Throughout the history of the brand our friends in Stuttgart have become notorious for releasing ultra-limited edition runs of some of the most iconic models in Porsche history. This infuriates us not only because they are some of the most extraordinarily inaccessible and expensive models produced, but also because they’re simply some of the coolest and most special Porsche products on the market. And the fact that we may never get the chance to drive them let alone see them face to face makes our hearts sink. Fortunately for us here at City Gazettes we’re able to get up close and personal with one of those very special limited edition models. The 964 3.6 Liter Turbo S Flachbau.
The Turbo S Flachbau is a source of controversy to many enthusiasts. Before we delve into that we should probably decipher Porsche-speak and verbiage. Flachbau translates to flat construction or in Porsche language, flat nosed. So in essence the dapper sounding name really is referring to a flat-nosed Porsche 911. In designing the Flachbau what Porsche did was remove the torpedo like headlight cylinders, flatten the hood, and paste two slanted headlamps in place. To some this defiled the Porsche design language of the era and to others it gave wet dreams. Ultimately the design preference comes down to one’s own choosing.
Aside from the aesthetic differences the 964 Turbo S Flachbau was relatively similar to standard models. However that slanted nose makes the Flachbau somewhat of a unicorn in the Porsche world. You see the 964 was sold between 1989 to 1994 with over 62,000 models produced. Of those 62,000 only 76 models worldwide became Flachbau 964’s. That’s about 0.16%. As in with a period in front of the 1. Even more so only about 40 of those flat-nosed 964’s were designated for U.S. markets. Those statistics pretty much make the Flachbau the stuff of legend. To put the rarity of this model into context dollar-wise, Jerry Seinfeld was one of the few and fortunate original owners of a 964 Flachbau and recently auctioned his off. That particular model sold for over $1 Million dollars. This pretty much puts the 964 Flachbau within 918 territory dollar-per-dollar.
This begs the question, how do 76 Porsche 964 Turbo chassis become hand-built, flat-nosed variants of the standard model? Well, as with many other super exclusive Porsche models, they get transferred over to the Porsche Exclusive Department. This is basically where Porsche leadership give their foremost engineers access to the most advanced super-secret Porsche labs available and tell them, “Hey, build an insanely radical Porsche that only a handful of people in the world will be able to buy.” And thus limited edition models like the 964 Flachbau are born.
Without a doubt the flattened nose is cause for controversy and sure it wasn’t the fastest. But, the 964 Turbo S Flachbau is unquestionably the most exclusive Porsche built in its era and perhaps one of the most exclusive Porsche’s ever built period.
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