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Old 01-20-2019, 07:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Jarod964 View Post
Now for a bit more information on the details of my car. As mentioned, it's a 1989 Carrera 4 Coupe. 5-speed, guards red on black. I picked it up with just over 81k miles on the clock, and a fresh engine rebuild under it's belt. The car is virtually bone stock, with the only mods being an early 2000s Blaupunkt radio, a drilled RS-style airbox, 993 brakes, and twist wheels. I got very lucky and landed a great example of a well cared for 964.

After significant digging, this is what I know about the car's history to this point: this example was built in Stuttgart in March of 1989, and is serial number 324 of about 1117 964's built for the US market in 1989. Apparently, in 1989 as part of a promotional launch of the new 964, dealer principles were invited to each collect a Guards Red 964 at the factory in Germany, then participate in a rally across Europe called "VentureTour", as an opportunity to learn more about the all new 911 model. Following the tour, the famous guards red 964 group photo was taken of all participants, then the vehicles were shipped home to their respective dealerships to be used as demos/showroom display models. This car was one of the participants, and was shipped back to it's dealership in Dallas in October of '89.


I'm guessing mine is the red one.

The car didn't actually become registered with it's first owner until 1992 with about 6,000 miles. It stayed with it's first owner in the Dallas area until 2003 when it came to Canada. It's option list includes: California emissions/cat converter, Blaupunkt Reno SQR46, cruise control, amplifier, sunroof, and European delivery.
Welcome! Ours may have been on the road together back in 1989, and perhaps on the boat when they were transported. The option codes are practically the same, and mine was just a bit earlier off the assembly line and in that Dealer trip. If interested, I have a bit of data from my 911 at https://rennlist.com/forums/964-foru...-my-964-a.html I have been able to talk to all but one of the 3 previous owners of mine. One being the dealer who made the trip. Unfortunately he had no photos from that visit.
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Old 01-20-2019, 09:55 AM
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I also became addicted to the Porsche brand early in life, buying a 77 911 S in my early 20’s. I’m 59 now and there have been only a few years since when I didnt have one of these fine machines in my garage. I sure wish I still had that 77. Your 964 is so nice. Enjoy it to the fullest and NEVER sell it.

BTW, why were so few 964’s sold in 89?
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Old 01-20-2019, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Leftfootbrake View Post
awesome story man. you have great taste in cars!
Thank you! I appreciate it.
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Old 01-20-2019, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by fasterlaster View Post
Welcome! Ours may have been on the road together back in 1989, and perhaps on the boat when they were transported. The option codes are practically the same, and mine was just a bit earlier off the assembly line and in that Dealer trip. If interested, I have a bit of data from my 911 at https://rennlist.com/forums/964-foru...-my-964-a.html I have been able to talk to all but one of the 3 previous owners of mine. One being the dealer who made the trip. Unfortunately he had no photos from that visit.
That's awesome, I wish I had more of the documentation from the tour like yours. Very interesting. I have been trying to figure out which dealership my car initially landed at (believed to be in Dallas) to see if I could contact someone for a bit more information, but its proving not to be easy since I don't have the original window sticker or anything.
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Old 01-20-2019, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Mark Dreyer View Post
I also became addicted to the Porsche brand early in life, buying a 77 911 S in my early 20’s. I’m 59 now and there have been only a few years since when I didnt have one of these fine machines in my garage. I sure wish I still had that 77. Your 964 is so nice. Enjoy it to the fullest and NEVER sell it.

BTW, why were so few 964’s sold in 89?
Hoping I never have to let this one go...unless I find an RS America (or eventually a Carrera RS) to take it's place. In the late 80's Porsche was really struggling financially and the economy wasn't great so sales were down. In an attempt to save the business they dumped a LOT of money into the 964 redesign, but that meant a higher price which many couldn't afford. There was very little demand for the whole 964 generation and therefore it became a very limited run.
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Some more VentureTour photos to add to the archive.




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Sport seats arrived! Was not fun putting them in the car, but nonetheless they're there and a huge improvement from the stock units. Looking forward to spring when I can really test them out.

Made sure to do a very thorough cleaning while the seats were out.



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Old 02-01-2019, 08:38 AM
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Very cool! I also got my 964 when I was younger back in 2013 when I was 24!
Love what you've done so far... you've also inspired me now to drop my suspension a bit lower. Like you set up! Great score on the sport seats!
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Originally Posted by dubjager View Post
Very cool! I also got my 964 when I was younger back in 2013 when I was 24!
Love what you've done so far... you've also inspired me now to drop my suspension a bit lower. Like you set up! Great score on the sport seats!
Thank you! Lowering it is the best money I've spent so far, highly recommended.
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Old 02-25-2019, 01:23 PM
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Due for an update. Installed a secondary muffler bypass this weekend (G pipe) from FVD/brombacher/dansk. Unable to drive the car due to weather, but startup sound and first impressions are awesome. Has a muscle car sound now....but we'll see how it is under load in the spring. It also saves like 20 lbs from the rear of the car which is an added bonus.

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Old 02-25-2019, 10:19 PM
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Excellent post! Keep up that great work ethic young sir! Glad to see you set a goal and achieve it. I’m following you on IG now. Can’t wait see what’s next for the car.
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Old 02-26-2019, 05:23 AM
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The car is coming along nicely. Sport seats make a big difference. Wait until you hear the G-pipe open up and roar at 4,000+
The Venture Tour photos are great!!!
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Old 02-26-2019, 08:40 AM
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Thanks guys! Just a couple months left until the Canadian winter disappears and the car comes out of hiding...counting down the days.
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Old 02-26-2019, 08:44 AM
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The G-pipe was one of my favorite modifications on my 964.

Seeing your clear indicators has me thinking about getting a set and smoking them as another poster has done here.
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First time I drove my car hard after installing the G pipe, my face lit up in excitement. I agree that it really comes alive above 4k.
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