The search for an elusive 1989 Porsche finally pays off for a sports car fan


Rocco Malfara’s love affair with Porsche began when he was 10 years old and first saw the distinctive silhouette of the sports car. He’s owned a few Porsches over the years, starting with a black stainless steel toy version he played with as a child. (It now sits proudly on his desk at work.)

In the 45 years since he first beheld the car’s unique look, the senior managing partner of All-Risks Insurance Brokers has owned a 911 Targa and a few Macans – he awaits delivery of his new – but it’s his 1989 Porsche 911 Turbo, painted in rare Baltic Blue and featuring a white interior, that he cherishes the most.

He found the car after a seven-year search that saw him scouring car magazines and placing search alerts on multiple websites to make sure he wouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to own one. . He was finally able to buy it last December. Malfara tells us why he loves his vehicle.

“All my friends know I’m still talking about the 1989 Turbo,” Malfara said. “The car is rare because it was a limited production car. It’s different because it’s the first time that Porsche put a five-speed transmission in the car. Before that, since 1960, they were always a four-speed The ’89 is also special because it’s the last year of full analogue.The next generation, Porsche introduced power steering and more power components to the car.

“He was also called ‘The Widowmaker’, because a lot of wealthy stockbrokers would buy the car but didn’t know how to drive them and would lose control. The cars have what’s called turbo lag, where the turbo kicks in and you get a big power boost. It jumps like a rocket,” he said. “A lot of cars from that era didn’t survive because they were destroyed or modified to improve their overall performance.

“I searched for seven years because I was looking for an unmodified car in Baltic Blue. When the car showed up at this high end dealership in Calgary, I couldn’t believe it. The first question I got The question was whether the car originally got that color They checked the COA – each car gets one that lists all the options chosen and the original owner – and it was so when it left the factory in Germany.

“I am the third owner. The first owner had it delivered to the Porsche dealership in Edmonton over 30 years ago. When he died, his estate sold him to the gentleman I bought him from,” Malfara said. “I bought the car without physically seeing it, but I did a pre-purchase inspection at Porsche Calgary. They combed the car, checked the mechanics of the car, confirmed the serial number of the car , paint and everything checked.The car is in very good condition so I try to preserve it as best I can.

To look closer 1989 Porsche 911 Turbo

Why blue?

“People who know me know that I love all things blue,” Malfara said. “My cars are all blue. My other 911 is a silver colored car but it has a blue leather interior, which is pretty rare, and a blue roof. Everyone said a blue 1989 Turbo didn’t exist. no. That it’s a unicorn. But then one appeared. It’s been one of my missions since I bought this car to find other blue cars, but I haven’t found any other.

A collector’s item

“Automobile club members know their cars. They know which ones are rare. As soon as I tell someone the year and it’s a Turbo, they say “Wow”. Forget the color, because everyone knows this is the first five-speed manual transmission. In the Porsche world, that’s huge,” he said. “People who don’t know ask why anyone would want this car when you can get a new Turbo for less. But there are so few of them, especially in concours condition. I look at the car and see a piece of artwork of collectible art.

Analog driving

“These older cars are more analog,” Malfara said. “You feel the shift, revs and the booster kick in. The sound is much louder. The handling and power is nowhere as good as in newer cars. It’s more of a vehicle focused on the driver and you are more responsible for what he does.It is also an air-cooled car, which is totally different from today’s modern cars.This old car cannot be replaced.

The specifications

body styleFastback Coupe

Training methodall-wheel drive

Engine3.3L L6 SOHC 12V Turbo, 282 hp; 278 lb-ft. couple

Fuel economy (city/highway)32.93/49.40 liters per 100 kilometers

Cargo volume110 liters

PriceFrom $70,975 (US) in 1989

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This article has been edited for more space and clarity. To be featured in Why I Love My Vehicle? email us at [email protected] Renée S. Suen is a Toronto-based writer and lifestyle photographer. Follow her on Twitter: @rssuen.


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