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1984 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera Sport Coupé

Lot No.: 508

Registration: A410 MJK
Chassis Number: WP0ZZZ91ZES103272
Engine Number: 63E05936
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 3164
Year of Manufacture: 1984
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Estimate (£): 40,000 - 50,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)
  • Sought-after early 3.2 C16 model
  • 55,746 verifiable miles with just two previous owners
  • UK ‘Sport’ model ordered from new without the rear spoiler
  • Bodywork restored in 2016, costing £8,000; recent Porsche service costing £3,000
  • Complete Porsche book-pack, including service book, spare keys and tool-roll

 

The 3.2 Carrera is revered as the ultimate development of the original 911 that first appeared in 1963. These final cars (before being replaced by the more complicated 964) were the most flexible and usable of Butzi Porsche's original design, arguably the purest incarnation of Porsche’s sports car icon.  

The model was launched in 1984, reviving the ‘Carrera' name for the first time since 1977, but the biggest change was hinted at in the new car’s designation: a 3164cc flat-six which Porsche claimed was 80% new.  Power was up to 231bhp with 209lb/ft of torque, making it the most powerful naturally aspirated 911 to date, enough to propel the lithe and slippery coupé to over 150 mph, with 0-60 mph coming up in 6.1 seconds.  At a stroke, with performance nipping at the heels of the original 930 of 1974, the ‘regular’ 911 had gone from sports car to junior supercar!  

The car presented here is a UK-supplied (C16), right-hand drive 1984 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera ‘Sport’ Coupé.  This, first-year-of-production, 3.2 is unusual in having had only two previous owners and has accrued just 55,746 genuine and verifiable miles.  This is supported by an original stamped-up service book, signed letters between owners, an MoT history check, and a wealth of invoices and is, of course fully 'matching-numbers'. 

Silverstone Auctions have spoken to the original owner, a notable London music producer, who confirms that he ordered the car new as a ‘Sport’ model but specifically requested not to have the rear spoiler fitted as he thought it took away from the overall 911 aesthetic and preferred the more subtle profile.  In August 1986, he sold the car to a doctor, giving him a signed letter confirming the deal.  The doctor kept the car for the next 30 years subsequently, in July 2016, selling it to our vendor (again with a signed letter), who is his long-term friend and had known and admired the car since 1986.

The car was delivered new on the 15th June 1986 through Malaya Garage Ltd. (Porsche) of Billinghurst to its original owner.  He returned the car to their workshops for servicing at the correct intervals from 1,078 miles to 18,247 miles.  The second owner was just as fastidious, ensuring that it was regularly serviced by Kent-based Porsche specialists ‘Bianchi Porsche’ and ‘La Rose Porsche’up to 51,093 miles (when a new clutch was fitted). The car was then used infrequently (MoT November 2006 @ 51,601 miles – MoT November 2013 @ 55,327 miles) but was stored very well and regularly MoT’d.  In 2014 it was decided to treat the car to a thorough bodywork recommission as, like most 1980’s 911s, it was now in need of some attention to its sills and wings.  The work was completed to a superb standard, ensuring wherever possible that originality was maintained.  This bodywork and respray (in its correct Porsche colour) cost approx. £8,000. With this work completed, our vendor was able to purchase the car and he ensured it had a full mechanical recommissioning check and service in July 2016 (at 55,379 miles) at Official Porsche Centre of Tonbridge, costing almost £3,000.  

This lovely Porsche is finished in Slate Blue Metallic (code X6X6), complemented by a Black leather with Black Porsche (logo) Cloth inlays with Black Carpet – as per its accompanying Certificate of Authenticity.  It is a standard UK 'Sport' model with forged Fuchs alloy wheels, Sport Shock absorbers, sports seats and a sunroof. 

This car has obviously been well-maintained and presents, both mechanically and cosmetically in excellent condition.  It has never required any major mechanical work due to its regular servicing, low mileage and garage storage. Very few 1980's 911s have lived such a pampered life in the hands of so few owners, and the benefits are clear to see with this particular car.  Small details like a full set of keys and immobiliser fobs (still on Malaya Garage keyrings), factory stickers still in situ, original dealer number-plates still fitted and a complete Porsche tool-roll (with original plastic gloves), jack and inflation kit, help support this dutiful ownership.  

This is a simply lovely genuine example of a Porsche model that is becoming increasingly sought-after.