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Over the years I have owned two 911's, so I thought that you might like to know a bit more about these road rockets and what they are like to own.Both of mine were supplied by my local Porsche dealer, it is very important with these cars that you buy them from a reputable source - particularly older models - there are a lot of horror stories out there and it is easy to be bitten if you are not careful. There have been many variants of the 911 over the years so it is vital that you read up on them (there are loads of books available) and that you know what you want and match it to your budget before you start. Finally, service history is crucial with Porsches. Don't touch one that doesn't have FPSH in the description. Aside from anything else, you will find it difficult to sell-on later.
All versions of the 911 have a factory designated number which distinguishes each generation. For example, my first 911 was a 1990 Carrera 4 (factory designated 964) which replaced the 911 CarreraSupersport in 1989/90 (G/H Reg), and my second a 1995 Carrera 2 (factory designated 993) (sloping headlamps, more rounded shape). The 993 replaced the 964 in 1994 (M reg). It is common among Porsche owners and dealers to refer to the cars using their factory designated number. The very latest cars are designated 996. In this op we are discussing the 964 and 993.The 964 could be bought in several variants; the bog standard 911 Carrera 2, the Carrera 4 (4 wheel drive), the RS (RallyeSport - a lightweight C2) - and of course, the outrageous Turbo. "Carrera", by the way, is the name of a road race in Mexico which Porsche dominated in the late fifties. Traditionally they only used the name on the higher end cars but since the mid eighties, all 911's have carried the Carrera moniker.cabriolet. Unless you really want a targa, I would leave them alone, nasty, rattley, horrible things. The 993 targa is different from earlier cars (which basically had a lift out center roof section) having a sliding glass roof, more like a big sunroof really, but quite attractive. Cabs seem to sell well but they're regarded as a bit effete. No, you want a big butch coupe, that's what you want.
Gearboxes? You can have a 5 speed manual (964) or a six speed (993) or something which the Porsche mechanics call the "Girly" gearbox, the 4 speed Tiptronic. "Tips" are commonplace these days with just about every manufacturer offering them but Porsche were the first. It's basically an automatic with a flick switch shifter (only two pedals - a GO and a STOP). Don't get these boxes confused with sequential racing boxes, only Ferrari currently offers one of them for the road, and you have to go on a one-day course to learn how to work it so you don't accidentally blow the engine up!
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