1987 Porsche 911 Carrera

Every now and then I’ll come across a Porsche painted in a hue which I had no idea was offered. I had seen Riviera Blue on a few 911s before, but after the folks at flüssig magazine posted a picture of a Riviera Blue 928GTS, I was yet again stumped. I had never seen a 928 in this hue. It was surely unique, but I’m not sure it really fit the nature of this grand touring machine. This 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera in Cassis Red, however, is another story. You don’t see them in this color all too often, and with the burgundy leather, it really looks rich. This example for sale in Texas has covered just over 50,000 miles and is the first model year to have the desirable G50 gearbox.

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Year: 1987
Model: 911 Carrera
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 51,669 mi
Price: Reserve auction

RARE CASSIS RED 1987 PORSCHE 911 3.2L W/G50, ONLY 51,700 MILES, TWO KEYS, CLEAN AUTOCHECK, FRESH SERVICE. DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF PORSCHE HISTORY!! THIS CAR WONT LAST LONG!!!

With the 911’s future ensured, 1984 saw the launch of a replacement for the successful SC series. It was the model year 1984 911 3.2 Carrera, reviving the Carrera name for the first time since 1977. The 911 3.2 Carrera was the last iteration in the original 911 series, with all subsequent models featuring new body styling with new brake, electronic and suspension technologies.

A new higher-displacement motor, a 3.2-litre horizontally opposed flat 6-cylinder, was utilized. At the time Porsche claimed it was 80% new.[13] The new swept volume of 3164 cc was achieved using the 95 mm (3.7 in) bore (from the previous SC model) combined with the 1978 Turbo 3.3 crankshaft’s 74.4 mm (2.9 in) stroke. In addition, higher domed pistons increased the compression ratio from 9.8 to 10.3:1 (although only 9.5:1 for the US market). New inlet manifold and exhaust systems were fitted. The 915 transmission was carried over from the SC series for the first three model years. In 1987, the Carrera got a new five-speed gearbox sourced from Getrag, model number G50 with proven Borg Warner synchronizers. This slightly heavier version also featured a hydraulically operated clutch.

With the new engine, power was increased to 207 bhp (154 kW; 210 PS) (@ 5900 rpm) for North American-delivered cars and to 231 bhp (172 kW; 234 PS) (@ 5900 rpm) for most other markets. This version of the 911 accelerated 0–60 mph (100 km/h) in 5.4 seconds and had a top speed of 150 mph (242 km/h) as measured by Autocar. Factory times were more modest: 0–60 mph time of 6.3 seconds for the US version and 6.1 seconds for cars outside the American market.

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It may appear a bit feminine, but I always appreciated the lighter metallics on the Carrera 3.2. It allows one to appreciate the finer points of this design, what some consider the last link to the original 911. The ’87 to ’89 Carreras are some of the most desirable, attributed mainly to the G50 gearbox which was more robust than the transmission which preceded it. We saw a 1987 911 Carrera sell for $34,000 last month, but that car had 142,000 miles on it. With such low mileage and a rare color, we’re solidly in mid $40,000 territory, if not approaching $50,000.

-Paul

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3 Comments

  1. Tough color to appreciate no matter how nice

  2. I almost bought a Cassis Red 911 back in 2009, so that just proves there’s a buyer for every car. I had my eye on an ’87 with 38,000 miles for $32 K.
    Those days are long gone…

  3. I have an 88 targa in Cassis Red. Its always been one of my favorite Porsche colors. I lucked into it. My 87 guards red was totalled in Sept. The woman who hit me had good insurance and they paid me top dollar for it. I found the Cassis Red on eBay and took the train to DC to see it from a private owner and bought it on the spot. All service records, very nice car, 64k miles. $30k. The only non stock items were a momo prototipo with matching maroon leather and the head unit. Both stock items came with the car along with a log book of oil changes, all manuals, two additional technical manuals, car cover, spare oil filters, mounted fire extinguisher. Wheel just refinished by wheel enhancement with receipt. Heck receipts for everything. Top just redone by Cars Inc, Dan in NJ with receipt. And so on and so on.

    IIRC they are looking for mid 50’s on that coupe.

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