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1985 Porsche 911 Carrera (3.2)

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  • Mileage~121,518
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine3.2L
  • LocationDundee


1985 Porsche 911 Carrera (3.2)

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Adam Purrier

Beautifully engineered, agile, elegant and a delight to drive, this is classic Porsche at some of its finest.

The Porsche 911 has long been recognised as one of the most iconic and influential sports cars in recent history, with its instantly recognisable styling, low driving position, and precision engineering - it’s easy to see why. 1984 brought us the replacement for the SC or "Super Carrera" which was the Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2. A claimed 80% new engine brought a higher displacement over the previous 3.0L engine. New inlet and exhaust manifolds, together with the crankshafts from the 1978 Turbo 3.3, and increased compression ratio, boosted the 911 to ~207 BHP from factory. The 915 gearbox from the SC was used up until 1987, when it was changed to the G50.

This example finished in Porsche's iconic "Guards Red" over black leather has had a wealth of restoration works carried out on it including ~130 hours of exterior renovation in March 2002. It has records of historic servicing carried out by AutoFarm and Northway Porsche in the early 2000's that help to explain the beautiful condition it presents in today.

This listing was written from information supplied by Adam after meeting Irene the custodian, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

Leaving a legacy behind with some incredible motoring history, the 911 is selling for a great cause.

The previous owner Brian, left much of his car collection and garage equipment to the Dundee museum of transport, a treasured part of his life that he wanted to support after his passing. Part of the collection left to the museum included this lovely Porsche 911 Carrera, some of Brian's cars are going to displayed as part of the exhibits, however, some were left to help fund the museum expansion project.

Irene from the transport museum is the custodian and curator, is managing the sale of the car to raise additional funding for future projects ahead. As such, this lovely air-cooled 911 is coming to auction with us. Irene and the team will do their best to answer any questions about the car in the comments section below.

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Finished in the factory colour of Guards Red, it looks stunning and we can think of a better better for a classic 911.

Wheels and Tyres

Forged Porsche 15" Fuchs alloy wheels were part of the original optional equipment with the 911. Finished in black with polished rim, visually these all look in good shape.

The tyres on the Porsche look in good condition on the sidewall sections with tread that looks respectable also. However, the tyres are undated so may need changing in the near future with safety in mind. Take a look over the exterior gallery section for a close up view of the wheels and tyres on the Porsche.


In March 2002 the Porsche had several hours of restoration work carried out. The works consisted of stripping and refitting doors assemblies, roof repairs, stripping and refitting boot assemblies where the work covered nearly every aspect of the body. Dents were repaired in front doors, rear wings and engine lid which still look great today. The hood was also replaced in April 2002. The results of this work are proudly shown on the lovely exterior of the Carrera. If we were being picky about the car, the panel fit on the drivers side could do with a little fettling, and there were some small signs of corrosion underneath the passenger sill section as well as the drivers side wing bottom.

Overall the car looks really good still carrying its "whale tail" spoiler and recoil bumpers. It was also pleasing to note that the kidney bowl sections that sit behind the rear wheel which are usually areas that gather rust, showed with no signs of rust on our visit.

We've highlighted in more detail our observations through our hi-resolution images and videos, so please take time to look through all the media files for a detailed view at what’s on offer, and for you to assess the condition of the car for yourselves.


The "Guards Red" is a beautiful paint colour that attracts a great level of attention. The coverage is nice and even across the car with no noted differences in colour and overall presents to a good standard. Alongside the bodywork repairs, the 911 was fully prepared and repainted in March 2002 where around ~130 hours of work were put into the project.

We did note that there are some stone chips on the front bonnet which do show a little as they've been touched in with a different colour pen, although we had to look fairly closely to spot these. The Porsche isn't currently in show condition but is a car that still stands out for all the right reasons.

Again, we have taken high resolution images and videos of the car for you to assess the condition of the bodywork for yourselves. The images are taken from a few different angles to show off the car as you would see it if you were standing there for yourselves. So please take the time to fully assess these high resolution images and videos of the car, for you to make up your own minds about the condition of the paint.

Glass and Trim

Top tinted windscreen, side windows, mirrors and lenses all appear in good condition and we could see no sign of scratching or chips on the glass. Door cards showed nicely and gave a great impression looking around the Carrera.

The seals look good around the car and in line with the rest of the condition of the car. Rubber sections on the interior edges looked good and only showed a few signs of age related wear which is to be expected. The exterior photo section also shows the cabriolet hood in great condition with no tears or rips.


A straight forward dash shows the classic five clock display that has become synonymous with the 911 Carrera.

Seats and Carpets

Finished in black leatherette with red piping, the seats do show some signs of age related wear as you would expect given the car is approaching its 38th birthday, but this only goes as far as some creasing, a few marks to the back of the front seats and a little wear to the edge piping.

It was great to see the driver and passenger electric seat function working well when we tested these. Rear seats show very well with no noted rips, tears or concerning markings.

The carpets are in great condition also having been replaced in March 2002, looking underneath these sections we noted no issues here. Carpeted sections on the underside of the door card showed nicely also.


