1984 Porsche 911 Carrera

When looking for a value within the 911 range the best place to start is usually a higher mileage 1983 911SC or a 1984 3.2 Carrera just like the one we have here. While few, if any, 911s are what we’d consider “cheap” these days, those two years still possess an excellent combination of price, style, and performance without attracting too much attention from collectors. For many the 1984 3.2 Carrera may be the preferred choice given the improved engine, but each has its merits and both are sure to please their future owners. Here we have a Grand Prix White 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Atlanta, with 143,748 miles on it in addition to some nice options including sport seats and a set of color-matched Fuchs. On many colors of the 911 I can do without the color-matched Fuchs wheels, but on Grand Prix White I find it particularly eye-catching.

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1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

Continuing our theme for the week, here we another 3.2 Carrera Coupe, but now from the earlier years of their production. This is where we really begin to enter value territory for these cars. The introduction of the G50 transmission in 1987 marked the end for the 915 5-speed transmission after a 15 year run. With torque gradually increasing during the 911’s life the 915 continually had to be reworked so as to keep up with the increased stresses placed upon it by the engine and heavier chassis. Like with many things in the auto industry, eventually it became more cost effective simply to switch to a newer unit rather than continue to revise and upgrade the previous model. The 915 had served its purpose and helped make the 911 the driver’s car that so many continue to love and today a 915-equipped 3.2 Carrera comes at a discount relative to a similar quality model from later in the run. This Guards Red 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe comes from the first year of 3.2 Carrera production and is a European model, which means you get a few more horsepower from the 3.2 liter flat-six (231 rather than 207 hp).

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1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

Turning our attention again to the 3.2 Carrera, here we have an example that is beginning to creep back into value territory, though the asking price is still higher than what we might hope to pay for a driver-quality 911. With a Diamond Blue Metallic exterior and Marine Blue leather interior this one even possesses a somewhat unique color combination that is compelling without being flashy. This 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in New Jersey, with 105,744 miles on it comes from near the last year of the classic 911 design and given the mileage looks to be in quite good condition.

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1987 Porsche 911 Carrera

It’s time to turn our attention back to the 3.2 Carrera and check in on the market for these excellent cars. The 3.2 Carrera, along with the very similar 911SC, remains one of my favorite variants of the 911 for reasons that defy the logic of performance and even appearance. These were the Carreras of my youth and I still feel a great deal of excitement when I see one on the street. For a time they also represented the best values on the 911 market, but with the general rise in values of the air-cooled 911 it has become increasingly difficult to find one at a good price. Without the seller coming down on the price here, this 1987 Guards Red Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe won’t set anyone’s heart aflutter for its value, but it still represents an excellent looking example of the breed. 1987 was the first year the G50 5-speed transmission was offered on these cars so sellers are always seeking a premium.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Silver Anniversary Edition

This will be a bit of a quick hitter since we just featured a Silver Anniversary Carrera earlier this week. This time we have the other color option that was available on these cars, Silver Metallic. Unlike the previous example, this car comes with the original equipment necessary to return the car to original condition, which is always a nice selling point for cars such as these that are ultimately destined to become collector cars. With nearly 122K miles on the clock this example has certainly lead a fruitful life, but with a long maintenance history included prospective buyers should get a good sense of the current state of the car.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Silver Anniversary Edition

For a car maker one of the perks of sustained success for a particular model comes in the guise of special or commemorative editions. These editions tend to garner additional sales from those who are fans of the car while also, even if this has less impact on the marque’s finances itself, holding greater long-term appeal on the used-car market. Porsche in general is a big fan of special editions and given the 911’s longevity and success it is then no surprise that quite a few have been produced over the long life of this sports car. So, as the end of the 3.2 Carrera coincided with the 25th anniversary of the 911 it was natural to produce a special edition as a send off for the model that had brought Porsche so much success. And, of course, it helped move some of the last remaining stock. Win-win! While most of the ‘specialness’ of these cars comes solely through cosmetic changes, these editions do tend to show better value on the current market so collectors seek them out. The example here is a Satin Black Metallic Silver Anniversary 911 (the other available color being Silver Metallic), located in California, which has seen 66,236 miles.

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1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

I mentioned briefly in a previous post the transmission differences between the ’86 and ’87 model years for the 911 and we can see here how much sellers take pains to emphasize the presence of the G50 transmission. I always find it a humorous strategy. As I mentioned in that post, and as a few noted in the comments, the G50 is better, but not necessarily enough so that we should ignore the early years of these cars. With that said, we could probably make the case that the transmission should matter more to collectors rather than those looking for a driver as the G50 will likely show better value down the road. Which brings us to the car seen here: a Dark Blue 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in California, with just shy of 50,000 miles on the clock. This Cabriolet appears to be in excellent shape all around, the mileage is pretty low, and it came with a few highly desirable options, all of which likely suggests interested parties will have an eye towards the future when considering this as a purchase.

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1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

We’ve had a brief reprieve from the hot and humid days of summer here in the Mid-Atlantic and what better way to enjoy the sun and wind than with some open-top motoring. A Targa provides an interesting alternative for drivers who don’t care for the full convertible experience and while I’ve always been a little ambivalent towards them in general this all-black example strikes the perfect look and nearly changes my whole perspective. Here we have a Black on Black 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in Alabama, with 139,500 miles on it. The ’86 model year was the last year the 911 made use of the 915 transmission before Porsche switched to the G50 so these tend to command slightly lower values than the cars produced from ’87-’89.

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1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

It’s summertime and even though here in the Mid-Atlantic our weather isn’t always ideal for top-down motoring there are still many parts of the country where such joys can most easily be experienced this time of year. In that vein, here we have a very nice Guards Red 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in California, with 138,589 miles on it. Coming in the second-to-last year of classic 911 production this Cabriolet will show the peak refinement these cars achieved including possessing the highly-desirable G50 transmission (a fact this seller seems almost too aware of given how often it is mentioned in the ad).

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1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

I tend to go back and forth about whether I prefer the look of the 3.2 Carrera Speedster or that of the 964-based Carrera 2 Speedster, but there is something about the particular car featured here that really catches my eye in ways that others have not. Either Speedster is, of course, intended to harken back to the original 356 Speedster and to a degree the narrow-bodied Carrera 2 seems to come closer to the mark in that regard. There were a small number of narrow-bodied 3.2 Carrera Speedsters made, but they are so few that I can’t recall coming across one. Getting to the car here, as the market for the 3.2 Carrera has intensified I’ve been curious about the effect that would have on the rare variants of these models. The Speedster has always been very expensive so we may wonder how much more value they may show in the near term, but if this seller can even approach this asking price, then it would appear that the Speedster market has increased quite a bit as well. Here we have a gorgeous Grand Prix White 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster with red leather interior, located in Monterey, showing 22,300 miles.

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