There are cars that you see and immediately remember certain moments. A black-painted Porsche 911 (964) Turbo 3.6 is one such vehicle. In a matter of milliseconds, a movie starts up in your mind’s eye. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the cockpit. Music blares from the speakers and the lyrics: “Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?” The year was 1995, when this scene flickered across movie screens in the film “Bad Boys”. Today, 26 years later, the exact Porsche from the film is in the auction catalog of Mecum Auctions for the annual big auction in Kissimmee in early January 2022. While we won’t go into the film here (you can watch it at home if you like), the 911 Turbo from the 964 series is worth a closer look.
Turbo 3.6 available from 1993
When Porsche first installed a turbocharged boxer engine into the 911 in 1974, this sports car was soon baptized the “widowmaker”. Many drivers were simply overwhelmed by the vehement manner in which the boost pressure kicked in after a long turbo lag. As a result, the car proved difficult to handle. Over the years, Porsche continued to defuse the handling. With the change to the 964 series, the Turbo was dropped from the range for a few years. However, numerous customers no longer wanted to do without this variant. Three years later, therefore, the 911 (964) Turbo rolled into dealerships with the almost unchanged engine of the predecessor model and now 235 kW/320 hp. However, since the normal 911 Carreras had gained in power in the meantime, the performance gap to the Turbo was no longer wide open. Once again there was criticism. Porsche took it to heart and in 1993 presented the 911 (964) Turbo 3.6 with 0.3 liters more displacement and 265 kW/360 hp as well as 520 Nm of torque.
Widebody and good equipment
On the outside, the Turbo differed from the normal 911 in the 964 series by its wide fenders at the front and rear as well as the protruding rear spoiler with black plastic surround. This was also retained for the Turbo 3.6. New features here were three-piece five-spoke alloy wheels, red-painted brake calipers (also available in black on request) and numerous detail modifications to the interior. A five-speed manual transmission sent the engine power to the rear wheels, catapulting the car and its crew from a standstill to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds, if necessary. For a new price of at least DM 204,000, customers received an excellently equipped touring car with fine leather that could also be enjoyed on the racetrack.
Passed on from director to producer
Although the Turbo normally found numerous buyers, especially in the U.S., the 911 (964) Turbo 3.6 was surprisingly not one of them. Fewer than 350 examples hit the U.S. market in the 1994 model year. One of them is the movie car from “Bad Boys”. To this day, it isn’t quite clear why the French license plate “447 DB 75” were used for the filming. With the current owner, the car finally received the Florida license plates “BAD BYS1”. He first owned the Porsche between 2005 and 2008 after purchasing it from film producer Pat Sandstone. The latter had taken delivery of the Turbo 3.6 from “Bad Boys” director Michael Bay. Between 2008 and 2014, the Porsche was part of Matthew Drendel’s car collection. Subsequently, the current owner bought the vehicle back. In 2006, minor restoration and service work took place at Body Motion in New Jersey.
Star of numerous events
Naturally, such a film vehicle always arouses great desire. In addition to interested parties, there are also fans who would like to take a look at the body of their stars. That’s why the 911 (964) Turbo 3.6 kept turning up at automotive beauty contests, where it was showered with prizes.
- 2014 – Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance – first place
- 2015 – French Lick Porsche Parade – first place in the restoration class and Weissach Award
- 2016 – Jay Peak Concours d’Elegance – first place and Zuffenhausen Award
- 2017 – Amelia Island Werks Reunion – first place
The Kissimmee auction will be held January 6-16, 2022. To date, the Porsche 911 (964) Turbo 3.6’s tachometer shows just 34,400 miles of mileage. To prove the authenticity of the car, a certificate from Porsche and one from the film company Columbia Pictures are included.
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