The 1980’s impact-bumper Porsche 911 Carrera is a classic. With a largely bulletproof 3.2 liter air-cooled flat-six engine and Bosch electronic fuel injection, the 1984-1989 Carrera that followed the sometimes finicky 1978-83 SC (and preceded the much more modern 964) is a rugged, reliable, and simple sports car that feels older than its years (after all, the 911’s body, chassis, and interior were largely unchanged 1974-1989).
The 3.2 G-body Carreras had manual transmissions (tried-and-true 915 gearbox with cable clutch from 1984-1986, and a slicker G50 gearbox with hydraulic clutch from 1987-1989), manual steering, manual locks, no ABS or traction control, and a climate control system as complex as it was ineffectual. Porsche also inexplicably fitted nearly every one with a mail-slot sized sunroof; the mole on Marilyn’s face, as it were.
But not this one. This beautiful 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe for sale on Bring-a-Trailer is a rare and fabulous slicktop with equally fantastic Carrera side-script. With 125k miles and a recent engine rebuild, the G50 transmission, and classic black over black colors, this Carrera looks to be a perfect candidate for a driver that will appreciate as you appreciate it. With one day left, the auction stands at a market-reasonable $45,000.
1984-1989 Carrera Specs
Engine: Air-cooled flat-six, 3,164cc
Layout: Rear engine, rear-wheel drive
Horsepower: 200 @ 5,900 RPM (1984-1986) / 217 @ 5,900 RPM (1987-1989)
Torque: 265-lbs.ft. @ 4,800 RPM
Maximum speed: 146 MPH
0-60 mph: 6.2 seconds
Curb weight: 2,750 pounds
Here’s a great review by Hemmings of the generations of the Porsche 911
For a fun review and buyer’s guide, check out this Classic & Sports Car article.
For an interesting period review of the 1988 Porsche 911, check out this Road & Track/Motorweek review.