1986 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2-Liter Supersport Cabriolet

Porsche revived the Carrera name — previously used for the competition-orientated versions of the preceding 356 — for its luxuriously equipped, top-of-the-range 911 in 1973. It applied the evocative title to all 911 models, coincidentally with the introduction of the 3.2-liter engine, from 1984. Not merely enlarged, the new engine was also extensively revised and produced 231 horsepower, 27 horsepower up on its predecessor. The 911 Carrera’s top speed was now 152 mph, with 100 mph reachable in a breathtaking 13.6 seconds. Known as the Type 930 [sic], this new Carrera exemplified the original 911 concept in its final form, the subsequent Carrera 2/Carrera 4 models being almost entirely different.

Recognizing that many customers admired the Turbo model’s aggressive “wide-body” appearance but had no need of its enhanced performance, Porsche offered the Supersport Equipment package. Also known as the Turbo-look, it not only consisted of the Turbo’s distinctive extended wheelarches and front/rear spoilers but also its upgraded brakes, suspension, wheels and tires. This option had been introduced in response to the many independent specialists offering such conversions, and also enabled Porsche to offer a Turbo lookalike in the U.S. market, where emissions legislation had forced the Turbo’s (temporary) withdrawal from sale. In Porsche nomenclature the Supersport Equipment package was known as option M491, although factory records do not provide a breakdown of how many cars were completed with it.

Prescott Kelly

Prescott Kelly - SCM Contributor

Prescott bought his first Porsche, a 1964 356SC coupe, in early July 1967, just before starting his first job. The next weekend he bought a refrigerator — thereby establishing priorities for life. He has owned many Porsches and is a Contributing Editor for Porsche Panorama, where he concentrates on arcane corners of Porsche history, writes the regular “356 Collectibles” and “MarketWatch” columns for the 356 Registry Magazine, and contributes to Excellence and the Journal of the Society of Automotive Historians.

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