If you spend all of your days agonizing over which 964-generation Porsche 911 to buy, RM Sotheby’s “Exclusively Porsche” collection heading to Amelia Island just gave you an easy answer. The 964 is good in all its forms, so you should buy all of them.
Twelve 964s are up for sale in the collection—individually, but don’t let that stop you from buying them all. That’s what we’d recommend, anyway. Who needs silly things like life savings or a house when our meaningless lives will probably end in a horrifying nuclear apocalypse anyway? Buying all the 911s is simply the most prudent use of your cash.
The 964 is the generation that immediately preceded the 993, spanning from 1989 to 1994. While even a base example of a 964 would be nice, the collection Sotheby’s has for sale includes a few doozies: a 1993 Carrera RS 3.8 valued between $1.25-1.5 million, a 1993 Turbo S “Leichtbau” that should fetch between $1-1.2 million and a 1993 RSR 3.8 worth around $1.2-1.4 million.
Most of the other cars should fetch between $200,000 and $250,000, but there’s still some impressive metal in that list, including a 1994 Speedster, a flatnose 1989 Turbo (which is technically a 930 instead of a 964, but fit with the collector’s aesthetic), a 1992 Carrera RS, a 1991 Turbo 3.3, a 1994 Turbo 3.6, and a 1993 RS America.
Winning Radwood with an obscenely rare flatnose might cost just a little more, with the utterly coketacular 1994 Turbo S X83 “Flachbau” expected to fetch between $500,000-$650,000. The more smoothed-out 1994 Turbo S X85 “Flachbau” up for sale keeps the 911's more traditional round lights, but it will also grab between $600,000-$800,000.
If you’re more of a track rat, a 1991 Carrera Cup is in the mix, expected to sell for between $250,000-$325,ooo. I’ve long answered the question of “which Porsche is best Porsche?” with “race car,” anyway. That would be my sub-million-dollar pick if I only got to pick one, but it just seems easier to decide which is the best later.
Well, that is, if you can decide. Yikes, that sounds like an actual commitment. Again, it’s best just to buy all the 964s and call it good.
Bonus: if for some reason humanity survives longer than expected, congratulations! Aircooled 911s just keep shooting up in value and you’ll have several excellent examples, you fancy-person, you. Go drive the snot out of them, regardless.
Correction [2:47 p.m.]: We originally didn’t note the lone 930, but reached out to RM Sotheby’s for clarification. Your eyes did not deceive you—that chunky-bumpered flatnose is an early-1989 930! These cars all come from one man’s personal collection of cool, rare Porsche 911s, and the 930 was in there.