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 sort after and for very good reason, though finding one in a condition such as this is not easy.
This wonderful right-hand drive example was delivered new on 1st August 1989 through Charles Follett Ltd, 18 Berkeley St, London, in Guards Red with a black interior, to a Mr Ball. Both the paint and interior are in excellent condition and unmodified, the car still retains its original Charles Follett number plates.
Last serviced in July of this year, and offered with an almost complete service history (stamped in the original service book), the current vendor has only covered around 2700 miles in the last three years of ownership. Offered with an MoT which expires in July 2016, and with UK V5 and having covered only 73,000 miles, this unmodified 3.2 is certainly an excellent example. Iconic of the 80s and eminently useable, this is surely an investment quality example of the marque.