Introduced in 1989, the 964 generation 911 was a big change over the previous generation. Power steering, ABS, all-wheel drive and automatic transmissions were all available for the first time on a regular production 911. The 964 was only on the market for 6 years, eventually replaced in 1995 by the 993 generation.
Released sometime in the mid-90s, the Anson was the only 1:18 964 available, made in Coupe, Cabrio and Targa forms. AutoArt released the RS, Welly the Turbo and GT Spirit has offered various sealed 964 models, all within the past 10-15 years. Norev has been on a roll lately with all sorts of interesting and generally very well-done models. They’ve released numerous colours and wheel options for the 964 in both Coupe and Cabrio form, but for me, I really wanted this model, the base Carrera 2 in Guards Red with the D90 7-spoke wheels.
The exterior looks very good to me. I have zero complaints about the overall shape and stance. Lucky for us collectors, everything opens, (unlike Norev’s somewhat recent 993 Coupe and Cabrio). The shut lines all look great to me, so great in fact, that I had a difficult time opening the engine lid and trunk. The Porsche crest on the trunk feels like an actual badge versus a sticker.
The side mirrors are from the updated 964, which the U.S. got in 1992. The earlier cars had rectangle-shaped mirrors. The placement of the passenger side mirror is different than every other 964 model I have, but I have seen at least 1 real car with the exact placement as the model. So, I honestly have no clue what is correct. The 993 also had a staggered mirror placement.
The front and the rear lights look good, and the Porsche name is visible through the reflector. I like the fact that Norev included a rear wiper. It would have been very nice if the rear spoiler operated, like AutoArt’s RS, but that is by no means a deal breaker.
The D90 wheels look great, though the Porsche crest in the center cap is not visible enough for my tastes. They’re not incorrect as Porsche offered silver, black or coloured crests, I just prefer black or coloured, personally, so they stand out a bit more.
The trunk and engine lids open with dogleg hinges, while the doors open with the correct folding style hinges. There isn’t much to see in the trunk, but it is carpeted. The engine compartment looks very good and isn’t just a black blob. There are numerous details painted in silver and many yellow warning labels.
The interior features the optional Sport Seats with larger side bolsters. The floors are fully carpeted as are the bottom of the door panels. The steering wheel, gauges and shifter are all very nicely done.
Overall, this is a really nice model for about $125 shipped. I find it very much on par with Norev’s recent 992 GT3, but actually trumps that model with an opening engine compartment. If you’re a Porsche collector that has missed having a 964 in your collection, Norev’s effort is a great model to fill that gap.