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1987 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera Sport

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  • Mileage~155,547
  • TransmissionManual G50
  • Engine3.2-litre
  • LocationSwindon


1987 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera Sport

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Andrew Taylor
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The word “icon” is often overused today, it surely remains entirely appropriate for the Porsche 911, however and, for many, the late '80s Carrera 3.2 represents this icon’s sweet-spot.

The long history of the 911 has been very well documented but this 1987 Carrera 3.2 comes from a very interesting time in Porsche history. This car passed through the Stuttgart factory gates in the same year that the saviour of the 911, Peter Schutz, retired from his Porsche CEO role.

Schutz, an American, joined Porsche as CEO in 1980. Within three weeks he grasped the importance of the 911 to the very survival of Porsche and dramatically reversed the decision to kill off the 911 in favour of the transaxle cars, the 928, 944 and 924.

Porsche folk-law has it that during a meeting Schutz had noticed a chart on the wall of the office of Porsche’s Chief Engineer, Helmuth Bott. The chart showed a timeline of the 928 and 944 model ranges extending into the future, whilst the 911 timeline stopped abruptly. Schutz grabbed a marker pen from Bott’s desk and extended the line for the 911 off the chart, onto the wall and out of the door. On re-entering the office Schutz asked a smiling Bott “do we understand each other?”.

This 3.2 Carrera model replaced the SC in 1984 and hence became the first in a very long line of “phoenix 911s”. The Carrera, reviving the haloed name for the first time since 1977, enjoyed a raft of very desirable upgrades. The enlarged and more powerful engine was claimed to be “80% new” and now gave 234bhp in Europe. The car received a new Getrag 5 speed gearbox, bigger disks all round and a hydraulic clutch. The “whale tail” spoiler, black and silver Fuchs five spoke alloys and significantly flared rear arches, for many, are emblematic of an '80s Porsche 911.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Andrew after meeting Graham the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

My previous 911 was a 30,000 mile, concourse condition ’89 3.2 Targa - it won many first prizes in various events but it was simply too good to use, so I bought this car because I wanted something I could use and enjoy - enjoyed it I have!

Current owner Graham certainly knows his 911s having been the proud owner of one of the country’s best 3.2 Targas. When the time came to find a more usable example, Graham was uniquely placed to sort the wheat from the chaff. He settled on this car because it was an original, unmolested example with a full-service history and the much improved Getrag G50 5-speed gearbox. The car was ideally optioned for Graham too, with the desirable sunroof and electric seats.

Sadly Graham suffered a bad fall in 2015 which resulted in a broken hip and wrist, the results of which has made it difficult for him to use and enjoy the car fully. So this has been a tough decision for Graham, as anyone that has ever owned this model will know, however, Graham really wants it to go to a proper enthusiast, hence asking us to help him sell.

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As the photographs here hopefully confirm, the curvaceous body of this 911 Carrera presents exceptionally well for a 34 year old Porsche, which has been extensively enjoyed.

Wheels and Tyres

The 16 inch Fuchs five spoke alloys remain in the original combination of black pained spokes over polished silver alloy rims. The condition appears excellent with no dings or scrapes being noticed.

The Yokohama AD08R tyres are 225/50 at the rear and 205/55 at the front. Graham reports that they give exceptional levels of grip. Graham’s attention to detail can be witnessed by the Porsche branded, alloy dust caps, pictured.


During our visit, the bodywork highlighted no areas of concern whatsoever. Graham pointed out some very minor areas that he would address if he were keeping the car. There is an almost imperceptible ding in the bonnet, for which Dentmaster have quoted £150 to rectify.

The inner sills of the car were professionally replaced in 2008.

We have taken hi-resolution images and videos of the car for you to assess the bodywork condition for yourselves.


The paint work is extremely lustrous and reflective and clearly as thick as we have come to expect from Porsches of this era. There are a few stone chips to the lower front of the car but we would consider these less prevalent than most low riding sports cars of this age and mileage.

Again, please take time to review all the images and videos showing the paint from different angles and reflections, to assess the condition for yourselves.

Glass and Trim

The glass appears to be in excellent unchipped condition - no areas of distortion or discolouration were noted.


The interior is an admirably original example dressed in soft, linen coloured leather and optioned with the very desirable electric seats and sunroof.

Seats and Carpets

The leather seats, piped in red, are generally in good condition with the subtleness of the leather being well up to normal Porsche high standard.

The deep-pile wool carpets are in equally good condition and are also finished in linen too.

Please view the images to see the full condition of the seats and interior.


