2008 Shannons Sydney Winter Classic Auction
1985 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Coupe
Result: PASSED IN
|Engine||Flat 6-cylinder, 3164cc|
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It's hard to believe the 911 was launched more than four decades ago, but at the time of its arrival in 1963 the latest Porsche was hailed as a masterpiece and has become an enduring motoring legend. Retaining the rear-engined layout of its predecessor, the 356, the air-cooled, horizontally opposed engine now had six cylinders but the rest of the 911 was entirely new, with monocoque construction and styling that has become one the most widely recognised sports car shapes ever created. The 911 may have remained outwardly similar for the next twenty-five years but underneath, a great many technical developments ensured the Porsche kept pace with its rivals. In 1984, the 911SC gave way to the Carrera 3.2 with a larger, more powerful engine (up by 30 bhp) using the latest Bosch Motoronic 2 DME engine management system and LE-Jetronic fuel injection. Other changes included a power brake booster and bigger discs while externally, the Carrera had a new front air dam (with integrated fog lights). The 911 is a timeless classic that many consider to be the best sports car ever made. In Carrera 3.2 guise, you have the last of the original style 911s, before the 964 - with heavily revised styling - appeared in 1989 and boast the many improvements Porsche made to the model over the years. Best of all, the Carrera 3.2 is a genuine bargain. With values fully bottomed out, it's a great time to buy one and they offer so much more performance, not to mention reliability and creature comforts, than the more fancied - and vastly more expensive - 911s of the chrome-bumper era.