Porsche revived the Carrera name – previously used for the competition orientated versions of the preceding 356 model – for its luxuriously equipped, top-of-the-range 911 in 1973, applying the evocative title to all 911 variants, coinciding with the introduction of the 3.2 litre engine, from the start of the 1984 model year.
Although it remained an air-cooled flat six, the 3.2 motor was 80% new and incorporated an effective cam chain tensioner and associated lubrication system, which at last addressed a perennial 911 shortcoming. This enlarged and extensively revised new engine produced 231bhp, 27 horsepower more than its predecessor, endowing the Carrera with a level of performance approaching that of the original 911 Turbo of 1974, the bald statistics being a 0-60mph time of 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 152mph, with 100mph reachable in a breathtaking 13.6 seconds. A quarter of a century on, Carrera 3.2s are now highly sought after and for very good reason, though finding one in a condition such as this is not easy.
This beautiful matching-numbers, three owners from new example is finished in its original and rare colour combination of “Grandprixweiss” with a “Perlweiss” leather interior. The 911 has covered a sensible 104,000 miles from new, and offered with the relevant Porsche certification, in addition to US title and proof of EU taxes paid. The bodywork is in very nice condition with no signs of rust, clean floors and attractive paint finish. The 911 has been well maintained over the years, as such it runs and drives well.
A stunning, usable, fast and practical Porsche which can be enjoyed all year round.