The top of the dash presents very well with no cracks or blemishes being evident. The big Porsche, driver-centric gauges are clear, fog free and all appeared in working condition during our brief trip in the car.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The original steering wheel has been replaced by Graham for a period correct, black leather Momo steering wheel, seated on an offset spacer to improve access.

Importantly, the original wheel, pictured, will be provided with the vehicle.

The gearstick and knob are original items and in good condition.


The 3.2 litre flat six engine starts on the button - the mechanics of this car are a testament to the full service record.

Engine and Gearbox

During our brief trip in the car all mechanical systems worked as expected and belied the age and mileage of the car.

Graham’s son is a qualified mechanic with Porsche Indy experience and has attended to any maintenance items, always using OEM parts. In 2020 the inner and outer drive shaft boots have been replaced with genuine Porsche items.

Suspension and Brakes

The brakes proved to arrest the Porsche in a straight and true fashion during our short trip - no pulling to either side was apparent.

In 2010 all brake callipers were replaced with reconditioned units along with flexible brake hoses and pads. In 2015 all shock absorbers were replaced with new Boge oil / gas units.

The Drive

A drive in a Schutz era 911 is always a special experience. This particular example sounds great with its replacement stainless steel exhaust system. The ride feels firm but tight without unwanted bangs or jolts.

If the odometer was hidden it would be easy to mistake this car for a much low mileage car.

Electrics and Other

The well-equipped cabin is well catered for with electric aids, namely windows, mirrors, sunroof and seats - all appeared to be in excellent working condition.

History and Paperwork

As well as the fascinating and original book pack, including pictures of a very young looking Derek Bell, this car comes with a wealth of paperwork and provenance.

Only a flavour of the paperwork available is presented here as Graham has listed all the MOT’s, maintenance and service history of this car. Porsche dealers and specialists have looked after this car in the main, including Monarch Warwick, JCT600, Porsche Tech and Northway Porsche.

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

We've summerised our own view on the car in the listing above, however, 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.

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.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
11/09/2021 MOT 155,527
20/08/2020 MOT 155,354
19/08/2019 MOT 155,237
14/08/2018 MOT 154,905
06/06/2017 MOT 154,720
12/05/2016 MOT 154,233
21/05/2015 MOT 154,025
13/05/2014 MOT 153,936
15/05/2013 MOT 153,853
15/05/2012 MOT 153,787
15/05/2011 MOT 153,319
22/05/2010 MOT 152,824
07/04/2009 MOT 151,335
01/05/2008 MOT 150,648
13/01/2007 MOT 147,508
14/08/2005 MOT 143,419
06/08/2004 MOT 141,496
18/07/2003 MOT 139,289
11/06/2002 MOT 121,618
19/06/2001 MOT 104,035
21/10/00 MOT 102,512
19/11/1999 MOT 99,100
07/08/1998 MOT 98,411
08/08/1997 MOT 85,162
Key Details
  • Model3.2 Coupe Sport
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date01.08.1987 - E215 WOL
  • CC3164cc
  • Mileage~155,547
  • HistoryExcellent
  • ColourBlack
  • Interior ColourLinen
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #WP0ZZZ91ZHS102881
  • Engine #63H03921
  • MOTYes Exp. 20.09.2022
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers15
  • Tyre TreadExcellent
  • Tyre BrandYokohama
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned12 Years
  • Key FeatureExcellent Condition

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£46,000 bid by Rennsport 24.10.2021 @ 19:40:06
Nikul Odedra
Nikul Odedra

Had the car had an engine and gearbox rebuild? Many thanks.

£25,500 bid by Gadger 23.10.2021 @ 10:17:55
Robert Smith
Robert Smith

Hi Graham, are you available for me to look at the car, likely on Monday?

Rgds Robert

Adam - Trade Classics

Morning Robert – if you want to have a visit then please contact the office as we just need to take some photo ID first. We’ll then organise it for you. Cheers Adam

Robert Smith
Robert Smith

Thank you, Graham, I’ll watch the auction with interest; I’m torn between buying a freshly rebuilt and restored car for x amount or looking for one for less to add my mark on in terms of engine work. Rgds Robert

Robert Smith
Robert Smith

Hi, I had to sell my 3.2 four years ago to buy a house. I’ve managed to recover my finances and am now in the market for another. I’m a life-long fan and owner of air-cooled Porsche and am looking for a car to drive and cherish. Mileage doesn’t worry me, but mechanicals and corrosion do. So, has there been any engine rebuild work done please, also any gearbox/clutch overhaul/replacement respectively? Are the inner wings and kidney bowls corrosion free? Thank you.


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Swindon, Wiltshire

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