*** Sold for £48,790 on 21st December 2018***
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The Supersport version of the 3.2 was created in 1984, Porsche option code M491, or more commonly referred to as the ‘turbo look’. The changes however were not simply superficial. Along with the widebody changes, the car also featured performance enhancements shared with the 930, these were; stiffer suspension set-up, bigger and more powerful braking system and wider wheels for added grip.
Sales of the Supersport were particularly strong in America when it was first released, as the 911 Turbo was not available for purchase for the first couple of years. It wasn’t just customers in the USA who bought this option though, this is an all original UK RHD drive example, also being one of the first in the production run to include the all important G50 gearbox.
Owned by Chrissie for 15 years, this Supersport has been her pride and joy. Chrissie and her partner Roy have enjoyed the car over the years, covering around 12,000 miles in their ownership.
Some classic car enthusiasts stumble across cars they fall in love with, and others know exactly what they want from the outset. Chrissie belongs to the latter group, and had always wanted a widebody 911, in Guards Red. When this example came up for sale, she didn’t hesitate to seize the opportunity and get the car.
Unfortunately due to some health constraints, Chrissie has been unable to use and enjoy the car the way she used to over the last few years, and so has reluctantly decided to sell the car so that it can continue to be driven and kept on the road.
Regardless of the fact that Chrissie had decided to sell, she commissioned a restoration of the bodywork on the Supersport in the latter half of 2017, “A birthday treat to the car for turning 30” as she described it to me. This along with the careful ownership, as seen by all the history documents over the years tracking mileage etc, make this a really solid and splendid example.
With the restoration having been recently completed, the exterior of the car looks stunning, the wide rear arches reflecting the light beautifully. Chrissie has also had a new Targa roof made to order which looks good.
Wheels & Tyres
Factory correct Porsche Fuchs fill the wheel arches across the car. The tyres also all looked good on visual inspection. The wheels look in great condition too, with just one point to note in the form of some light curbing on the rear offside wheel, as visible in the inspection video.
The bodywork is solid as expected from the restoration. The kidney bowls were attended to and necessary rust cut out and new metal welded in. Roy is aiming to source some pictures of the restoration in progress which may be added later. Other issue areas also looked to have been treated in the restoration, such as under the headlights. The panel fit across the car looks visually good and the doors/boot/bonnet all shutting easily.
Finished in Guards Red, the paint finish on the car looked stunning. I had the benefit of seeing the car in both direct sunlight and in cloud cover and the restoration glass-out respray has been done to a high standard, you can see the car in a variety of light in the videos and images below.
Glass and Trim
The glass across the car is in great condition as can be observed in the media. The trim is also in good condition. Some of the trim would benefit from being detailed so that it is the same stunning standard as the paintwork on the car, not a big job for an enthusiast. As mentioned the Targa roof has also been recommissioned. It shows no signs of cracking and the exterior and interior condition is visible from the media.
The interior is finished in cream leather with red piping, and matching cream carpeting across the car. It’s in original condition and there are videos and images that show the detail.
Seats and Carpets
The leather across the seats is in good condition, there were no signs of severe cracking that you might expect with a car of this age. The red piping on the driver’s bolster has some significant wear and would benefit from being fixed, otherwise the seats are very nice. Carpets across the car are in good condition, and with being cream need a good deep clean to smarten up their appearance.
The leather dashboard is in lovely condition. The dials look good, but with the originality of the interior the rings on the instrument panel show the typical ageing associated with this era of 911. Again, another small job for an enthusiast to fix.
Steering Wheel / Gear Stick
The steering wheel has an extra cover fitted for comfort, and judging by the originality shown on the gear stick and the interior, as a whole will likely show signs of wear.
Fitted with the 3.2L flat six, an engine we are all too familiar with here at Trade Classics, it performed and sounded just as we would expect. Take a look at our video showing a cold start, the car driving in all gears, and the car idling at temperature.
Engine and Gearbox
The Supersport performed excellently. Roy took the car through its gears without issue and the car sounded and pulled beautifully. The car sprung to life when cold just like it should, and it idled when at temperature without issue.
Suspension and Brakes
On the country roads near where Chrissie lives the car glided along smoothly. No untoward noises coming from the car, and the car stopping on the bigger brakes without sound and in a straight line.
Without fault, both with the roof on and off, the flat six howling behind us, a very nice drive.
Electrics and Other
All the major electrics on the car work as they should.
The car is showing 100,913 miles as of 04.06.2018.
HPi Check Results
– The seller tells us the car is HPi clear and will be supported by our own HPi check.
Mileage Records – MOT/Service
– 23.09.1988 – 10,508 miles – Service
– 20.03.1989 – 22,279 miles – Service
– 29.05.1990 – 30,441 miles – Service
– 19.11.1990 – 36,479 miles – Service
– 01.07.1991 – 43,833 miles – Service
– 13.01.1992 – 54,341 miles – Service
– 09.12.1992 – 72,167 miles – Service
– 15.05.1993 – 78,184 miles – MOT
– 17.05.1994 – 80,626 miles – MOT
– 17.05.1995 – 81,860 miles – MOT
– 06.06.1996 – 83,137 miles – MOT
– 10.05.1997 – 84,045 miles – Service
– 20.06.1997 – 84,130 miles – MOT
– 25.06.1998 – 84,469 miles – MOT
– 30.06.1999 – 85,373 miles – MOT
– 28.03.2000 – 86,130 miles – Service
– 21.07.2000 – 85,804 miles – MOT
– 15.08.2001 – 86,302 miles – MOT
– 27.08.2002 – 87,552 miles – MOT
– 05.09.2003 – 88,104 miles – MOT
– 08.09.2004 – 89,503 miles – MOT
– 19.09.2005 – 93,094 miles – MOT
– 17.10.2006 – 95,284 miles – MOT
– 20.11.2007 – 96,326 miles – MOT
– 24.08.2009 – 96,512 miles – MOT
– 27.10.2010 – 97,511 miles – MOT
– 30.08.2012 – 97,846 miles – MOT
– 28.08.2013 – 99,146 miles – MOT
– 18.09.2014 – 99,925 miles – MOT
– 27.10.2015 – 100,648 miles – MOT
– 13.10.2016 – 100,726 miles – MOT
– 19.10.2017 – 100,843 miles – MOT
Cars like this don’t come to market very often, they really don’t, so when a client approaches us to consign a car like this we all get a bit excited in the office.
Most people that follow these cars will know that the M491 Supersport has seen record prices over the last year or so, even fetching more money than the 930 Turbo – here’s a couple of auction results:
This is your new opportunity to grab a UK RHD M491 in the best colour combination at sensible money.
KULRAJ SINGH SALH
This auction listing was written by Kulraj Singh Salh from information gained from Chrissie and Roy (owners and sellers of the vehicle) and having visited and photographed the vehicle.
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