Jerry Seinfeld might be one of the most prominent Porsche collectors, but he’s not the only celebrity with a passion for the brand. And Porsche appreciation isn’t limited to American celebrities, either. Nor are the German automaker’s modern models the only ones feeling the love. Many of the brand’s fans hold vintage Porsches, especially high-performance air-cooled 911s, in high regard. And one of those celebrity fans is Squid Game’s Lee Jung-jae, who just bought a classic Porsche 964 Turbo.
Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae adds a vintage Porsche 964 Turbo to his collection
If you’re on social media and/or have a Netflix account, it’s all but impossible to miss the discourse surrounding Squid Game. With its mix of action and “biting social commentary” on South Korean culture, it’s become Netflix’s most successful series ever, DMarge says. As a result, its actors, many of whom were already South Korean celebrities, have found themselves in the spotlight on the international level. And with that comes additional success on a personal level.
One of the Korean actors experiencing this is Lee Jung-jae, who plays gambling addict and chauffeur Seong Gi-hun, aka ‘Number 456,’ on Squid Game. Although many Western fans of the show are likely seeing him act for the first time, he’s well-known in Korean cinema. A former model, he started acting in 1994 on the TV drama Feelings. He then broke out on the silver screen in 1998 in The Affair. Since then, he’s appeared in numerous Korean TV series and films, including Il Mare, which was later remade into The Lake House. However, Squid Game is arguably the most far-reaching work he’s been involved with so far.
Finding himself with more fans than before, Lee Jung-jae recently launched an Instagram account. And roughly two weeks ago, he posted a photo captioned ‘Have a nice day~’. It shows Lee sitting in his newest car: a manual Porsche 964 911. It joins the 991 Carrera 4S and Panamera the South Korean actor already has in his garage. So, while the 964 911 is Lee’s newest Porsche, it’s also the oldest.
The 964 gave the air-cooled Porsche 911 a major update
It’s difficult to tell which Porsche 964 911 Lee Jung-jae bought, given that he’s only shown the car’s interior. But regardless of which model it is, it should be plenty of fun to drive. And while it’s a classic car, in many ways, the 1989-1994 Porsche 964 modernized the 911, Road & Track reports.
The penultimate air-cooled 911, the 964 gave Porsche’s iconic rear-engine sports car “its first comprehensive update,” R&T says. The 1989 Carrera 4 was the first 911 with AWD, for example. And that AWD system isn’t based on the version in the 959 supercar. Instead, its roots stem from the 911 race car that won the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally.
After releasing the RWD 964 Carrera in 1990, Porsche followed up with a resurrected 911 Turbo. Initially, the 964 Turbo used a warmed-up version of the original 930 Turbo’s 3.3-liter flat-six engine. However, in 1993, Porsche swapped it out with a 3.6-liter turbocharged flat-six. So, instead of 320 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, the 964 Turbo 3.6 makes 355 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque, Car and Driver says.
Admittedly, the 964 911 Turbo 3.6’s 4.0-second 0-60 mph time is about twice as slow as the 2021 Turbo S’s time. However, that’s not just down to the horsepower gap. Unlike the modern Turbo, the Porsche 964 911 Turbo is RWD, not AWD.
Luckily, the Porsche 964 911’s other upgrades helped it manage that power. This 911 generation got power steering, ABS, an active rear spoiler, and coil-spring rear suspension. And it was the first 911 with a true automatic transmission option.
How much would it cost to get your own version of Lee Jung-jae’s 964?
Like many air-cooled 911s, the Porsche 964 has appreciated in recent years. That’s especially true of the Turbo models, due to their RWD, relatively simplistic designs. The later 3.6-engine models, and their limited-edition variants, such as the 385-hp X84, are particularly expensive, Hagerty reports. Plus, many restomod companies, including Singer and Russell Built, use them as donor cars for builds.
Still, while even a fair-condition Porsche 964 911 Turbo is easily $100K, less-extreme models are more affordable. A good-to-fair Carrera 2 costs about half as much, Hagerty says. And the Cabriolet models tend to be even cheaper.
So, you don’t have to win any games to ride like Lee Jung-jae.
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