1983 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Coupe
The Porsche story is a fascinating one and its roots go back to the 1930’s when Professor Ferdinand Porsche was instrumental in the design of the first Volkswagen and also Auto Union race cars. By 1939 he had built three Porsche cars to compete in the 800 mile race from Berlin to Rome. Unfortunately the race was cancelled due to the war and Porsche was forced to focus on supporting the German war effort, however, he had always wanted to build his own cars and that dream lived on. In 1944 Porsche was forced to leave Stuttgart and he set up a small operation in Gmünd, Austria. Soon after the Porsche family and many of their engineers were captured and sent to jail. Ferdinand Porsche’s son Ferdinand junior, or ‘Ferry’ as he was known, was released six months later and he returned to Gmund to rebuild the family company. Things moved quickly and Porsche was involved with cars again and shortly thereafter in mid-1948 the first Porsche 356 was built. It is understood Porsche built some 50 hand built aluminium bodied cars in their small factory at Gmünd before relocating back to Stuttgart, Germany. The rest they say is history as the 356 evolved into one of the most successful sports cars ever built. A hard act to follow indeed . . . but its replacement, the Porsche 911 went on to become a legend!
The Porsche 901, as it was initially designated, was first shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963, however, when production commenced in 1964 it was sold as a Porsche 911. Interestingly Porsche was forced to change the name of its new car as a result of Peugeot having exclusive rights to car names formed by three numbers with a zero in the middle!
The 911′s trademark was that it was powered by an air cooled engine mounted in the rear. The model evolved over the years, however, Porsche remained true to the 911′s original concept only changing to a water cooled engine with the 996 series in 1998. The 911 excelled as both a road car and as a race car and it is arguably the most successful sports car ever built. Today the 911 lives on and the latest 991 series cars, still manufactured in Stuttgart, are as popular as ever.
The Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 was introduced in 1983 as a successor to the 911SC. Interestingly it was the first time the Carrera name had been used since 1977. Visually the new car was similar to its successor, both internally and externally. The major change to the new car was its engine. Whilst based on the SC’s 3.0 power plant, Porsche claimed the 911 Carrera engine was ‘80 per cent new’. The capacity was increased to 3164cc and a revised piston design increased the compression ratio to 10.3:1 on all but North American cars. But the Carrera’s main innovation was its Bosch Motronic 2 engine management system. This was the first production 911 to feature an ECU to control the ignition and fuel systems. In addition, the fuel injection was updated to Bosch LE-Jetronic and the induction and exhaust systems were revised.
The upshot of these improvements was that power rose to 231bhp at 5900rpm, with torque hitting 284Nm at 4800rpm. Porsche claimed fuel consumption to be 10 percent better than that of the SC, because of the greater efficiency of the electronically controlled engine. The last of the 911 Carrera 3.2’s was built in 1989 and the model was most popular with circa 76,000 cars built during six years of production. The approximate breakdown of models was c35,500 coupes, c20,000 cabriolets and c18,500 targas.
Today the Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 is recognised as an ‘80’s icon’ and these cars are now becoming highly sought after.
Oldtimer Australia is delighted to offer for sale a 1983 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Coupe that is in absolutely STUNNING original condition. This particular car was sold new in the UK and delivered on the 23rd November 1983.
The car passed through a number of owners in the UK who clearly cherished and looked after it. This 911 Carrera has an excellent service history with books (including a fully stamped service book). There is also a history file with a Porsche Production Certificate, many receipts, old MOT’s and a UK HPI check. The service book and documentation confirms the car’s mileage of only 77,424 miles is genuine.
The car was purchased in the UK from Porsche specialists Gmund Cars by the current owner in August 2018 and imported into Australia. The current owner, who is a medical practitioner and fastidious to say the least, looked for many years to find a car of this calibre. Unfortunately, a change in his circumstances has resulted in this car being now offered for sale.
The Porsche Production Certificate confirms the car was delivered with the following options: speedometer with two scales KP/MPH, recoil bumpers, passenger door mirror electric/heated, sticker without ESE regulations, version for Great Britain, forged alloy wheels, rear wiper, electric aerial, 3 speakers, rear fog lamp on right, front and rear spoilers, sport shock absorbers, H4 headlights for left hand traffic, tinted glass and a sun roof. Since arriving into Australia the current owner has fitted air conditioning.
This car is finished in the most stunning colour combination of ‘zinc metallic’ (956/U3) with a burgundy leatherette interior (AG).
Sitting in our show room one could easily be time warped back to 1983 . . . the overall presentation of this car is just STUNNING! The paintwork remains in excellent condition all round with only the odd very minor blemish evident on close inspection. The depth of colour is very strong and contrasted by all of the exterior trim which is also in excellent condition. The black trim external pieces on this era of 911’s tend to fade, but not on this car they are excellent. Whilst this car has spent much of its life in the UK it is extremely solid underneath. The car has been professionally sealed and rustproofed. It is as clean and well-presented underneath as it is on top! You open the door and just get ‘drawn inside’ the car. All of the trim, dash, instruments & controls and even the carpet are almost like new! On these early 911’s its things like the dash, rear parcel shelf and door pockets that would normally show signs of deterioration and wear. These are all in excellent condition on this car. Then there’s the boot space . . . it looks like it has never been used . . . it is mint. The engine bay is also very clean and tidy and there is no evidence of any oil leaks. All of the engine bay stickers remain intact and are in excellent condition also.
Not surprisingly this car drives as well as it looks. It starts easily and once out on the open road it pulls strongly through the gears, it handles precisely and brakes as it should. There are no rattles or squeaks. It just goes about its business in that Germanic ‘Porsche way’ . . . and in fact it is just an absolute delight to drive! Everything looks to be in working order, including the factory sunroof.
The real Porsche tragics will be aware that the UK delivered cars had the more powerful 231hp engine compared to the de-tuned 217hp engine fitted to the Australian delivered cars.
This 911 has a full set of books, a history file, two sets of keys, tool kit, jack, an unused space saver spare wheel and even a colour coordinated Porsche bag that will accompany the car.
The car is photographed showing the Queensland registration plate 911HEN, however, it will be sold unregistered.
With many of these seventies and eighties Porsches either being modified or a little tired, it is so refreshing to be able to offer a very original and unmolested example. The car will suit the most fastidious buyer and it could be a serious concours contender. Hard to find better. Any inspection welcome.
Listed Price AUD $159,950
- 911 Carrera 3.2
- 77,474 miles