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When the 964 was first brought to market, Porsche was keen to emphasise that, although it was patently still a 911, it was in fact 85% different from the outgoing model. The design featured more integrated bumpers and a host of mechanical changes, most significant of which was the availability of four-wheel drive. The displacement was now up to 3600cc, producing 250bhp, power steering and ABS brakes were now fitted as standard, and the torsion bar rear suspension was replaced with coil springs and shock absorbers. Careful attention to the aerodynamics reduced the drag coefficient down to 0.32, and with virtually zero lift, stability and road holding at high speed were greatly improved. A new feature was the retractable spoiler which automatically extended at 50 mph and in addition to seriously increasing downforce, also doubled the volume of cooling air fed into the engine compartment. Revised instrumentation featured a large set of warning lights that were tied into the car's central warning system adding to Porsche's reputation for reliability. Fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, most variants were reputed to be capable of 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds with a top speed of over 160mph. Finished in Grand Prix White with a Dark Blue interior, this pretty, rear-wheel drive 964 C2 Cabriolet comes with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity confirming its UK origins and specification. The car's huge history file also contains receipts for recent work including new brakes, some attention to the heating system, and a major overhaul, and amongst the documentation is an MOT Certificate valid until February 2018 and showing no advisories. The current indicated mileage is just over 98,500. Thousands of pounds have been spent on this car over the years and it certainly shows. Whilst all 964 cabriolets, indeed all convertible Porsches, offer lots of driver enjoyment with the top down, the sweet and precise five-speed manual gearbox and the advances in chassis and suspension design that came with the 964, significantly add to the experience. When you look at cars all day, as we do at Silverstone, occasionally you spot one that just looks 'right', and this gleaming white, 964 Cabriolet certainly fits into that category.