The 3.2 Carrera is revered as the ultimate development of the original 911 that first appeared in 1963, before being replaced by the more complicated 964 series.
These final cars were the most flexible and usable of Butzi Porsche’s original design. The all-alloy flat-6 engine, which had been fuel injected since 1971, received a final stretch to 3,164 cc, giving a torquey 231 hp, enough to propel the lithe and slippery coupe to over 150 mph, with 0-60 mph coming up in 5.6 seconds.
Cars built from September 1986 onward received the more user-friendly G50 gearbox, but all 3.2 Carreras feature galvanized bodies, which together with Porsche’s legendary build quality, ensures that these classics are long-lasting. Indeed, such is the integrity and durability of the basic structure that a whole legion of 3.2s have been turned into retro replicas by various companies.
This U.K.-supplied convertible is factory-fitted with the optional wide body, part of the Supersport package that includes the stiffer suspension and larger, 917-derived brakes from the Turbo model. It was first registered on June 13, 1986.
Finished in white with blue leather upholstery, it is described by the vendor as being in good condition with regard to its engine, 5-speed manual gearbox, electrical equipment, interior trim, bodywork, and paintwork. He also says: “There are no rattles or bumps, the paintwork is almost completely original, no oxidation on alloy wheels, no leaks, and the electric windows and mirrors work well. A sure-fire classic.”
Only a reported 75 of these cars were built in right-hand-drive form and, as the last “proper” 911 gathers newfound appreciation, this car represents an opportunity to acquire the rarest variant of all-the wide-bodied convertible with optional power top. It’s sold with driver’s manual, “loads of invoices,” and service book, its 15 stamps confirming the mileage of 49,000.