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1988 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera ' Club Sport'

Lot No.: 318

Registration: E744 CPC
Chassis Number: WPOZZZ91ZS551023
Engine Number: 63J03246
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 3.2
Year of Manufacture: 1988
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): Result to follow
  • One of 340 Club Sports, only 53 in right-hand drive (Number 22)
  • Superbly presented in Grand Prix White with Guards Red Fuchs alloys 
  • LSD, 5-speed G50, shortened gear lever, 'Sport' shock absorbers, top-tinted screen 
  • Official UK press car. Extensive history file. 89,500 miles. Full service history
  • Certificate of Authenticity. Original Bill of Sale. Both original keys

 

When Porsche wanted to build a 911RS for the 1980s, it came up with the Carrera 3.2 Club Sport, a car which, like an RS, has gone on to become a sought-after classic. In common with the RS before it, the key to the Club Sport is lightness. Without going crazy, Porsche sliced around 40kg off the standard car’s 1210kg. This was done by omitting unnecessary ‘luxuries’ including electric windows, rear seats, rear wiper, radio, rear quarter panels, door pocket lids, central locking, engine-and luggage-compartment lights, passenger sun visor, underseal (although some UK cars retained some protection), some sound-deadening (that in the engine bay and roof lining remained), and even the coat hooks. There were manual heater controls (as fitted on earlier 911s) instead of an automatic thermostat system, whilst air-conditioning was deleted in markets where that was standard.

In addition, the car was fitted with a lighter starter motor, simplified (and therefore lighter) wiring loom, and an alloy spare wheel. Despite the reduced specification, the Club Sport’s interior was far from austere, with full carpeting (including over the rear seat area, and comfortable pinstripe fabric seats (some examples had leather seats).

Mechanically, the car retained the standard 3.2 engine, albeit blueprinted, fitted with lighter hollow inlet valves, and located on stiffer mounts. A revised engine management system increased the rev limit from 6520rpm to 6840rpm but, bizarrely, Porsche didn’t claim any increase in power over the standard engine’s 231bhp. The power was fed through a G50 gearbox with a shorter throw and taller fourth and fifth gears, and a limited-slip differential. Suspension, meanwhile, was uprated with nothing more than Bilstein gas dampers all round.

The majority of Club Sport’s were finished in Grand Prix White with the option of large ‘Carrera CS’ side decals in Guards Red. The Fuchs alloy wheels usually had matching red centres, but could also be specified in black or white. Only 340 Club Sports were built, with 53 right-hand-drive examples coming to the UK, where road testers received it with open arms; Motor claimed it to be the fastest 911 it had driven, and good value at some £3,000 cheaper than the standard car. However, it was less warmly received by the US press, who couldn’t see the point of paying over the odds (the car was priced higher in that market) for a Porsche with a reduced specification. Indeed, only 28 examples were sold in the USA.

The example we have here is finished in Grand Prix White and Black leatherette with pinstripe black seats. It's fitted with an LSD, 5-speed G50, shortened gear lever, forged alloy wheels, 'Sport' shock absorbers, top tinted windscreen, and Clubsport Equipment. It also retains its original Blaupunkt radio cassette.

This stunning 3.2 Club Sport (number 22 out of the 53 RHD UK cars delivered) was supplied through JCT600 in Bradford to Porsche themselves and subsequently became the official Press Car as confirmed by the history file. This is a superb read and even includes an original press release (addressed to Mr Tony Dron!). The car has been sold throughout the years by both Porsche themselves and well respected Porsche specialists. The service history mirrors this and dates all the way back to the initial Running-in service, with invoices to verify back to 1992. The original invoice from Porsche GB to the first private owner is also included. Supplied with all the history detailed above, The Porsche CoA, the stamped original service booklet, 2 original keys and the current MOT Certificate valid until 15/11/2019.

The 3.2 Club Sport is a very rare machine, a desirable 80s Porsche for the serious collector, and one with such an interesting history is a real gem.