Porsche developed a reputation early on for their surprising performance from their small displacement rear-engine sports and racing cars. These ‘giant killers’ could outperform cars with much higher horsepower figures by making light cars with incredible handling. This combination gave Porsches their truly unique driving characteristics and dedicated following of Porsche enthusiasts.
Starting in 1963 with the original 911, Porsche has produced a line of six-cylinder rear-engine sportscars that could compete with much more powerful cars thanks to their low weight and superior handling. The 911 quickly became an icon of performance and handling and offered a driving experience unlike anything else. The 911 has continuously evolved into a more sophisticated, powerful, and capable driving machine, as well as a reliable and usable car.
Introduced in 1984, The Carrera 3.2 was the last iteration of the classic 911 before the large changes for the 964. The Carrera 3.2 is fitted with a rear-mounted, air-cooled SOHC 3.2 liter flat six. This engine, equipped with Bosch LE-Jetronic fuel injection, could produce 217 horsepower at 5,900 rpm. Maximum torque was 195 foot-pounds at 4,800 rpm, which was delivered through the Getrag G50 five-speed manual transaxle and hydraulic clutch, much welcomed introductions for the 1987 production year. The Carrera 3.2 also featured an improved interior over its predecessor, the 911 SC, with liberal use of leather and comfort features like power seats, power wing mirrors, and air conditioning.
True to Porsche’s reputation, the Carrera 3.2 offered the unique experience of driving pleasure and performance without sacrificing comfort and usability. Because of their robust construction and strong owners groups, these 1980s 911s are great cars to be enjoyed and driven.
The Targa presented here is the one of the earlier 3.2 Carrera models with 915 gearbox, which are known to be lighter and more responsive than the later cars with the heavier G50 gearbox.
This lovely matching numbers example is finished in the classic 80s combination of Guards Red with a Black Leather interior. Showing 90,000 kilometres recorded, the Targa is offered complete with stamped service booklet to demonstrate servicing work over the years. All in all a very compelling proposition for the Porsche enthusiast.