A ‘modern classic’ if ever there was one, Porsche’s long-running 911 arrived in 1964, replacing the 356. The latter’s rear-engine layout was retained, but the 911 switched to unitary construction for the bodyshell and dropped the 356’s VW-based suspension in favour of a more modern McPherson strut and trailing arm arrangement. In its first incarnation, Porsche’s single-overhead-camshaft, air-cooled flat six displaced 1,991cc and produced 130bhp; progressively enlarged and developed, it would eventually grow to more than 3 litres and, in turbo-charged form, put out well over 300 horsepower.
Porsche’s first take on a 911 convertible had been the Targa model of 1965, a ‘halfway house’ design chosen because of fears that a genuine soft-top would not meet US Federal safety regulations, but by 1981 the company felt able to proceed with the genuine article. Introduced in normally aspirated 3.0-litre form in 1982, the 911 Cabriolet lost little, if any, rigidity with the deletion of the Targa roll-over bar, while its speedily raised/lowered top featured a detachable, zip-fastened rear window. Introducing a ‘proper’ soft-top proved to be a shrewd move by Porsche, as sales immediately exceed those of the Targa version, and the popular Cabriolet continued when the ‘Carrera’ name was applied to all 911 models in 1983, co-incidentally with the introduction of the 3.2-litre engine. Not merely enlarged, the new engine was also extensively revised and produced 231bhp, 27 horsepower up on its predecessor. The 911 Carrera’s top speed was now 152mph, with 100mph reachable in a breath-taking 13.6 seconds.
Amazingly this 911 was in the possession of just one private owner from new until 2016. The owner clearly loved his 911 dearly and kept it in immaculate condition and kept a very good log of its servicing. The car still retains all of its original Porsche books including service book, which is stamped all the way up to 31,689 miles. There is also a large file of service invoices warranting this mileage. Quite astonishingly, as it is rarely ever seen, also included in the history file is the cars original Bill of Sale from 1986.
Finished in the very desirable colour combination of gold over brown, this is a very special car indeed. On its arrival to the UK in 2016, the car received a full service by Porsche in London at 34,083 miles and was also converted to UK specification costing a total of £3,824.20. I am told that the mechanics at the Porsche centre even said that “this is the best condition Porsche they had seen in a long time”.
Still wielding its original paint, this matching numbers one owner car is supplied with a fresh MOT and is ready to be enjoyed on the open road.