Supercars On A $50,000 Budget: A Classic Porsche With An Air-Cooled Heart


This simple 911 will teach you about how cars used to be.

In 1978, Porsche created the 911 Turbo 930 generation. This insane idea ended up becoming the ultimate 911 model with the exception of a few GTs. For 1990, the 930 Turbo was finally killed off after more than a decade in production and the 964 took its place. The 964 Turbo maintained the 930's 3.3-liter turbocharged flat-six engine, although power was increased to 315 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque going to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transmission.

The 964 generation is not the most desirable 911 out there. Most people prefer the more classic 930, or the more modern 993. However, if you're looking to buy a boosted 911, both the 930 and 993 Turbo are way above our $50,000 budget. We found a 1990 model 911 Turbo Cabriolet for sale at Texas Import Sales. The car is white with a black interior and has 82,847 miles on it. The asking price is $49,950 and the seller claims that over $30,000 was spent on the car in the past year. We know that this is probably just a sales technique to increase the price, but this 911 is really far from stock.

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The modifications have been done tastefully, so this 911 does keep a lot of its originality. However, everything has been upgraded to make this 911 Turbo a lot more impressive than a standard model. The car was taken to a Porsche tuner in Tennessee where it was given Motec 84 electronic fuel injection. This tune brings the horsepower up to 400 on the lowest boost setting and features programmable boost control. All of the tuning was done by Porsche certified technicians. To deal with the extra power, the car was given a new clutch, suspension, upgraded yellow brake calipers, and a new exhaust system. To improve comfort, the A/C was serviced and the car has new Sparco seats and a new stereo.

The car also has new 18-inch chrome wheels with fresh tires. The coupe version of the 964 Turbo could hit 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds and complete the quarter-mile in 13.3 seconds. The Cabriolet was a bit heavier, but with the extra power we bet this example is even faster.

The modern 911 Turbo has transformed into more of a grand tourer than a hardcore death machine. If you want to know how intimidating a rear-engined car should be, you have to go back several models. We think that this 1990 911 Turbo Cabriolet is the perfect way to buy into the vintage Porsche world without getting something that you won't be able to drive every day. This car has been reworked and rebuilt, and even qualifies for a pre-approved warranty up to 100,000 miles. We really don't see a downside to the stunning Turbo 911, and we would love to see it in our driveway for less than $50,000.

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