1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

I’m going to say from the outset that I really like this Guards Red 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa. I wouldn’t say there is much that’s terribly special about it, but its overall look is really grabbing me. A bright red 3.2 Carrera Targa that is presented well simply falls right into my wheelhouse for everything I love about the 911. I love the classic 911 design, I’ve always liked the versatility and appearance of the Targa, and the ’85 fits into a nice window with regard to value. And it is that last point that brings me to the one thing I don’t like about it: the price. It is possible that given the condition and low mileage that this Targa isn’t priced too badly, but I’m not so sure about that. Though even if it is too highly priced it still foretells a movement of these early Carreras into pricing that simply seems beyond what I’d want to spend for one. Oh well. Let’s take a look at it though because as I said I love the car itself.

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Year: 1985
Model: 911 Carrera Targa
VIN: WP0EB0910FS160257
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 51,953 mi
Price: $61,900 Buy It Now

IMMACULATE 1985 PORSCHE TARGA FINISHED IN CLASSIC GUARDS RED OVER BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR.

THIS PORSCHE HAS BEEN BABIED SINCE DAY ONE AND IT SHOWS.

51K ACTUAL MILES

CLEAN CARFAX

CLEAN AUTOCHECK

IMMACULATE IN AND OUT

CLEAN ENGINE BAY HOUSING THE WELL MAINTAINED 3.2L FLAT 6 FIRES RIGHT UP AND RUNS STRONG

WORKING FACTORY BLAUPUNKT CASSETTE PLAYER

WORKING VINTAGE DIGI-GUARD ALARM SYSTEM

PICTURES DON’T DO THIS CAR JUSTICE

COMES WITH ORIGINAL MANUALS, TOOL KIT AND AIR COMPRESSOR

The Guards Red paint on this 911 really pops, so much so that my first question is whether the paint is original to the car or whether it has been resprayed. The ad does not tell us so you’ll want to get a paint meter on it to see what stories the panels tell. There are just under 52K miles on it so it could be entirely original, but I’d definitely like to know. It looks fantastic though and shows the type of vibrancy that is desired by those seeking out a bright red car. I especially like it on the Targa where the roll hoop, top, and expanded rear glass serve to break up and provide contrast to the color. So you get a bright 911, but slightly subdued.

The interior shows perhaps slightly more wear, but overall presents quite well. There do not appear to be any tears in the seating or cracks in the dash and everything looks clean and correct. The engine bay too looks very clean. It even comes with an old alarm system that is probably one of those that will drive your neighbors insane. It’s vintage though.

I love seeing 911s like this as they remind me of why I began to desire these cars in the first place. It isn’t paint to sample, there isn’t a crazy interior and there aren’t any exciting options. It’s just a nice early Carrera that’s been cared for. As I said, I think the price is too high, but for the right price it should make a nice addition to anyone’s garage.

-Rob

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