The Salon Privé Sale 2017

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1989 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera Sport Coupé G50

Lot No.: 222

Registration: F89 FWE
Chassis Number: WP0ZZZ91ZKS102416
Engine Number: 63K02509
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 3164
Year of Manufacture: 1989
Sold for (£): 34,100

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. Launched in 1984, and reviving the ‘Carrera' name for the first time since 1977, these were the ultimate 1980's sports cars.

The all-alloy, flat-6 engine, which had been fuel injected since 1971, received a final stretch to 3,164cc, giving a torque-rich 231 bhp, enough to propel the lithe and slippery coupé to over 150 mph, with 0-60 mph coming up in 5.6 seconds. Cars built from September 1986 onwards were fitted with the more user-friendly G50 Getrag gearbox, but all 3.2 Carreras feature galvanised bodies, which together with Porsche's legendary build quality, ensure that these classics are long lasting.

This lovely 1989 3.2 Carrera Sport G50 Coupé was delivered to the Merlin Porsche Centre in Chesterfield for the personal use of Merlin Chatsword, a Director of the company, and was first registered on 02/03/1989. Classically finished in Guards Red, this car was towards the end of production and, as such, was supplied with the desirable G50 gearbox and the factory fitted wider rear wheels which really enhance the car's appearance. The Porsche Certificate of Authenticity confirms the matching numbers and the fact that the option box had been well ticked including Recoil Bumpers, Blaupunkt Toronto Radio Cassette, Rear Seat Belts, Black Leather Sports Seats With Electric Height Adjustment, Rear Wiper With Spoiler, Sport Shock Absorbers, High Fidelity Package including 8 Speaker System with Amplifier, Amplifier System, Top Tinted Windscreen, Sun Roof, and the Luggage Compartment Trimmed in Black Velour Carpet.

This 911 has patently been enjoyed by its four owners as the odometer is now reading 189,514, which sounds quite a lot until you consider that the car had a full engine and gearbox rebuild by Parr Porsche (£9,000) at 147,444miles and recently (July 2016) was treated to a full, glass-out,respray which included new kidney bowls, seals and many new parts from Porsche at a cost of over £15,000. The car has remained in dry storage since its respray.

It's just had a major service and a fresh MOT the details of which are now in the large history file which also contains 27 years of MOTs, invoices for work carried out, and a comprehensive service history comprising 18 stamps from Merlin, Stratstone, and Parr Porsche.

As can be seen from the photographs, this sparkling Carrera has been totally rejuvenated and having been mechanically refreshed relatively recently it is "fantastic to drive" according to its owner. There is a growing fan club for these late eighties, G50 gearbox cars as they are comparatively simple, eminently usable, and reasonably bomb proof. This is one of the best we have seen and would make an excellent entry into the world of Porsche ownership.