1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa 3.2
The Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 was introduced in 1984 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’s 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. However, Porsche claimed fuel consumption to be 10 per cent 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 a 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa 3.2 that is in absolutely stunning original condition. This particular car was sold new by Porsche dealer Heddell & Deeks in Dorset in the UK and delivered on the 23rd April 1985.
The car passed through a number of owners in the UK who have clearly cherished and looked after it. This 911 Carrera has an impeccable service history, books (including a fully stamped service book), jack and two sets of keys. There is also a very thick history file with many receipts, old MOT’s and UK registration documents. The service book and documentation confirm that the car’s mileage of only 115,695 miles to be genuine up until February 2014. The odometer stopped working in circa mid-2015 and it is estimated the car has travelled perhaps 2,000 – 3,000 miles since this time. It has been recently repaired. The previous to current owner acquired the car on the 20th April 2013 from a Porsche specialist in the UK and subsequently imported it into Australia. Since arriving into Australia the car has continued to be fastidiously maintained by its enthusiastic owners.
The car is well known to Oldtimer Australia, having been previously sold by us in October 2017 to its current owner. A change in his circumstances has resulted in him downsizing his collection, hence, this fabulous 911 is now offered for sale.
Back in 2010, the car was given a respray in its original colour of ‘guards red’ (L027). Today the car presents and drives fabulously. The paintwork remains in excellent condition all round with only the odd stone chip or blemish evident on close inspection. It still retains a high gloss finish. All of the exterior trim, glass, wheels etc are also in very good condition. 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! The interior is all original and in very good condition for a 30+-year-old car. It has a nice patina about it with some minor wear on the edges of the front seats and on top of the steering wheel. The radio is original as is the unused spare wheel, tyre and jack. It’s often the little things that make a difference on a car. 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 and all of the original engine bay stickers, tyre specification sticker and car ID specification sticker all are intact and like new.
This car drives very well indeed. It starts easily and once out on the open road it pulls strongly through the gears, handles and brakes as it should. In fact, it is just an absolute delight to drive!
During the current owner’s custodianship, this car has been fitted with new tyres in November 2017. In December 2018 it was serviced, had the ECU replaced, fuel pump serviced and a temperature sensor replaced.
The car is currently on full Queensland registration, it has just been serviced (as noted above) and a roadworthy certificate has just been completed. The car is photographed with the Queensland number plate TGA 911, however, these are not being sold with the car.
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.
With many of these Porsches being modified, it is so refreshing to be able to offer a very original and unmolested example.
The car has a full set of books, a thick and extensive history file, two sets of keys with immobiliser, jack and an unused space saver spare wheel that will accompany the car.
Hard to find better. Any inspection welcome.
- Porsche 911 Carerra Targa 3.2
- 116623 Miles