Year of manufacture 1995
Recorded mileage 65,195
Asking price £125,000
Vendor Avantgarde Cars, Fazeley, Staffs; tel: 01827 288177; www.avantgardecars.co.uk
WHEN IT WAS NEW
Max power 402bhp / DIN
Max torque 398lb ft / DIN
0-60mph 4.5 secs
Top speed 180mph
The seller also has a mint turbo S at £340k, but we couldn’t help noticing this last-of-the-air-cooled turbos, with S aero kit, at almost a third of the price. It has a huge history file, which includes a £20k engine rebuild in ’2005, 10,000 miles ago, 15 service stamps and six brake-fluid change stamps.
The Arena Red paint is almost spotless, earlier rust bubbles under the ’screen having been dealt with, and the front bumper and wheels recently refurbished. All we could find is one small touched-in chip at the back of the driver’s door, and a small nick out of the tread plate finisher. The brake calipers were overhauled in 2014, discs and pads look new and tyres are well-treaded Contis all round, 2013 front and 2011 rear. The space-saver spare has never been used; also present are the tyre compressor, jack and unopened first-aid kit. The paint/option code stickers remain: one on the service book, one in the right door shut and one under the front lid. Inside, it’s very well kept, with only mild creasing to the Sport front seats, unused rears, and good carpets and dashboard moulding.
The motor seems tidy, not that you can see much of it, but it has Tech-Art stainless exhausts. The most recent service stamp was with Ninemeister at 63,972 miles in 2015 (£2161), although the Porsche will have a fluid-change service before it leaves Avantgarde.
It starts easily despite having stood for a couple of months. The clutch is quite sharp, and the steering heavier than earlier air-cooled Porsches, a result of the all-wheel drive, but the wheel still squirms and writhes in your hands like a proper 911. Oil pressure was hard against the 5 bar stop all the time we were moving, only dropping back on tickover to 2.75 bar, warm, and the oil temperature hardly budged. It is, of course, blindingly fast, the massive torque delivered with no appreciable turbo lag and strong synchros on all six gears. The brakes are great: smooth, powerful and straight. The ventilation system moans and groans to itself periodically (they all do that, guv), but the air-con blows cold. The MoT lasts until April.
EXTERIOR One small touch-in; usual areas refinished, but otherwise mint
INTERIOR All good; seats lightly aged
MECHANICALS Has wanted for nothing; 10k miles on rebuilt motor
For Ticks all the boxes
Against Its enthusiasm can be infectious, so be warned
SHOULD I BUY IT?
Must be one of the nicest, no-stories turbos around, in a good colour, and with a cast-iron history