The dashboard looks to be free from any splits and cracks which are quite common on older cars. Clocks and dials showed nicely with ~121,518 miles at the time of our visit.

The display on these sections displayed a lovely level of presentation and are all functional showing clearly with no obvious scratching to the facings. Our interior gallery section takes you over some closer images of the 911 dashboard, head over and see the car's interior in finer detail.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

Both the steering wheel and gearstick look to be original items that show and feel in good condition with only light wear to both. The Porsche branded wheel is a simple setup but provides the driver with a solid grip on the road ahead.

We've captured high-resolution photos for you to review and appreciate the condition of the interior in our gallery section.


With a top speed of ~152 MPH, the 911 naturally aspirated Boxer 6 3.2L engine produced ~207 BHP from factory. As well as looking beautiful, this one is also a real driving machine.

Engine and Gearbox

For over ~120k miles covered, the engine is mechanically in a good place. A recent MOT valid until March 2024, gives the new owner additional peace of mind that the 911 is set for many more miles of fun ahead of it. Driving the Carrera gave us no major cause for concern with the gears engaging without issue, and once warmed up, the engine functioned smoothly.

Head over to the mechanical review video for an overview of the engine, here you can see the car start up from cold. The car hadn't been started for a week, and so the initial "cold start" video does show a little erratic idling etc, however, after the short drive out the car performed without issue and so we have included a few idling videos when the car has been warmed up too.

Suspension and Brakes

We noted a little sound of knocking out on the drive in the 911 which seemed to suggest that the front suspension joint may be worth taking a closer look at. Overall the car gave us no concerns in its performance or handling which was a joy to be out on the road in.

Discs are all present on the four corners with painted red callipers and all look to be in good condition. The brakes bring the car to a halt in a straight line with no juddering reported to come through the pedal and worked as to be expected. Looking through the paperwork, you'll see the suspension and brakes have seen attention in the early 2000's by marque experts Northway Porsche and Autofarm.

The Drive

The 911 gives a good amount of feedback to the driver and handles well, giving you the confidence of a newer model but in the beautifully formed classic shell of an older car.

We take the 911 out on some local roads to get a better feel for the car. Head over to the on the road video to hear our thoughts on the journey and to see how the car performs.

Electrics and Other

The electric elements in the 911 are a relatively simple setup, there is an aftermarket Sony stereo added to the dash area and thankfully, tested and working electric driver and passenger seats to the front.

On our test drive out in the car, we noted no issues with the electrical components which Irene confirmed for us also.

History and Paperwork

With a wealth of history and restoration work carried out in the 2000's, this is a lovely example of a UK RHD ready for a new owner to enjoy.

The 911 has had a great amount of money invested into it over the course of its history which shows it has been really well looked after in its years. There are a whole set of many receipts for the works carried out over the Porsche's life.

In December 2005, Autofarm carried out works again for replacement of front callipers, discs, pads, sensors and brake hoses. The specialist team also replaced the nearside front ball joint, oil pressure light switch and driveshaft gaiter. Autofarm worked on the 911 in March 2004 to repair the underside of the tank, resurface the discs and check the geometry amongst other servicing works. In January 2003, Northway Porsche changed the oil filter and carried out an MOT, in June of the same year new roof release handles were also fitted as well as a new speed sensor.

In March 2002 servicing was carried out at Northway Porsche covering off; new oil drain tubes, oil lines, inner and outer wheel bearings, driveshaft seals, track rod end, gearbox flange and cv boot kit. This also included new engine lid struts, two new front bonnet struts and new interior and boot carpets. The Porsche had several items of work carried out that consisted of stripping and refitting doors assemblies, roof repairs, stripping and refitting boot assemblies also. Dents were repaired in front doors, rear wings and the engine lid. The hood was also replaced in April 2002. All of this restoration work equated to around ~130 hours worth of labour on the car.

Irene will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about the car in the comments below.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house. Please note, the car may be in daily use, so the mileage may increase from that shown here - you can request an update check with us after you register your interest.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
13.03.2023 MOT 121,518
13.06.2012 MOT 121,365
19.05.2011 MOT 118,001
01.06.2010 MOT 115,959
12.06.2009 MOT 113,861
13.12.2008 MOT 113,362
20.05.2008 Service 112,717
13.11.2007 MOT 112,341
13.01.2007 MOT 110,609
16.12.2005 MOT 109,393
15.01.2005 MOT 108,797
31.01.2004 MOT 107,819
21.01.2003 MOT 107,819
08.03.2002 Service 107,819
20.11.2001 MOT 107,819
Key Details
  • Model911 Carrera Cabriolet (3.2)
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date09.05.1985
  • CC3,164
  • Mileage~121,518
  • HistoryGood
  • ColourGuards Red
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #WP0ZZZ91ZFS151107
  • Engine #63F04160
  • RestoredYes
  • MOTYes. Exp 12.03.2024
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers8
  • Tyre BrandAvon
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~13 years, 7 months
  • Key FeatureGreat service history, nice condition
  • Auction ID1291