The 911 Carrera 3.2 was considered by many to be the final link to the original 911 before newer safety and emissions regulations started to take hold in the 1990s which would eventually see the phasing out of the air-cooled motor. It certainly is one of my favorites, with the ultra-rare Club Sport lightweight special being my favorite. While a Club Sport is one of the most valuable of all 3.2 variants, there are plenty of other 3.2s to consider as an optimal starting point for your air-cooled obsession. We’ll take a look at a few different examples, including a 930 of the same era, starting off with this Grand Prix White Targa for sale in Miami.
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In 1986 the big two door coupe from Mercedes, though flashier than its four door brethren, rarely would be seen in bright colors. Unlike some of the unique shades coming on the Benz cars today from the factory, particularly some of the special order Designo branded cars, the W126 cars rarely saw ultra bright eye catching colors. It is because most SECs you see are black, grey, dark blue, white and rarer red, that this canary yellow SEC really stands out. Obviously this isn’t a factory paint job, photos suggest this car was white, but that doesn’t diminish what a coat of bright paint does to the normally iconic, but subdued lines of the great SEC.
The color on this car was part of a makeover that also includes an extensive audio system. The system features Eclipse and Soundstream parts. It always amazes me at how, like cars themselves electronic equipment can provide a look that evokes a time period and the equipment in this car is no exception. The seller states the system was installed in the early 1990s, I would’ve pegged it at right about 1995. Flipping through some of my car audio magazines from that time and pricing some of the equipment there is no question the creator took the best that Eclipse and to offer and through it at the car. There is easily multiple thousands of dollars of parts alone from when they were new. It is too bad that the seller doesn’t show a build sheet with all the model numbers of the included parts, because certainly the speakers, which are hidden, are also upgraded. The seller says that all the equipment works as it should. The seller alludes to this being a display car, but doesn’t state whether it was for a manufacturer, car audio shop or what. If it was a display/demo car one would hope the install quality was high.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Mercedes 560SEC with Custom ICE on eBay
The MK2 Jetta Coupe is a bit of an odd duck, a point I discussed with fellow blogger Carter at a recent meet-up of other German car owners. There was a very clean, modified-but-restrained example at the show, and as much I enjoyed inspecting it, I agreed that it seemed like an unusual car for Volkswagen to have even considered assembling. Still, despite it answering a question nobody asked, the Jetta Coupe had great proportions (in my opinion) and was certainly attractive despite being somewhat pointless. This car has benefited from what appears to be a cleanly-executed swap, and is up for grabs at a very reasonable price. Though I’m not much of an aftermarket wheel guy, ATSs are a great choice for MK2 Volkswagens.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 VW Jetta Coupe 16-Valve on eBay
Ah, the DP 935. It’s a car that in the world of Porsche generates both enthusiasm and enthusiastic hatred of the modifications. There’s no denying that they were one of the more spectacular modified Porsches in the 1980s, though, and while Duran Duran seems to be playing in my head everytime I see one, I nevertheless love to find them. We last looked at a blacked-out and modified 1986 DP 935 almost exactly a year ago. Today’s model, like the all-black model from last year, is not 100% correct or the full-crazy European-spec slantnose, but the U.S. spec toned down package that retained the original bumpers. Also like that car, this example has non-original wheels and an engine rebuild/refresh. Is it the one to buy?