investment. Based on a what I’ve heard, a 1996 3.6-litre Porsche 911 (993) Carrera 2 was bought for RM 140,000 and flipped for RM 250,000 just 14 months later.
Whether its actually worth such monumental amounts of cash (yea cash, you can’t buy these things on loan anymore) is not a concern for us civilians. What I care about, is sharing the sight or rather the beacon of a well-cared classic.
This model was apparently a unit that was imported new by Porsche 911. When new, these things were pushing out around 250 hp with around 310 Nm of torque – good for a 0 to 100 km/h time of 6.1 seconds (for Tiptronic as is with this model) and a top speed of more than 250 km/h.
The owner quoted that “its been maintained fastidiously as a reliable daily car” – we think its understatement. Looking at the pictures you know you’re dealing with a car that has been meticulously cared for with no expense spared.
It’s been so reliable that the owner even drove it up to Phuket, a drive that our friends at Evo Malaysia will soon be embarking on, adding that it handled the long drive wonderfully and reliably. We wouldn’t question that all. While it still has some grunt, buying an exquisite piece of machinery such as this, with a Tiptronic gearbox to beat modern day performance cars is like buying contraband cigarettes hoping that it would offer the same kick as a pack of Dunhill’s. No, these cars, in its current form, are meant for long, relaxing, dignified drives on a grand tour.
“I am fussy with small things and the car reflects this”, said the owner. Judging from the pictures, would you doubt it?
*Pictures are provided by the owner