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 short coming. 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 stunning and highly original later 911 Carrera 3.2 Sport is finished in Nougat Brown with Linen and Mahogany interior trim. The UK-delivered Sport model is fitted with the desirable G50 gearbox as standard, has covered a mere 71,000 miles, and is offered with an extensive history detailing servicing and other works completed over the years.
This beautiful example has clearly been well looked after over the years; the paint is un-restored and well presented, the panel gaps, rubbers and spoilers are excellent and the trim is original and very well preserved. All in all this must rank as one of the nicest we have seen for some time, a great example of one of the best classic 911s to own and drive.