In 1993, Porsche created a limited-edition 911 Turbo to mark the end of Type 964 production. Produced by Porsche’s Exclusive Department, and known as the 911 Turbo 3.6 S Flachbau – or Flatnose – the model revived a concept that dated to the 1980s when the company offered the 930 Turbo with a front-end treatment inspired by the 935 race cars.
Based on the 911 Turbo 3.6, the Flachbau was produced in three separate series for Japan (X83), ROW or “Rest of the World” (X84), and the US (X85). While minor differences existed between them, all Turbo S Flachbau models featured exposed pop-up headlights, exclusive front and rear spoilers, and intakes in the rear fenders.
The other commonality was the X88 sport tuning option. Based on the IMSA 3.6 Turbo engine built by Andial for Brumos Racing in 1993, the M64/50S engine produced 385 bhp, 25 more than the standard Turbo 3.6, with the extra power derived from a larger turbocharger, modified cylinder heads, higher-lift camshafts, and revised air intake. Beyond the internal engine modifications, the X88 option also included a front-mounted oil cooler and four-pipe exhaust system.
This particular 964 Turbo 3.6 S Flachbau was completed by Porsche’s Exclusive Department in Zuffenhausen in December 1993, and sold new to its first owner in France in June 1994. One of only 27 Flachbau models produced for the Rest of the World market, this car is the only Grand Prix White specimen, and one of four finished in that color out of the worldwide production run of 76. As noted by its factory build sheet, this left-hand-drive Flachbau came equipped with a plethora of equipment such as a full black leather interior, air-conditioning, dual airbags, and 18" Speedline RS-Cup wheels.
Later exported to Japan, this Flachbau was subsequently purchased by the current owner from Prescott Kelly, a well-known Porsche collector and dealer who also managed the importation process, including the application for the “show or display” exemption, which was granted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Soon after importation, and with receipts on file, the Flachbau was serviced, including new Michelin Pilot Sport tires, while the Japanese radio was replaced with a rare and correct Porsche Classic Radio. Registering approximately 47,000 km – 29,000 miles – on its odometer, and presenting beautifully throughout, this Flachbau is stated to retain the majority of its original paint.
Supplied with books, tools, jack, spare, air compressor, original seatbelts, and factory build sheet, this 964 Turbo 3.6 S Flachbau is the ultimate incarnation of Porsche’s classic 1989–1994 911. With very few built, the opportunity to acquire a highly original and gently used example is one not to be missed by the serious Porsche collector.