Sold – $46,000 (Plus fees)
Porsche’s venerable 911, through its first entire evolutionary stint, underwent advancements for twenty-five years. Near the conclusion of this development, the 3.2-liter Carrera variant was introduced. It was a beautiful blend of old and new with a purely analog operation and a technologically potent powerplant that was nigh indestructible thanks to years of engineering erudition. Nowadays, these late-eighties Carreras are some of the most affordable and livable 911s on the market due to sizable production numbers and refinements in comfort. Among the most desirable of this segment are the final three years of production (87-89). Today we are offering a sterling example hailing from 1987 that has been the possession of a single owner equal in duration to the 911’s first evolutionary run. Here are the details.
The exterior has been painted from the factory in the optional Silver Metallic (L980). Paint meter readings throughout the body indicate possible blended paintwork around the decklid and rear fenders that occurred before the present ownership. Elsewhere are several small scratches, stone chips, and on the passenger’s door panel there is a removable ding. From the factory are optional equipment choices 425 and 473 which are the rear windshield wiper and front and rear spoilers, respectively.
Additionally, this Carrera has an electrically operated sunroof that reportedly functions without issue. 16” Fuchs wheels staggered in width and centrally painted black wear Hankook Ventus V2 Concept tires fitted in preparation for the sale. Aside from these items, the exterior remains in standard Carrera form regarding lighting and safety equipment.
As the perfect compliment to the argent-colored exterior, the cabin features silver-grey upholstery, trim, and carpeting (Option code: HQ). All components still wear their factory outfitted material, so wear is most notably apparent upon the driver’s seat outer bolster, the leather shift knob, and on the front Porsche-branded floor mats. Topping the swathes of silver-grey are standard black door panel tops and a black dashboard. Meanwhile, the standard equipment includes partially-electric front seats, central locking, recently recharged air conditioning, cruise control, and a Blaupunkt Reno SQR46 cassette radio. The customary five VDO gauge arrangement remains fitted and on the odometer are 129,000 miles.
As aforementioned, the three final years of Carrera production are typically the most desirable. This is partially due to the updated DME programming that unlocked additional horsepower. In 1987, the 3.2-liter air-cooled flat-six motor was capable of producing 217 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Through the G50 five-speed manual transaxle that power is sent to the rear wheels.
In addition to the new tires, a large service was approved to prepare this Carrera for auction. Encompassed within this service was the installation of a new oil hose, fresh drive belts were placed on, an oil filter change performed after a valve adjustment with new gaskets, and the air filter was exchanged. At the same time, the alignment and brake fluid was checked for tolerances and passed. Despite the tune-up, there is still some oil accumulation on the bottom of the reservoir and around the front left shock absorber seal. Also, the sound deadening pad has deteriorated, and the front hood shocks collapse.
After the journey from Stuttgart, this Carrera was sold to its initial owner in Texas. In 1994, the current seller purchased the Porsche and moved to California with it. As the most recent owner, they have maintained all service records on the car since their acquisition in 1994. Additionally, the complete set of owner’s manuals and factory literature are included with the sale plus the toolset and original spare tire. A vintage German medical kit comes complimentary. The Carfax report testifies to zero accidents or damages during its lifetime, and a clean California title is guaranteed. These last first-generation 911 are genuinely an exceptional car that is livable as a daily driver while still maintaining a vintage aesthetic alongside the driving experience.