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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

Final model years have their own particular appeal, perhaps garnering an extra dose of nostalgic reverence over the earlier model years, and as such with all else being equal almost always command the most value. Of the years during which the Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera was produced it is the final three model years that capture the most attention, given Porsche’s introduction of the G50 5-speed manual transmission in 1987, but cars from the model’s final year, 1989, continue that trend of showing slightly elevated values compared with the rest. 1989 itself marked a significant turning point for the 911 as it would finally see a significant reworking of the exterior design it had possessed since 1974. Furthermore, that design transition came after the success of the 911SC and 3.2 Carrera had cemented the 911’s place in the Porsche lineup. The time had finally come to retire an icon – or at least give an icon a significant facelift. For fans of the classic 911 style that makes 911s from the 1989MY highly prized as the final rendition we would see and the most refined of the breed. The example we have here is a very pretty Velvet Red Metallic 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in Cleveland, with a Burgundy interior and 87,950 miles on it.

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Year: 1989
Model: 911 Carrera Targa
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 87,950 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

You are bidding on a beautiful 1989 Porsche 911 Targa presented in Velvet red over Maroon interior. This Porsche is in exceptional condition with a unique color combination that pops. It currently has only 87K original miles and presents as if it had much less. Below you will find a more detailed description regarding the various aspects of the car. If you have any further questions please feel free to call me at
(440) 590-5788.

This Porsche runs amazing. It is tight and strong through the rev range and all gears. The G50 Transmission shifts perfectly and everything feels great. The AC blows cold and has no issues. The stereo is aftermarket and functions adequately, it does have a very helpful bluetooth function.

As you can see in the pictures the body is very clean, There are no dents or dings of note and all the body panels line up very nicely. There is no visible rust or blemishes of note.

The paint on this porsche looks great, it has a great shine depth and shine to it. There is a minor scratch on the back of the passenger quarter panel and some very minor stone chips on the front end.

The interior looks great, the seats are in decent shape but do show small signs of wear. The carpet below the floor matts is missing but the floor matts are in excellent condition. all other panels seem to be in good shape.

Velvet Red Metallic is a wonderful color that sort of fits between the lighter shade of Cassis Red and any of the burgundy metallics we might come across. It lacks the pure pop of Guards Red, but for those who prefer to travel a little more under the radar that may be a welcome feature. With its Burgundy interior the overall effect is a little too monochromatic, but at least the interior looks to be in nice condition. Assuming it is mechanically sound this 911 should make for a very nice driver with plenty of life left in it. Bidding remains very much on the low end at the moment at $16,100 as I’d expect this to sell in the neighborhood of $40k. Perhaps there are issues here only revealed with more thorough investigation that are holding this auction back. I’m not sure. This Targa presents very well, the color is both lovely and rare, and the mileage is quite reasonable for its age. There’s a lot to like and I’ll be interested to see where this auction goes. Perhaps something amiss will be revealed or perhaps we’ll see bidding come up to where we’d expect.



  1. Rpm
    Rpm October 3, 2015

    I’ve never thought the whale tail works on the Targa. Too many competing shapes. But you can always get a regular deck lid and sell the tail. Velvet is a good color. If this was a coupe $40K+ would be easy.

  2. Jeff
    Jeff October 4, 2015

    Agreed. I’m not a “tail hater”.
    I love them on Coupes.
    But, tails don’t look right on Targas and Cabs.

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