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From the Jerry Seinfeld CollectionDr. Randall Riegler, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida (acquired new in February 1994 via Brumos Motor Cars)Paul Zuckerman, Beverly Hills, California (acquired in April 2014)Jerry Seinfeld (acquired from the above)
“The sound this car makes at about 6,000 rpm out of those hand-formed fender vents is worth whatever this one costs. So weird, so cool, so rare.” – Jerry Seinfeld
In August 1993, as production of the 964 was nearing its conclusion, Porsche informed its dealer network of a final and limited series of special Turbo S Flachbau – or flatnose – models to be built under the auspices of the factory’s Exclusive Department.
Based on the popular Turbo 3.6, the Turbo S incorporated myriad cosmetic and mechanical improvements, and most featured a new variation of Porsche’s famous flatnose front-end treatment, with pop-up headlights sourced from the contemporary 928/968 series. This limited series also featured Porsche Exclusive-designed front and rear bumpers, 959-style rear-quarter air vents, a special body-color rear spoiler, and unique Turbo S badging.
At the heart of the Turbo 3.6 S Flachbau was the high-performance Type M64/50S engine, developed for the 1994 model year and internally designated by production code X88. The X88 option was, in essence, a factory derivative of the 1993 IMSA 3.6 Turbo engine that had been built by Andial for the Brumos racing team.
Featuring a larger turbocharger, revised camshafts, redesigned cylinder heads, modified inlet manifolds, and adjustments to valve timing, the X88 engine was conservatively rated at 385 bhp – a gain of 30 bhp over the already potent Turbo 3.6. Beyond the internal engine modifications, the X88 option also included a front-mounted auxiliary oil cooler and distinctive four-pipe exhaust system. The fine-tuning resulted in a 911 that possessed supercar performance, with 0-60 mph sprints taking just 4.7 seconds and a top speed approaching 175 mph.
Porsche built just 76 examples of the 964 Turbo 3.6 S Flachbau, all completed between November 1993 and January 1994. Despite their limited production run, these Turbo S models were built to suit the specific demands of three markets, ultimately dividing the series into distinct groups.
The first group, designated by code X83, was built specifically for the Japanese market. These 10 cars, all configured in left-hand drive and identically finished in Polar Silver Metallic, were distinguished by their unique Flachbau treatment, which made use of the earlier 930/944-style front end, along with 930-style boxed rocker panels and rear-quarter air vents. The second group, designated by code X84, consisted of Rest-of-World models, of which 27 examples were built – 15 configured in left-hand drive and 12 in right-hand drive. The X84 cars featured the more modern Flachbau treatment, and most were delivered to Singapore and Germany. Cars in the third group, designated by code X85, were built for the US market and similar in style to the X84 Rest-of-World models, but with minor cosmetic differences. In all, 39 examples of the X85 Turbo S 3.6 Flachbau were built – the majority painted Black or Guards Red.
When new, these exclusive Turbo S models were sold to Porsche’s most important customers, including Vasek Polak; the Sultan of Brunei; and NBA superstar Michael Jordan. Today, these rare cars represent the final evolution of the original Porsche Turbo line – the very last of the rear-wheel-drive, single-turbo cars produced continuously from 1975 to 1994. As testament to their historical significance and important place in the company’s history, a Turbo 3.6 S Flachbau was among a limited number of cars selected to take part in the Porsche Museum’s exhibit commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Exclusive Department.
The X85 Flachbau presented here, chassis no. 480403, is believed to be the sole example originally finished in Polar Silver Metallic. As evidenced by its factory production codes, this car was originally optioned with driver’s seat four-way electrical lumbar support, sunroof, 18" polished three-piece Speedline wheels, wheel caps with the Porsche crest, and draped Classic Grey leather upholstery. According to Mark Smith’s comprehensive Flachbau registry, this car originally commanded a staggering $164,866 MSRP.
Completed on December 3, 1993, this Turbo S was sold new through Brumos Porsche and delivered to its first owner, Dr. Randall Riegler of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, in February 1994. It is believed that Dr. Riegler retained the Porsche for over two decades and drove it sparingly, finally selling the car in spring 2014. Jerry Seinfeld acquired the Flachbau from a discerning Southern California-based collection, and it has been an important part of the Seinfeld stable since.
This Porsche Exclusive-built Turbo S presents in as-new condition, showing just 12,545 miles at the time of cataloguing. As would be expected of a well-kept, low-mileage example, this car remains in outstanding original order and is accompanied by its tool roll, air compressor, and handbook folio, including the owner’s manual, radio manual, dealer directory, and the warranty and customer information book.
Rarely offered on the open market, any Turbo 3.6 S is a prize for collectors. As such, this low-mileage, Polar Silver X85 Flachbau offered from The Jerry Seinfeld Collection is surely among the most desirable Porsche Turbos ever built.